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Hundreds Rally After Sacramento Pastor Praises Shooting

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(AP) - Hundreds of protesters have demonstrated outside a California church whose pastor had said he wished more people were killed in the attack on an Orlando nightclub that left 49 people dead.

The Sacramento Bee reports that more than 500 demonstrators holding rainbow flags and signs chanted outside the Verity Baptist church in Sacramento on Sunday, decrying the previous week's sermon by pastor Roger Jimenez.

Hours after the attack at the gay Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Jimenez told his small congregation that he wished more people had been killed during the attack, calling the victims "sodomites" and "pedophiles." The sermon was filmed and uploaded to YouTube.

Protesters called for revocation of the church's tax-exempt status, chanting "Tax the hate."