Sunday, June 17, 2018

Jeff Sessions fails Biblical exegesis

Jewish date:  5 Tammuz (evening).


I am working on a theological review of The Handmaid’s Tale.  In the meantime, I feel the need to note a bit of theological criticism in the news.  Those of you who have been paying attention to the news from the United States and who have actually bothered to read a decent fraction of the Hebrew Bible or New Testament (and have the sense to understand any of it) should easily realize that Trump and company are in serious violation of the basic moral ideas of Judaism and Christianity.  However, Shakespeare noted in The Merchant of Venice “The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.”  And though Attorney General Jeff Sessions is not Satan, he certainly follows in spirit and has cited Romans 13 as a source for separating undocumented immigrants from their children.  Romans 13 supports following the law, but Christian leaders and Bible scholars disagree with the Trump administration policy, accusing Sessions of essentially ignoring the rest of the Bible.  I’m glad that there are other people out there trying to be honest  about what their scriptures actually say and wish them much success in fighting injustice done allegedly in the name of law.



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