Jeffress Prays 'For the Peace of Jerusalem' After Being Called 'Bigot'

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Jeffress Prays 'For the Peace of Jerusalem' After Being Called 'Bigot'

Reporting from Jerusalem, Breitbart News Editor-at-Large Joel B. Pollak spoke with the Rev. John Hagee, founder and national director of Christians United for Israel (CUFI).

The ADL, referring to the opening of the embassy, stated, "We need prayers of peace, hope, openness and respect".

After Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans in August 2005, killing more than 1,200 people, Hagee said the storm was God's punishment for its sinful ways, a common trope among conservative evangelists. "Because you are having the courage to do what other presidents did not have the courage to do".

Trump administration officials attended the opening ceremony of the controversial new USA embassy in Jerusalem on Monday - and invited several extreme Religious Right figures to play a major role in the events.

On Monday Jeffress steered clear of such language, but he offered full-throated praise of Trump.

"We want to thank you for the tremendous leadership of our great president, Donald J. Trump".

"As Christians, we believe the Lord gave the land of Israel to Abraham and his offspring in an everlasting covenant, and this includes Jerusalem", Laurie said, citing Psalm 89:28-37 in the Old Testament.

"I imagine, Father, I communicate for each one among us once I say we thanks every single day that you've given us a president who boldly stands on the best aspect of historical past, however extra importantly stands on the best aspect of you, God, with regards to Israel", Jeffress mentioned in a blessing. Jeffress also stated he would "express gratitude for our tremendous President, Donald Trump". Jeffress delivered a sermon at a private church service just prior to Trump's inauguration in January 2017.

"He has a long-standing involvement with public officials", he said.

The inaugural event itself spurred an outbreak of protests among Palestinians in Gaza, about 40 miles away from Jerusalem. He is preoccupied with what LGBT Americans do in the privacy of their own homes, saying they are "engaged in the most detestable, unclean, abominable acts you can imagine".

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.

The relocation of the embassy marks a virtually three decade departure from US worldwide coverage and has been largely regarded by evangelical Christians as a significant victory for the Trump administration. It was a promise Trump repeatedly made to his conservative Christian base. To Jeffress, Trump paying off an adult film star to stay quiet about an affair "doesn't matter" because "evangelicals understand the concept of sin and forgiveness". Israel was established largely as a secular state.

A 2008 recording from Hagee caught him proclaiming that Adolf Hitler was fulfilling God's plan to encourage Jews to return to Israel. He's said that protesting National Football League players should "thank God" they haven't been "shot in the head". "The Bible also says that God's the one who established nations and its borders", Jeffress said on "Fox & Friends" last September. "'And they the hunters shall hunt them.' That would be the Jews".

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