A Christian follows the law. You may not like the law. You cannot choose which laws you follow. If everyone did that, we would have anarchy.
You should work to change laws and policies you don’t agree with, not ignore those laws. It is well-known to these asylum seekers that their family will be separated at the border. The blame falls squarely on the parents of those families who are making a conscious decision to break our law and suffer the consequences. It is my understanding that these people are trying to escape their country. When they reach Mexico, they have “escaped their country.”
Willie, tell me why these people do not just settle in Mexico? You could ask the Christians in Mexico to take care of these families. Perhaps if these people settled in Mexico, they could keep their family together.
JIM COCKLIN, FOREST, VIRGINIA
Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently quoted Scripture to support his policy of separating children from their parents at the border: “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities.”
Even though Paul wrote this, he didn’t always follow it, since he found himself jailed several times and ultimately executed by the Roman authorities. Also recall that this text was used by church and civil authorities to support slavery and segregation in our country. Clearly, Romans 13:1 is not to be followed thoughtlessly.
I’m glad Sessions looks to Scripture to understand his policies. I just wish he had dug deeper — to texts from Genesis to Romans that command care for those sojourning among us, for immigrants and refugees. I hope he’s aware that if the Egyptian authorities had followed his policy when Mary and Joseph took refuge in their country, he might not have had a faith to turn to.
JOHN ELFORD, AUSTIN
As an ordained minister with a Ph.D. in the New Testament, I reject Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ use of Christian scriptures to support the separation of asylum-seeking families.
The Christian scriptures clearly warn us not to oppress migrants (Exodus 22:21, 23:9; Leviticus 19:33-34; Deuteronomy 10:19, 24:17; Jeremiah 7:5-7, 22:3; and Zechariah 7:9-10). Further, Matthew teaches that Jesus and his family sought asylum in Egypt from a murderous ruler (Matthew 2). Imagine them arriving in Egypt only to be separated, and the infant Jesus placed in holding!
By invoking the first few verses of Romans 13, Sessions argues for “law and order.” Yet, in Romans 13:9-10, Paul argues that just law is manifested in loving one’s neighbor. Further, throughout Christian scripture, rulers who oppress the poor and weak are condemned. The citations are too numerous to mention.
Sessions’ glib aside represents a dangerous use of Christian Scriptures, which should be resisted.
MARGARET AYMER OGET, AUSTIN
I just realized the reason Donald Trump heaps so much praise on Kim Jong Un and Vladimir Putin, and the iron-fisted way they both govern; this is Trump’s vision of the United States with himself as the omniscient, omnipotent supreme leader. Damn the Constitution! Full Trumpism ahead!
The evangelicals and white supremacists will round up all the infidels for the gulags and work camps — all owned, of course, by the Trump oligarchy. This vision is also the reason Trump disses Canada and our European allies, whose leaders actually do their best to govern for the benefit of all their citizens — universal health care and education, for example — not for their own narrow-minded, greedy self-enrichment or to feed their narcissistic egos.
PATRICIA HALLANDER, CEDAR PARK
Re: June 11 letter to the editor, “Nothing conservatives say, do makes sense.”
“Nothing they say and do makes any sense to me.” Assuming if the writer really means this, and it is true for him, it illustrates the common mental illness of delusion. Since we won the presidency, the Senate, the House, and over 30 state governorships and legislatures, according to him we have done it by spouting nonsense.
Perhaps the writer has missed the huge increase in job growth in May and the gross domestic product under President Trump — or maybe he is just not capable of seeing facts. This can be attributed to his suffering from so-called Trump Derangement Syndrome,” which causes such an explosion of hatred that he cannot control himself emotionally. This stems from the fact that he was 100 percent certain that Clinton was going to win. He like so many others was proven wrong and cannot accept it. Please seek professional help.
KEN LAWRENCE, GEORGETOWN
If I am reading the Wikipedia article correctly, when Anthony Precourt bought the Columbus Crew SC, there was a clause in his purchase contract that “would allow him to only relocate the franchise to Austin.” My interpretation is that he either keeps the franchise in Columbus or can only move to Austin.
In 2015, in Columbus, the naming rights for both the stadium and the training facilities were sold in a multimillion dollar deal. Now, he wants to move the team to the only place allowed and get a new stadium and training facilities.
Since Austin is his only option if he wants to move, I don’t believe Austin should give him everything he asks for. I believe the city should be more cautious with taxpayer money.
G. K. WOOD, ROUND ROCK