Due to new border policy, there's been no end to the horrifying stories of parents and children being separated as they try to cross into America.

Under the "zero tolerance" policy in 2018 that criminalizes all border crossings — previously only a civil offense — even those seeking refuge and asylum are punished as criminals. And families are being ripped apart. It all feels like something out of a novel about a terrifying dystopian regime. And yet it's all truly, terrifying real.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is defending the law using some circular logic — and the Bible.

Speaking in Indiana on June 14, 2018, Sessions justified the policy by suggesting that it's "good" because "it's a law." His primary source of evidence?  The Bible.


"First, illegal entry into the United States is a crime, as it should be. Persons who violate the law of our nation are subject to prosecution. I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained them for the purpose of order."

Stephen Colbert shot back at Sessions' hypocrisy.

On Colbert's show, the devout Catholic took Sessions' policy to task, referring to it as "evil" and exhorting his audience to fight the government's use of "cruelty as a deterrent."  

As for Sessions' cherry-picked Bible passage, Colbert had this to say:

"I will give Sessions this. That is what Romans 13:1 says. You gotta have laws. But if he just read a little bit further into Romans 13:10, it says 'love your neighbor as yourself. Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.' But I'm not surprised Sessions didn't read the whole thing. After all, Jesus said 'suffer the children to come unto me,' but I'm pretty sure all Sessions saw was the words children and suffer and said 'I'm on it.'"

Colbert wants people to see this policy for what it is and to do something about it.

Colbert also urged his audience, "Call your elected representatives and demand they do something. Because I sincerely believe that it doesn't matter who you voted for. Because if we let this happen in our name, we are a feckless country."

Watch Colbert's full segment below:

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In these counties, students are "encouraged" to wear a mask at school, but they are not required. Mask-wearing is referred to as a "personal choice."

This week, a private Christian college in a town near where I live announced that is planning to resume in-person classes this fall. The school has decided that students will not be required to wear masks, despite the fact that the town itself has a mask mandate for all public spaces. "No riots. No masks. In person. This fall," the college wrote in a Facebook post advertising the school last month.

The supposed justification for not requiring students to wear masks is that it's a "personal choice," and that students have the freedom to choose whether to wear one or not.

That's a neat story. Except it is totally hypocritical coming from schools and school districts that have no problem placing limits on personal choice and freedom by mandating stringent dress codes for students.

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Ignoring a problem doesn't make it go away—it prolongs resolution. There's a whole lot of harm to be remedied and damage to be repaired as a result of racial injustice, and it's up to all of us to figure out how to do that. Parents, in particular, are recognizing the importance of raising anti-racist children; if we are unable to completely eradicate racism, maybe the next generation will.

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While that sounds awful, it's important to know that trafficking children in the US is not all of that. I can't say it never is—I don't know. What I do know is most young trafficked children aren't sitting in a basement tied up. They have families, and someone—usually in their family—is trafficking them.

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The Washington Redskins of the NFL have temporarily changed their name to the Washington Football Team until a more suitable, and less racist, name is determined.

The Dixie Chicks, a country band from Texas has decided to change their name to The Chicks to avoid any connotation with slavery, as has Lady Antebellum who now just go by Lady A.

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