July 21, 2010 on Fox News
From Texas Insider:
A congressional hearing last week featuring religious leaders turned into a debate about the Bible and whether it provides more backing to reform advocates or to those who favor tougher enforcement of existing laws.
“The Bible contains numerous passages that support the rule of law. The Scriptures clearly indicate that God charges civil authorities with preserving order, protecting citizens and punishing wrongdoers,” declared Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), a critic of immigration reform legislation.
“Ezekiel 47 details the promised land’s boundaries,” noted Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), another immigration reform opponent.
“I’m not a theologian,” Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) chimed in. “I didn’t come here with my Bible. I’m a good Catholic, you know. But I’ll tell you, I learned two things: to love God above everything else and to love my neighbor as I love myself.”
For supporters of strict church-state separation, the debate crossed a line but also demonstrated the perils of trying to use the Bible to set public policy.