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Potstirrer Podcast

Where politics, religion and history collide - and it's not always polite!


Aug 4, 2020

CONTENT WARNING: The following episode includes discussion of physical and sexual abuse, including the abuse of children. Listener discretion is advised.

In this flashback bonus episode first released as a Patreon bonus episode in August 2018 originally entitled "Abuse: Endorsed by Scripture?," Jaye discusses the use of Romans 13:1-5, a passage in the Bible invoked by then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the White House Press Secretary at the time, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, to justify the separation and detainment of families seeking asylum at the US-Mexico border. What does this Bible passage really mean - in a historical and contemporary context - if Sessions and Sanders are correct? Jaye outlines the danger of using religious passages to justify oppressive government actions. This episode also includes fresh new commentary that frames this episode in the current context of the COVID-19 pandemic and Black Lives Matter protests.

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"Christian Persecution." Open Doors USA.

Honarvar, Ari. 2018. "A 6-Year-Old Girl Was Sexually Abused in an Immigrant-Detention Center." The Nation. July 27.

McCammon, Sarah. 2018. "Who is Andrew Brunson, the Pastor Prompting Sanctions Threats Against Turkey?" National Public Radio. July 26.

Stiller, Brian. 2018. "Faith in Russia: What Does it Mean?" Christianity Today. March 17.

"US Pastor Brunson Goes on Trial in Turkey After Arrest in Coup Crackdown." 2018. The British Broadcasting Corporation. April 16.

Additional Reading:

Bonner, Raymond. 2018. "America's Role in El Salvador's Deterioration." The Atlantic. Jan 20.

"How US Policy in Honduras Set the Stage for Today's Mass Migration." 2016. The Conversation. October 31.

Perrigo, Billy. 2016. "The Devastating Effects of American Intervention in Guatemala." The Panoptic. November 19.


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