Charlie Crist slams appearance of ‘antisemite’ pastor in Ron DeSantis ad
Larry Jinks appears in Ron DeSantis ad. Screenshot via Ron DeSantis YouTube.

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Pastor Larry Jinks said in Facebook post that Jews 'reject their own Messiah.'

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist slammed an appearance by an “antisemite” pastor in an ad for Gov. Ron DeSantis.

The attack came two weeks after Larry Jinks, a pastor at First Baptist Church on St. James City, appeared in a widely praised ad entitled “Results” that included a number of Floridians praising DeSantis’ leadership, particularly during the pandemic.

“You protected our right to worship together — in person,” Jinks says in the ad, standing in front of his church.

But the appearance prompted a look at other things Jinks has said on social media, where his Facebook feed frequently leans on apocalyptic rhetoric.

Jewish news outlet Forward scoured Jinks’ social media and found rhetoric they dubbed “antisemitic” in discussion of the rebuilding of the third Temple of Jerusalem.

Jinks on April 19 agreed with another commenter criticizing the construction as “blasphemy,” and wrote that “with talk of the rebuilt temple in the media now, it just confirms that we are that generation to see the Lord return.”

“It’s a shame that the Jews, who should know better, reject their own Messiah (who fullfilled everyone of their prophecies) still believe that they need sacrifices and the Temple to sacrifice them in,” Jinks wrote. “Nonetheless, because of their rejection they will move forward with that plan.”

Later, he also criticized the Pope and Catholicism, and attempts to find peace between Jews, Muslims and Christians. “This is in step with what the Pope has been pushing for. ‘Peace amongst the three main world religions.’ It seems like there’s a plan among world leaders to push this ‘Unity.’ Which is just the opposite of what Jesus taught and what Christians are supposed to do,” Jinks wrote.

“We are called to be at odds with any religion that does not acknowledge Jesus as the Prince of Peace and the only way to the Father.”

Crist’s campaign seized on language and called out DeSantis for inviting Jinks to appear in the ad.

“Governor DeSantis has consistently refused to condemn hate or extremism, including the Nazis running around our state waving flags bearing his name. So while it may be shocking, it isn’t surprising that he would spend millions of dollars in advertising to elevate an antisemite with a history of hateful speech,” said Samantha Ramirez, Crist spokesperson.

“Ron owes Florida’s Jewish communities an answer for his refusal to forcefully condemn these groups and make clear he does not want their support.”

Jinks, after first appearing in the ad, told local media he had been contacted by the DeSantis campaign after a campaign worker read through his church’s Facebook posts.

“I was happy as a supporter of the governor to do it, I was happy as a Christian to do it, and I’m happy as a Pine Islander to do it,” Jinks told the Pine Island Eagle. “I wish I could say I was tight friends with the governor, but that’s not the case.”

Jacob Ogles

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  • Sue

    September 19, 2022 at 9:27 am

    It is clear that the author of this article does not understand the Bible or Biblical history. He should, therefore not be judging Rev. Jinks or implying an evil intent to his comments. Jinks is totally in line with the Bible. I suggest he study the Bible. Crist needs a better communications spokesperson as well. Samantha Ramirez, Crist’s spokesperson, doesn’t have any religious knowledge either.

    • Pastor Sandell

      September 19, 2022 at 10:11 am

      I do. And I say that if you voted for the orange crook and have not repented then you gonna burn in the hottest part of hell.

      • Tim Chamberlin

        September 20, 2022 at 5:24 am

        It is your made-up hell. You burn in it.

    • marylou

      September 19, 2022 at 2:45 pm

      You just made Crist’s point and are a perfect example of the problem Crist is recognizing! End-timer Jinks’ Bible interpretation is not shared by everyone! Most people think your Bible is a work of “historical fiction”, and of those who do believe it is “God’s Word”, most know God’s not saying what you and Jinks are hearing.. So, maybe that guy with the long, red tail isn’t God after all. Desantis is approving of Jinks’ hostility and intolerance of people who are not part of Jinks’ sect.

      • Paul Passarelli

        September 19, 2022 at 3:58 pm

        Well, you got part of the analysis right, but failed to grasp the important part.

        Freedom of Speech isn’t about embracing popular opinions, it’s about defending the rights of people whose speech you loathe & despise.

        The First Amendment guarantees people the right to assemble & worship as they please. Crist is attacking DeSantis for being seen with a pastor that preaches a message he doesn’t like. Even if one would spit on some preachers in a dark alley, where there are no cameras, it is still vital to defend their right to preach worship & gather their followers.

