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Politics Pro-Trump Pastor Mocks Biden Message of 'Unity,' Blasts LGBTQ Protections

01:06  24 january  2021
01:06  24 january  2021 Source:   newsweek.com

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Shortly after being sworn in as the 46th president of the United States, Joe Biden signed a thick stack of executive orders, undoing a host of Trump administration policies — including protecting LGBTQ rights under existing federal law.

Pastor Robert Jeffress, a former member of the Trump administration's White House Faith Initiative, said President Joe Biden's executive orders to codify Roe v. Wade and LGBTQ protections are the first shots in a coming "persecution" of U.S. Christians.

Robert Jeffress wearing a suit and tie: Pastor Robert Jeffress, a former member of the Trump administration's White House Faith Initiative, claimed President Joe Biden's executive orders to codify Roe v. Wade and LGBTQ protections are just the first shots in the coming © Screenshot: Fox Business | Twitter Pastor Robert Jeffress, a former member of the Trump administration's White House Faith Initiative, claimed President Joe Biden's executive orders to codify Roe v. Wade and LGBTQ protections are just the first shots in the coming "persecution" of U.S. Christians.

The senior pastor at the 14,000-member First Baptist Church in Dallas told Fox Business host Lou Dobbs Friday "there's not going to be any unity" in America under a president who promotes a "hard left agenda." An evangelical adviser to former President Donald Trump, Jeffress concurred with statements from some evangelical leaders and Catholic bishops who said Biden can't call for unity if he's allowing more access to abortion procedures and defending gay and transgender lifestyles.

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"Look, we can sit around in a circle and sing 'kumbaya' and talk about unity all we want to. But as long as the Biden administration continues to push this hard-left agenda down the throats of Americans, there's not going to be any unity," Jeffress, a Fox Business contributor, said Friday. "We saw it this week. Biden signed an executive order which would force schools to allow a 16-year-old boy—thinks he's a girl—to share a locker room, the bathroom, the shower with your 13-year-old daughter. That's insanity. But that's what the Biden administration is up to."

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"People forget, before Donald Trump came into office, Joe Biden and Barack Obama were suing these poor Catholic nuns. Trump put a stop to it, but now that he's gone, expect that kind of persecution to resume and intensify."

Speaking to his massive congregation in Texas recently, Jeffress warned them "it's not a very long trip to the persecution of the church," once the country allows the government to regulate free speech. "We need to get ready for it, it's coming," he said. This sentiment of fear and and impending loss of religious freedoms has been echoed by a number of other U.S. Christian leaders.


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Pastor Chad Harvey, of the Pentecostal Cross Assembly Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, told ABC News Friday he's admittedly cynical about Biden's calls for "unity." Harvey said Democrat-led efforts to "roll back some of the pro-life executive orders Trump put into place" will make coming together very difficult, if not impossible.

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"I hear [calls for] unity in the evangelical church. ... I hear a call for unity, ostensibly from the Biden administration, although I'm not hearing that call as strongly as I would like," Harvey said. "I'm all for unity. I'm not for unity at the [expense] of truth. Individuals should not have to lay down deep-held conviction on issues like the sanctity of life, human sexuality. We shouldn't have to lay those down for the sake of unity."

Similarly, the chairman of the U.S. Bishops' pro-life faction responded to Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris' executive actions on the 48th anniversary of Roe v. Wade on Friday. Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas, said it's "deeply disturbing and tragic that any President would praise and commit to codifying a Supreme Court ruling that denies unborn children their most basic human and civil right, the right to life, under the euphemistic disguise of a health service."

"I take this opportunity to remind all Catholics that the Catechism states, 'Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable,'" Naumann said. "We strongly urge the President to reject abortion and promote life-affirming aid to women and communities in need."

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Newsweek reached out to Naumann and Jeffress' First Baptist Dallas church for additional remarks Saturday afternoon.

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