Filmmaker Says Mitt Romney Unjustly Labeled Robert Jeffress a Bigot

White House advisers Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump reportedly received a blessing from a rabbi who previously compared black people to monkeys

"The fact that I, along with millions of evangelical Christians around the world, espouse that belief is neither bigoted or newsworthy".

As Romney points out, Jeffress has been overtly anti-Muslim for years, and his anti-Semitic statements are low-key enough to give him room to deny it.

Robert Jeffress, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, has come under intense criticism for those comments, but he was also one of Donald Trump's earliest and most enthusiastic Christian supporters.

In a lot of ways, Jeffress is the ideal selection for the Trump administration, and not just because he's been enthusiastically fawning over and defending the president since the election.

Jeffress is also a proponent of the evangelical concept of dispensationalism, which is the idea that Jews returning to Israel is part of God's plan to bring about the events in the New Testament's Book of Revelations, which describes the end of the world.

"This is a historic moment because it represents the United States recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel", he said, "something that the Bible and secular history has told us for three thousand years". He said that if the comments were accurate, they reflected sentiments that "wouldn't be embraced by this White House". Rooney, who served as the US ambassador to the Vatican under President George W. Bush, objected in particular to past comments by both Jeffress and Hagee that were critical of the Roman Catholic Church. Palestinians and Israelis both claim Jerusalem as their capital.

The embassy's relocation formally breaks from decades of established American policy and worldwide practice in a move United States officials say will create greater regional stability.

Israeli border police officer pulls a sign from a Palestinian protestor outside the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem Monday May 14, 2018. He once linked Obama to the Antichrist before unironically throwing his support behind Trump.

Hagee once said that Hitler was fulfilling God's will by slaughtering Jews.

"I would rather have had a balanced scorecard", Rooney said.

Speaking on Fox News Radio, Jeffress said he had a specific plan for his prayer at the new embassy. I'm going to be thanking God for the strong leadership of Benjamin Netanyahu, who is absolutely determined to protect Israel. You may not believe it. Donald Trump might not even truly believe it. "This is another example of a promise made, promise kept".

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