Filmmaker Says Mitt Romney Unjustly Labeled Robert Jeffress a Bigot

Pauline Gross
May 15, 2018

But critics say the move, which broke from nearly seven decades of USA policy, could risk peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, who both claim Jerusalem as their capital.

Romney jumped onto social media to bash a Christian pastor, a Trump fan, who was selected by the president and his administration to deliver a prayer at the ceremony today in Jerusalem.

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.

"Such a religious bigot should not be giving the prayer that opens the United States Embassy in Jerusalem", Romney, who is also a Utah Senate candidate and a Mormon, tweeted on Sunday.

Jeffress responded to the critique from Romney and defended his comments in his own tweet.

JEFFRESS: Historic Christianity for 2000 years has taught that salvation is through faith in Christ alone.

Comfort said in a statement Romney is "sadly mistaken".

"You don't have the right to call someone else a bigot for believing the words of Jesus Christ", Jeffress added, as Starnes asserted that Romney has just "smeared" millions of Christians "as religious bigots" with his attack on Jeffress.

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Jeffress has a history of extremely far-right views. God saves by grace, not by race.

After Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans in August 2005, killing more than 1,200 people, Hagee said the storm was God's punishment for its sinful ways, a common trope among conservative evangelists. He said that Mormons, Muslims and Hindus "worship a false god", and that Islam is "evil" and "promotes pedophilia".

"Christianity is not bigotry".

The Rev. Robert Jeffress, leader of a Southern Baptist church near Dallas and a spiritual adviser to President Donald Trump, delivered the invocation at the ceremony in Jerusalem, attended by an official US delegation featuring Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner.

It's located in part of the city that Palestinians believe should be the site of their own capital and that many worldwide observers consider occupied territory seized by the Israeli government in 1967.

Asked directly about Jeffress's past statements, Shah said "I haven't seen those remarks, but obviously those aren't remarks that the president agrees with".

NBC criticized Jeffress for the comments about the Bible's teaching that those who fail to follow Jesus will not go to heaven. I'm going to be thanking God for the strong leadership of Benjamin Netanyahu, who is absolutely determined to protect Israel. "Although they may have embraced different lies, they have rejected the same truth". "Behold, I will send for many fishers, and after will I send for many hunters, '" Hagee said, according to a transcript of his sermon.

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