What better time than Sunday to explore biblical scripture as it relates to the issue of illegal immigration? It was just days ago that the amnesty pushing Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic) ran a front page, above-the-fold article titled “Embracing migrants.” To the newspaper, following the April 2013 AP Stylebook guidelines, the acceptable words are “immigrants,” “undocumented” and “migrants” — ditching the very precise term “illegal immigrant.” Here at Seeing Red AZ, fixated on meticulous definitions, we will continue to use the clearly definitive term “illegal alien” which is, according to the daily’s dictates, verboten.
In December 2010 Seeing Red AZ reported that the liberal word police of the Diversity Committee of the Society of Professional Journalists also called on news reporters nationwide to stop using the term “illegal immigrant” in their news coverage.
But we digress. Friday’s article told of “Evangelicals pushing Republicans to embrace immigration reform” — code for amnesty — a word that clearly defines the act of granting a pardon for illegally entering the sovereign nation of the United States of America in violation of our laws. Forgiving the criminality also entails ultimately creating a new group of voting citizens. Many have already been on the receiving end of taxpayer supported social benefits (shocking video) for years.
This past week Valley Evangelical pastors have united in purchasing radio spots flooding regular programming on conservative talk radio and local Christian stations. Such ads are also being broadcast in 13 other states to drum up support of Barack Obama’s amnesty scheme – strongly promoted by Arizona Sens. John McCain, Jeff Flake and their “Gang of 8.” This massive amnesty will provide a pathway to citizenship for illegals, whose numbers have consistently been under-reported.
During his testimony before the House Immigration Subcommittee on “Ethical Imperative for Immigration Reform,” James R. Edwards, Jr., Ph.D made compelling arguments against misusing the concepts of Christian mercy and compassion, instead using relevant principles from scripture that actually relate to U.S. immigration policy. His theological understanding is far more perceptive than that of the Catholic, LDS and Evangelical clergy who insist on rewarding millions who have thumbed their noses at our Rule of Law. The sympathetic approach of the churches also conceals the pew filling aspect, as church attendance in mainstream faiths plummets.
Many national faith-based leaders are lobbying for mercy (amnesty) for illegal aliens. But that mercy would create injustice for innocent law abiding Americans — especially the unemployed. Governments are called on to provide justice, not sympathy.
Read the entire text of Dr. James Edwards remarkable congressional testimony. It’s in large type and won’t take long. You’ll be wiser for setting aside the few minutes to acquaint yourself with this rational, scripture-based response sans agenda.