Pastor Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Dallas, who has a long history of making comments against gays, the Catholic Church, Mormon faith and Judaism, accused Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton of using "hate speech" on Sept. 12.
Jeffress, who supports Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, was upset over Clinton's recent statement that half of the supporters of Trump are in a "basket of deplorables."
In response, Jeffress fired back on conservative radio host Mike Gallagher's show, notes Right Wing Watch:
I tell you it reveals the hypocrisy of liberalism, and that is liberals who cry loudest for tolerance are usually the most intolerant people in the world when it comes to ideas with which they disagree. I mean, think about it, according to Clinton you’re a racist if you believe in secure borders, you’re xenophobic if you believe that people ought to only be in this country legally and you’re homophobic if you believe in traditional marriage. The fact is, Hillary Clinton is exhibit A of intolerance and her comments Friday were nothing but hate speech.
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In past remarks, Jeffress has said that Mormonism is "heresy from the pit of Hell," the Catholic Church "comes from that cult-like, pagan religion" that is part of "the genius of Satan," gay people are "perverse" and stated: "You can't be saved being a Jew," reports Right Wing Watch.
Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council, was also upset about Clinton's "deplorables" remark, and stated in a Sept. 10 press release:
Clinton's view of her fellow Americans shouldn't be a surprise. The policies of Obama/Clinton are rooted in their shared contempt for the traditional values of tens of millions of Americans. In the last eight years, this administration has increasingly tried to marginalize those who do not surrender to a progressive agenda.
Clinton's comments provide yet another contrast between her and Donald Trump. Donald Trump has treated Democratic voters, like those who supported Bernie Sanders, with respect by inviting them to join him in restoring Americans' freedoms, where Clinton has shown utter contempt.
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The Southern Poverty Law Center notes that Perkins has repeatedly insulted gay Americans, paid $82,500 to use the mailing list of former KKK leader David Duke (Perkins denied knowing it was Duke's list), has spoken before the white supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens (Perkins denied knowing the group was racist), has said that pedophilia "is a homosexual problem" and suggested that Muslim-Americans should not have the same religious freedoms as others.