“I think it’s a good thing” – Pastor celebrates the death of five people in Colorado tragedy, during hate-fuelled sermon

Aaron Thompson, Sure Foundation pastor
Aaron Thompson, Sure Foundation pastor


Content warning: homophobia, transphobia, bigotry, slurs and stupidity

“Am I sad five homos died? No, I think it’s a good thing” – Pastor celebrates the death of five people killed in Colorado’s Club Q shooting, during hate-fuelled sermon


Hot off the heels of Aaron Franklin Brink – father to Anderson Lee Aldrige, the alleged shooter in the Colorado nightclub attack – saying he was “relieved” after the shooting spree to learn that his kid is “not gay”, because Mormon conservatives “don’t do that”, more unnecessary hate has been spouted from the mouths of anti-LGBT figures across the U.S.


The five victims who sadly lost their lives during the Club Q attack are:

  • Raymond Green Vance (he/him)
  • Kelly Loving (she/her)
  • Daniel Aston (he/him)
  • Derrick Rump (he/him)
  • Ashley Paugh (she/ her)


The attack took place in Colorado Springs last Saturday, and by Tuesday, Christian hate-preacher Aaron Thompson was celebrating the victims’ deaths, saying it’s a “good thing” they were murdered because it means “they’re not here anymore to molest kids.”


The sermon was delivered just weeks after a man, who described Thompson as “my pastor”, was arrested for threatening to kill LGBTQ people at a pride parade, per Only Sky.


According to its website, The Sure Foundation’s mission is “the promotion of the religious purposes of the Christian faith.”



“That club got shot up the other day”, Thompson says, standing in front of a Sure Foundation backdrop.

“Now, am I sad that five homos got shot? No, I’m not sad at all. As a matter of fact, I think it’s a good thing that they’re not here anymore to molest kids”, he continues.


“Again, I’m not condoning anybody to do anything like that. I don’t believe it’s right to take the law into our own hands, and I’ve said that so many times. But here’s what I won’t be upset about: I’m not going to be upset when someone that hates God and actively is promoting against God, and hates His guts, and molests children, even if it is just their eyeballs, to have to see these freaks writhing around and, and, you know doing all these crazy dances in front of children and then afterwards reading them a book or something.”


Aaron Thompson, Sure Foundation pastor
Aaron Thompson, Sure Foundation Pastor

“I said it’s not right to take the law into your own hands”, he continues, “but I do understand why people are so fed up, because our own government is protecting these freaks. And that’s all you see on the media right now. You know, “Right-wing MAGA kills”, you know, these queers, and then some guy jumped in and helped them or whatever. Who cares?”


“Like, I really don’t care that those people got killed. And you’re like, “That sounds really hateful, pastor.” Well, it is hateful. Because I do hate them. Because they’re a menace and a wart on the rear end of society. And there’s nothing redeeming about them whatsoever.”

“Listen: We’re in America. We could say whatever we want. And I’m not inciting violence, so don’t even try to go there. But anyway, Happy Thanksgiving.”


While Sure Foundation may purport to be an organization carrying a message about Christianity, it’s not the first time that the group has made comments about a shooting inside an LGBTQ+ venue.


After the Pulse nightclub massacre in 2016, Roger Jimenez – Thompson’s colleague at Sure Foundation – said that the real tragedy was “that more of them didn’t die.”

49 people, mostly young LGBTQ+ and Latino people, were killed by a gunman who blasted into the Pulse nightclub during Pride Month.

59 others were wounded during the targeted attack, and it remains the deadliest incident in the history of violence against LGBT people in the United States.


Jimenez recently doubled down on his position saying that LGBT+ people “should be made un-alive”:


It is understood that Aldrich, the person being charged with the Colorado Springs shooting, was with the Mormon Church, although a statement from the church said he “hadn’t been active” in a while. 


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