BlackCommentator.com June 21, 2018 - Issue 747: Three Questions for Jeff Sessions By Rev. Peter Laarman BC Guest Commentator
June 21, 2018 - Issue 747
Three Questions for Jeff Sessions
By Rev. Peter Laarman
"It’s never been truer
that even the Devil can quote
Scripture for his own purposes."
No big surprise that our Attorney General, smarting from some religious
his rip-the-kids-away-from-their-moms approach to asylum seekers,
would resort to biblical proof texting. That’s always a rogue’s
move, and it’s never been truer that even
the Devil can quote Scripture for his own purposes.
Ft. Wayne, you said that God ordains the laws for the sake of
“order.” Has there been anything even remotely
orderly about your use of terror tactics against desperate mothers
and children who arrive at our border seeking protection from
rapists and thugs? After all, the administration you serve has
admitted that it lost
track of nearly 1,500 immigrant children
in its custody just last year.
your view of the American Revolution? Were the rebellious colonists
justified in resisting George III’s lawful authority? Yes or
undoubtedly know that many of the leading American
revolutionaries—figures like James Otis, Samuel Adams, John
Dickinson, James Wilson, Stephen Hopkins, and John Witherspoon—took
their Bibles very seriously. They argued that Romans 13:1-5—the
passage you cite—along with its echo in I Peter 2:13-14—have
only to do with respecting the general authorityof
government and not with blind submission to the dictates of a
particular ruler. On Romans 13 specifically, I particularly urge you
to read Rev. Jonathan Mayhew’s famous sermon
called the “opening gun” of the American Revolution), in
which Mayhew concludes that “resistance to tyrants is obedience
BlackCommentator.com Guest Commentator, Rev. Peter Laarman is volunteer project coordinator for Justice Not Jails.
He formerly directed Progressive Christians Uniting, the LA-based
network of activist individuals and congregations that first launched
Justice Not Jails in 2012 as a multifaith initiative. He served as the
senior minister of New York’s Judson Memorial Church from 1994 to 2004.
Ordained in the United Church of Christ, Peter spent 15 years as a
labor movement strategist and communications specialist prior to
training for ministry.