AG Jeff Sessions quoted Romans 13 in the Bible to justify his hard-line decision to separate immigrant parents and their children when they appear at the border seeking asylum. Sessions quoted the same verse used in the past to justify slavery and opposition to the America Revolution. Sessions’ policy, endorsed by President Trump, is intended to put pressure on Congress to pass legislation that fully funds Trump’s Border Wall, and it has been hailed globally as an inhumane practice. When questioned about the policy, Trump lies and blames the Democrats for “their law,” but this is patent nonsense. It is Trump’s and Sessions’ policy, not laws put in place by Democrats.
Blaming others for the unsavory outcomes of his own policies is typical of Trump, who lies shamelessly and has no compunction about the harm his decisions
have on others’ lives. As of today, more than 2,000 children, some as young as 18 months, have been taken from the parents and warehoused under the guardianship of the Department of Health and Human Services. Meanwhile, their parents are being held elsewhere as they await asylum hearings and potential return to their country of origin. The immigration situation is challenging, and solutions are difficult, but this inhumane policy is un-Christian and a blight on our nation’s honor.
Holy Bible, Romans 13: Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2 Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. 4 For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.
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