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Christian hate-preacher: "We have to eliminate" gay and Jewish people
"We cannot allow them to survive," added preacher Jonathan Shelley, in a video the church removed from YouTube
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During a sermon that he purposely removed from YouTube—likely out of fear that the channel would be terminated—New Independent Fundamentalist Baptist hate-preacher Jonathan Shelley called on fellow Christians to “eliminate” gay people and Jews.
Shelley was a guest preacher at Shield of Faith Baptist Church in Boise, Idaho on Sunday. In the course of his 70-minute sermon, aptly titled “God Hates Them” and posted to the right-wing site Rumble, he talked about how Christians needed to be more vocal about calling out wickedness. He added that only one side would survive this existential struggle, suggesting Christians needed to kill off gay and Jewish people if they wanted to win the (fictional) holy war.
And, you know what, this is what the Bible is saying: When the wicked get destroyed—notice what it says [in Psalm 58:10]—”the righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance.”
It's not, like, “Oh man, that's kind of sad that that disgusting, AIDS-filled f****t died.” No, no. It's like, “Yes! Woo! Let's clean it up!” You know, it's not, [God’s] not disappointed about it.
… And we can't see Hell. We don't know what that's like. But you say, “Well, how do you know that God is real?” Because f*gs exist. Because that is a punishment. No one would choose that. No one would want that. It's so unnatural. It's so repulsive. And it's so disgusting. And it's so evil. And it's so reprobate.
The only reason someone could do such a thing is because God is punishing them with His wrath, and it's an evil being brought on them. And then, when you see that, you're like, “Wow, God is real. God is really punishing people!”
… You say, like, “Well, when is God gonna punish America?” Have you seen how many f*gs we have? He is punishing America. And those people are being punished with their AIDS, and they're being punished with their deviant lifestyle, and… they're being punished by the fact that they're surrounded by other sodomite f****ts. I mean, let me tell you something: that is a punishment: to be around other people like that.
… You have to get Christians to realize who the Synagogue of Satan is. You have to get them to realize God hates people. You have to get them to realize that the f*gs and the Jews are of the devil. And if we want to have true righteousness, and we want to love God in this country, we have to eliminate these individuals.
We cannot allow them to survive.
… Let me tell you something: Someone's going to die. I don’t think you realize we are in a crash course. Someone is going to die. Is it going to be Christians, or is it going to be f*gs and Jews? Because there is not an option where we both just coexist permanently.
These comments are all the more disturbing when you realize they’re coming from a guy who has said he wouldn’t shed a single tear if an extremist murdered everyone in a gay bar. He has repeatedly wished for or called for the death of gay people and abortion providers. He referred to New York and California as hellholes because they are home to large populations of gay and Jewish people.
More recently, he delivered an antisemitic rant in which he said we’d be “lucky” if six million Jews really perished in the Holocaust, implying that didn’t actually happen.
He doesn’t limit his hate speech to the walls of his church, either. Last May, he appeared at an Arlington City Council meeting to push back against their acknowledgment of Pride Month by repeating the same calls for violence.
It’s no wonder Shelley is having a hard time finding anyone willing to lease him space for a new church in Texas.
It seems like Shelley and Shield of Faith Baptist Church were aware that his words would be considered hate speech and a cause for the channel to be terminated. The YouTube livestream was made private and only a brief clip of the sermon was posted online with a link to Rumble for anyone who wanted to see the full service (wink wink).
The title of that clip? “Where to Find Pastor Shelly's Sermon? (Link in Comments).”
The sermon reached its intended audience, though, based on this comment left underneath the video:
Jeremiah 5:14 is a passage in which God says, “I will make my words in your mouth a fire and these people the wood it consumes.”
Shelley’s sermon was delivered just days after another New IFB preacher said gay people should be executed by the government via firing squad—with stones “melted down into a bullet.”
These preachers always insist they’re not encouraging vigilantism. They insist they’re not asking anyone to pull a trigger themselves. They get mad when people say they’re calling for the murder of gay people. That’s not true, they argue. They’re just saying that, in a righteous world, the government would do their faith-based dirty work for them. But when these congregations happen to be full of gun-loving, gay-hating people who cheer on the calls of execution, plausible deniability isn’t much of a defense.
As I’ve mentioned before, the size of these churches doesn’t matter. All that matters for New IFB preachers is their social media reach, which allows them to spread their hate-filled, faith-based messages to a much wider audience than they could ever get otherwise.
It’s no wonder they’re taking active steps to avoid the wrath of YouTube when they know their videos will get them in trouble.
(Portions of this article were published earlier)