Cruelty justified: Attorney General Jeff Sessions is using the Bible to justify the cruel practice of separating children from their parents at the U.S. border.
Speaking to law enforcement officials in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions defended the Trump administration’s new policy of separating children from their parents by claiming the immoral behavior is justified by the Bible.
Sessions is using the Bible to defend his new zero-tolerance policy which separates parents from their children. The new policy replaces the policy practiced by previous administrations of keeping families together while being held in detention.
An obviously defensive Sessions said:
If you cross the Southwest border unlawfully, then the Department of Homeland Security will arrest you and the Department of Justice will prosecute you. That is what the law calls for —and that is what we are going to do. Having children does not give you immunity from arrest and prosecution.
Illegal entry into the United States is a crime — as it should be. Persons who violate the law of our nation are subject to prosecution. 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 purpose of order.
That’s right, Sessions is using the Bible to justify the Trump Administration’s cruel and inhumane policy of separating children from parents.
During his remarks the attorney general also called on religious leaders to “speak up strongly to urge anyone who would come here to apply lawfully, to wait their turn, and not violate the law.”
Reporting on the story, NBC notes the horror suffered by the children separated from their parents:
Many of the children separated from their parents have ended up in enormous facilities that more closely resemble prisons, where they spend 22 hours per day during the week locked inside overcrowded buildings.
Twitter was not kind to Sessions:
Here is racist elf Jeff Sessions making an unconvincing case that the Bible justifies separating families at the border during a speech in Indiana pic.twitter.com/ETYWFrFhUl
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 14, 2018
Sessions then cites the Bible to defend ripping young children away from their parents at the border:
“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 purpose of order.” pic.twitter.com/iKgZC3yB7s
— Mark Joseph Stern (@mjs_DC) June 14, 2018
It’s hard to think of anything more perverse, more blasphemous, more of a bastardization of scripture, more anti-Christ than trying to use to the Bible to justify ripping children away from their parents.
And yet that’s EXACTLY what Jeff Sessions is trying to do. pic.twitter.com/9KSs5qaqLJ
— Zack Hunt (@ZaackHunt) June 14, 2018
Jeff Sessions using the Bible to justify kidnapping children from their parents is a perfect microcosm of what Evangelical Christianity has become today.
Hateful, bigoted, hypocritical, and as far removed from the teachings of Christ as it’s possible to be.
— Patrick S. Tomlinson (@stealthygeek) June 14, 2018
Bottom line: Attorney General Jeff Sessions is using the Bible to justify the cruel practice of separating children from their parents at the U.S. border.