The Harsch firm in Portland Oregon controls over 100 properties comprising 23 million square feet of space in Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada, Arizona and Utah. And they've just told "Verity Baptist Church" in Sacramento to go be bigoted somewhere else.
Portland-based Harsch Investment Properties indicated to Verity Baptist Church that it would not renew its lease when it expires and asked the church to consider leaving the Northgate Business Park sooner without penalty.
Immediately after the Orlando shootings:
Just hours after the attack – the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history – Pastor Roger Jimenez told his congregation at Verity that members of the LGBT community are pedophiles and praised the shooting, according to the Los Angeles Times.
"I think Orlando, Florida is a little safer tonight," he said. "The tragedy is more of them didn't die. ... I'm kind of upset he didn't finish the job."
Jimenez added that he would like gays and lesbians to be lined up against a wall so a firing squad could "blow their brains out," the Times reported.
That's the thing about "Baptists": unlike organized religions, Baptists have no structure; that's how we end up with total nutters like "Westboro Baptist Church" and "Verity Baptist Church". And it probably never occurred to "Pastor Roger" that his landlord could - and would - evict him for "preaching" crap like that. Well, in the immortal words of Gomer Pyle: "Surprise, surprise, surprise!"
I'll be the first to admit that I find the conduct of many homosexuals offensive; I don't run around hollering about my "pride" as a heterosexual, and I don't know of anyone who does. Keep your sexual predilections to yourself and stay out of my face. But I don't think you deserve to be shot because you're behaving like a flaming jerk.
Good for Jordan Schnitzer and his company for pulling the plug on these so-called "Baptists".