Stephen Colbert Schools Evil Jeff Sessions on the Bible: Dont Bring God Into This
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is using the Bible to justify separating immigrant children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border and Stephen Colbert is not having it.
The Late Show host, who has embraced his Catholic identity in a more prominent way since leaving The Colbert Report behindhe knows the Bible by heart, and taught Sunday Schoolspent several minutes Thursday night laying into Sessions for getting it wrong on this fundamental moral issue.
After telling a few jokes about Fathers Day gifts, Colbert said, Lets face it. The only things dads really want for Fathers Day is to be with their kids, which is why whats happening on our Southern border is so shocking.
This is the conversation everybody should be having, he said. Attorney General and man daydreaming about legally changing his name to Jim Crow Jeff Sessions has instituted a new policy to separate immigrant kids from their parents at the border.
Now if that sounds evil, then good news, your ears are working, Colbert added.
The host expressed dismay that Americans are currently putting up with our government saying, If you come to the United States, the worst thing imaginable will happen to you. We will take your children away from you, with no guarantee youll see them again.
That is using cruelty as a deterrent, he said. Clearly, no decent human being could defend that. So Jeff Sessions did.
After playing the clip in which Sessions cited biblical verses to defend the administrations actions, Colbert told him, Hey, dont bring God into this. First of all, I dont think God picked you, because I dont worship Vladimir Putin. And, the only thing in the Bible close to this is a king threatening to cut a baby in two, and he was joking.
Colbert acknowledged that Romans 13.1 says, essentially, you gotta have laws. But if the attorney general had read just a little bit further into Romans 13.10, he would arrive at Love thy neighbor as yourself Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
Noting that the administration is apparently considering erecting tent cities to shelter these children, Colbert said, It wouldnt matter if you took these children to really nice hotelsor Trump hotelswed still be the only country in the whole damn world doing it, because its just plain wrong.
The host urged his viewers to call their elected representatives this Fathers Day and demand they do something.
I sincerely believe that it doesnt matter who you voted for, Colbert concluded. If we let this happen in our name, we are a feckless country.