Pastor Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Church in Dallas has questioned the attempts to stir up outrage for the Syrian chemical weapon attack in August that killed hundreds of children, yet no such compassion is shown for the millions of aborted babies in the U.S. every year.

“Why is genocide in Syria intolerable while infanticide in our country is not only permissible but considered a constitutional right? By what moral authority do we deny the leader of another nation his ‘freedom of choice’ to exterminate his own people, yet empower our own citizenry to kill their children and even provide hundreds of millions of tax dollars to Planned Parenthood to carry out the executions?” Jeffress wrote in a column for Dallas News.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad stands accused of using chemical weapons on his own people, with an attack in August killing 1,429 Syrians, including 426 children. The Obama administration has insisted that the use of chemical weapons needs to be punished by military strikes aimed at taking down the Syrian regime, which has been engaged in a civil war with rebels that has resulted in over 100,000 deaths since 2011.

Jeffress, who leads a 11,000-member congregation, has long been a supporter of the pro-life movement, and has criticized President Barack Obama for his refusal to stand against abortion-allowing policies.

“I think that it is a spiritual imperative that we unseat Barack Obama,” the First Baptist Church leader told CP in October 2011 ahead of the 2012 general elections. “He is the most pro-abortion, most pro-homosexuality [president] in history.”

In his article for Dallas News, Jeffress insisted that despite liberal objection, there is a moral equivalency between the genocide in Syria and abortions.

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