‘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 [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 [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 [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 [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 [Read More...]

The Big Yanoski


“Backlash from man’s remarks making namesake miserable,” reports the Standard Speaker of Hazleton, Pa. A former Hazleton man says his life has become a nightmare after racially insensitive remarks made by another man with the same name went viral on the Internet this week. Richard Peter Yanoski Jr., 39, said he had to take down [Read More...]

Coming attractions

Here are a couple of documentaries to add to my Want To See list. “Gospel Without Borders“ EthicsDaily.com announces the availability of its newest documentary – “Gospel Without Borders” – on the heels of draconian anti-immigration laws passed in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana and South Carolina, heated disagreement over the federal direction of comprehensive reform, and [Read More...]

Turning the tables

Friend of mine sells houses. Her job involves a lot of conversation with customers, and doing her job well means conversing with them in a way that reassures them and makes them feel comfortable. Occasionally, those conversations take a turn that makes her uncomfortable, suddenly switching into a category we might describe as white people [Read More...]