Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who is himself a Mormon, is leading the chorus of criticism against "religious bigot" Robert Jeffress, who will speak in front of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner on Monday.
Jeffress, the pastor of Dallas First Baptist Church and a member of Trump's evangelical advisory council, has a historical past of creating controversial remarks about faith, coverage and sexuality.
"I imagine, Father, I communicate for each one among us once I say we thanks every single day that you've given us a president who boldly stands on the best aspect of historical past, however extra importantly stands on the best aspect of you, God, with regards to Israel", Jeffress mentioned in a blessing. "He's said the same about Islam".
"This is a historic moment because it represents the United States recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, something that the Bible and secular history have told us for 3,000 years", Jeffress said on Fox & Friends. "Islam is a false religion and if you follow the tenants of it, you will end up in hell when you die", he said.
After Starnes opened by saying that he couldn't believe that Romney, a "failed presidential candidate [and] about to be a failed senatorial candidate", would release such "a vicious" statement attacking Jeffress in this manner, Jeffress predictably responded by falsely claiming that his comments had been "twisted" and taken "out of context". "The fact that I, along with tens of millions of evangelical Christians around the world, continue to espouse that belief, is neither bigoted nor newsworthy".
The other evangelical minister who gave the benediction at Monday's ceremony was John Hagee, also a Texas pastor and founder of Christians United for Israel.
The move of the USA embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem has been decided since 1995, but each president since then has postponed it.
GJELTEN: A White House spokesman today said the invitation to Pastor Jeffress reflected his strong relationship with many in the faith community. The message was clear but Hagee said his position was misrepresented and "the ugliest of lies". The Anti-Defamation League also expressed their dissent of Jeffress and his involvement in the ceremony.
He is said to have made more than 2,000 media appearances - regularly on the right-leaning Fox News cable channel - and has written 23 books.
"People may disagree with that view, but it's not a view unique to me".