May 4, 2010

GOD IS A TOUGH TASKMASTER::

Broad Coalition of Religious Groups Push for Immigration Reform (Amy Sullivan, 4/30/10, TIME)

The near-universal support among religious groups for comprehensive immigration reform, including a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, is a change from the bruising fights over health reform that often saw faith leaders faced off against each other. But across theological lines, religious advocates say their traditions obligate them to care for immigrants. As the group New Evangelicals for the Common Good put it in a statement opposing the Arizona law: Throughout the Bible, God commands us in no uncertain terms to show kindness and hospitality to the foreigner and the stranger.

The Catholic Church is the biggest player in the push for immigration reform. The issue has long been a concern of the church and was a lesser-noted reason the bishops conference ultimately opposed health reform. The USCCB strongly criticized the health measure for prohibiting illegal immigrants from participating in the insurance exchange, writing that undocumented immigrants should not be barred from purchasing a health insurance plan with their own money.

The USCCB is encouraging swift action on comprehensive immigration reform through its Justice for Immigrants campaign, which has provided hundreds of thousands of postcards for parishioners to send to Congress and sponsored teach-ins on the issue in dioceses around the country. A March 2010 poll by Public Religious Research found that of church-going Americans, Catholics were the most likely to say they had heard their local clergy member speak sometimes or often about immigration reform.

But while Catholics may be the most visible religious supporters of immigration reform, they are a joined by a broad coalition of other faith advocates. The Interfaith Immigration Coalition includes Quaker, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, mainline Protestant, evangelical Christian, and Catholic organizations.


You can be a Christian or oppose immigration.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 4, 2010 4:25 PM
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