Pastor Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Dallas said on June 27 that Christians who refuse to vote for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump are "weak and namby-pamby" (video below).
Jeffress, who is on Trump's evangelical advisory board, made his comments during an interview with "Trunews" radio host Rick Wiles, notes Right Wing Watch:
To me, this is not a battle between Republicans and Democrats. It’s a battle between good and evil, righteousness and unrighteousness, light and darkness, and I think it is time for people who say they are conservative Christians to get off the fence and go to the polls and vote their convictions.
And I'll tell you something else, Rick, these so-called Christian leaders who say, "Well, they're gonna follow their conscience and they cannot, because of moral reasons, vote for Donald Trump."
Can you please tell me what great moral principle out there would allow Hillary Clinton to become the next President of the United States and appoint up to five Supreme Court justices?
My gosh, after today's decision by the Supreme Court on our state's abortion laws here in Texas, shouldn't Christians wake up and understand what this election is about? It just blows me mind how weak and namby-pamby some of these Christian leaders are.
After verbally attacking his fellow Christians, Jeffress said later in the program that President Barack Obama hates conservative Christians, but Trump "likes us."
Jeffress also appeared on Fox News the same day to slam the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on abortion clinics.
NPR noted that the Court ruled that abortion doctors do not need to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals (women can still go the ER where an ER doctor will admit them), and abortion clinics are not required to have the same standards as ambulatory surgical centers that perform complicated surgical procedures (many urgent care clinics don't have these standards, either).
Jeffress told Fox News:
Well, three years ago I stood on the steps of the Capitol with our now-Governor Greg Abbott, urging for the passage of this bill, and I think this is a sad day not only for the state of Texas, but for women.
Look, all this bill did was ask that abortion providers have at least the same standards as surgical centers. That's hardly onerous. And, look, I think the opposition to this bill by Planned Parenthood shows the hypocrisy of Planned Parenthood.
They care nothing about women's health, they care about profits. They could have brought these surgical centers up to the standards that they needed to be, but they didn't want to spend the money to do so. It is a very sad ruling.