Saturday, 22 September, 2018

Embassy Preacher Slammed By Mitt Romney For Bigotry Against Mormons - And Jews

Pro-Trump Pastor Who Claims Islam Is a “Cult” Picked to Lead Prayer at Opening of US Embassy in Jerusalem Dallas pastor Robert Jeffress to give prayer at US Embassy opening in Jerusalem
Steve Townsend | 15 May, 2018, 15:30

The move is seen as a recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel - which President Trump affirmed in a video speech aired at the embassy opening. Trump in December a year ago recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital and announced an embassy move from Tel Aviv, prompting protests in the occupied Palestinian territories and several Muslim-majority countries. It has put the U.S.at odds with most of the global community and sparked deadly protests. Israeli soldiers shot and killed dozens Palestinians during mass protests along the Gaza border on Monday. US President Donald J. Trump's administration will officially transfer the ambassador's offices to the consulate building and temporarily use it as the new US Embassy in Jerusalem as of 14 May 2018. "Without President Trump's determination, resolve and courage, we would not be here today", Jeffress said.

"I'm going to be thanking God for the strong leadership of Benjamin Netanyahu, who is absolutely determined to protect Israel", Jeffress said. He called Jeffress a "religious bigot".

Southern Baptist preacher Robert Jeffress is notably a keen Trump supporter, and, separately, is known to have called homosexuals "perverts", billed Mormonism "a heresy" from hell, and made derogatory remarks toward Jews.

"Among those railing against the decision to include him is Gov. Mitt Romney", said Smith, who then highlighted the former MA governor and Utah Senate candidate's tweet about Jeffress that "such a religious bigot should not be giving the prayer" at the embassy's opening ceremony.

"Historical Christianity has taught for 2,000 years that salvation is through faith alone in Jesus Christ", Jeffress declared.

Pak action halts U.S. bid to airlift killer diplomat
Sources said that the U.S. diplomat wasn't present at the airbase but would reach there after being allowed to leave the country. A spokesman for the U.S. embassy in Islamabad declined to comment on the media reports, and a U.S.


The other evangelical minister who gave the benediction in Monday's ceremony was John Hagee, also a Texas pastor and founder of Christians United for Israel, who said in his prayer that Jerusalem "is and always shall be the eternal capital of the Jewish people".

Many evangelical pastors believe the Mormon faith to be a cult.

"For some, according to one Brookings Institute fellow, he says this is simply just pouring gasoline onto an already burning fire", he said.

Jeffress spoke about why the moment was so historic and significant while on Fox News.

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