Protesters interrupted Attorney General Jeff Sessions during a speech on Monday, accusing him of acting against his Christian faith.
As the attorney general addressed the Federalist Society, a member of Mr. Session’s church stood up and began reciting the book of Matthew, specifically a passage, about the faithful turning away from those in need.
“Brother Jeff, as a fellow United Methodist I call upon you to repent, to care for those in need,” the man said.
“Well, thank you for those remarks and attack, but I would just tell you we do our best everyday,” Mr. Sessions responded.
His remarks sparked a shouting match, with other members of the audience yelling “go home” and booing.
Another man, who identified himself as a pastor, was also escorted out for defending the first protester.
The attorney general has faced backlash from members of his church before.
In June, more than 600 people with the United Methodist Church lodged a formal complaint against Mr. Sessions, accusing him of several offenses against their church, including child abuse. A majority of the complaints stemmed from the Trump administration’s policies toward immigration. However, the complaint was dismissed by church leaders in August.
Mr. Sessions defended the administration’s immigration policies in relation to his faith on Monday.
“I don’t believe there’s anything in my theology that says a secular nation-state cannot have lawful laws to control immigration,” he said. “[It’s] not immoral, not indecent and not unkind to state what your laws are and then set about to enforce them, in my view.”
Mr. Sessions was speaking about religious liberty at the event, and once again denounced the attack on a Jewish synagogue that killed 11 people over the weekend.