Romney: Pastor Who Prayed At Embassy Opening A 'Religious Bigot'

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The ADL, in a statement to the press this morning, said: "We are disappointed by the selection of Pastor Robert Jeffress to offer a prayer at the historic dedication of the American Embassy in Jerusalem".

Jeffress, like many other Religious Right leaders, has opposed the "two-state solution", long an anchor of US policy in the Middle East, because he believes that it would violate God's will for Israel to give up control of land in the West Bank to a future Palestinian state. And I'm also going to be thanking God for our President Donald Trump, who had the courage to do what no other U.S. President has done, and that is to officially recognize Jerusalem and to move the embassy. Palestinians and Israelis both claim Jerusalem as their capital, and USA presidents have historically declined to weigh in on the dispute over the city. "'And they the hunters shall hunt them.' That would be the Jews".

Jeffress is also a proponent of the evangelical concept of dispensationalism, which is the idea that Jews returning to Israel is part of God's plan to bring about the events in the New Testament's Book of Revelations, which describes the end of the world.

In a statement at the time, McCain said, "Obviously, I find these remarks and others deeply offensive and indefensible, and I repudiate them".

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FacebookHagee founded Christians United for Israel. "I did not know of them before Rev. Hagee's endorsement, and I feel I must reject his endorsement as well". Hagee withdrew his endorsement, saying the critics were "grossly misrepresenting my position on issues most near and dear to my heart if it serves their political ambitions". "I have always condemned the horrors of the Holocaust in the strongest of terms".

Mitt Romney blasted the decision to have evangelical tele-Pastor Robert Jeffress, a Fox News contributor, give a blessing at the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, slated for Monday.

When Romney ran for president in 2012, Jeffress caused some controversy by claiming during the primaries that Christians shouldn't support Romney because Mormonism is a "cult".

In addition to his remarks on Jews, Jeffress has referred to both Mormonism and Islam as "a heresy from the pit of Hell". "The truth that I, together with tens of hundreds of thousands of evangelical Christians all over the world, proceed to espouse that perception, is neither bigoted nor newsworthy". He said that Mormons, Muslims and Hindus "worship a false god", and that Islam is "evil" and "promotes pedophilia". Jeffress said the Bible declares that "God will judge any nation that divides the land that God gave to Israel". "This is another example of promise made, promise kept".

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