Robert Jeffress has been in the news quite a bit these past few days, ever since Donald Trump cited his warning that there would be a "Civil War-like fracture" in the U.S. if Trump is impeached and removed from office. As it turns out, the evangelical megachurch pastor has a history of making eyebrow-raising statements about Donald Trump, about Democrats, and about people who oppose Trump.
So who is Robert Jeffress?
He's The Pastor Of The 14,000-Member First Baptist Dallas
According to the church's website, Jeffress, in addition to his pastoral duties, is also an adjunct professor at Dallas Theological Seminary. Further, he frequently appears on news and talk shows, particular those of a religious or conservative flavor, such as the FOX News shows Fox and Friends; Hannity; Lou Dobbs Tonight; Varney & Co.; and Judge Jeanine. He also hosts a television show and has written over two dozen books.
His "Civil War" Remark, In Context, Wasn't An Invocation To Take Up Arms, He Says
Jeffress didn't actually say there would be a second civil war if Trump were impeached and removed from office. He said there would be a "Civil War-like fracture" if that were to happen, as he explained in remarks quoted in The Dallas Morning News.
"I was not advocating or predicting an actual civil war if Trump is removed. What I said was such removal would cause a fracture in our country like our country experienced after the Civil War. The Civil War ended 160 years ago, and yet the wounds did not completely heal," he said.He Accused Democrats Of Worshiping The Pagan God Moloch
As Right Wing Watch reports, just last weekend, Jeffress accused Democrats of worshiping Moloch, a Canaanite deity mentioned in the Old Testament, to whom worshipers sacrificed children. Jeffress, while discussing Democrats' support for abortion rights, accused the party and its voters of effectively worshiping the pagan god.
"Apparently the god they worship is the pagan god of the Old Testament, Moloch, who allowed for child sacrifice," he said.
Other Eyebrow-Raising Statements
According to Slate, controversial comments are rather routine when it comes to Jeffress. He has, for example, stated that the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks were retribution from God in response to abortion; said that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is a "cult"; called the Catholic Church a "tool of Satan"; and called Christians who oppose Donald Trump "spineless morons."