A Portland real estate company is asking the Verity Baptist church in Sacramento to pack up and leave their California property after the pastor essentially praised the deaths of those killed in the Orlando mass shooting.
In a statement to FOX 12, Harsch Investment Properties noted that they respect a tenant’s right to free speech, but they do not tolerate tenants who advocate the taking of innocent lives and want church to move out.
Pastor Roger Jimenez delivered the controversial sermon just hours after the shooting inside of Pulse Nightclub in Orlando earlier this month. It was recorded by a follower who posted it online.
Harsch Investment Properties owns the business park that leases to the church. The company is asking church officials to consider leaving before their lease is up next March, adding that the church would not face any penalty for the lease ending early.
In the statement released to FOX 12, administrators at the property company noted that that they allow “many places of worship and other religious organizations in the properties we manage.”
The company added that for decades the owners and staff at Harsch Investment Properties have supported the LGBTQ community.
The pastor at the center of the controversy remarked that he has no regrets about any of it.
“All I’m saying is that if someone does something that's worthy of death and they end up dying, I’m not going to mourn that,” Jimenez said.
Harsch Investment Properties noted that Jimenez has yet to respond to the request to move out, but company officials said they will continue to work with the church to leave.
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