        And by missing that point, you’ve missed it all. And Charlie Crist is the one proving he’s not fit to govern, because his job would be to protect the Constitutions of Florida, & the US and the people’s liberty.
        #DemocratFail #DemocratFailAgain

        • Elliott Offen

          September 19, 2022 at 4:01 pm

          Nazis used free speech arguments and the manipulation of democratic institutions to gain a foothold. Look what that led to. Not gonna happen again…not gonna happen.

          • Paul Passarelli

            September 19, 2022 at 6:01 pm

            Actually you’ve got that quite backwards. Tell me what the following suggests:

            The welfare of our communities and Länder as well as the existence of each German individual must be protected by the State. Therefore the Reich Government does not intend to dissolve the Länder by means of the Enabling Act. However, it will institute measures which will guarantee the continuity of political intention in the Reich and Länder from now on and for all time. The greater the consensus of spirit and will, the lesser the interest of the Reich for all time in violating the independent cultural and economic existence of the separate Länder. The present habit of the Governments of the Länder and the Reich of mutually belittling each other, making use of the modern means of public propaganda, is completely outrageous. I will under no circumstances tolerate and the Reich Government will resolve all measures to combat the spectacle of ministers of German Governments attacking or belittling each other before the world in mass meetings or even with the aid of public radio broadcasts.

            That last part was quite literally the NAZI declaration of suppression of speech.

            Why do free people study the rhetoric of the some of the most evil people in history? So we can be alert to the warnings.

          • Elliott Offen

            September 19, 2022 at 6:10 pm

            It tells me they were full of sht like Trump. Said whatever they had to say to gain total power and then afterwards even those who contributed to the rise of the Nazi Party were misrable. In general, they pandered to nationalist sentiment AND religion. Eventually they wiped their azz with religious people and wrecked the nation. So will the right wing here in the USA through extreme neo liberal economics and police state. Even religious people would eventually not be able to tolerate it..

        • marylou

          September 20, 2022 at 1:13 pm

          A governor’s responsibility to the people is greater than his or her own personal speech rights (for the most part), and it is possible for Desantis to protect the people’s right to speech and worship, yet condemn the words they use. But, instead of condemning Jinks’ hate speech Desantis shows his approval by inviting Jinks to be in his campaign ad. The pastor and his radical beliefs get legitimacy and the government’s “stamp of approval”, and Desantis gets the pastor’s voters.

          When candidates run ads they are exercising their own free speech rights, and, as reported, Desantis chose Jinks based on the pastor’s Facbeook comments, which are anti-Jewish, anti-Catholic, anti-mainstream Protestant, and anti-everyone who is not Christian. While Jinks has a right to free speech (with very few exceptions), (but gave up his tax-free status when he told his church who to vote for by appearing in a candidate’s ad), it’s fair to ask why Desantis irresponsibly, but intentionally, chose Jinks. Who was Desantis attempting to appeal to when he selected this particular anti-‘unity’ extremist? It is also obvious that Desantis, once again, gets the added benefit of distracting voters and media from his lack of action on issues that affect Floridians. This is another case of Desantis hiding from the voters, using an ‘out-group’ (Jews, migrants, trans..Endless), while getting his face all over the news!

          Jews are particularly vulnerable as Christian Nationalists and Holocaust deniers are actually being supported by Trump and many Republicans. It’s not surprising that Jewish people recognize the danger in the governor giving this anti-semitic pastor a platform.

          PBS is currently running a Ken Burns production on America’s situation at the time: “The US and the Holocaust”. All three episodes are available on the PBS website.

    • Martian

      September 20, 2022 at 1:31 pm

      Now lookie here.

      When Rev Hijinx meets a person for the first time, he scans the forehead for “666”.

      There’s no way to use Rev Hijinx’ logic & then not ask:

      “Who wll you vote for, C(h)rist or De Satan?”

      Besides, after our governor got fat and tanned, he became the spitting image of Virgil Sollazzo.

    • Larry Jinks

      September 26, 2022 at 9:50 pm

      The author of this article does not care about the facts. This is simply a political hit job. What do you expect?

  • Richard Bruce

    September 19, 2022 at 9:41 am

    Crist never condemned Pres. Obama’s long-term close relationship with Anti-Semitic/Ant-American Rev J. Wright. Selective outrage is not an admirable trait.

  • Hope

    September 19, 2022 at 9:44 am

    This shows the desperation of Charlie Crist where he’s trying to throw anything against the wall to see if it sticks to bail himself out of a lackluster campaign and somehow be relevant.

