The parishioners of the Sacramento, California church whose pastor celebrated the Orlando massacre may soon be praying for a new place to worship, according to the building’s landlord.
Hundreds of protesters gathered outside Verity Baptist Church on Sunday to show their disdain for Pastor Roger Jimenez, who said that the only problem with the Orlando gunman murdering 49 people at Pulse earlier this month is that he “didn’t finish the job.”
Now, representatives from the church’s landlord, Harsch Investment Properties, are saying that they will not renew the lease for Jimenez’s church when it expires at the end of March 2017, and have suggested that they even move out early with no penalty.
The company can’t legally evict the church due to the terms of the lease, but employees said they can’t tolerate “tenants who advocate hatred and the taking of innocent lives.”
“Just as we respect the right of individuals to speak their views, as distasteful as they may be, we also respect the right of others to protest as a reflection of their values,” company officials stated in a press release.
They are simply requesting that all future protests be held peacefully and with proper permits.
Meanwhile, Jimenez says he has no regrets about the hateful comments he made on the same day that the attacks took place.
“Are you sad that 50 pedophiles were killed today?” Jimenez asked the congregation. “I think Orlando, Florida is a little safer tonight. The tragedy is that more of them didn’t die. The tragedy is I’m kind of upset he didn’t finish the job.”
Jimenez will now have to find a new location to spread those terrifying hate-fueled thoughts.