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Romney Tweet about Robert Jeffress Falsely Paints Faithful Christians as Bigoted Extremists

Romney Tweet about Robert Jeffress Falsely Paints Faithful Christians as Bigoted Extremists

On Sunday, Republican Mitt Romney said the prominent Baptist minister is not an appropriate candidate to give the prayer that opens the US Embassy on Jerusalem soil, citing his "religious bigotry".

President Donald Trump selected Southern Baptist Pastor Robert Jeffress to speak at the opening of the new USA embassy for Israel in Jerusalem, apparently disregarding - or perhaps because of - his intensely bigoted beliefs about Mormons, Jews, Muslims, and the LGBTQ community.

"Robert Jeffress says 'you can't be saved by being a Jew, ' and 'Mormonism is a heresy from the pit of hell, '" he tweeted.

A Christian filmmaker has taken the time to define "bigotry" for Utah Senate candidate Mitt Romney after the Mormon politician issued a statement that appeared to demand that a Christian pastor express views that are non-Christian.

He called Islam "a false" and "evil" religion and said it promotes pedophilia.

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"And that is that faith alone in Jesus Christ is the exclusive way to Heaven", Jeffress told Shannon Bream.

The move - which comes months after President Donald Trump promised to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital - has been welcomed by Israel and USA evangelicals, but Palestinians have condemned it. "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".

Jeffress, who leads one of the largest Southern Baptist churches in the country, suggested in a 2010 interview with the Trinity Broadcasting Network that some churches might shy away from saying "anything that's going to offend people" to try to grow their congregations. It's located in part of the city that Palestinians believe should be the site of their own capital and that many global observers consider occupied territory seized by the Israeli government in 1967. Israeli soldiers shot and killed dozens Palestinians during mass protests along the Gaza border on Monday.

Jeffress has also strongly criticized the Roman Catholic Church. The message was clear but Hagee said his position was misrepresented and "the ugliest of lies". "No one comes to the Father except through me", Caner said, according to Fox News. He's also said that Jews are going to hell, which makes him an awkward choice for this particular event.

The ADL, the premiere Jewish advocacy group, celebrated the Trump administration's controversial and highly-politicized decision to move the embassy from Tel Aviv.