'Religious bigot' wrong man to give Jerusalem embassy prayer - Romney

Dallas pastor Robert Jeffress to give prayer at US Embassy opening in Jerusalem

Controversial pro-Trump pastor Robert Jeffress, whom Utah Senate candidate Mitt Romney known as a "non secular bigot" on Twitter, delivered a prayer on Monday on the dedication ceremony of the brand new United States Embassy in Jerusalem.

"Robert Jeffress says 'you can't be saved by being a Jew, ' and 'Mormonism is a heresy from the pit of hell.' He's said the same about Islam", Romney charged.

Jeffress said the president "stands on the right side of you, God, when it comes to Israel". In 2010, he said that Judaism, along with Mormonism, Islam and Hinduism were religions, quote, "that lead people to an eternity of separation from God in hell".

Putting the USA embassy in Jerusalem.is not just a political move for the religious right.

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".

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

Jeffress, who serves on the White House's Evangelical Advisory Board, is one of Donald Trump's most prominent faith advisers. "The fact that I, along with tens of millions of evangelical Christians around the world, continue to espouse that belief, is neither bigoted nor newsworthy", Jeffries fired back at Romney.

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But critics say the move, which broke from nearly seven decades of United States policy, could risk peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, who both claim Jerusalem as their capital.

Jeffress has declared homosexulity to be "a degradation of a person's mind", and said gay people are more likely to be pedophiles, He called the Supreme Court's marriage equality ruling "the greatest, most historic landmark blunder" in the Court's history.

The inaugural event itself spurred an outbreak of protests among Palestinians in Gaza, about 40 miles away from Jerusalem.

Jeffress has also strongly criticized the Roman Catholic Church. Hagee said the new embassy made a clear statement: "Let every Islamic terrorist hear this message: 'Israel lives'". Given such remarks, the choice of Jeffress to lead the prayer this day struck some as inappropriate.

The U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem opens Monday.

A 2008 recording from Hagee caught him proclaiming that Adolf Hitler was fulfilling God's plan to encourage Jews to return to Israel. "I really hope people will look at the book and see what their tax dollars are supporting".

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