October 21, 2009

YOU CAN'T BE BOTH CHRISTIAN AND NATIVIST:

Evangelicals and Immigration (Mark Tooley, 10.21.09, American Spectator)

Essentially the NAE has endorsed the failed Comprehensive Immigration Act (CIR) of 2007, calling for a path to citizenship for illegals that critics call amnesty, and urging "a realistic program to respond to labor needs." [...]

Specifically, NAE urged establishing "a sound, equitable process toward earned legal status for currently undocumented immigrants, who desire to embrace the responsibilities and privileges that accompany citizenship." NAE's president, Minnesota megachurch pastor Leith Anderson, unveiled NAE's new advocacy earlier this month to the U.S. Senate Judiciary subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Citizenship. "We believe that undocumented immigrants who have otherwise been law abiding members of our communities should be offered the opportunity to pay any taxes or penalties owed, and over time earn the right to become U.S. citizens and permanent residents," Anderson testified. "The process of redemption and restitution is core to Christian beliefs, as we were all once lost and redeemed through love of Jesus Christ."


The notion that they need redemption for immigrating is risible, but overall it's a step in the right direction.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 21, 2009 1:34 PM
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