  • Stephen J Dibert

    September 19, 2022 at 10:03 am

    Larry Jinks may have created another problem for his church. He could lose his tax exemption.

  • Paul Passarelli

    September 19, 2022 at 10:10 am

    So Charlie Crist would be OK with the pastor if his preachings were in line with what the Left still deems acceptable?

    I don’t know the preacher, I don’t want to know the preacher. What I see in the story was a reminder that Governor DeSantis challenged the bureaucracy to get churches re-opened when the fear mongers wanted them shut down!

    DeSantis didn’t pick & choose. He defended everyone’s rights to gather to worship equally. The Left shoults for equality, and are content if everyone is harmed. But the governor protected their religious Liberty. And that alloys the Leftists more than anything else can.

    • Charlie Crist

      September 19, 2022 at 10:16 am

      How is Paul Pizzarelli’s Pizzaria coming along? Don’t tell me you passed up that idea. Certainly “God” would make it a success if you “just have faith and pray.”

  • Pattie

    September 19, 2022 at 10:33 am

    Crust is like a ghost that keeps appearing every election with a new party..LOL.

  • Roy Higgins

    September 19, 2022 at 10:37 am

    Orthodox Jews believe the Mesia has not come the first time yet. That’s just a fact. Charlie Crist is not Christ to judge. Another fact. Come on people get real.
    Ron DeSantis 2022!

  • Tom

    September 19, 2022 at 11:24 am

    Chameleon moron, yes Pattie and Roy he’s a 3 faced liar. Chameleon has nothing right run on.
    Even his alias scum bag Joey corsin, has sex with his parents. Degenerate Joey.

    Chameleon crisp, has no issues, no topics of note. Just a ghost, so 90’s, so meaningless.

    • Charlie Crist

      September 19, 2022 at 6:12 pm

      Chameleon crisp and Soros Manchurians? What the fck is your drunk ass talking about you nitwit. Get off the gd internet for Christ sakes.

      • Tom

        September 20, 2022 at 7:29 am

        Demented Joey “Charlie” Corsin.
        It’s known you are a paid Chinese troll.
        It’s known that Soros front group paid trolls on tic Toklas, China owned. You are a paid hack.

        Totally incompetent, ignorant and meaningless babble.

  • marylou

    September 19, 2022 at 2:47 pm

    Interestingly, Catholic Desantis is using this bigot to appeal to extremist voters, even though Jinks pretty much calls Catholics blasphemers! So… Desantis denies his own church, faith, and beliefs for a campaign ad. We will see how Catholics react to Desantis’s approval of Jinks’ anti-Catholicism and opposition to the Catholic Church, the Pope, and believers!

    • Larry Jinks

      September 26, 2022 at 9:55 pm

      Lol I literally feel your hatred towards me. Bless your heart.

  • Aggie

    September 19, 2022 at 3:05 pm

    Please tell me where in the Bible did Jesus say to go fight or be at odds with other religions? Anyone that preaches hate of any kind is going against Christ’s teaching and therefore not a Christian and all you “end times” people are a bunch of nutbags. DeSantis is a wanna-be dictator who fancies himself a strongman and he embraces the hate and the might equals right BS. He’s repeatedly abused his power at the expense of Floridians while doing nothing to address real issues. The people cheering him on just like to see others hurt or they think they’re “owning the libs” and that’s all they care about.

    • Larry Jinks

      September 26, 2022 at 9:56 pm

      Matthew 10:14. You must be so embarrassed. But I forgive you for slandering me.

  • Copyleft

    September 19, 2022 at 3:51 pm

    Very strange. It’s like they’re trying to turn Christian nationalism into something respectable… which is, of course, never going to happen.

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  • Martian

    September 19, 2022 at 10:24 pm

    Pastor Jinks thinks Catholics & Jews are Hell bound.

    Since, Governor de Santis is most likely Catholic, he’d better watch out.

    Pastor Jinks just might say “if it comes to a choice between C(h)rist & de Satan, who would vote for the latter?”

  • Sa

    September 20, 2022 at 10:30 pm

    This is not antisemitism. People are allowed to have different religious beliefs. As a Christian he believes that you are only getting into heaven if you accept Jesus as your lord and savior, that’s his opinion. As a jew, I am allowed to say okay well I disagree with you I don’t feel that I have to accept Jesus, I am content with my own beliefs and guess what, I have not been persecuted in any way.

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