“I am not going to pretend that I am a policy wonk,” Franciscan Friar Jason Welle conceded in Lafayette Square before the White House on February 17, 1014, during a protest against illegal immigrant deportations. Welle’s admission of ignorance while questioned on American immigration policy highlighted the protestors’ flawed understanding of God’s infallible Word and mankind’s fallible judgment.
House Speaker John Boehner has announced the House will not go to conference with the U.S. Senate over the latter’s immigration legalization proposal, likely forestalling any immigration legislation this year. It’s not for lack of trying by many religious advocates of immigration “reform,” with special exertions by many evangelical elites. A tent has arisen on Capitol Hill to shelter evangelical immigration prayers for immigration legislation.
Churches in America didn’t start speaking about immigration only recently. In 1906, Methodist bishops, speaking as part of America’s largest religious movement, noted that one million immigrants had entered the U.S. the previous year, with 700,000 of them from southern and eastern Europe. Many, in the bishops’ words, jarring to modern ears, were “totally illiterate […]
Washington, DC—Some evangelical Christian officials are touting “comprehensive immigration reform” like the U.S. Senate recently passed. Many are aggressively quoting the Bible to argue that mass legalization of unlawful immigrants is the Christian way to “welcome the stranger.”
By Mark Tooley @markdtooley Religion News Service columnist Jonathan Merritt recently wrote that evangelical elites touting legislation to legalize illegal immigrants are not persuading their own constituency. He cited a Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) poll showing almost no movement on the issue over the last several years despite much hoopla. And he noted the […]
“There aren’t many changes more dramatic in American evangelicalism than the way its leaders have embraced the indispensable justice of immigration reform.”
Section 2537 of Senate Bill 744 (S. 744), also known as the Gang of Eight’s immigration “reform” bill, includes two large slush funds, totaling at least $150 million over the next five years. These funds are earmarked for organizations that promise to help illegal immigrants apply for amnesty.
A nation can’t exist on the basis of self-abnegation. Politics looks to the good of the political community, but the duty of the sovereign is not identical with the duty of the Church, nor can it fulfill the role of Christ.
By Marjorie Jeffrey (@MarjorieJeffrey) The immigration bill in the Senate seems all but unstoppable, but pro-amnesty religious activists aren’t taking any chances. All this week, on the Capitol grounds, the Evangelical Immigration Table will be holding prayer gatherings every morning at 10 AM to pray for the passage of immigration reform in the Senate. A […]