Friday, January 15, 2010

Immigration Statements from the Religious Community

American Baptist Churches
"Because of the Biblical mandate that we be a caring and hospitable community, that we love our neighbors, that we establish justice and proclaim liberty; because we have a sense of Christian responsibility to serve human needs; because of our commitment to respect the human rights of all people; and because we are mainly a nation of immigrants, we, the American Baptist Churches USA, shall.."

American Friends (Quakers)
"The work of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) in immigrant communities is based on our belief in the worth and inherent dignity of every person.."

Church of the Brethren

"out of obedience to our heritage and the Gospel mandate, the Church of the Brethren affirms legislation and public policies which welcome and promote the welfare of immigrants and refugees..."

Church of the Nazarene
"“We believe that all people, regardless of national origin, are made in the “image of God” and deserve to be treated with dignity and respect (Genesis 1:26-27, 9:6). We believe there is an undeniable biblical responsibility to love and show compassion for the stranger among us (Deuteronomy 10:18-19, Leviticus 19:33-34, Matthew 25:31-46). We believe that immigrants are our neighbors, both literally and figuratively, and we are to love our neighbors as ourselves and show mercy to neighbors in need (Leviticus 19:18,Mark 12:31, Luke 10:25-37).We believe in the rule of law, but we also believe that we are to oppose unjust laws and systems that harm and oppress people made in God’s image, especially the vulnerable(Isaiah 10:1-4, Jeremiah 7:1-7, Acts 5:29, Romans 13:1-7)."

Community of Christ
"Any public policy, including legislation, that dehumanizes or denies basic human rights to any group or person, that forbids Christians from extending hospitality to resident immigrants, or that prevents churches from serving immigrants through their ministries should be challenged. Such policies deny the worth of people by excluding them from communities where they may be welcomed, find spiritual homes, and receive peace, reconciliation, and healing of the spirit...."

Episcopal Church USA
"The Episcopal Church, through the resolutions passed at General Convention and Executive
Council, is committed to working to reform an immigration system that separates families,
spreads fear and keeps millions living in the shadows."

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
"The newcomers in our church from around the world remind us that all of us in the Church of Jesus Christ are sojourners, "for here we have no lasting city, but we are looking for the city that is to come" (Hebrews 13: 14). As we journey together through the time God has given us, may God give us the grace of a welcoming heart and an overflowing love for the new neighbors among us."

General Assembly of the Union of Reform Judaism
"Jewish tradition is clear on the treatment of immigrants. The Torah articulates a basic principle to which the Jewish people clung through two millennia of diaspora and disenfranchisement: “When strangers sojourn with you in your land, you shall not do them wrong. The strangers who sojourn with you shall be to you as the natives among you, and you shall love them as yourself; for you were strangers in the land of Egypt” (Leviticus 19:33-34). This principle of equal rights for citizens and non-citizens alike permeates not only Jewish tradition, but the American legal tradition as well. As inheritors of an immigrant history ourselves, we have a unique responsibility to ensure that the rights of non-citizens are not trampled upon today."

Islamic Society of North America
"Injustice towards immigrants: Three years ago, thousands of Arab and Muslim men were called to report to local immigration offices across the United States to be registered, fingerprinted, photographed and interrogated."

Jewish Council for Public Affairs
"Comprehensive reform of the United States immigration system is long overdue. The current morass of illegality, human suffering and violence must be ended.
In 2004, the JCPA adopted a resolution in favor of comprehensive immigration reform...
The following resolution on immigration reform is founded upon American values of democracy, tolerance, entrepreneurial spirit and equality under the law and core Jewish values of human rights, human dignity and fairness.

Mennonite Church USA
"We reject our country’s mistreatment of immigrants, repent of our silence, and commit ourselves to act with and on behalf of our immigrant brothers and sisters, regardless of their legal status."

Muslim American Society

"The MAS Freedom Ten Point Legislative Agenda supports comprehensive immigration reform, with safeguards for undocumented workers in the United States and a fair and equitable process for gaining legal immigration status for these workers"

National Association for Evangelicals
"Discussion of immigration and government immigration policy must begin with the truth that every human being is made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-28). Immigrants are made in the image of God and have supreme value with the potential to contribute greatly to society. Jesus exemplifies respect toward others who are different in his treatment of the Samaritans (Luke 10:30-37; John 4:1-42)."

Unitarian Universalist Association
"Our Unitarian Universalist faith calls us to recognize that no one is "the stranger," to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person, and to support the use of justice for all people."

United Church of Christ and the Disciples of Christ
"As Christians, we are called to love our neighbors. The Bible is unambiguous in instructing us to welcome aliens and strangers in our land, and to love them as we love ourselves. In these times, let us listen to the voice of the still-speaking God. We will learn how to respond to these new sisters and brothers residing among us."

United Methodist Church
"..We therefore call The United Methodist Church; to call local churches to seek ways to welcome, assist, and empower the refugee, immigrant, visitors, and undocumented person in their neighborhood, and to denounce the persecution of the sojourner in the U.S. as prejudicial and racist; [and] to request the General Board of Church and Society to work for public policy that is hospitable to visitors in the United States in every step of entry and visit to the U.S."

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
"The so-called “illegals” are so not because they wish to defy the law; but, because the law does not provide them with any channels to regularize their status in our country – which needs their labor: they are not breaking the law, the law is breaking them."

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