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Jeff Sessions Speech Interrupted by Pastor Reading Bible Verses About Immigration

Jeff Sessions Speech Interrupted by Pastor Reading Bible Verses About Immigration

Two religious leaders interrupted Attorney General Jeff Sessions' speech at the Boston Lawyers chapter of the Federalist Society.

During Sessions' remarks, Rev. Will Green began to read Bible verses apparently aimed at President Donald Trump's immigration policy and urged Sessions to repent.

"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 quoted.

“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," he 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 replied.

As Green was being removed by security, another pastor stood up to defend him and said he was just "exercising his free exercise of religion.” That pastor was also escorted out of the room.

“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," he said as he was being led out.

Sessions rejects pastor's view:

"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," Sessions said after the commotion died down. "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.”

Rev. Green calls on Trump admin to embrace Christian teachings:

The pastor said in an interview on CNN Tuesday that he quoted the 25th chapter of Matthew to Sessions.

“It’s a wonderful way for us to hold our lives up against the teachings of Christ, up to the witness of Jesus and to really look within, to get honest and to say, ‘How are we doing? How are we treating others?'” he said.

Second pastor says Sessions is no Christian champion:

The pastor who defended Green was later identified as Rev. Darrell Hamilton of Massachusetts, who told Religion News that Sessions “is not a champion of true religious liberty.”

“As a Baptist preacher, in the long legacy of Baptist preachers such as Roger Williams and John Leland, I disrupted Jeff Sessions to defend the protection of both soul and religious freedom of all people as a true witness of Christian religion practice,” he said.