Bashing Arizona Immigration Law Supporters

The Religious Left has discerned that Christianity and Judaism demand virtually open borders by the United States, if not by other nations.  So naturally, many liberal church elites have quickly and angrily lashed out at Arizona’s new immigration law, ascribing to its backers the contempt that much of the Religious Left seems itself to have for many average Americans.

Arizona’s Episcopal Bishop Kirk Smith huffily declared:  “Today is a sad day in the struggle to see all God’s people treated in a humane and compassionate manner.”  And he tut-tutted:  “It seems that for now the advocates of fear and hatred have won over those of charity and love. Arizona claims to be a Golden Rule State. We have not lived up to that claim.”

It’s doubtful that the Episcopal Church in Arizona has been very successful in broadening it’s WASPy flock to include many immigrants.  Still, Bishop Kirk presumes to be their spokesman and moral leader on behalf of the Golden Rule:  “We will continue to work as hard as we can to defeat this law and to work toward just and fair laws that protect the rights of all human beings. We all know that our immigration system is broken, but it cannot be fixed by scape-goating the most vulnerable of those among us.”

Not content to defer to the local bishop, the Episcopal Church’s lobby office in Washington, D.C. also irritably chimed in against the Arizona law, bemoaning that the “lack of fair and humane immigration reform opens the door to misguided and divisive state and local attempts to address immigration enforcement.”  Of course, the Episcopal lobbyists want a national amnesty that would override state attempts at immigration enforcement:   “We urge Congress to provide a solution to a broken immigration system that separates families, spreads fear and keeps millions living in the shadows. Every day, members of our congregations see the unacceptable consequences of our broken immigration system.  We urge the Senate and House to enact bipartisan immigration reform that reunites families, protects the rights of all workers, and provides an opportunity for undocumented immigrants to earn legal status.”

Of course, like the rest of the Religious Left, the Episcopal lobbyists simplistically portray their open borders policy as “Christians…[who] are called to embrace the stranger and to find Christ in all who come to us in need.”  And like the Religious Left, they assume that solutions to vast social problems can be solved by sweeping legislation.  “With strong leadership in Congress, we are confident we can solve the broken immigration system.  We encourage members of Congress to join faith leaders to stand up for immigration policies that renew the dignity and human rights of everyone.”

But what if the open borders and amnesty that the Religious Left typically advocates in fact do not “renew the dignity and human rights of everyone” and instead only create more social disruption whose chief victims are ultimately low income native born and immigrants who lack the economic privileges of most Religious Left elites, especially Episcopalians?  In typical fashion, the Religious Left does not ponder unintended consequences and instead assumes that good intentions and political correctness are sufficient.

Evangelical Left Sojourners chief Jim Wallis wants evangelicals to follow the old Religious Left in distilling the Gospel down to the Left’s latest political demands and prejudices. “The law … is a social and racial sin, and should be denounced as such by people of faith and conscience across the nation,” Wallis intoned. “It is not just about Arizona, but about all of us, and about what kind of country we want to be. It is not only mean-spirited — it will be ineffective and will only serve to further divide communities in Arizona, making everyone more fearful and less safe.”

Arizona’s new crack down on illegal immigration may or may not have faults, but will it make lawful Arizonans “less safe?  Security and effective law enforcement are not typical strong emphases for Wallis or the Religious Left generally.  Instead, they often prefer name calling and charges of bigotry. “This legislation feels reactionary and hateful,” claims Church World Service chief John McCullough, who heads the National Council of Churches’ relief arm.  “It is a clear representation of the politics of division and exclusion.”

Even more hyperbolic was National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference chief Samuel Rodriguez, who has also successfully pressed the National Association of Evangelicals to adopt a liberalized immigration agenda.  “Today, Arizona stands as the state with the most xenophobic and nativist laws in the country,” he pronounced, almost as a curse.  “We need a multi-ethnic firewall against the extremists in our nation who desire to separate us rather than bring us together. Shame on you Arizona Republicans and shame on you Senator John McCain for endorsing the legislation.”

Rodriguez claims to represent virtually all Hispanic evangelicals, and naïve Anglo evangelical churchmen obligingly accept his claims, not considering that many Hispanic and other legal immigrants also have concerns about law enforcement, security, and open borders’ impact on their own ability to advance economically.  Instead, the Religious and Evangelical Left idealize immigration as merely a bumper sticker social justice issue dividing forces of light from bigoted forces of darkness.   Contrary to their claims, the Almighty has not directly revealed His preferences for U.S. immigration policy.  But traditional Christian and Jewish moral teachings about human nature and statecraft offer better guidance than the slapdash pseudo-thinking of the Arizona law’s seething religious critics.

  • http://intensedebate.com/profiles/kgd67 kgd67

    Excellent article. I am shocked by the reaction of people to this reasonable Arizona law. The left wing in this country has gone crazy. The detractors are supporting injustice and murder by drug cartels from Mexico by their actions. They would prefer tying law enforcement's hand at defending innocent victims in Arizona and work support murderers over law-abiding innocent citizens of the US. I hope Arizona holds firm on it's new law because it is right and just that the drug cartels should not be allowed to terrorize innocent US citizens without consequence.

