June 16, 2012

YOU CAN'T BE CHRISTIAN AND NATIVIST:

Will Evangelicals' Immigration Shift Mean Common Ground With Obama? (David Sessions, Jun 15, 2012, Daily Beast)

A diverse group of evangelical leaders gathered in Washington this week to announce the Evangelical Statement of Principles for Immigration Reform, which cast immigration reform as a moral imperative and establish "ground rules" for a policy solution. The signatories include Richard Land, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention's "morality and ethics" arm and a prominent figure on the religious right, and Jim Wallis of Sojourners, the left-leaning evangelical organization that has long advocated for more humane immigration policy. One signatory seems to have come as a shock even to the other evangelicals: Focus on the Family, a group that has been seen for years as aligned with the most right-wing elements of the Republican Party. The statement was also endorsed by the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops.

The arrival of the Christian conservatives at the immigration-reform table might seem like a surprise, considering the high tensions surrounding the issue on the right. 

Evangelicals are conservative, not Right.

Posted by at June 16, 2012 6:02 AM
  

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