Religion and the Law
Who is right?
|Montgomery Advisor -- March 23
Immigration touches denominations
Nashville -- The Bible tells its readers to obey the law, but it also tells them to welcome strangers and foreigners.
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That has left some Christians divided over the issue of immigration reform.
Members of Clergy for Tolerance, based here, say new immigration laws have to mix justice with compassion.
But supporters of measures such as Alabama's say the Bible teaches that the government's job is to enforce the law, and those who break it should be punished. The American Center for Law and Justice, a Christian legal group, filed a brief in federal court supporting the Alabama law. [...]
"The whole heart of the gospel is in Matthew 25, where Jesus said, 'I was a stranger and you welcomed me,"' said Rev. Randy Hoover-Dempsey, pastor of All Saints Episcopal Church in Smyrna, Tenn., whose congregation includes about 200 Burmese immigrants.
Welcoming strangers and immigrants is a good thing, said Rev. Gil McKee, pastor of First Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
But the Bible is no excuse for breaking the law, said McKee, whose congregation includes Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, a Republican who pushed for a state law that cracks down on illegal immigration.
"We have an obligation under Romans 13 --- to obey the law," McKee said. "A lot of the folks who are here illegally know the law. It's their responsibility as a result to abide by the law." Romans 13 says in part, "Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God."
Related: Religious Leaders vs. Members: An Examination of Contrasting Views on Immigration
Los Angeles passes resolution against 'intolerable' radio speech
The Los Angeles City Council has passed a resolution condemning speech on radio that some may find "intolerable." -- According to the local CBS station in L.A., Councilmember Jan Perry "introduced legislation this week that would call upon media companies to ensure 'on-air hosts do not use and promote racist and sexist slurs' on radio and other broadcasts."
|KVOA-TV -- Tucson
Unmanned drone helps locate 26 suspected smugglers
An unmanned aircraft helped to locate 26 suspected narcotics smugglers near the border last night - agents responded, located 24 bundles of marijuana, and apprehended 26 people. -- The drone, from the Customs and Border Protection's Office of Air and Marine, detected 26 suspected narcotics smugglers near the international boundary, according to a news release from Customs and Border Protection...
|Associated Press sc
Hearing set in profiling lawsuit against Arpaio
A judge will hold the final pretrial hearing Friday in a lawsuit that alleges that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's deputies had racially profiled Latinos in the sheriff's immigration patrols. -- Lawyers are expected to give U.S. District Judge Murray Snow an update on settlement talks and discuss possible trial dates. -- The lawsuit alleges that Arpaio's officers based some traffic stops on the race of Hispanics...
|Colorado Springs Gazette
Colorado E-Verify bill likely to die
A Republican bill to curb illegal immigration was likely killed Thursday at the hands of its own party, according to its sponsor. -- Rep. Marsha Looper, R-Calhan, walked red-faced out of the committee that heard a bill of hers that would have required all employers to use the national E-Verify system. The committee had just voted 7-5 to send the measure to the House Agriculture Committee, with three Republicans supporting the move...
|KPHO-TV -- Phoenix
No arrests at Friday's illegal alien tantrum
College students have staged a protest against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's immigration enforcement policies. -- Several hundred students marched Friday afternoon near Arizona State University's downtown Phoenix campus. -- While the focus of this march was on Arizona's immigration policies and the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, the marchers themselves came from all over the country...
|American Border Patrol
Photo of the day
Laura is a PhD student from Paris. She made a special trip to the American Border Patrol ranch to interview Glenn Spencer. "I am very impressed!" she said. The day before Glenn was interviewed by another young lady who is working on her PhD at the London School of Economics. ...
|Mothers Against Illegal Aliens / Amnesty
Congress are the birthers
As derogatory as it would be to use the "N" word to describe a black person, or the "C" word to describe a woman, the word "Birther" has been licensed by the media and the political elite as a stamp of approval coined to "discredit" and "diminish" the concerns of the American people who have the right to exercise their own judgment and ask an honest question that begs for and demands a truthful answer from Obama...
|Rick Oltman of The Immigration Tea Party -- The Examiner
This is the City. Los Anarchy, California
With the announcement that the L.A.P.D will not impound cars driven by unlicensed drivers (illegal aliens) Los Angeles has moved into a new era, the Era of Anarchy. Many would argue that anarchy has reigned in L.A. for a long time, this legitimizes it. -- And Chief of Police Charlie Beck is not the problem, he's a symptom. The whole system is now corrupt... [More from Rick Oltman]
|Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal
Six arraigned in Smyrna drug bust; Five of them were illegals
Atlanta -- Five immigrants who were arrested in Smyrna were arraigned on federal drug and weapons charges Friday. -- Nemias Cintora-Gonzalez, 39; Jorge Armando-Reyes, 33; Edgar Cintora-Gonzalez, 25; and Victor Hugo Morales-Avila, 34, all of Mexico; and Israel Edgardo Revera-Pacheco, 27, of El Salvador; appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge E. Clayton Scofield on charges of conspiracy...
|San Diego Union-Tribune
DHS estimates illegal alien population at 11.5 million
The Department of Homeland Security estimates there were 11.5 million [illegal aliens] in the U.S. in January of 2011, down from 11.6 million the year before, according to a population report released Friday by the agency. -- The new estimates are based on the 2010 American Community Survey which uses population estimates from the 2010 Census. Previous estimates were based on 2000 census data...
Baltimore mayor makes pledge to Latinos
In a speech bookended by standing ovations, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake told members of Baltimore's Latino community Thursday night that they are critical to meeting her goal of reversing the city's population decline and assured them that city government would not discriminate against them. -- 'In Baltimore, we value and will protect all of our people,' she told more than 100 people gathered in a community room...