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Hate preacher said he’d feel “lucky” if 6 million Jews were killed or everyone in a gay bar was shot

Pastor Jonathan Shelley
Pastor Jonathan ShelleyPhoto: Screenshot/Twitter

Christian preacher Jonathan Shelley of the Stedfast Baptist Church in Watauga, Texas said that he doesn’t think the Holocaust happened but that he would feel “lucky” if it did. He compared genocide of the Jewish people to shooting gay people.

“These Jews that are out there, they want to destroy everything that is holy, everything that is righteous,” Shelley said. “In our culture, it is not acceptable to say anything negative about them.”

He then mocked people who oppose antisemitism: “The Hol- Haven’t you heard about the Holocaust, Pastor Shelley?”

“Yeah. Why do I care? I mean, if someone walks into a homo bar and shoots ’em all, shoots a bunch of homos and kills all of them, you know how many tears I’d shed for that? Zero,” he said, saying that he doesn’t “care how many of them die” because they “worship the devil.”

“You say, ‘Well, Adolf Hitler was evil,'” he continued. “Absolutely! That guy was full of the devil. That guy was an antichrist figure. You know what? If an antichrist kills another antichrist, I don’t cry even one second.”

“‘Well, he killed six million,'” he said in a mocking tone. “I doubt it. Only if we were lucky.”

He then said that the defining characteristic of Jesus was that he would “preach against the Jews” and not that he was Jewish.

Writer Hemant Mehta, who posted the clip to Twitter, noted that Shelley’s church still has a YouTube channel.

“And why is YouTube allowing it on their platform?” he asked.

Shelley has a long history of hateful comments, and not just in his church. Earlier this year, he told the Arlington, Texas city council that gay people should be executed as some people in the audience shouted “Amen” and “Yup.”

“According to God we should hate Pride, not celebrate it,” he said. “God has already ruled that murder, adultery, witchcraft, rape, bestiality, and homosexuality are crimes worthy of capital punishment.”

Shelley has declared that gay men are all pedophiles and once celebrated the death of a 75-year-old gay man last year. Jim Fahy, a member of the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus, was killed when a driver accidentally drove into the Wilton Manors Pride Parade.

“And, you know, it’s great when trucks accidentally go through those, you know, parades,” Pastor Shelley said about the tragedy. “I think only one person died. So hopefully we can hope for more in the future.”

“You say, ‘Well, that’s mean.’ Yeah, but the Bible says that they’re worthy of death!” he continued. “They say, ‘Are you sad when fags die?’ No. I think it’s great! I hope they all die! I would love it if every fag would die right now.”

“And you say, ‘Well, I don’t think that’s what you really mean.’ That’s exactly what I mean. I really mean it!”

Last week, Shelley said that gay men’s intestines fall out and compared being gay to eating one’s own vomit every day.

“What men do with men is defiling their body, hurting their body, they’re hurting each other,” Shelley said. “They’re causing themselves all kinds of problems. Their intestines will sometimes just fall out because of the actions that they do.”

“Pastor Shelly, you’re gonna have to eat Indian food and ranch dressing every day of your life, or do that one time?” he said, referring to sex with other men. “It’s like, bring on the Indian food.”

“What if you, what if you, Pastor Shelley, what if you had to eat Indian food and ranch and then vomit it up and then eat it again, or do that one time? It’s like, bring on the vomit.

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