DALLAS — A local branch of American Atheists is organizing a demonstration at First Baptist Dallas June 24 to protest Dr. Robert Jeffress’ sermon, “America is a Christian Nation.” The sermon is part of a special “Freedom Sunday” patriotic service.
The group called for a demonstration at the church to protest the “divisive” idea that America is a Christian nation. Billboards advertising the sermon, “America Is a Christian Nation,” also led to attacks from The Dallas Morning News and Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, and these attacks ultimately led to the billboard company removing boards.
The irony of the protest is not lost on Dr. Robert Jeffress, senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Dallas: “Last December, American Atheists placed billboards in Dallas attacking Christmas and advising people to ‘Just Skip church’ and ‘It’s all fake news.’ We, of course, didn’t organize demonstrations against the billboards, put pressure on the billboard company for them to be taken down, or denounce them for their divisive and mean-spirited words because, unlike those on the Left, we actually believe in free speech.”
When asked how he felt about the demonstrators, Dr. Jeffress said, “We welcome skeptics and cynics, so of course we’re glad they’re coming. I just hope they’ll have the courage to drop their logos and egos long enough to actually listen to the overwhelming evidence that I’ll be presenting in my sermon, ‘America is a Christian Nation.’” He added with a smile, “But they better get here early—we’re expecting a big crowd.”
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Dr. Robert Jeffress is a best-selling author of 24 books, a nationally and internationally syndicated TV and radio host and the senior pastor of First Baptist Dallas, one of the largest and most influential churches in America. Pathway to Victory, Dr. Jeffress’ broadcast ministry, airs daily nationwide on more than 900 radio stations and is broadcast live to 195 countries. His latest book, “A Place Called Heaven: 10 Surprising Truths About Your Eternal Home,” is available in bookstores everywhere. He is an evangelical adviser to the president of the United States, Donald J. Trump.
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