Pastor Says LGBT People’s Behavior Is ‘Filthy’ and ‘Degrading’
At 12:00 PM Friday,Â Donald Trump will place his left hand on the Lincoln bible, raise his right hand, and be sworn in as President of the United States.
“I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States,” Trump will say.
But about an hour or two before he stands on the west frontÂ steps of the U.S. Capitol,Â Donald Trump and his family will attend a private prayer service for them and about 300 invited guests, including Mike and Karen Pence, atÂ St. John’s Episcopal Church, across the street from the White House. That service, CNN reports, will be led by pastor Robert Jeffress of the First Baptist Church inÂ Texas.
Pastor Jeffress is far from an unassuming, little-known man of the cloth.
His Dallas-based church boasts a membership of 12,000. He is a long-time Fox News contributor and political pundit, and sits on Trump’s evangelical advisory board. His views are well-documented.
So it should come as no surprise to Trump or his supporters that Pastor Jeffress is one of the most divisive, controversial, and un-Christian ministers in America.
How bad is Robert Jeffress?
Christian conservative hero Tim Tebow in 2013, after learning about Jeffress’ views, canceled a guest speaking engagement at Jeffress’ church.Â
Jeffress has an opinion on just about everything.
Just two days before the 2012 election, JeffressÂ said, â€œI am not saying that President Obama is the Antichrist, I am not saying that at all. One reason I know heâ€™s not the Antichrist is the Antichrist is going to have much higher poll numbers when he comes. President Obama is not the Antichrist. But what I am saying is this: the course he is choosing to lead our nation is paving the way for the future reign of the Antichrist.â€Â
Four years earlier, in 2008, Jeffress delivered a controversial sermon (audio here) titled, â€œGay Is Not OK,” which featured this condemnation:Â “What they [homosexuals] do is filthy. It is so degrading that it is beyond description. And it is their filthy behavior that explains why they are so much more prone to disease.”
That same year, theÂ Dallas ObserverÂ reported that Jeffress “said Mormon Mitt Romney wasÂ a member of a ‘cult’Â and who, in September, said that ‘Christians are uniquely favored by God, [while] Mormons, Hindus and Muslims worship a false god.’ And in the 1990s, he said that homosexuality causes ‘the deaths of tens of thousands every year through AIDS.’ He’sÂ super-tolerant. Then again, JeffressÂ has done quite a bit for the gay community: In 1998, while he was pastor at the First Baptist Church in Wichita Falls, he protested the library’s carrying such titles asÂ Heather Has Two MommiesÂ andÂ Daddy’s Roommate, which only served to make them more popular.”Â
Just two weeks before the Supreme Court handed down its 2015 ruling on Obergefell, finding the Constitution does allow same-sex couples the right to marry, Jeffress appeared on Fox News, invoking the Holocaust, and tying it to supposed persecution of Christians.
“Christians,” Jeffress falsely told Sean Hannity, areÂ “losing their business because they believe in traditional marriage.”
“This isnâ€™t imaginary,” Jeffress said. “Itâ€™s real. And sure, it doesnâ€™t rise to the level of having your head chopped off by ISIS in the Middle East, but itâ€™s all the same attitude that allows for those attacks.”
“I want to remind people that, you know, the Nazis werenâ€™t able to take the Jews to the crematoriums, immediately,” Jeffress said, without a moment of remorse. “The German people wouldnâ€™t have allowed for it. Instead, the Nazis had to change public opinion. They marginalized the Jewish people, disparaged them, and make them objects of contempt.”
Hannity interrupted, to ensure Jeffress really thought “Christians are being marginalized the way Jews in Germany were?”
“Absolutely. They are being marginalized right now,” Jeffress insisted. “Treated as objects of contempt by the media and once that happens then the taking away of further rights will be very easy.”
But Barack Obama and LGBT people are far from Jeffress’ only targets of hate.
Jeffress has also called Islam and Mormonism heresiesÂ “from the pit of hell,”Â suggested that the Catholic church wasÂ led astray by Satan, accused Obama of “paving the way”Â for the AntichristÂ and spread false statistics about theÂ prevalence of HIV among gays, who he said live aÂ “miserable” and “filthy” lifestyle.In recent years, Jeffress has frequently denounced Islam, calling it an “evil religion” that “promotes pedophilia”Â because the Prophet Muhammed married a 9-year-old girl. (Many modern Muslim scholars disagree about her age.) The pastor has also said that Mormons, Muslims and HindusÂ “worship a false god.”
He has called homosexuality “degrading,” andÂ linked it to pedophilia, alcoholism, depression and suicide, while insisting that his remarks are rooted in concern for gays — a way of showing them the true path to salvation.
Of course, there’s more.
In 2015, after the terror attacks in Paris, Jeffress “denounced Islam, calling it an evil and false religion,” according to a local Dallas Fox News affiliate.
There are so many more examples, but the bottom line is, if Trump has chosen Pastor Robert Jeffress to help him lead the way for the next four or eight years, America as we know it is in grave danger.
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Ted Cruz at CPAC Slams Biden, Yells U.S. Will Return to ‘Sanity,’ Screams at the Top of His Lungs ‘Freedom!’
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), fresh from near-universal condemnation over his Cancun vacation during the Lone Star State’s ice and snow storms, power outages, and water shortage, spoke at CPAC Friday morning in an apparent effort to win back some of his lost approval rating.
He screamed for nearly a minute.
