Faith in Public Life: Immigration, hate crimes and health care

by Ruth Moon

The proposed Senate health care bill should provide for the estimated 17 million people who will likely be caught between Medicaid and regular insurance premiums.

The hate crimes legislation “welcomes justice, however delayed, to the victims of anti-gay violence, and to those who dare commit their hands to hatred.”

Advertisements by faith-based organizations should have faith-based messages.

An interfaith group met in Washington, D.C. late last week to “remember” Congress and the Obama administration as they work on a health care bill.

How should one interact with immigrants, and what’s the right stance on immigration reform?

Institute on Religion and Democracy covering other groups’ agendas

by M. Pulliam

The IRD covered NAE’s recent political activity; holding a policy forum in D.C. where critical issues such as immigration, the environment, evangelism, church finances, poverty, nuclear terrorism, sexuality, and marriage were identified. Particular attention was given to NAE’s stance on nuclear disarmament, noting the overlap in themes and timing with President Obama’s receival of the Nobel Peace Prize.

The IRD disapproves of the resolution containing an immigration reform platform that NAE has released.

“Passage of the October 8 resolution continues the NAE on a path away from primarily advocating on behalf of moral issues such as the sanctity of life and defense of marriage, and into a more politicized role aligned with the Evangelical Left.”

Here is another article from IRD on NAE’s immigration policies.

The IRD also reported on policy goals of Chief United Methodist Lobbyist, health-care reform and strong climate change legislation.

NAE: Resolution on Immigration Reform

by M. Pulliam

The National Association of Evangelicals releases a comprehensive set of guidelines for immigration reform.

  • Immigrants should be treated with respect and mercy.
  • National borders must be safeguarded with efficiency and respect for human dignity.
  • Immigration laws should recognize the central importance of the family and provide for reduction in backlogs for family reunification.
  • There should be a clear and workable system for legally admitting an adequate number of immigrants to meet both workforce and family reunification needs.
  • There must be a sound, equitable process for currently undocumented immigrants who wish to assume the responsibilities and privileges of citizenship to earn legal status.
  • There should be fair labor and civil laws for all who reside in the United States, reflecting the best of our nation’s heritage.
  • Immigration enforcement must recognize due process of law, the sanctity of the human person and the incomparable value of family.

Sojourners

by M. Pulliam

Action alert: Sojourners asks Americans to let Congress know that the same old broken financial system that lead to the $700 billion bailout will not do, citing scripture, “as Christians, we can advocate for a just financial system based on the wisdom of scripture. The Bible commends ‘those who deal generously and lend, who conduct their affairs with justice’ (Psalm 112:5), and condemns those who oppress the poor and needy for their own gain (Ezekiel 18:10-13).”

Arizona Sheriff had his ability  to enforce immigration laws (Immigration and Customs Enforcement, 287(g)) revoked as he became notorious for repeated abuses.

Sojourners asks if Obama’s Peace Prize is premature and concludes, that no, his vision and immediate actions especially are deserving of the prize and this award should encourage him to continue with that vision. Another blogger sees the award as more of an encouragement and a challenge to America. Jim Wallis also comments on his take, particularly addressing the problem with all of the critics.

Sojourners distinguishes itself from critics on the right and critics on the left, using abortion as an example (a good perspective on a few issues).

Sojourners attempts to break down some of the assumptions that Christians should have certain political theologies, referencing the “Left Behind” series, big government, and the Conservative Bible Project.  Read more about Sojourner’s take on the Conservative Bible Project here.

One blog mentions that President Obama sent two members of his Cabinet, Arne Duncan and Eric Holder, to Chicago to meet with high school students, hoping that he will bring constructive change to the current desolate division between the tourists’ Chicago and the Chicago that the friends of Derrion Albert see.

Sojourners

by M. Pulliam

Sojourners makes several cases for health-care reform.

One story  explores the racial divide on opinions of health-care reform.

Another says, “If Jesus fed 5,000 with only a bit of fish and bread, surely the richest country in the world can take care of its own.”

Health-care reform is only one part of the necessary complete restructuring of the economic system.

Sojourners makes a call for immigration fees to be decreased, not increased as proposed, and have hope that Obama will oblige considering as a Senator he introduced legislation to do so.

Sojourners calls for a dismantling of the hyper-connection of church and guns, specifying a situation in Texas.

Sojourners again focus on health-care

by M. Pulliam

Sixteen Christian leaders weigh in on the health-care controversy.

Sojourners says that immigrants, legal or not, should be provided for in health-care reform. “When politicians brag about the fact that immigrants are not included in health-care reform, it is a sign that political calculation has won out over moral consideration.”

Sojourners, multiple angles on Obama’s UN speech

by M. Pulliam

Sojourners summarizes President Obama’s first speech to the United Nations and his four pillars: nuclear weapons, peacekeeping, the environment, and a global economy.

     Further comments on President Obama’s speech and Just Peace Theory.
     An additional 6-points about Obama’s plan and nuclear security.
     President Obama’s comments on climate change are highlighted.

People of faith gather around the immigration reform movement.

Reframing “discrimination” as “protection of identity” in examining Bush-era policies on federal funding for religious organizations.

Sojourners discusses the role of racism in opposition to Obama’s policies and what the Christian response should be.