WASHINGTON – Though the National Association of Evangelicals recently voiced its strong support for immigration reform, it does not call for undocumented aliens to be covered in health care reform legislation, says the group's president.
NAE president Leith Anderson told The Christian Post at a press conference on immigration reform last week that his group supports the current health care system in place for undocumented immigrants.
“[W]e are not specifically espousing that undocumented immigrants be included in any health care reform,” said Anderson, noting that the NAE has not issued an official position on the issue. “However, we obviously would stand for provision of health care as it now is, in emergency rooms and elsewhere.” more >>
WASHINGTON – The National Association of Evangelicals released its most comprehensive resolution on immigration in its history on Thursday during a press conference on Capitol Hill.
In revealing the resolution, four NAE leaders, all members of the Board of Directors, criticized the current system as broken and emphasized that an immigrant, just like any other person, is made in the image of God and thus deserves to be treated with respect.
“Our core faith convictions are such that all persons are created equal. This means that every individual possesses fundamental rights to live and be respected as a human person of intrinsic value and dignity regardless of race, class, nationality or legal status,” said Berten Waggoner, national director of Vineyard USA, a denomination of over 1,500 churches worldwide. more >>
The National Association of Evangelicals has named Galen Carey as director of Government Affairs. He replaces Richard Cizik who was forced to resign after making controversial remarks on same-sex unions.
Carey is a longtime employee of World Relief – the relief and development arm of the NAE – and is expected to bring "a fresh approach to evangelical advocacy in Washington," said NAE president Leith Anderson in an announcement Wednesday.
In his new role, which he will take up on August 1, Carey will represent the NAE – a body of about 45,000 churches and organizations – before Congress, the White House and the Courts. more >>
America’s largest evangelical body launched a search for a new director of government affairs on Tuesday to replace Richard Cizik who was forced to resign in December over controversial remarks he made about same-sex civil unions and abortion.
The National Association of Evangelicals, which claims to represent 30 million evangelicals, is considering candidates who can represent the organization before Congress, the White House and the Courts based on the principles found in the NAE document For the Health of the Nation: An Evangelical Call to Civic Responsibility.
“The director to our government affairs office has always played a central role in the public advocacy of the National Association of Evangelicals,” said NAE president Leith Anderson. “There have been only three directors in our history of more than 60 years. We want the very best person and look forward to this new addition to our Washington staff team.” more >>
Dozens of evangelical leaders recalled fondly the contribution of Richard Cizik to their movement and have asked the National Association of Evangelicals to continue to support the broad agenda that began under Cizik’s leadership.
“We respect the right of the NAE to select spokespersons that represent the organization’s stated priorities,” the leaders stated in a letter to the NAE president this week. “At the same time, we release this letter in order to show our deep gratitude for Richard’s 28 years of leadership at the NAE, in which he has had a guiding hand in shaping a broad Christian moral agenda that has helped define American Evangelicals’ public witness.”
Cizik resigned last week over controversies involving remarks he made on abortion and same-sex civil unions during an interview with National Public Radio. more >>
Richard Cizik, ex-vice president of the nation’s largest evangelical body, is a “real hero” and “pioneer” in the “new evangelical” movement, said a progressive, left-leaning evangelical leader in response to Cizik’s resignation this week.
Jim Wallis, founder and president of the Christian social justice ministry Sojourners, praised Cizik for putting creation care and climate change among the priorities of the evangelical movement, and for broadening the group’s agenda to include global poverty, human trafficking, religious liberty, the genocide in Darfur, and foreign policy issues like torture and nuclear weapons.
“Rich Cizik has been a pioneer in the ‘new evangelical’ movement and a real hero, especially to the next generation of young believers,” said Wallis in a statement Friday. more >>