AG Jeff Sessions attempts to use the Bible to justify seperating families

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By THOMAS REICH | JUN 15, 2018

On Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions made a horrific ass of himself by trying to use the Bible to defend the separation of families illegally crossing the border.

"I would cite you to the apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13," Sessions said at a speech in Fort Wayne, Indiana, "to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained the government for his purposes."

This is so wrong for three reasons.

First, we cannot cite the Bible for any legal matter. Period. We are strictly a secular nation, free from any religious influence in our government

Second, hypothetically, even if we were the theocratic state that the Republicans long for so much, how the hell can we use Romans 13 to justify the separation of children from their mothers?

Third, let's just say that we lived in this dominionist theocracy and we weren't talking about separating families, but instead about illegal immigration itself. For a book that's incredibly socially conservative, the Bible is surprisingly liberal when it comes to the issue of - you guessed it - immigration. Leviticus 19:33-34 says, "When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the LORD your God."

(I've noticed that we atheists/agnostics tend to know more about the Bible than actual Christians. Coincidence?)