Rabbi Says Pastor Robert Jeffress Was ‘Disrespectful’ by Comparing Marginalized American Christians to Holocaust Victims

Pastor Robert Jeffress inside the sanctuary at First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas. (PHOTO: COURTESY OF FIRST BAPTIST DALLAS)
Pastor Robert Jeffress inside the sanctuary at First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas.
(PHOTO: COURTESY OF FIRST BAPTIST DALLAS)

Rabbi Jack Moline of the left-of-center Interfaith Alliance has written a letter to Texas megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress accusing him of being “disrespectful” to victims of the Holocaust in his recent comparison of the “marginalization” faced by American Christians to the way Jewish people were treated under Nazi Germany.

“Religious persecution is a significant problem around the world. Many people live in fear for their lives because of their faith, Christians included. You and I and everyone should do more to remedy the situation,” Moline said in a letter shared with The Christian Post.

“However, your recent comments on Fox News comparing your experience as a conservative Christian to Jews living in Nazi Germany show disrespect to the victims of the Holocaust, and do a disservice to the critically important cause of ending real religious persecution. The honest disagreements that people of faith in this country have about public policy issues are hardly the beginning of a path toward genocide.”

Jeffress, senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, recently hit back against HBO host Bill Maher’s claims that Christians are not being marginalized in the U.S., by pointing out in an interview with Fox News that Nazi Germany also did not send Jewish people to the crematoriums right away during World War II.

“I want to remind people that the Nazis weren’t able to take the Jews to the crematoriums immediately. The German people wouldn’t have allowed for it. Instead, the Nazis had to change public opinion. They marginalized the Jewish people, disparaged them, and made them objects of contempt,” Jeffress said.

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Stoyan Zaimov

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