Mitt Romney calls pastor delivering United States embassy blessing a 'religious bigot'

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"Not only do religions like Mormonism, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism - not only do they lead people away from God, they lead people to an eternity of separation from God in hell", he said.

Jeffress responded in a tweet of his own by defending his view that "salvation is through faith in Christ alone".

Jeffress, a Dallas-based pastor and known supporter of President TrumpDonald John TrumpUS paid Trump's Scottish resort for VIP hotel stays: report Michael Avenatti tweets, then deletes, Fox News booker's phone number Former Trump aide working with Russian company to lift United States sanctions: report MORE, said over the weekend that he would be leading the prayer at the dedication of the new embassy.

"First of all I am going to take some time to thank God for His faithfulness to Israel for 4,000 years".

Jeffress has been a staunch supporter of the president and is a member of Trump's evangelical advisory panel. Kushner addressed the current violence in his opening remarks, saying "these frightening violence are a part of the issue and never a part of the answer". Hagee says he told President Trump that his decision to move the embassy would guarantee him "political immortality" because he has "the courage to do what other presidents did not have the courage to do".

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The relocation of the embassy marks a virtually three decade departure from US global coverage and has been largely regarded by evangelical Christians as a significant victory for the Trump administration. "This is another example of promise made, promise kept", he added.

In the sermon, Hagee quoted from the Book of Jeremiah that "they the hunters should hunt them [the Jews] ... from every mountain and from every hill and from out of the holes of the rocks".

McCain said in a statement at the time: 'Obviously, I find these remarks and others deeply offensive and indefensible, and I repudiate them. "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". "I have always condemned the horrors of the Holocaust in the strongest of terms".

A spokesman for Hagee's group, Ari Morgenstern, told CNN that the pastor gave the sermon based on the writings of a Jewish theologian, Rabbi Yissachar Shlomo Teichtal, who was imprisoned by the Nazis and 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.

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".

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