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Sessions: Shooting 'An Attack on All People of Faith'



    Sessions: Shooting 'An Attack on All People of Faith'
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    WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 17: Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks at the Justice Department September 17, 2018 in Washington, DC. Sessions spoke about Department of Justice efforts to support free speech on college campuses. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions called the shooting that killed 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue an "attack on all people of faith" Monday, saying targeting people because of their religion will not be tolerated.

    Sessions' remarks came during a discussion in Boston on the importance of protecting religious freedom, which the Methodist and former Republican senator from Alabama has made a key part of his Justice Department's agenda.

    "This was not just an attack on the Jewish faith. It was an attack on all people of faith. It was an attack on America's values of protecting those of faith," Sessions said at the event hosted by the Boston chapter of the Federalist Society at the Omni Parker House.

    Federal prosecutors said Sunday they're asking the Sessions to give them the green light to pursue a death penalty case against the suspected Tree of Life Synagogue gunman, Robert Bowers.

    Clerk Pulls Out Machete on Would-Be Robber

    [NATL] Clerk Pulls Out Machete on Would-Be Robber

    A would-be robber armed with a knife had a surprise in store when an Alabama store clerk pulled out a machete in defense. The two's brief knife fight was caught on camera before the clerk runs out to damage the robber's car.

    According to police, suspect Seth Holcomb walked up to the counter to make a purchase. He leaves the store and then comes back in as if to make a second purchase. Then, he pulled out a knife at the counter. What he didn't expect was that the clerk would pull out a machete of his own.

    (Published Wednesday, March 20, 2019)

    Sessions, who has not said whether he will approve the request, told the crowd Monday Bowers will "be subjected to the death penalty, perhaps."

    Sessions' remarks were briefly interrupted by religious leaders protesting the Trump administration's policies before they were quickly escorted out by police.

    One man, wearing a clerical collar, rose from his seat, began reciting a passage from the Bible and called on Sessions to "repent and care for those in need." As the men protested, crowd members booed at them and shouted: "Go home!"

    After they men were removed, Sessions defended the administration's immigration policies, saying he doesn't believe there's anything in the scripture or his theology that says "a secular nation state cannot have laws to control immigration in its country."

    "It's not immoral, it's not indecent and it's not unkind to state what your laws are and then set out to enforce them," Sessions said.

    Sessions, who in July announced the creation of a "religious liberty task force" to implement Justice Department guidance on accommodating religious beliefs, said the Trump administration will continue to fight against what he described as efforts to erode religious freedom protections.

    YouTube Mom Accused of Abusing Foster Kids for Clicks

    [NATL] YouTube Mom Accused of Abusing Foster Kids for Clicks

    Machelle Hackney of Maricopa, Arizona, is accused of forcing her adopted children to participate in her YouTube channel and abusing them if they did not recall their lines or perform as directed. Hackney's channel had accrued hundreds of millions of views since she joined in 2012.

    (Published Wednesday, March 20, 2019)

    "These are deeply troubling incidents that should concern everyone, religious or otherwise who care about our Constitution," he said.

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