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In a full-page ad in today’s, April 26, 2012, Montgomery Advertiser, more than 200 faith leaders from across Alabama urged legislators to repeal HB 56 and not to support HB 658, both measures addressing illegal immigration.
But, just as the Christian movement itself started with only twelve pairs of dusty sandals, so, too, can this much-needed movement start with a few feet. All we really need this week is five pair of shoes to lead the way. Nine would be best.
A group of over 100 clergy participated in the vigil, including Methodists, Catholics, Baptists, Evangelicals, and others who decried Arizona’s Senate Bill 1070 as “discriminatory,” “harsh,” “anti-immigrant.” Lisa Sharon Harper of Sojourners, claimed the law is “a social and racial sin,” that “serves only to divide communities in Arizona, preying on fear and distrust of individuals.” She further stated: “All people are created in the image of God, and the Arizona law is an assault on that moral reality.”
Immigration is not just a Latino issue - it is a Christian and a moral issue. We are a nation of immigrants and our diversity is a strength, not a weakness. There are deeper values and commitments that bind us together than our ethnic background or country of origin.
"As Christians, it is important for us to allow Christ to be part of our thinking, as we think about this issue. It is not enough to think about this in practical terms," Harper said. "On a spiritual level, there is no reason why our thinking should be divorced from the call of Jesus, the call of God, throughout scripture, to make sure that, if no else is protected, that widows, orphans an immigrants are protected within our borders."
Monday, 10 A.M.: IN ADVANCE OF SCOTUS HEARING, NATIONAL RELIGIOUS LEADERS KICK OFF 48 HOUR VIGIL TO STOP ARIZONA’S HARSH ANTI-IMMIGRANT LAWS
More Than 100 Clergy to Protest at Supreme Court, Call for People of Faith to “Love Thy Neighbor,” “Welcome the Stranger”
Ahead of Easter and Passover, faith leaders across Alabama have asked state lawmakers to hear "the cries of their people", reflect and revise what they deem the toughest-in-the-nation immigration law.
Some congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) have growing concerns about the presence of U.S. immigration officials outside churches before and after services, making many parishioners afraid to attend worship for fear that they will be detained or separated from their families.
Several religious leaders united Thursday in declaring their opposition to an immigration enforcement bill under consideration by the Mississippi Legislature.
As the Supreme Court prepares to take up legal challenges to Arizona’s controversial immigration law (SB-1070), more than 50 prominent Catholic, Protestant and Jewish groups signed on to an amicus curiae brief arguing for suspension of the law.
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