Published: Fri, June 22, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Members of Sessions' church accuse him of 'child abuse' on family separation

Members of Sessions' church accuse him of 'child abuse' on family separation

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a lot of heat in recent weeks over a Trump administration policy that separates children from their parents in families attempting to cross the United State border.

As for the violation of doctrine charges, the Methodist group cites Sessions' alleged, "misuse of Romans 13 to indicate the necessity of obedience to secular law, which is in stark contrast to Disciplinary commitments to supporting freedom of conscience and resistance to unjust laws".

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights slammed the separation of children from their parents at the US-Mexico border as "unconscionable" on Monday.

Reuters quoted activists and diplomats on Thursday as saying that talks with the United States over how to reform the main U.N. rights body have failed to meet Washington's demands, especially over its treatment of Israel, suggesting that the Trump administration will quit the forum. "They tried that in the 60s and 70s nobody here remembers it but I do", Sessions said.

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The report also found that 85 per cent of the 68.5 million displaced a year ago came from poor or middle-income countries. Turkey was 2017's top refugee host nation in terms of absolute numbers, taking in some 3.5 million (3,424,200).


"Officially", CNN reports, "the complaint charges Sessions with violating the United Methodist Church's Book of Discipline, its code of laws and social principles". These charges could result in Sessions' expulsion from the church.

Wright said the complaint has been emailed to Sessions' home church in Alabama, and to a Northern Virginia church that Wright said he understands Sessions regularly attends. Sessions could be expelled from the denomination if found guilty by church authorities.

The Council of Bishops of the United Methodist Church joined other religious organizations in calling the policy "unnecessarily cruel" and "detrimental" earlier this month. "It is unimaginable that faith leaders even have to say that these policies are antithetical to the teachings of Christ", Rev. Susan Henry-Crowe, a church leader, said in a statement over the weekend.

According to the United Methodist Church's news service, the next step is for Sessions' pastor and district superintendent to try and resolve the complaint using "pastoral steps".

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That saw both leaders sign a document to say that North Korea would dump its nukes, in return for economic help from the US. North and South Korea remain in a technical state of war since 1953, when a ceasefire came into force.


The UN has committed to the defence of the rights of migrant and refugee children and appealed to the U.S.to immediately put a stop to the policy of forcibly separating migrants. "Changes to these laws need to be addressed starting today".

Bishop David Graves of the Alabama-West Florida Conference wouldn't speak about the charges, but he did release a statement about Sessions' order for immigration agents to steal children from their parents. "Tearing children away from parents who have made a unsafe journey to provide a safe and sufficient life for them is unnecessarily cruel and detrimental to the well-being of parents and children".

Speaking of non-partisan politics, Texas Speaker of the House Joe Straus, a Republican, sent President Trump a letter on Tuesday urging him to rescind the Zero Tolerance Policy.

Senegal vs. Poland final score
Senegal supporters celebrated their 2-1 win over Poland at the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Tuesday, June 19 by cleaning up the stadium. Senegal ran out deserved 2-1 victors against a woeful Poland at the Spartak Stadium in Group H's second game of the day.


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