This is absolutely priceless. Jeff Sessions was giving a speech about religious liberty when two ministers stood up and interrupted him and used Jesus’ own words to humiliate him.
On Monday Attorney General Jeff Sessions gave a speech at a religious freedom conference organized by the Boston Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society. And it didn’t go so well for him.
Sessions was defending Donald Trump’s horrific immigration policy. He was in the middle of saying that refugees and immigrants should not be allowed in this country when Rev. Will Green, the pastor of Ballard Vale United Methodist Church, stood up and interrupted him.
“Brother Jeff, as a fellow United Methodist, I call upon you to repent, to care for those in need,” Green said.
Green then used Jesus’ own words against Sessions reciting Matthew 25:42-43, “For I was hungry, and you did not feed me. I was a stranger, and you did not welcome me.”
Sessions replied, “Well, thank you for those remarks and attack, but I would just tell you we do our best every day.”
A minute later security guards threw the pastor out of the room. But it didn’t stop there. As soon as Green was thrown out another pastor stood up to defend him.
Rev. Darrell Hamilton II, the pastor from First Baptist Church of Jamaica Plain in Boston, said, “That is a person that represents the Christian tradition, the faith that everyone here professes to believe in, actually sharing the words of Jesus himself, the words of Jesus that are represented in the book of Isaiah.”
When the security guards came back to remove Hamilton someone in the audience booed and heckled them.
“I thought we were here to protect religious liberty, sir. I thought we were here to protect religious liberty,” he said.
“I am a pastor of a Baptist church, and you are escorting me out for exercising my religious freedom,” Hamilton said, adding: “That is very hypocritical for this group of people to be wanting to be protecting religious freedom while you are escorting me out for doing that work.”
After the two pastors were thrown out Sessions said, “Thank you all for your comments, and we’re glad to hear them, but that’s pretty close to what we refer to as the heckler’s veto — the ability of one individual to prevent others in a proper forum to be able to express a hopefully coherent thought about a serious subject.”
After the event Green gave an interview to the Religion News Service and he said that he interrupted Sessions “because his entire political agenda is antithetical to the gospel of Jesus Christ.”
“I think I have a responsibility to call him to account about the harm he’s doing,” Green said.
Hamilton said, “Jeff Sessions is not a champion of true religious liberty. And as a Baptist preacher, in the long legacy of Baptist preachers such as Roger Williams and John Leland, I disrupted Jeff Sessions to defend the protection of both soul and religious freedom of all people as a true witness of Christian religion practice.”
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