“These are dark days and the media tells us this is the new Galactic Empire forever and 1000 years, but already Joe Biden and the radicals in his administration they are already overshooting, they are already going too far, their policies don’t work, they are disasters, they are bad, they are destroying jobs, they are stripping our freedom,” Cruz said, screaming out unsubstantiated falsehoods.
“There is a natural pendulum to politics and the country will come back to sanity and mark my words, 2022 is going to be a fantastic election year, and so is 2024, as we stand together and defend liberty, defend the Constitution, defend the Bill of Rights of every American. In the immortal words of William Wallace, ‘Freedom!'” he screamed.
Calm down, Ted. pic.twitter.com/iM4vrChwxK
— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) February 26, 2021
Watch: CPAC Officials Beg Attendees to ‘Comply With the Law’ and ‘Work on Wearing a Mask.’ It Doesn’t Go Well.
Two administrative officials at CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference, kicked off Friday morning’s events by urging attendees to wear a mask to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. It did not go well.
While its parent organization claims it literally defines what conservatism is, CPAC is an annual convention of conservatives that has always embraced and catered to an extremist right wing crowd, while trying to appear more mainstream in an effort to gain credibility.
“I also want to mention one thing, and I know this might sound like a little bit of a downer,” the morning’s host, “Dan” said on stage at the Hyatt Regency Orlando. “But we also believe in property rights, and this is a private hotel, and we believe in the rule of law so we need to comply with the laws of this county that we’re in.”
“But a private hotel, just like your house, gets to set its own rules,” he explained, passing the buck to deliver the bad news to “Carly, our CPAC director.”
“Well, as Dan mentioned we are in a private facility,” she said, appearing a bit nervous, “and we do want to be respectful of the ordinances that they have, as their private property, so please everyone when you’re in the ballroom when you’re seated, you should still be wearing a mask. So if everybody can go ahead, work on that. I know I know it’s it’s not the most fun. ”
That’s when shouts of “freedom!” began.
Dan had to step back in.
“You have the right, you have the right to set own rules in your own house. And we’re borrowing somebody else’s house, so we need to comply with their rules.”
The shouts grew louder.
“So thank you all for putting on your masks, I wear a mask when I’m in the halls, and we’re going to comply with our rules.,” Dan told the audience.
“Thank you everyone have a good conference,” Carly concluded.
CPAC officials have to remind attendees to please, for the love of God, comply with the hotel’s rules and wear a mask. Unhappy people in the audience yell “freedom!” pic.twitter.com/hvoTPLKQ9J
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 26, 2021
A Bloomberg News reporter posted video of Florida Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz refusing to set an example in his own state and not wear a mask, and others Thursday night also refusing to comply.
Just watched a #CPAC staff member ask an attendee multiple times to put his mask on. He turned toward her, coughed, and kept walking. I’d say about 60-70% of attendees are wearing masks, despite a rule requiring masks.
— William Turton (@WilliamTurton) February 26, 2021
Hitler-Praising Congresswoman’s Husband Owns Anti-Government Extremist Truck Parked Outside Capitol on Jan. 6: Report
On January 5 U.S. Rep. Mary Miller (R-IL) praised Hitler as she was speaking to an anti-choice, anti-LGBTQ right wing mothers group at an event in Washington, D.C. On January 6 – the day MAGA cultists stormed the capitol in an armed insurrection – her husband, a Republican state lawmaker, parked his pickup truck, emblazoned with an anti-government extremist group’s logo, at the U.S. Capitol.
All this is according to a report at The Daily Beast, which reveals Congresswoman Miller’s husband, who is an elected member of the Illinois House of Representatives, “conceded the truck belonged to him even as he pleaded ignorance about the militia group.”
The “militia” group is the Three Percenters, one of hundreds of anti-government extremist groups, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. These groups promote QAnon cultism, expanding “gun rights,” and the “Big Lie” that Donald Trump won re-election.
“Army friend gave me decal,” Millers husband, Chris Miller, told The Daily Beast via email. “Thought it was a cool decal. Took it off because of negative pub.”
— Phoenix on Wheels (@phoenixonwheels) February 25, 2021
The Beast reports Miller “says he ‘never was member’ of the militia and ‘didn’t know anything about 3% till fake news started this fake story and read about them.'”
Here’s video from Congresswoman Miller’s January 5 speech in which she praised Hitler. She later was forced to apologize after calls for her resignation.
Here is the Rep. Mary Miller (R-IL) speech quoting Hitler, made just one day before the attack on the Capitol-her is the owner of the suspicious truck seen at the Capitol on 1/6: “Hitler was right about one thing, whoever has the youth has the future.” 2/ pic.twitter.com/F9V9ILqGWo
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) February 26, 2021
This was posted to Chris Miller’s Facebook page:
Celebrating this exceptional country with our friends and family here in Coles County and Charleston, Illinois. It was great to see everyone in Mattoon this morning!!
As The Daily Beast notes, their report is based on research from capitolhunters, a Twitter account that has been tracking down participants in the January 6 insurrection.
Here’s the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League:
Disturbing that a vehicle displaying an anti-gov’t extremist Three Percenter sticker was parked at the Capitol. It belongs to State Rep Chris Miller, husband to US Rep Mary Miller; she said at a rally, “Hitler was right on one thing.” More on this symbol: https://t.co/qCEQ2W0k0S https://t.co/Gk8EtThCjy
— Jonathan Greenblatt (@JGreenblattADL) February 25, 2021
You can read the full report at The Daily Beast.
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