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Pastor who said Pulse victims deserved to die busted for child abuse

Jacksonville’s mayor denounced the tweets Monday, saying, “We are on the heels of an attack on people, a terrorist attack, with people killed and maimed in our state. Suggesting that people should be victims is appalling.”

According to the Florida Times-Union, Adkins emailed Curry Tuesday denying the tweet about getting “what they deserve” had anything to do with Orlando.

“My tweet was strictly meant for the Jacksonville group that has made my life a living hell since I served on the panel and opposed the HRO,” Adkins wrote, referring to the human rights ordinance that was not expanded.

Adkins claimed it was he and his family who “are the victims here when you understand what I have had to endure for standing up for the Church during the discussions.”

The pastor has also stood up in a very clear way for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump by congratulating him for his nomination on his Twitter page. 

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation issued a statement about Adkins’ arrest Friday.

First Coast News in Jacksonville reports the investigation is ongoing. Adkins’ website lists his church headquarters as Brunswick, Georgia, with other churches in Jacksonville and Atlanta. According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Adkins had opened a GoFundMe account in April with the banner headline, “My Firm is under Attack by the LGBT by Kenneth Adkins.” The account has since closed.

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