Who Would Jesus Detain?

Trump Administration Uses Bible to Justify Snatching Children From Their Parents


The Guardian: “This week, attorney general Jeff Sessions quoted the bible to justify a cruel policy that is, in fact, not a required law: the forced separation of immigrant families at the border.”

“Sessions cracked a smile when he said, ‘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.'”

“Day by day the harrowing stories increase, from infants being snatched from their nursing mothers to the construction of prison camps for children. As others have pointed out, the zero-tolerance policy plays into a longer American history of Native American and African American children being ripped from their parents.”

“Just one day before Sessions’ public statement, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops released a statement condemning the administration for separating young immigrant children from parents and creating new asylum limits for those fearing domestic violence.”

“Responding to a question about Sessions’ bible comment, press secretary Sarah Sanders claimed ‘it is very biblical to enforce the law.’ But this reflects a selective reading of scripture with its own troubling past. Moreover, it erases the sacredness of resisting oppression.”