Representatives of the Evangelical Immigration Table responded Tuesday to accusations that it is a movement of leaders without followers. They also announced an effort to use Congress' August recess to press for immigration reform with $400,000 worth of ads in 56 key congressional districts.
The argument that the EIT is mostly a "grasstops," rather than "grassroots," movement came recently from evangelical author Jonathan Merritt and Institute on Religion and Democracy President Mark Tooley. (A Christian Post analysis of these arguments can be found here. Responses to that analysis from Merritt and Tooley can be found here and here.)
When asked about the criticism, Barrett Duke, vice president for public policy and research at the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, answered that the EIT clearly does not speak for all evangelicals and part of the purpose of the ad buy is to convince those evangelicals who do not support them of their position. Galen Carey, vice president of government relations for the National Association of Evangelicals, added that many of the radio ads were intentionally bought for areas of the country with a high concentration of evangelicals. more >>
Immigrants from Latin America are from a "violent civilization," Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) complained at a sparsely-attended anti-immigration reform rally Monday in Richmond, Va. The Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, called on Republican leaders to repudiate King's remarks.
"If you bring people from a violent civilization into a less-violent civilization, you're going to have more violence right? It's like pouring hot water into cold water, does it raise the temperature or not?" King said in reference to Latin American immigrants, according to Politico.
The rally was one of a number of rallies, called the "Stop Amnesty" tour, planned for August and sponsored by Numbers USA. more >>
If I were President, there would be no special treatment for anyone entering our country illegally. I would send a special delegation to Israel to study how to build a fence, secure it and then electrify it.
After the border is secure, I would put out a clarion call that all illegal aliens have six months to register and the clock starts ticking when the fence starts construction. When we catch them after that, there will be no citizenship possibility and then we would deport them. My concern would be for those who have been here for years and sought legal ways to gain citizenship and I would work with Congress to put them on the fast track like they do inmates on death row in Texas, fast and efficient. I would be sensitive to not breaking up families because that would be inhumane of course, so if you are caught after six months, then you and your whole family, whether your children are born here or not would be deported because you had six months to make it right. I would work with all illegal aliens if they sign up to do everything possible to get their green cards or work permits. However, if someone is attempting to gain citizenship, they must go to the back of the line.
If I were President, I would make a new commitment to Israel and announce the Muslim brotherhood as a terrorist organization, stop all shipments of money, weapons and planes to Egypt until a free government is elected that we deem is free and not a threat to our greatest ally, Israel. Syrian leadership must go and no one on either side will get help from us until we deem it safe for Israel and America. Iran would have one warning to disarm or we will stand with Israel to do it for them. more >>
Former head of the Texas Republican Party, Cathie Adams, warned last Thursday that immigration reform won't just be giving amnesty to illegal Mexicans but would lead to the mark of the beast, more non-Christians, and people from countries linked to terrorism getting freedoms in America.
"We have about 50,000 other than Mexicans who cross our border within one year. Those people that were apprehended were from countries like Indonesia, of course that's just a very fierce fighting Islamic government. We have Pakistanis coming across, people from the Philippines, Somalia, Tunisia, Uzbekistan," said Adams in an interview with End Times radio host Rick Wiles.
"We're going to be giving amnesty not just to poor Mexicans who are looking for jobs but we're giving amnesty, we're giving all of the American privileges to people who are not here with the best intentions for America," she noted. more >>
Does this sound familiar? Congress is more partisan than ever; Republicans and Democrats do not know how to work together; the Parties are so divided that nothing gets accomplished. But there have been a number of issues for which Republicans and Democrats have recently worked across the aisle with one another.
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Update on Aug. 5, 2013: In a response to this article from Jonathan Merritt, he noted he spoke to someone at CBS about its poll showing that 75 percent of evangelicals support a conditional pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. CBS, it turns out, made the same mistake as Merritt and used "evangelicals" when they meant "white evangelicals." We believe, though, that this new information makes the point of this analysis even stronger. Since non-white evangelicals are at least as likely to support immigration reform as white evangelicals, then the Evangelical Immigration Table does indeed represent the views of a supermajority of evangelicals.
Evangelical support for immigration reform is a top-down, "grasstops," elite-led movement with little support among the "grassroots," or the evangelicals in the pews, Jonathan Merritt and Mark Tooley have recently argued. Their arguments, though, are based upon an assumption that the views of all evangelicals are represented by the views of white evangelicals.
"As it turns out, the evangelical movement on immigration has been mostly top-down and not bottom-up. It has failed to do the difficult work of convincing and mobilizing (or at least neutralizing) the millions of evangelical churchgoers and voters," Merritt, an evangelical author, wrote July 23 for Religion News Service. more >>