Pope Francis on Thursday appeared to question Donald Trump's faith, prompting Trump to angrily fire back: "No leader, especially a religious leader, should have the right to question another man's religion or faith."…… Read More

Robert Jeffress, the far-right Dallas pastor who thinks President Obama is paving the way for the Antichrist, is troubled that the president visited a Baltimore mosque this week to express his opposition to bigotry and discrimination targeting Muslim Americans. After Jeffress spoke on Fox News today, the network tweeted some of his comments, including:

.@robertjeffress: Pres. Obama is “operating in his favorite role… and that is defender-in-chief of Islam.” pic.twitter.com/lMCVluPIvb

— Fox News (@FoxNews) February 5, 2016

Pres. Obama is “operating in his favorite role… and that is defender-in-chief of Islam.”

Jeffress is so proud of his contempt for religious freedom, the president and Muslim Americans that he retweeted the Fox News post about his comments.… Read More

The religious right has invested a lot of energy and resources into trying to convince Americans that Christians are somehow under attack in a country in which the population is overwhelmingly Christian. Latest example: Robert Jeffress, the far-right Dallas pastor who thinks President is paving the way for the Antichrist.

Now Jeffress says Christians in America are facing persecution just like the Jews faced in Nazi Germany. Seriously.

Speaking with Sean Hannity of Fox News on Monday night, Jeffress agreed with Hannity that “Christians are often attacked” for their beliefs:

“I want to remind people that, you know, the Nazis weren’t able to take the Jews to the crematoriums immediately. The German people wouldn’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…. They are being marginalized right now, treated as objects of contempt by the media, and once that happens, then the taking away of further rights will be very easy.”

Such statements aren’t just absurd. They’re also offensive to the memory of the millions of Jews and others who were slaughtered by the Nazis. Jeffress should be ashamed of himself.

Hat tip: Mediaite, which has… Read More

Here’s another sad example of the religious right using faith as a political weapon.

Earlier this month we told you about Dallas First Baptist Church pastor Robert Jeffress claiming that President Obama’s policies are “paving the way for the Antichrist.” Now Paige Patterson, president of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, seems to be backing up Jeffress:

“The rapid expansion of the powers of government and the growing dependency on the welfare state set the stage for the antichrist, since that is precisely what he is forecast to do. Dr. Jeffress is not personally attacking President Obama. He is simply attempting to explain to his people what is to happen next.”

Jeffress and Patterson aren’t “personally attacking” the president, you see. They’re just distorting and demonizing what the president does.

We don’t recall either one arguing that the expansion of the “welfare state” (the Medicare prescription drug plan) and the powers of government (the Patriot Act, among other examples) under the George W. Bush administration were paving the way for the Antichrist.… Read More

Robert Jeffress, pastor First Baptist Church in Dallas, made news recently with excerpts from his upcoming book in which he suggests that President Obama’s “policies are paving the way for the Antichrist.”

Here’s what Jeffress says about the president in his new book, Perfect Ending, which discusses biblical prophecies about the end times:

“For the first time in history a president of our country has openly proposed altering one of society’s (not to mention God’s) most fundamental laws: that marriage should be between a man and a woman. While I am not suggesting that President Obama is the Antichrist, the fact that he was able to propose such a sweeping change in God’s law and still win reelection by a comfortable margin illustrates how a future world leader will be able to oppose God’s laws without any repercussions.”

Today One News Now, the propaganda website for the far-right group American Family Association, posted an article in which Jeffress further explains his reasoning:

“I want to be clear: I’m not at all saying Barack Obama is the Antichrist. In fact, I’m sure he’s not – and one reason I know that is the Bible teaches the Antichrist… Read More