The attorney general has violated his own churchs principles with his zero tolerance immigration policy, the complaint alleges.
The attorney general has violated his own church's principles with his "zero tolerance" immigration policy, the complaint alleges. Alex Wong / Getty Images

Last week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions cited the Bible to justify the Trump administration's policy of separating asylum-seeking mothers from their children. Now, led by a chaplain at the University of Puget Sound, 600 members of Sessions's own church are formally accusing him of violating his own religious code by abusing children.

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"Officially," CNN reports, "the complaint charges Sessions with violating the United Methodist Church's Book of Discipline, its code of laws and social principles. Such charges could lead to a church trial, though few expect that to happen to the attorney general, the country's top lawman."

Already, the United Methodist bishop who oversees Sessions's home congregation in Alabama has decried separating immigrant mothers from their children, calling it "unjust."

Rev. David Wright, the chaplain at the University of Puget Sound who spearheaded the formal church charges against Sessions, told CNN: "The goal is to hopefully get Attorney General Sessions to talk to his pastors and church leaders, bring his position in line with the church's doctrines and social principles, and end the damage he is causing."