Two religious leaders were forcibly removed from an event Attorney General Jeff Sessions was speaking at after they interrupted his speech to quote the Bible — specifically, the book of Matthew.
Religious leaders interrupt Attorney General Jeff Sessions' speech: "Brother Jeff, as a fellow United Methodist I call upon you to repent, to care for those in need."
Sessions: "Well, thank you for those remarks and attack but I would just tell you we do our best everyday" pic.twitter.com/NUq5HSZZMg
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Sessions was speaking at a Federalist Society event in Boston this morning when the protest occurred.
The first man, who said he, like Sessions, was a member of the United Methodist Church, stood up to paraphrase Matthew 25:42-43. After repeating the verse, he tried appealing to Sessions using their shared faith:
Brother Jeff, as a fellow United Methodist, I call upon you to repent, to care for those in need, to remember that when you do not care for others you are wounding the body of Christ.
That’s what it looks like when religion is a force for good.
As security forces descended upon the man, Sessions thanked him for his “remarks” while also referring to them as an “attack.”
I would just tell you we do our best every day to fulfill our responsibility to enforce the laws of the United States.
It’s hard to believe that given Sessions’ efforts to detain immigrant children at the border, separating them from their parents in a way that does nothing to make the country safer. In June, Sessions was condemned by hundreds of United Methodist leaders for that very reason.
Another religious leader, a Baptist minister, jumped in to defend the first man, but he was also removed. The audience booed him and urged him to “go home.”
It’s a reminder that there’s a growing Religious Left presence in this country, full of religious leaders who understand the need for their voices at the political table. They support church/state separation, and they want government acting more like Jesus — taking care of the poor and hungry — instead of using religion as a weapon against their ideological opponents.
It’s telling that religious voices urging the government to care for the “least of these” were the voices shut down at this event. You can argue this was a private event, but it’s not like their opinions are taken seriously by this administration in public settings either.