A prominent mosque in Sacramento has honored an Evangelical Christian congregation for the first time with its annual award for outstanding acts of interfaith service. The accolade recognizes the church's efforts to help Middle Eastern refugees settle into their new lives in California.
During its fourth annual interfaith Iftar [an evening meal for Muslims to end their daily fast during the month of Ramadan] last Wednesday, the SALAM Islamic Center honored the First Covenant Church of Sacramento with its "Distinguished Award for Exceptional Interfaith and Community Service."
The Sacramento Bee reports that the banquet was attended by 200 community members including local, state and federal officials. SALAM Executive Director Metwalli Amer told the audience that First Covenant has taken outstanding measures to bridge the societal gap for Muslim newcomers to the community who are seeking safety from their conflict-ridden homelands in the Middle East. more >>
Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the senior Roman Catholic official in the U.K., is praising immigration for reviving the Christian faith in a "weary, western secularized culture."
According to The Telegraph, the loss of citizens who identified as Christian is being bolstered by 1.2 million foreign-born Christians living in the U.K., including many Evangelicals who hail from Africa and Polish-born Roman Catholics.
Nichols believes the wave of immigration is not only providing vigor to fledgling churches but helping native-born Brits to reclaim their own "wellsprings of faith." more >>
Dallas megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress said in a recent interview that liberal churches sometimes harbor illegal immigrants who might be a danger to society, but added that his First Baptist church does not check the immigration status of people who come visit. Dr. Richard Land, president of the Southern Evangelical Seminary, said that churches should offer needy people food and shelter and show them mercy.
Jeffress said on "Fox and Friends Weekend" this Sunday that liberal churches that harbor illegal immigrants claim to be following the example of Jesus, but are making a mistake.
"The only problem is they are following the Jesus of their imagination, rather than the Jesus of the Bible," Jeffress asserted. more >>
The mother and father of a young man killed by an illegal immigrant are voicing their support for Donald Trump. "He's trying to do something and they're trying to shut him down," declared the victim's mother.
In 2008, Anita Shaw was serving in Iraq when her son, a high school football standout, was gunned down near his home in Los Angeles by gang member and illegal immigrant Pedro Espinoza. Jamiel Shaw Jr. has been described by his parents as an excellent student athlete who was drawing interest from Stanford and Rutgers University. His parents called Shaw, 17 at the time of his death, a "regular" church attendee.
Espinoza is said to have confused Jamiel's spider man backpack for a rival gang's colors. more >>
Macy's is the latest big-name company, following NBC Universal and Univision, to sever its relationship with billionaire businessman Donald Trump following the GOP presidential candidate's controversial remarks that immigrants from Mexico and other countries coming into the U.S. illegally are "killers and rapists."
"We are disappointed and distressed by recent remarks about immigrants from Mexico. We do not believe the disparaging characterizations portray an accurate picture of the many Mexicans, Mexican Americans and Latinos who have made so many valuable contributions to the success of our nation," Macy's explained in a statement about its decision to pull Trump's merchandise from its stores.
"In light of statements made by Donald Trump, which are inconsistent with Macy's values, we have decided to discontinue our business relationship with Mr. Trump and will phase-out the Trump menswear collection, which has been sold at Macy's since 2004." more >>
The founder of the U.S. Hispanic Action Network says that God is answering America's prayer for revival and He's "wrapping it up in immigration."
Gonzalez spoke to those assembled at Skyline Church in La Mesa, California, for the Future Conference, calling on the Church to be open to what God is doing through immigration.
"God is bringing them [revivalists], but we let the media and the pundits make it a wedge issue inside the Church," he declared. more >>