    I think Arizona should fight back by shutting down power contracts with adjoining states like California to give them a taste of their dependence on Arizona. When the critics get a taste of reality maybe they will calm down and apologize.

    • Andrew

      Bro, it's not just the left wing here. There is a widespread outcry against this law. It's completely racist and self satisfying. There is not one single justification that can be made to support this law, its wrong in every single way and it's disgusting that it even got passed. This is a perfect display of the intolerance and bigotry that comprises Arizona.

  • http://intensedebate.com/profiles/windfohr Windfohr

    part 2

    The LAPD’s ban on immigration enforcement mirrors bans in immigrant-saturated cities around the country, from New York and Chicago to San Diego, Austin, and Houston. These “sanctuary policies” generally prohibit city employees, including the cops, from reporting immigration violations to federal authorities.
    Such laws testify to the sheer political power of immigrant lobbies, a power so irresistible that police officials shrink from even mentioning the illegal-alien crime wave.

    So were fighting our own drug war

    Elishia Windfohr

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/idf idf

    I noticed this morning on the CAIR website, that they have condemned the Arizona Law. They haven't issued an Action Alert yet though… I'm sure they will. That should come as more evidence to intelligent thinking people that this Law should be enacted by all the States. If our enemies have a problem with it… then it must be good.

  • gamalpha

    Where is Bishop Kirk Smith's compassion for the American victims of violent immigrants? Where is his compassion for the people who are unemployed because immigrants take their jobs. Where is his compassion for the people whose hospitals close because of immigrants who do not pay for their health care?

  • http://intensedebate.com/profiles/windfohr Windfohr

    As the violence increases on the border, as cartels continue to fight over land and ownership rights of land to move their drugs and people through, we're going continue to see these and we're going to continue to see the violence escalate if we don't take swift action."

    Elishia Windfohr

  • http://intensedebate.com/profiles/windfohr Windfohr

    Also remember Some of the most violent criminals at large today are illegal aliens. Yet in cities where the crime these aliens commit is highest, the police cannot use the most obvious tool to apprehend them: their immigration status. In Los Angeles, for example, dozens of members of a ruthless Salvadoran prison gang have sneaked back into town after having been deported for such crimes as murder, assault with a deadly weapon, and drug trafficking.

    Police officers know who they are and know that their mere presence in the country is a felony. Yet should a cop arrest an illegal gangbanger for felonious reentry, it is he who will be treated as a criminal, for violating the LAPD’s rule against enforcing immigration law.

  • davarino

    So the left is getting all religious now, huh? At least until they get what they want and then its back to being a relic. Oh well, the left will stop at nothing to advance their agenda.

  • Sashland

    The immigration system is NOT broken. It works just fine. Its the immigrants who don't use the system that are "broken", as in "they've broken the law".

    It is NOT the immigration system that "separates families, spreads fear and keeps millions living in the shadows." That is the choice of the illegal entrants.

    Isn't it ironic that the cities protesting as "illegal" a law based on Federal Law are the ones who actually enacted local "sanctuary" laws that VIOLATE Federal Law.

    Isn't it ironic that immigrants who came here legally support the AZ law. Racists, right?

  • powderfinger

    Illegal mexicans are 100% illegal and at least 50% criminal. They don't "live in fear" of anything other than getting whacked by another mexican gang. Ceasar Chavez, (United Farm Workers Union), abhorred illegal aliens stealing jobs and undercutting wages. I don't hear him quoted much these days.
    We are at war.

  • powderfinger

    Sashland
    None of it is "ironic". It is on purpose. We are at war.

  • rob

    This is why we have separation of church and state, because of yahoo's like these.

  • badaboo

    Caesar Chavez was 100%UNION , he was 100% Progressive , he was branded a troublemaker and a communist , yet EVERYTHING he stood for was RIGHT . He was , what most here would call a LEFTIST . Bill Maher is no less American than anyone posting here , no less American than any on the staff here .He's a free thinker , abit irreverant regarding ANY radical religionists who resort to violence or hate mongering of any kind .A "left " in thgis country is necessarry to balance the right …and vice-versa , many here are too young to remember the dock workers strike of the 40's in San Francisco , where the SFPD shot down and killed a number of strikers on the streets of San Francisco .
    I said it before , and i'll say it again , want to stop illegal immigration ? a $50,000 dollar fine per employee for buisinesses who employ illegal or undocumented aliens .

  • Florence Suarez

    There are criminals in every race. not because there is a rotted apple you are not eating apples,not all mexican are criminals. what is right is right and what is wrong is wrong, When your heart is Evil you do evil things. Evil is evil and of the devil remember that people.

  • Robert Emery

    I live along the border and do not know when Murder became a race issue and the solution Legalization. If the AZ law went away, the protests for legalization would continue as well as the violence along the border.They speak of their civil rights being violated by racial profiling but most don't know of Homeland Security checkpoints along the Interstate on southern border. Everyday we learn of the convicted murders, rapists, gang member or drug dealer apprehended the night before attempting to cross back into the US. My neighbors and I have decided on one sure way to protect ourselves. If all these misguided fools sponsor one, we will pay the air fare for them to come to your home.

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