Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

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

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

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.

"It's really an unfair attack that you have to be bigoted to believe what I believe", Jeffress said. "Because you are having the courage to do what other presidents did not have the courage to do". The host then went on to quote the pro-Trump evangelical leader. We find it amusing that the next person to be elected on that "path" was President Trump. Jeffress delivered a sermon at a private church service just prior to Trump's inauguration in January 2017.

"Today, we finally acknowledge the obvious: that Jerusalem is Israel's capital", Trump said later about his decision.

Here are some of the most incendiary remarks they have made in the past. Past U.S. presidents have historically declined to weigh in on the dispute over the city.

Trump decision to relocate the United States embassy from Tel Aviv went against the worldwide consensus that doing so appears to favor Israel's claim to Jerusalem in its decades-long struggle with Palestine. It was a promise Trump repeatedly made to his conservative Christian base. Some evangelicals believe that U.S. foreign policy should support Israel to help fulfil biblical prophecies about the second coming of Christ. "No one comes to the Father but through me'". "And they the hunters shall hunt them".

Laurie said in Psalms 122:6 Christians are commanded to "pray for the peace of Jerusalem" - "May those who love you be secure". "Hitler was a hunter". "Although they may have embraced different lies, they have rejected the same truth". 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". They all said Judaism won't do it. "I have therefore chose to withdraw my endorsement of Sen". The message was clear but Hagee said his position was misrepresented and "the ugliest of lies". "I have always condemned the horrors of the Holocaust in the strongest of terms". Teichtal, who was imprisoned by the Nazis, wrote that the afflictions that were befalling the Jewish population of Europe during World War II were meant to spur a return by Jews to the Holy Land.

Jeffress endorsed Romney, who is Mormon, for president in 2012, The Hill reported.

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In recent years, Jeffress has frequently denounced Islam, calling it an "evil religion" that "promotes pedophilia" because the Prophet Muhammed married a 9-year-old girl. "The biblical gospel is good news for Jews, Mormons, atheists, Muslims, Hindus, agnostics, etc. - 'whosoever will may come, '" he said.

"Such a religious bigot should not be giving the prayer that opens the United States Embassy in Jerusalem", he concluded.

Jeffress responded to Romney's criticisms.

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

"In that prayer, I'm going to be recounting God's history of faithfulness to his people, the Israelites", he said.

On Trump's ongoing feud with National Football League players protesting police mistreatment of African Americans, Jeffress declared the National Football League protests "absolutely wrong" and said the players should be "thanking God that they live in a country where they're not only free to earn millions of dollars every year, but they're also free from the worry of being shot in the head for taking a knee like they would be if they were in North Korea".

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