Not doubt spiritually energized by the latest anti-Arizona court ruling, a phalanx of Religious Left groups have orchestrated an “Isaiah 58 Solidarity Vigil and Fast for Arizona” across America to protest Arizona’s new immigration enforcement law and to push for national liberalized immigration. The coalition explains:
The anti-immigration bill that recently became law in Arizona has galvanized the faith community to stand with our immigrant brothers and sisters and stand against those who seek to divide our communities and distract from the real solution to our broken immigration system: comprehensive immigration reform.
The Isaiah solidarity prayer vigil and fast across the Summer was conceived by the Interfaith Immigration Coalition, a Religious Left lobby group for liberalized immigration. Members include Jim Wallis’s Sojourners, United Methodist, Presbyterian, United Church of Christ, and Episcopal Church agencies, left-wing Catholic groups like Pax Christi, and the Islamic Immigration Center, among others.
Perhaps concerned that other states might follow Arizona’s example, the Isaiah solidarity coalition has organized 8 weeks of “constant prayer and public witness” leading up to the Arizona law’s scheduled August implementation (at least before the court ruling) in service of “loosening the chains of injustice.”
Evidently this particular Religious Left coalition, like others, deems almost any kind of immigration law enforcement as “racist” and “anti-immigrant” by definition. Condescendingly, its activists, who are overwhelmingly liberal white Anglos, assume they speak for all immigrants and U.S. Hispanics. And they ignore that in fact many legal immigrants agree with most native born U.S. citizens that security and national sovereignty require defensible borders and immigration law enforcement.
While many advocates of liberalized immigration policies at least pay some lip service to border security and law enforcement, much of this Religious Left coalition is discomfited by either. They instead dream of a United States without borders, constantly welcoming whoever wants to enter, automatically offering tax-funded social services to everyone, and somehow atoning for, through such liberality, America’s ostensibly chronic racism and imperialism, which purportedly have generated poverty south of the border and around the world.
The Isaiah prayer and fast coalition professes to “stand with our immigrant brothers and sisters,” but they are not standing with legal immigrants who struggle to find work in a recession economy and who are most imperiled by unrestricted immigration. And the utopian Religious Left does not accept that anybody can be “illegal,” because anyone from anywhere should be able to move into the U.S. at any time. One Catholic college president recently argued that it was idolatrous to allow free trade of commodities while restricting the movement of peoples, since the former purportedly morally elevates material goods over humans. He claimed a virtually unlimited “human right” to migrate.
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