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Alabama Immigration Situation featured in the New York Times

In case you missed it, the New York Times ran an article yesterday on the situation in Alabama, specifically highlighting the Church’s reaction to the situation.

Among some of the more interesting bits were:

The politics of this are unusual, with those opposed to the law, mostly coming from the left, arguing that the statute falls short of biblical principles, and the law’s supporters, mostly from the right, arguing that secular laws and biblical law cannot always run on the same track.

An astute observation. The law has put people arguing from opposite sides than they would normally. What does that show? Either the arguments are not actually about Scripture at all and are instead about one’s unrelated political affiliation, or the Christian political world is a lot more nuanced than we thought.  The resolution regarding immigration reform issued by the SBC (from Arizona of all places, in fact) seems to denote the latter, but cynical as I am, oftentimes I am more inclined to suggest the former. Regardless, I will always hope that everyone has the more intellectually honest and best intentions.  What do you think? Are liberal or conservative Christians following their political party lines, taking up the Bible only when they need it?  or is it deeper and more nuanced than that?  Read the rest of this entry

Immigration Update

Governor Bentley, click for Birmingham News

Birmingham News is reporting that the State of Alabama has fired back at detractors to its new immigration law, issuing a 159-page statement to the courts on, essentially, why everyone who disagrees with them is wrong.  Governor Bentley’s document claims that HB56 does not discriminate on the basis of race or ethnicity and that it does not conflict with the means and methods of the federal government in dealing with the issue of immigration. In other news, the law suit filed by the UMC, ECUSA, and the Roman Catholic Church has merged into a joint suit with other federal filings, including that of the United States Justice Department and the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama (HICA).

Update: The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Alabama Education Association, National Education Association, Alabama NAACP, and the Fair Housing Centers of North, Central, and South Alabama all filed amicus curiae briefs contrary to the one released by the State of Alabama. Read more here.

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