As you are likely aware, Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently employed a Biblical text to justify the Administration’s “zero tolerance” approach to immigration and the resulting policy of separating children from their parents. He stated,
“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 the government for his purposes.”
When asked about this, White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders doubled down stating that it is “Biblical to enforce the law.”
Many religious leaders and organizations have pushed back and taken issue not only with the current policy that results in family separations but also with the recent decision to restrict the application of “asylum” and the use of religious text to justify such policies.
For example, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops stated,
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