Iowa pastor gives sermon on acceptance and discrimination with Donald Trump in attendance

The Republican presidential hopeful visited a church in Iowa, and was the subject of the sermon

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With the Iowa caucuses taking place at the start of February, things are beginning to heat up as the starting line of the race to the White House comes into focus.

On Sunday, Donald Trump turned up at First Presbyterian Church in Muscatine, Iowa and was treated to a sermon by Rev. Dr. Pamela Saturnia that dealt with the issues of acceptance and healing in 2016.

Trump has garnered plenty of headlines as a result of his calls for a ban on Muslims travelling to the United States and declaration that Mexican immigrants crossing the border bring "drugs, crime, [and] they're rapists". He is currently behind Cruz in the polls in Iowa, where religious voters are an important faction. 

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Although Trump claimed that the members of the church were unaware that he would be coming, according to AP there were a number of references that would have caught the ear of the presidential hopeful during the service. 

One reading, on the importance of humility asked: "Can you imagine eye telling hand, 'Get lost, I don't need you' or hearing the head telling the foot, 'You're fired, your job has been phased out?'".

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The sermon, delivered by Saturnia, focused on the most vulnerable members of society: "Jesus is teaching us today that he has come for those who are outside of the church, those who are the most unloved, the most discriminated against, the most forgotten in our community and in our world". 

Saturnia specifically cited Syrian refugees and Mexican migrants in her sermon, which Trump was asked about afterwards, saying "I don’t know if that was aimed at me…perhaps". 

Speaking about his chances of winning in Iowa, he said "I have a tremendous bond with the people of Iowa. We've struck a chord with evangelicals, the Tea Party. And I think we have a good chance".

Via The Guardian, Yahoo