Under its so-called “zero tolerance” immigration policy, the Trump administration has separated more than 2,300 children from their parents across the southern border with Mexico. The loudest voices of opposition to this horrendous practice have been those of faith leaders, which may be why in an attempt to defend the administration, Attorney General Sessions cited Romans 13, which says, “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.” Sickeningly, Romans 13 was also used to defend slavery in the mid-1800s. Now, a group of 600 United Methodists has filed a formal Church complaint against Sessions for breaking church rules. Jack Jenkins, national reporter at Religion News Service, will join State of Belief host Rev. Welton Gaddy this week to discuss the religious response to the administration this week and what it means for the future of faith-inspired activism.

Hear the full June 23, 2018 State of Belief Radio program here.

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