A pastor who identified himself as a “fellow United Methodist” was escorted out of a room on Monday after interrupting Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s speech with a Bible verse.
“I was hungry and you did not feed me. I was a stranger and you did not welcome me. I was naked and you did not clothe me. I was a stranger and you did not welcome me,” the pastor said, quoting a Bible verse from the book of Matthew while Sessions was giving a speech in Boston on religious liberty.
“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,” the pastor added.
“Thank you for those remarks and attack but I would just tell you we do our best every day to fulfill my responsibility to enforce the laws of the United States,” Sessions said as police escorted the pastor out of the room.
A second person was removed from the room after standing up and defending the pastor. He was “exercising his free exercise of religion,” the man said.
The protester called their removal from the room “hypocritical” given that Sessions was there to deliver a speech on religious liberty.
“You are escorting me out for exercising my religious freedoms. It doesn’t make any sense. It’s very hypocritical for this group of people to be wanting to protect religious freedoms while you are escorting me out,” the person said.
Sessions responded by saying there is nothing “immoral” about enforcing a country’s laws.
“I don’t believe there’s anything in my theology that says a secular nation-state cannot have lawful laws to control immigration in this country. That’s what we’re talking about,” he said.
“It’s not immoral, not indecent and not unkind to state what your laws are and then set about to enforce them, in my view. I feel like that’s my responsibility and that’s what I intend to do,” Sessions added.
Jeff Sessions responds to protesters: "I don't believe there's anything in my theology that says a secular nationstate cannot have lawful laws to control immigration … not immoral, not indecent and not unkind to state what your laws are and then set about to enforce them" pic.twitter.com/oGjtMM67ru
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