Robert Jeffress: Obama Not a Muslim, but Has 'Blood on His Hands,' Responsible for Christian Persecution

Pastor Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Church in Dallas speaking in a video posted on June 12, 2016.
Pastor Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Church in Dallas speaking in a video posted on June 12, 2016. | (Photo: video screencap)

Pastor Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Dallas church in Texas has argued that President Barack Obama has "blood on his hands" for failing to address growing Christian persecution around the globe, which Jeffress argued comes down to Muslim anger at the historical Christian support for Jewish people.

Jeffress appeared on "Varney & Co." on the Fox Business channel on Tuesday to comment on a recently released report from Italian sociologist and author Massimo Introvigne, which found that over 90,000 Christians were killed in 2016, while between 500 to 600 million face persecution for their faith.

The megachurch pastor claimed that Obama and Sec. of State John Kerry "have blood on their hands for a lot of this," arguing that the administration's actions have ignored Christian persecution, and have fueled it in different parts of the world.

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He noted that according to Introvigne's study, based in part on statistics compiled by the Center for Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Muslims are the number one persecutors of Christians.

"It's not because Christians are going around saying 'turn the other cheek' — nobody is offended by that — what Muslims hate is that historically, Christians have been the Jewish people's best friend," Jeffress said.

The pastor argued that the Islamic prophet Muhammad "saw Jews and Christians as the same, and called them 'the people of the book.'"

Much like he did last week in another interview on "The Sean Hannity Show," Jeffress criticized Obama and Kerry for America failing to veto a controversial United Nations resolution which deems Israeli settlements in Palestinian territory East of Jerusalem to be illegal.

"John Kerry and Barack Obama are on the wrong side of history," the First Baptist Dallas minister said. "They are on the wrong side of God on this."