Robert Jeffress Says He Supports ‘Assassination, Capital Punishment or Evil Punishment to Quell the Actions of Evildoers Like Kim Jong Un’
Texas Christian evangelical Robert Jeffress, an advisor to the President on matters of faith, Tuesday afternoon applauded Donald Trump‘s astonishingly violent rhetoric toward North Korea. â€œIn the case of North Korea, God has given Trump authority to take out Kim Jong Un,â€ the megachurch pastor told The Washington Post.
â€œWhen it comes to how we should deal with evil doers, the Bible, in the book of Romans, is very clear: God has endowed rulers full power to use whatever means necessary â€” including war â€” to stop evil,â€ said Jeffress, who is both a Fox News contributor and, separately, hosts a syndicated religious TV show.
Romans 13Â “gives the government to the authority to do whatever, whether itâ€™s assassination, capital punishment or evil punishment to quell the actions of evildoers like Kim Jong Un,” Jeffress, who leads the 12,000 memberÂ First Baptist Church in Dallas,Â told the Post.
What Jeffress might not haver mentioned is just 12 hours earlier, he was advertising hisÂ “Countdown to the Apocalypse” series on his “Pathway to Victory” TV show. That show is broadcast across the nation and in 28 foreign countries. Jeffress also authored a book titledÂ Countdown to the ApocalypseÂ in 2015.
Pastor Jeffress’ 30-second commercial, which he posted to Twitter, opens with a wall of images including an LGBT pride flag, an ISIS flag, a photo of New York City’s Twin Towers in flames on 9/11, NYC police cars, a hand-written sign that says, “Education is a right! student debt is a crime!!” and other images which the evangelical pastor apparently thinks are signs of theÂ apocalypse.
â€” Dr. Robert Jeffress (@Robertjefress) August 8, 2017
“We live in shocking times,” Jeffress in the voiceover of his ad says. “In our own country, moral confusion abounds. Could we be living in the end times?” he posits.
He says in hisÂ “Countdown to the Apocalypse” show, “we’re learning how to interpret current events in light of Biblical prophesy.”Â
In the background, an iconic image â€“Â taken inÂ celebration of gay rights and same-sex marriage â€“Â of the White House lit in rainbow colors, a sign opposing “Christian fascists,” and more.
Is Jeffress is ginning up violent rhetoric and egging on the president to engage North Korea, possibly in nuclear war, in an effort to help his ratings?
Jeffress is closely linked to this White House. Hours before Trump was sworn in, Jeffress held a pre-inaugurationÂ private prayer service for the Trump and Pence families, and about 300 invited guests. He’s also served on Trump’s evangelical advisoryÂ board.
Jeffress has a long history of making anti-Muslim, anti-gay, anti-Mormon, and anti-Catholic remarks. He also has weighed in regularly on the nation’s politics, espousing a hate-filled far right wing viewpoint.
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 onÂ Obergefell, finding the Constitution does allow same-sex couples the right to marry, Jeffress appeared on Fox News,Â 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.”
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US Breaks 100,000 Mark for Coronavirus Deaths
At 1:02 PM the United States coronavirus death toll passed the 100,000 mark. It’s been just four months and eight days since the first case of the deadly virus was diagnosed in the U.S.
President Donald Trump spent months not taking action and downplaying the threat, then falsely claiming it would “disappear,” like a “miracle.”
A new study shows President Trump’s decision to cut off incoming traffic from China forced hundreds of thousands to enter the U.S. without being tested, likely resulting in the huge numbers of coronavirus infections. Trump repeated that deadly error when he shut down traffic from Europe.
The United States has more infections and more coronavirus deaths than any other nation, by far.
GIF: The day-by-day rise in reported US coronavirus deaths. pic.twitter.com/DbdsV1kX7R
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All three Senators whose cases were dropped have said their investment advisors made the trades without their prior knowledge.
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“Loeffler and her husband sold 27 stocks between January 24 and February 14 at a value of $1.28 million and $3.1 million, according to Senate financial disclosure records,” CNN reported in March. “They also purchased three stocks for between $450,000 to $1 million, including shares in Citrix, a software company used for teleconferencing that’s one of the few that’s gained value amid the coronavirus outbreak.”
Her husband “recently acquired as much as $415,000 in stock in DuPont de Nemours, a chemical company that manufactures protective equipment in exceedingly high demand because of the coronavirus pandemic,” the AP reported last month.
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Christian Cooper, the Black man who recorded the video that’s gone viral and was the target of Amy Cooper’s apparently unfounded threat, said he stood up to her Monday morning because he refused to be intimidated.
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Christian Cooper, 57, is a Harvard grad, a science editor, and a “birder.” All he wanted from Amy was to follow the law and leash her dog to prevent him from destroying the grounds in Central Park, which is home to many birds.
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