- Associated Press - Sunday, June 19, 2016

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Hundreds of protesters are chanting “love conquers hate” outside a Northern California church where last week a pastor said during his sermon that he was upset more people weren’t killed in the attack on a Florida gay nightclub that left 49 people dead.

The Sacramento Bee reports (https://bit.ly/1UIzsfV) that more than 500 demonstrators holding rainbow flags and signs that read “We are Orlando” and “Pride Over Prejudice” are standing outside the Verity Baptist church in Sacramento on Sunday to protest last week’s sermon by pastor Roger Jimenez.

Hours after the attack at the gay Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Jimenez told his small congregation that he wished more people had been killed during the attack. 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.”

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Information from: The Sacramento Bee, https://www.sacbee.com

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