Hundreds of United Methodists are demanding accountability from Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Denouncing the “damage he is currently causing to immigrants, particularly children and families,” 640 members of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ United Methodist Church community, including key church leaders, have signed a letter accusing Sessions of child abuse and racial discrimination as he carries out Trump’s radical and hateful immigration policies.
The public condemnation comes as Sessions struggles to justify Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration crackdown that has already seized nearly 2,000 children from their parents in the last 6 weeks alone.
The United Methodist letter also comes as human rights groups and other religious leaders line up to denounce Trump’s abusive policy.
The intentionally cruel policy has created stunning stories of heartbreak, like the mother who reportedly had her child ripped away from her while she was breastfeeding the baby.
Issuing a “formal complaint” against Sessions, the United Methodist letter stresses that his “unique combination of tremendous social/political power, his leading role as a Sunday School teacher and former delegate to General Conference, and the severe and ongoing impact of several of his public, professional actions demand that we, as his siblings in the United Methodist denomination, call for some degree of accountability.”
Citing Paragraph 2702.3 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline, the group formally charged Sessions “with the chargeable offenses of” child abuse, immorality, and racial discrimination.
“As his denomination, we have an ethical obligation to speak boldly when one of our members is engaged in causing significant harm in matters contrary to the Discipline on the global stage,” the letter states.
The stunning church censure follows Sessions’ ridiculous attempt to use a passage in the Bible to justify the administration willfully tearing families apart, a move that was nearly universally condemned by religious leaders.
Even before that misstep, U.S. Catholic Bishops were aggressively denouncing the anti-family policy that Sessions and Trump are championing.
“Separating babies from their mothers is not the answer and is immoral,” Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said in a statement.
Meanwhile on Fox News Monday night, as the administration continues to scramble to justify its inhumane policy, Sessions was forced to argue the Trump immigration policy is not like what Hitler tried to do to the Jews in Germany in the 1930s.
“Well, it’s a real exaggeration, of course,” Sessions said of the comparison. “In Nazi Germany, they were keeping the Jews from leaving the country.”
Whenever you’re on TV arguing you’re not like Hitler, you’re losing.
Published with permission of The American Independent.