As we enter this holiday season of feasting, we need to be honest about how our food is produced. America has always relied on cheap labor to make agriculture work.
The source of much of that labor used to be slave ships making the Middle Passage. Today it’s no longer slaves but immigrant workers, primarily undocumented people from Mexico and Latin America, whose cheap labor makes possible both low prices at the grocery store and high profits for agribusinesses.
This is a twice-baked post (not a half-baked one, I hope), reworked from a couple of earlier Thanksgiving reflections. Nutritional value may vary.
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I blame the Food Channel.
Those perfectly roasted turkeys, exotic side dishes (pomegranate in your cornbread stuffing, anyone?), gorgeously-set tables. I’m a sucker for it myself. I want my bird to look just like Bobby Flay’s.
"Shattered Families," a new report from the Applied Research Center on the status of U.S.-born children whose parents have been detained or deported by U.S. immigration agents, found that there are more than 5,000 American children who are in foster care and are unable to be reunited with their detained or deported parents.
I don’t know if there are words to describe the despair of the world we live in. Any attempt to describe it should be contrasted with the light of beauty and hope, but too often I’m content to dwell in the darkness. Sometimes, the despair is enough to make me feel as if we don’t deserve beauty and hope.
Can a human being be "illegal"?
The Hebrew word ger, or 'stranger/alien/sojourner,' appears 92 times in scripture in reference to anyone coming from a foreign land. With this in mind, Cedarville University hosted the G92 Immigration Conference this past weekend.
The event gathered prominent Christian leaders such as Richard Land, Carlos Campo, and Lisa Sharon Harper with the purpose of promoting "a high level conversation about immigration in a way that honors the example of Jesus Christ and the written Word of God."
If you’re an evangelical, Cedarville University was by far the most exciting place to be this past weekend—especially if you’re interested in learning more about immigration.