'Religious bigot' wrong man to give Jerusalem embassy prayer - Romney

Republican candidate Mitt Romney. (Julio Cortez, AP, file)
Republican candidate Mitt Romney. (Julio Cortez, AP, file)

Utah Senate candidate Mitt Romney says a prominent Baptist minister shouldn't be giving the prayer that opens the US Embassy in Jerusalem because he's a "religious bigot".

In a tweet on Sunday night, the former Massachusetts governor and 2012 Republican presidential nominee criticised Dallas minister Robert Jeffress for his remarks about Jews, Mormons and Islam.

Romney said: "Robert Jeffress says: 'You can't be saved by being a Jew,' and 'Mormonism is a heresy from the pit of hell.' He's said the same about Islam."

The liberal group Media Matters reports on its website that Jeffress made the remarks cited by Romney in a 2011 speech at the conservative Values Voter Summit.

Jeffress responded in a tweet of his own by defending his view that "salvation is through faith in Christ alone".

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