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.

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today it is the world’s leading organization combating anti-Semitism, exposing hate groups, training law enforcement on hate crimes, developing anti-bias education programs for students, countering cyber-hate and relentlessly pursuing equal rights for all.

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