What Bigoted Rev. Jeffress’ Private Sermon Tells Us About Trump
07 February 2017
Jeffress’ presence at the inauguration and his role on Trump’s evangelical advisory board can tell us something about Trump’s plans.
Just before Donald Trump’s inauguration, Reverend Robert Jeffress delivered a sermon privately for Trump and his family. It was a decision that, like many of Trump’s decisions, drew controversy.
In 2010, Jeffress gave a sermon during which he said, “The deep, dark, dirty secret of Islam: It is a religion that promotes pedophilia — sex with children. This so-called prophet Muhammad raped a 9-year-old girl — had sex with her.” Embracing Robert Jeffress is confirmation that Trump is anti-Islam and pro-discrimination of marginalized members of society. Less than a week into his presidency, Trump has already signed an executive order to deny visas to anyone from seven majority Muslim countries.
Jeffress disparages many identities, frequently invoking the threat of the apocalypse. When he spoke at Liberty University in March 2015, he said that the 9/11 terror attacks were caused by abortion. He also told students that decriminalizing “gay sex” was a sign of America’s collapse. He has said that Fifty Shades of Grey, which he calls Fifty Shades of Perversion, and marriage equality are signs that the end of the world is nigh. The pastor claims the advancement of LGBTQIA rights “will pave the way for that future world dictator, the Antichrist.” An infamous sermon he gave in 2008 was titled “Gay Is Not OK.”
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