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Stephen Colbert Uses Bible Verse to Skewer Jeff Sessions’ Bible-Based Discrimination

Stephen Colbert, The Late Show, Jeff Sessions

Maybe don’t just read the CliffsNotes.

It's unsurprising these days when certain sects of Christianity use the Bible to justify their problematic behavior. The book of Leviticus has long been used as the ultimate piece of proof that God condemns homosexuality despite that, were Leviticus actual strict Christian law, God would also be enraged when people ate shellfish, mixed fabrics in clothing, trimmed their beards, and cut the sides of their hair.

Now, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who moonlights as a racist Keebler elf, is quoting scripture to justify a new U.S. immigration policy that is literally tearing families apart at the border. "I would cite you to the apostle Paul and his clear and wise commands in Romans 13 to obey the laws of the government, because God has ordained the government for his purposes."

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But if Sessions had kept reading, instead of presumably Googling "Bible verses that fit a racist agenda," he'd have found a very different message, as pointed out by Stephen Colbert. "Hey, don't bring God into this," the Late Show host said. "First of all, I don't think God picked you because I don't worship Vladimir Putin."

Colbert wasdes deeper into the book of Paul, revealing a well-intentioned addendum. "But if had just read a little bit further, into Romans 13:20, it says, 'Love your neighbor as yourself. Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.'"

But alas, as with most things that don't fit the Trump administration's narrative, that part of the Bible was completely ignored. Watch Colbert go off, below.

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