Jeff Sessions uses Scripture to justify detaining immigrant children but ignores a core Christian message

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The forced separation of immigrant children from their parents is being justified by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions through a Bible citation that admonishes believers to follow governmental laws. It is a scriptural passage employed in the past to support both American slavery and Nazi policies in Germany. The Trump administration’s highly controversial border control methods continue to receive substantial support from white evangelicals, but other faith groups have been loudly critical. Quoted in the Washington Post, Constance Day, a Lutheran pastor in Idaho, said she felt compelled to speak up “when politicians use our holy book to justify evils acts.” Day said at the heart of the Bible is a core  message “about treating foreigners fairly and loving neighbors as oneself.”

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