Courtesy of Buzzfeed:
Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday pointed to the Bible to justify the Trump administration’s policy of separating undocumented immigrant parents from their children. In doing so, Sessions said all laws are ordained by God and that having children does not protect people from 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,” he said in a speech to law enforcement officers in Fort Wayne, Indiana. “If you cross the Southwest border unlawfully, then the Department of Homeland Security will arrest you and the Department of Justice will prosecute you. Having children does not give you immunity from arrest and prosecution.”
He added that the US “goes to extraordinary lengths” to protect children while their parents go through the court process.
“Extraordinary lengths” in this case appears to be placing them in tent cities on the blistering Texas heat and treating them like inmates in a Joe Arpaio prison.
The Bible verse that Sessions quoted is problematic all on its own:
But Romans 13 has an even longer history as a cudgel against civil disobedience. It was hotly debated in revolutionary America when some pastors withdrew from revolt because they believed Romans 13 mandated it. (Contemporary conservative Bible teacher John MacArthur has written that the Revolution defied Paul’s instruction, and therefore “the United States was actually born out of a violation of the New Testament principles.”) In the 19th century, defenders of slavery argued that Romans 13 mandated obedience to the Fugitive Slave Act. In the 1930s and 1940s, some European church leaders used the passage to encourage submission to Hitler. White Christians in apartheid South Africa frequently used it to defend the status quo.
Can’t even pretend to be surprised that a member of his administration would justify a Trump policy by quoting from a Biblical passage that was also used to justify submission to Adolph Hitler and defend Apartheid.
Later White House spokeswoman and part-time Biblical scholar Sarah Huckabee Sanders also defended tearing immigrant families apart.
Asked about Jeff Sessions’ claim that separating children from parents is rooted in the Bible, Sanders says “it it is very biblical to enforce the law.”
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Courtesy of HuffPo:
“It is very biblical to enforce the law, that is actually repeated a number of times throughout the Bible,” Sanders said.
I missed the Bible quote, “Thou shalt take the children of immigrants who dareth to cross thy borders.”
Is that in the King James version?
Or is this from the version that only Republicans see in which Jesus refuses to heal any of those lazy lepers until they get a job, and preaches that everybody should love one another so long as they speak the same language and have the same colored skin?