Dishonest: Trump-loving megachurch Pastor Robert Jeffress makes the dishonest claim that the terrorists that stormed the U.S. Capitol were not Christians, instead arguing that the terrorists were actually “a part of the kingdom of Satan.”
Speaking on Fox News, the dishonest pastor declared:
We’ve got to acknowledge that what happened Wednesday at the Capitol was not only a crime, it was a sin against God. The people who stormed that Capitol, the people who killed that police officer, were not a part of the kingdom of God, as some people claimed; they were a part of the kingdom of Satan.
Jeffress is wrong. The terrorists that stormed the U.S. Capitol in a failed coup attempt were for the most part Christians. In fact, many of the Trump-loving domestic terrorists who stormed the U.S. Capitol yesterday were White Christian Nationalists, waving Christian flags, holding signs praising Jesus, and saying prayers after they broke into the building.
Indeed the Christian flag, and Christian symbolism, were prominent fixtures among the terrorists storming the Capitol building. Religion Unplugged reports:
The insurrectionist mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday carried an array of flags and signs that indicate that not only are they Republicans, but also that they are Christians.
As the mob swarmed the Capitol steps, climbed the inaugural scaffolding and even scaled the building like it was a gym climbing wall, the now commonplace red, white and blue “Trump 2020” and “Make America Great Again” flags flew alongside flags and banners with a range of Christian symbols. A giant wooden cross was installed across from the Capitol building as well.
Writing for Religion Dispatches, Chrissy Stroop notes:
… these pro-Trump terrorists carried not only American, Confederate, and Trump flags, but also explicitly Christian symbols along with signs and flags bearing anti-choice, QAnon, and right-wing Christian slogans like “The Children Cry Out for Justice” and the not-so-apolitical after all “Jesus 2020,” …
Jeffrey Goldberg writing for The Atlantic, reports on his experience at the Trump rally held before the assault on the U.S. Capitol:
The conflation of Trump and Jesus was a common theme at the rally. “Give it up if you believe in Jesus!” a man yelled near me. People cheered. “Give it up if you believe in Donald Trump!” Louder cheers.
In short. many of the Trump-loving domestic terrorists who stormed the U.S. Capitol were committed Christians.
As for Jeffress, an obviously ignorant and small-minded man, he is no stranger to controversy. Previously he made the ridiculous claim that only those who’ve “sold their soul to the devil” will vote for Joe Biden.
While campaigning for Trump this “good Christian” warned Jews that they and their children would be cursed by God if they voted for Democrats.
And in the past Jeffress made the ridiculous claim that climate change is an “imaginary crisis” because God’s rainbow means “that the polar ice caps aren’t going to melt and flood the world again.”
Bottom line: Trump-loving megachurch Pastor Robert Jeffress makes the deeply dishonest claim that the terrorists that stormed the U.S. Capitol were not Christians, instead arguing that the terrorists were actually “a part of the kingdom of Satan.”