In a segment Monday, Fox News anchor Shepard Smith highlighted the past controversial claims made by the pastor President Trump sent to the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, noting that Robert Jeffress has said “all Jews are going to hell,” and “Islam is a false religion.”
“One of the men who gave a prayer before the ceremony in Jerusalem today says he believes all Jews are going to hell,” Smith told his viewers.
“Robert Jeffress is the pastor at the first Baptist church in Dallas. His views on other religious groups, and Judaism, as well as the LGBT community, are well-documented,” he continued.
“Among those railing against the decision to include him is Gov. Mitt Romney,” said Smith, who then highlighted the former Massachusetts governor and Utah Senate candidate’s tweet about Jeffress.
In that tweet, Romney wrote: “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. Such a religious bigot should not be giving the prayer that opens the 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. Such a religious bigot should not be giving the prayer that opens the United States Embassy in Jerusalem.
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) May 14, 2018
“Jeffress said Mormonism has never been part of Christianity. Islam is a false religion and if you follow the tenants of it, you will end up in hell when you die,” he said. “He’s accused gays of being engaged in the most unclean acts you can imagine and said the Supreme Court decision on marriage equality is the greatest, most historic landmark blunder ever in the court’s history,”
“Reporters at the White House briefing today asked why he was chosen to bless this event,” he added. “The spokesman [Raj Shah] said the pastor has a longstanding relationship with people on both sides of the aisle on Capitol Hill and his remarks are one with which the president does not disagree.”
“Full disclosure, [Robert] Jeffress is a Fox News contributor,” Smith concluded.