Rabbi Jack Moline, president of Interfaith Alliance, called out President Trump’s inclusion of controversial pastors at the opening ceremony for the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem:
“President Trump’s choice of Pastors John Hagee and Robert Jeffress to offer a prayer at the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem is yet another dismissal and disparagement of any religion other than the president’s own brand of Christianity. Jeffress has publicly disrespected the faiths of Jews and Muslims (and most Christians), while Hagee’s past sermons seemingly praising the Nazis were at one point deemed disqualifying for even associating with a presidential candidate. Their appearances are likely to inflame an already complicated situation.”
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