"Robert Jeffress" by Gage Skidmore / CC BY-SA 2.0

Trump Asks Pastor Who Says Jews Are Going to Hell To Speak at Hanukkah Reception

Dec 12, 2019

By Hemant Mehta

In a bizarre moment during the White House’s Hanukkah Reception yesterday, Donald Trump invited Pastor Robert Jeffress — Southern Baptist Pastor Robert Jeffress — to address the crowd.

In case you’re not familiar with him, that would be the same Robert Jeffress who once said “you can’t be saved being a Jew” during a rant in which he also condemned Islam and Mormonism.

That comment on its own isn’t shocking. It’s what many Christians believe about everyone else who’s not a Christian. You have to agree with them on the Jesus myth or it’s an eternity of torture for you. But to have Jeffress speak to a crowd of Jews during an event in their honor? It makes as much sense as when Jeffress spoke in Jerusalem last year to mark the opening of the new U.S. embassy.

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