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Anti-Mormon, Anti-Islam Pastor Jeffress to Preach at Private Inaugural Day Service

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By    |   Thursday, 19 Jan 2017 05:32 PM

A controversial pastor reportedly will preach at a traditional private Inaugural Day worship service for President-elect Donald Trump and his family just before he takes the oath of office.

CNN reported the Rev. Robert Jeffress, a Southern Baptist who served on Trump's evangelical advisory board, will preach at the service at St. John's Episcopal Church across the street from the White House.

Jeffress, who leads a 12,000-member megachurch in Dallas, has condemned Mormonism as a "cult" during the 2012 presidential campaign, and in 2015 denounced Islam.

He's also said Mormons, Muslims and Hindus "worship a false god."

The Rev. Luis León, rector of St. John's Episcopal, confirmed the sermon by Jeffress; about 300 people will attend the private event, CNN reported.

"Pastor Jeffress is a unifying figure representing a diverse spectrum of Americans," an unnamed official affiliated with the Trump inauguration told CNN. "Any attempt to vilify this religious leader is deeply disappointing and misplaced."

According to Leon, other participants in Friday's service at St. John's include Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr., Focus on the Family founder James Dobson, televangelist James Robison and Pastor Mark Burns, CNN reported.

At the inauguration itself, five Christians and one rabbi will offer public prayers and readings.

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