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Hundreds rally after pastor praises Orlando shooting

A child wrote "Pray for Orlando" in chalk at a makeshift memorial across the street from Pulse. REUTERS

Hundreds of protesters are chanting ‘‘love conquers hate’’ outside a Northern California church where last week a pastor said during his sermon he was upset more people weren’t killed in the attack on an Orlando nightclub that left 49 people dead.

The Sacramento Bee reports more than 500 demonstrators holding rainbow flags and signs that read ‘‘We are Orlando’’ and ‘‘Pride Over Prejudice’’ are standing Sunday outside the Verity Baptist church in Sacramento and decrying last week’s sermon by pastor Roger Jimenez.

Hours after the attack at the gay Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Jimenez told his small congregations he wished more people had been killed during the attack, calling the victims ‘‘sodomites’’ and ‘‘pedophiles.’’ The sermon was filmed and uploaded to YouTube.


Protesters say they are also angry the church is tax-exempt and are chanting ‘‘Tax the hate.’’