Stephen Colbert slams Jeff Sessions for citing Bible in border policy

Stephen Colbert slams Jeff Sessions for citing Bible in border policy

"I would cite you to the apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13 to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained them for the objective of order", said Sessions, who is also a Sunday school teacher at a United Methodist Church in Mobile, Alabama. The state should separate families only in the rarest of instances.[We] urge law enforcement entities to exercise discretion to protect the unity of families. Consistent, fair application of law is in itself a good and moral thing and that protects the weak, it protects the lawful.

"It's awful to see families ripped apart, and I don't support that one bit". If you cross the Southwest border unlawfully, then the Department of Homeland Security will arrest you and the Department of Justice will prosecute you.

At an event in Indiana, Mr Sessions was defending the practice of separating undocumented immigrant families apprehended at the border.

Wednesday, prior to Sessions' speech, a group of religious leaders from the United Methodist Church, Islamic Society of North America, Union for Reform Judaism, Mennonite Church and 20 other diverse religious organizations released a joint statement criticizing the policy.

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Christian supporters of the President have been increasingly critical of the policy.

Those verses, Mather said, seem to run contrary to the policy Sessions was defending. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., o or "something more moderate", and asked whether he'd sign "either one".

So while the Southern Baptist Convention passed resolution at its annual meeting in Dallas this week that calls on politicians "to do everything in their power to advocate for a just and equitable immigration system", the likely future House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, a Republican Southern Baptist from California, will be unmoved.

"I have considered the thoughts of church leaders over that time". Attorney General Jeff Sessions had earlier cited the Bible in his defense of the border policy that has resulted in hundreds of children being separated from their parents.

"Romans 13 is a text that brutal and unjust governments have misappropriated for centuries".

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The policy has also provoked disquiet among the conservative evangelical community. "This makes his perversion all the more painful to me".

The church's Council of Bishops denounced the policy as "sad and sinful" on Friday and said it "shows a deep misunderstanding of the transforming truth of scripture".

Sessions repeated many of his recent comments that any separation from children is the fault of the parents who choose to bring them into the country illegally, and repeatedly said immigrants should "wait your turn" and try to come to the USA legally.

According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, more than 650 children were separated from their parents at the U.S. -Mexico border during a two-week period in May.

"It is not biblical to treat migrants and refugees like animals". You're a parent. You're a parent of young children.

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It is not biblical to ignore the needs of the stranger.

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