Thursday, 21 February, 2019

Sessions cites Bible to defend separating immigrant families

Sessions cites Bible to defend separating immigrant families Sessions cites Bible to defend separating immigrant families
Melinda Barton | 16 June, 2018, 11:47

"I know it's hard for you to understand", she said to the reporter, "even short sentences, I guess".

"Rep. Joe Kennedy, D-Mass., posted on Twitter: "'For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you made me welcome.' Matthew 25". Wear believes the Trump administration has taken a pivotal step in pushing back against the faith community.

Mr Sessions said criticisms of his policy were not "fair or logical". But as Colbert notes, if Sessions had read a bit further, he would have stumbled upon the verse that says to "love your neighbor as yourself".

In an astonishing assertion for a country that often boasts about the primacy of its constitution and laws, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions argued during a speech to law enforcement officers that the Bible enjoined them "to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained the government for his purposes", citing the Apostle Paul and his "clear and wise command" in Romans 13.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders doubled down on the Bible defense of the policy when asked about Sessions' remarks by CNN's Jim Acosta at the White House press briefing on Thursday, saying "it is very biblical to enforce the law".

Among those who disagree with Sessions are a small group of evangelicals known as Red Letter Christians.

Wear said he's surprised that the administration is not holding meetings with faith leaders to at least acknowledge and respect a significant policy difference.

There have been various debates over the years as to how exactly Romans 13 should be interpreted, but the larger point is that no matter how you interpret the bible, it should have absolutely no place in modern law-making. "It also means, in a representative republic, that we are accountable for the laws we help shape", he said.

Evangelist Franklin Graham, a supporter of Trump, told the Christian Broadcasting Network on Tuesday that the policy is "disgraceful, and it's awful to see families ripped apart and I don't support that one bit". "Families are the foundational element of our society and they must be able to stay together". The Trump administration has moved to detain more people, including asylum seekers. But let's also remember that this situation isn't unique to the border. And you throw children in cages.

"If you're smuggling a child, then we're going to prosecute you, and that child will be separated from you, probably, as required by law". "But if parents aren't deterred by the consequences of breaking the law, the fault lies exclusively with them".

The issue of child separation on the US-Mexico border has drawn widespread protests since it came to light last month.