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

President Trump with Pastor Robert Jeffress during the Celebrate Freedom Rally in Washington DC

Early Monday morning, ahead of the ceremony officially moving the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, former MA governor and presidential candidate Mitt Romney took to Twitter to savage Pastor Robert Jeffress, who was slated to offer a prayer at the ceremony.

Mr Jeffress is the pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, a Southern Baptist megachurch in Texas, and is a member of Mr Trump's Evangelical Advisory Board.

Romney had a particular problem with Jeffress saying, "you can't be saved by being a Jew" and "Mormonism is a heresy from the pit of hell".

ROBERT JEFFRESS: We thank you every day that you have given us a president who boldly stands on the right side of history but more importantly stands on the right side of you, oh, God, when it comes to Israel.

Jeffress also once said that "the dark dirty secret of Islam ..."

After the pastor said on Fox News over the weekend that he would give the opening prayer at the embassy ceremony, Romney called him a "religious bigot". The 2012 Republican presidential nominee and now Senate candidate Romney blasted the preacher on Twitter for his statements about Jews, Muslims as well as Mormons, who himself is Mormon. Mass protests broke out along the border fence with Gaza in the hours before the embassy opening on Monday, and Israeli soldiers shot and killed more than 50 Palestinians, the Health Ministry reported.

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"This is a historic event on a global scale but most especially for American Christians", Penny Nance, CEO and president of Concerned Women for America, told Breitbart News. And the fact that I and tens of millions of evangelical Christians still believe that is not bigoted and it's not newsworthy.

The opening of the USA embassy in Jerusalem is extraordinarily controversial.

He is said to have made more than 2,000 media appearances - regularly on the right-leaning Fox News cable channel - and has written 23 books.

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

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". "I did not know of them before Rev. Hagee's endorsement, and I feel I must reject his endorsement as well". The message was clear but Hagee said his position was misrepresented and "the ugliest of lies".

The White Home invited Jeffress to take part within the opening of the embassy after it was moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, an invite that was met with widespread criticism. And that came through in Jeffress' prayer to God. "This is another example of promise made, promise kept".

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