Texas pastor praises Orlando shooting gunman

Fort Worth Pastor Donnie Romero of Stedfast Baptist Church believes “the earth is a little bit better place now” that 49 people were killed in a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla. last week.

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Fort Worth Pastor Donnie Romero of Stedfast Baptist Church praised the Orlando shooting gunman for his actions. Photo via Stedfast Baptist Church/YouTube.

In his video uploaded to YouTube Thursday, the pastor gave a sermon in which he praised the gunman, Omar Mateen, for his attack. But he’s not the only church leader who had something to say about the shooting.

Romero’s sermon was a response to San Francisco Pastor Roger Jimenez who said in his own video that “the tragedy is that more of them didn’t die,” which has been seen more than 60,000 times.

Romero said in the video that the victims “were all perverts and pedophiles and they are the scum of the earth.” He said he is praying for the deaths of the surviving victims who are still in the hospital.

The pastors have received criticism for their statements from YouTube commentors and other church leaders. Dallas Cathedral of Hope Pastor Rev.Dr. Neil Cazares-Thomas addressed Romero’s sermon during his own on Sunday.

“There is no Jesus in that language,” he said. “There is no God in that language.”

In an interview with Fox4, Romero did not back down from his comments made in his sermon.

“Just like if there was a building that had a bunch of rapists or a bunch of evil murderous people, and the building collapsed on them, or something happened where they were all killed, I don’t think that’s something we should mourn over, because they’re evil people,” he said.

Fox4 also spoke with theologian Steve Kellmeyer, who has studied religion for 20 years. He said no Christian with a formal understanding between the Old and New Testament of the Bible would say what Romero has.

“He’s just one more in a long list of people who don’t get what it means to be Christian,” Kellmeyer said.

Watch Fox4’s full segment below.

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