CBS Insinuates Christians ‘Promote the Kind of Violence’ in Orlando

During their Tuesday night broadcast of Evening News CBS directed the blame for the Orlando terrorist attack towards American Christians, even though it was carried out by a pledged member of the Islamic State. To ease into the Christian bashing host Scott Pelley stated, “There has been so much progress for the LGBT Community, but we are now reminded that fear is still a constant reality.”

As the center piece of her report CBS’s Mireya Villarreal brought on Lorri Jean the CEO of the LGBT Center in Los Angeles. In the report Villarreal showed Jean letting loose on her political opponents:

Politicians who slander LGBT people, who say we should be driven out of public life, that we're not fit to raise children, that we are a threat to the moral fabric of our society-- that kind of rhetoric promotes kind of violence that happened yesterday.

Villarreal followed up Jean by showing her own evidence, “The hate has been perpetuated through social media with tweets and videos like this one posted by a Christian pastor in California.” A video played of Baptist pastor Roger Jimenez of Sacramento saying Orlando is now safer and, “The tragedy is that more of them didn't die.

To end her report Villarreal played audio of a choir singing while Jean declared, “We cannot allow this fear to push us back in the closet, because then the terrorists win.” Both ISIS and their stance on homosexuals was never brought up, nor how the terrorist organization murders them. The only religion mentioned in the report was Christianity.

In contrast, when Univision did their report on the Jimenez comments they kept the focus on him. They never once insinuated that all of Christianity shares his view that, “I think the government would do well if they killed all the gay people.”

All of this as networks continue to ignore how Chick-fil-A aided the community by giving free food to those waiting in line to give blood. 

Transcripts below: 

CBS
Evening News
June 14, 2016
6:47:21 PM Eastern 

SCOTT PELLEY: There has been so much progress for the LGBT Community, but we are now reminded that fear is still a constant reality. Here is Mireya Villarreal.

[Cuts to video]

MIREYA VILLARREAL: From Los Angeles to New York, thousands of gay men and women stood in solidarity at vigils and makeshift monuments. Last night, singer Lady Gaga was among the crowd.

LADY GAGA: You not alone. You not alone.

VILLARREAL: But gay men, like Steve Scott, say this tragedy is especially significant.

STEVE SCOTT: I know what it's like to grow up with discrimination and with people constantly coming after you physically, you know, emotionally, knowing that people are going through that in a club, in a place that's supposed to be a safe place for the LGBT Community is really, really jarring.

VILLARREAL: In 2015 there were 24 reports of gay and transgender homicides in a sampling of 11 states. That's a 20 percent increase from 2014. Lorri Jean is the CEO of the LGBT Center in Los Angeles.

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LORRI JEAN: Politicians who slander LGBT people, who say we should be driven out of public life, that we're not fit to raise children, that we are a threat to the moral fabric of our society-- that kind of rhetoric promotes kind of violence that happened yesterday.

VILLARREAL: Jean says the hate has been perpetuated through social media with tweets and videos like this one posted by a Christian pastor in California.

ROGER JIMENEZ: I think Orlando, Florida, is a little safer tonight. Now that 50, you know—The tragedy is that more of them didn't die.

JEAN: We cannot allow this fear to silence us.

[Over a choir singing]

We cannot allow this fear to push us back in the closet, because then the terrorists win.

[Cuts back to live]

VILLARREAL: In the wake of the Orlando massacre, the Los Angeles police department has pledged to "Protect the LGBT Community with all their might." Scott, several gay clubs and businesses here locally have also said they beefed up security to make sure they protect their customers.

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UNIVISION
NOTICIERO UNIVISION
6/14/16
6:48:00 PM - 6:50:06 PM EST | 2 MIN 5 SEC

JORGE RAMOS, ANCHOR, UNIVISION: The messages of repudiation against a Hispanic pastor increase over his comments about the massacre in an Orlando nightclub. Luis Megid has his controversial words.

LUIS MEGID, CORRESPONDENT, UNIVISION: [Following the pastor into his home] Pastor… doesn’t it seem like you’re inciting violence?

LUIS MEGID, CORRESPONDENT, UNIVISION: Pastor Roger Jimenez accused the government and the press of taking his words out of context. But the video of his sermon last Sunday in Sacramento leaves no doubt as to what his position is.

PASTOR ROGER JIMENEZ, VERITY BAPTIST CHURCH PASTOR: Are you sad that 50 pedophiles were killed today? No, I think that’s great, I think that helps society. I think that Orlando, Florida is a little safer tonight. Now that 50… you know the tragedy is that more of them didn’t die. I mean, the tragedy is that, um, um, um, I’m kind of upset that he didn’t finish the job! Because these people are predators, they are abusers!

LUIS MEGID, CORRESPONDENT, UNIVISION: Born in Venezuela, Jimenez told us that in the end he wasn’t sorry for his words.

LUIS MEGID, CORRESPONDENT, UNIVISION: [asking Pastor Jimenez] It sounds like you’re celebrating the deaths of these people…

PASTOR ROGER JIMENEZ, VERITY BAPTIST CHURCH PASTOR: No, I’m not celebrating the deaths of people…

LUIS MEGID, CORRESPONDENT, UNIVISION: … that people don’t have to feel bad.

PASTOR ROGER JIMENEZ, VERITY BAPTIST CHURCH PASTOR: There’s a difference between celebrating and being sad. I’m not sad that they died.

LUIS MEGID, CORRESPONDENT, UNIVISION: In his sermon, Jimenez went even farther.

PASTOR ROGER JIMENEZ, VERITY BAPTIST CHURCH PASTOR: I wish the government would round them all up, put them up against a firing wall, put a firing squad in front of them, and blow their brains out!

PASTOR ROGER JIMENEZ, VERITY BAPTIST CHURCH PASTOR: I understand that not everybody will be in agreement…

LUIS MEGID, CORRESPONDENT, UNIVISION: But you said, if it were you, you’d have the government line them up on a wall and kill them all.

PASTOR ROGER JIMENEZ, VERITY BAPTIST CHURCH PASTOR: Uh huh.

LUIS MEGID, CORRESPONDENT, UNIVISION: That doesn’t seem violent to you?

PASTOR ROGER JIMENEZ, VERITY BAPTIST CHURCH PASTOR: What I’m saying is that if government was following the laws of God, that’s what they would do. Then…

LUIS MEGID, CORRESPONDENT, UNIVISION: So then you’d be okay with that?

PASTOR ROGER JIMENEZ, VERITY BAPTIST CHURCH PASTOR: Yes, I would be okay with that.

LUIS MEGID, CORRESPONDENT, UNIVISION: That they kill all of them?

PASTOR ROGER JIMENEZ, VERITY BAPTIST CHURCH PASTOR: Exactly.

LUIS MEGID, CORRESPONDENT, UNIVISION: Does this seem irresponsible to say to you?

PASTOR ROGER JIMENEZ, VERITY BAPTIST CHURCH PASTOR: No. Well, I don’t have any more time for you…

LUIS MEGID, CORRESPONDENT, UNIVISION: The church is closed today. It isn’t clear how many members the congregation has, or if they share the pastor’s position, a pastor that continues to insist that his words are not a message of hate, but an expression of faith.

PASTOR ROGER JIMENEZ, VERITY BAPTIST CHURCH PASTOR: I think the government would do well if they killed all the gay people. Okay, have a good day.

LUIS MEGID, CORRESPONDENT, UNIVISION: Sometimes, words are unnecessary.

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