On Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions had the audacity and dishonesty to quote the Bible in support of the Trump administration’s policy of literally ripping children out of the arms of their parents when they reach America’s southern border.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions used a Bible verse Thursday to defend his department’s policy of prosecuting everyone who crosses the border from Mexico, suggesting that God supports the government in separating immigrant parents from their children.
“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 the government for his purposes,” Sessions said during a speech to law enforcement officers in Fort Wayne, Ind. “Orderly and lawful processes are good in themselves. Consistent and fair application of the law is in itself a good and moral thing, and that protects the weak and protects the lawful.”
But there is no law that says children should be separated from their parents, there is only the administration’s policy, which is cruel and inhumane. And the law also allows people to apply for asylum when they reach our borders. So there is nothing in that verse that even suggests the kind of barbaric treatment of immigrant families. And of course, he has to ignore verse after verse from the Bible that commands them to treat immigrants as they would their own families.
And Deuteronomy 10:17-18: “The Lord your God is the God of all gods and Lord of all lords, the great, mighty, and awesome God who doesn’t play favorites and doesn’t take bribes. He enacts justice for orphans and widows, and he loves immigrants, giving them food and clothing.”
And Exodus 12:49: “The same law applies both to the native-born and to the foreigner residing among you.”
And Hebrews 13:2: “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.”
Maybe if we just started calling all the 4 year old kids of immigrants “16th trimester fetuses” they would give a crap about them. This is cruelty, justified by religion in the most dishonest way possible.