‘I was a stranger’

This is encouraging: About two-thirds of the evangelical leaders in that video are the usual suspects -- people who've been collaborating on efforts like this for decades. (At least four of them served on the boards of some of the "liberal" evangelical nonprofits I've worked for.) If this were just them -- Wallis, Perkins, Lyon, Cortes, Mouw, Hybels, etc. -- then this effort would likely be ignored by their fellow evangelicals, just like most of the good things those good people have … [Read more...]

Dreams, actions, and DREAM actions

Radley Balko: "That Big Thing Everyone Is Talking About Today" The president said that if you were brought to this country at a young age, by no choice of your own, which is to say that if the United States has been your home for as long as you can remember … we will no longer put you handcuffs, put you on a bus or plane, then dump you in a country where you might have been born, but that is otherwise completely foreign to you. Somehow, this is controversial? In a humane, sane world, … [Read more...]

Deporting the best and the brightest

Two recent stories that I find equal parts confounding and infuriating. First, from Raw Story/Reuters, "Miami students rally for valedictorian facing deportation": A judge on Monday denied a green card request by Daniela Pelaez, an 18-year-old who was born in Colombia and brought by her parents to the United States when she was four. Her lawyer is appealing the decision. Pelaez grew up in the Miami area after she and her family overstayed their tourist visas. A high school senior, Pelaez … [Read more...]

‘Resident Alien’ bishop supports rights of immigrants in Alabama

William H. Willimon may be best known as the co-author, with Stanley Hauerwas, of Resident Aliens: Life in the Christian Colony. Love it or hate it (I loved it, mostly), that's a book that requires readers to contend with what it has to say. The main point there being, roughly, that Christianity took a wrong turn around about the time of Constantine and still has a lot of work to do disentangling itself from Empire. Willimon is also the bishop of the North Alabama Conference of the United … [Read more...]

Judge says Alabama cannot steal immigrants’ homes

This is good news: "US judge stops Ala. from enforcing part of law." A federal judge in Montgomery has stopped state officials from using Alabama's [harsh]* new immigration law to prevent immigrants from renewing required permits on manufactured homes. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson issued a temporary restraining order Wednesday evening that allows Alabama residents to renew registration of manufactured homes without requiring that they prove that they are in the country legally. The … [Read more...]

Other voices: Evangelicals outside the right wing

"Regent University president, evangelical church leaders denounce Alabama's immigration law" Regent University President Carlos Campo and several people identifying themselves as national evangelical Christian leaders held a press conference in Kelly Ingram Park today to denounce Alabama's new immigration law. "We believe Alabama is a better place if they rescind this law," said Campo. Regent University, a Christian school in Virginia Beach, Va., was founded by TV Evangelist Pat Robertson. … [Read more...]

The Romney Factor

The Atlantic's Molly Ball reports, "Religious Right Still Lacking a Champion in 2012 Field." Ball attended a public discussion between Sojourners' Jim Wallis, a standard-bearer for progressive evangelicals, and Richard Land, the conservative head of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. It's somewhat encouraging to hear Land criticizing the Republican primary field for their one-upmanship in scapegoating Sooners: Richard Land, president of the Ethics and Religious … [Read more...]

Welcoming the stranger

Separate items, common thread: 1. "Evangelical conference preaches support of immigrants" Evangelicals are gathering at Cedarville University to talk about the importance of showing compassion to immigrants, whether they are documented or not. The evangelical Christian college in Greene County, east of Dayton, is hosting the G92 Immigration Conference, headlined by a list of high-profile evangelicals. The conference began last night and continues today and Saturday. The name G92 … [Read more...]