The United Methodist Church has rejected a complaint submitted by approximately 600 people against Attorney General and UMC member Jeff Sessions over his support for family separation policy.
Earlier this year, Sessions received much criticism for citing the Bible in his defense of the federal government policy of separating illegal immigrant parents from their children, with many in the UMC rejecting his statements as incompatible with Church teaching.
The Reverend Debora Bishop, superintendent of the Mobile District of the Alabama-West Florida Conference, sent a letter to the complainants last week rejecting their complaint against Sessions.
According to Bishop, the UMC’s church court system cannot be used against Sessions because his comments regarded “political actions” and not “personal conduct.”
“Sessions was carrying out the official policy of the President and/or the United States Department of Justice. It was not an individual act,” wrote Bishop.
“I believe this type of conduct is not covered by the chargeable offense provisions of The Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church, 2016 for laypersons. Therefore, your complaint is dismissed.”
The district superintendent concluded by noting that the Alabama West-Florida Conference Bishop David Graves agreed with the decision in favor of Sessions.
In June, Sessions argued in favor of the family separation policy, going as far as to reference Romans 13’s call for submission to authorities as justification.
“I don’t think it was an extreme position that I took,” Sessions told David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network in a June interview.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski