Mark Alan Siegel, the Palm Beach County, Florida Democratic Party Chairman is creating controversy at the party's national convention in Charlotte, saying he believes Christians want Jews slaughtered.
"I'm Jewish. I'm not a fan of any religion other than Judaism," Siegel said in an interview posted on the conservative website, PatriotUpdate.com.
When the reporter asked if Siegel was a fan of Christianity, he responded, "No, I'm not. The Christians just want us to be there so we can be slaughtered and converted and bring on the second coming of Jesus Christ."
"They're not our friends. They want Israel to pursue policies which are antithetical with its security and existence," he went on to say. "The worst possible allies for the Jewish state are the fundamentalist Christians who want Jews to die and convert so they can bring on the second coming of their Lord. It is a false friendship. They are seeking their own ends and not ours."
Siegel was interviewed by Scottie Nell Hughes, a reporter who represents Patriot TV and the Tea Party News Network.
Siegel issued an apology Thursday morning to several media outlets.
"I apologize to all Democrats and Floridians for my ill chosen words last night. After watching the interview I realize that what I said did not accurately make the point I was trying to establish. More importantly I apologize to all Christians, Jews and other people of faith for any embarrassment or anger my remarks may have caused. Throughout my life I have practiced religious tolerance among all people of faith. I am sincerely sorry for any remarks I made that may have diminished that record. I alone am responsible for my remarks and I pray that they are not taken as the position of the Palm Beach County Democratic Party."