ADL Disappointed in Choice of Pastor Robert Jeffress to Give Opening Prayer at U.S. Embassy Opening in Jerusalem

New York, NY, May 14, 2018 ... The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today expressed disappointment in the selection of Pastor Robert Jeffress to offer a prayer at the historic dedication of the American Embassy in Jerusalem.

ADL issued the following statement:

We are disappointed by the selection of Pastor Robert Jeffress to offer a prayer at the historic dedication of the American Embassy in Jerusalem.  Jeffress is an unrepentant religious bigot who has a history of making hateful comments about Jews, Muslims, Christian and other religions, who has said “you can’t be saved by being a Jew,“ and “Mormonism is a heresy from the pit of hell.”  On this historic day of celebration, we need prayers of peace, hope, openness and respect. The choice of Jeffress sends exactly the wrong message.

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.