Liberals Go Praying For Them Illegals Again

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​I just got back from the South OC People's Prayer Breakfast at St. George's Episcopal Church in Laguna Hills, an alternative to pricey prayer breakfasts, the ones that are often designed to drum up support for political candidates.

The free event, with roughly 50 in attendance, took the theme "Our God is Undocumented", and highlighted the plight of undocumented (illegal!) immigrants (aliens!), with a focus on the Biblical response to the issue.


Indeed, the breakfast was soaked in Scripture from the get-go, as organizer Tom Airey, a government and economics teacher at Capistrano Valley High School in Mission Viejo, opened with several Scripture readings and compared immigrants to the Samaritans of Jesus Christ's day.

"Throughout holy Scripture, God is found in the brokenhearted, and the oppressed, and the poor and all of those of us who find solidarity with them," Airey said. "And we believe that the immigrant community within the U.S. is one such group where God uniquely dwells."

He quoted Exodus 23:9, which reads: "Do not oppress a foreigner; you yourselves know how it feels to be foreigners, because you were foreigners."

The breakfast featured prayers in English and Spanish, and the stories of undocumented (illegal!) immigrants (aliens!).

Alexia Salvatierra, executive director of Clergy & Laity United for Economic Justice, was the keynote speaker. Like Airey, she quoted Scripture, and shared immigration anecdotes and statistics that would, depending on one's political persuasion, stir compassion or suspicion.

"I think that if we practice an attitude of hospitality towards all people, that we come very close to the spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ, that that is really the call of what it means to be a Christian, is to love in that way when we practice hospitality constantly, at every moment. Amen?" she said.

For more information on Clergy & Laity United for Economic Justice, visit www.clueoc.org.




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whatsbrownandstinks
whatsbrownandstinks

wait, isnt this the same "journalist" who delights in insulting evangelicals? i guess he gives free passes to the ultraliberal religious nutjobs...

whatsbrownandstinks
whatsbrownandstinks

sorry liberal, the bible also has very specific teachings about following lawful authority....nice try, but no lucko!!

Alva
Alva

Religion equals believing in something despite no evidence of its existence simply because.  So of course they pray for the mojados.

Francis Carrasco
Francis Carrasco

Uhh, why not focus on the bigger picture >>>GOD He said if we put HIM first, all would be fine, but we put OURSELVES first and we just don't learn that we always end up with a big mess.

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Hacim Obmed
Hacim Obmed

We don't want to oppress foreigners. We just want people who break into our country uninvited to stop doing it and to go the heck home. And they should also quit flooding our labor market and stealing our jobs. They have their own country. Nobody welcomes uninvited outsiders who just come barging in. If they want to come to our country as friends or visitors then they should apply for a legal visa and/or green card. Over 1 million foreigners successfully manage to do this each year. That is a lot of visitors and their is no excuse for jumping the line.

Christopher Neal
Christopher Neal

Damn lawbreaking illegals-quit oppressing foreigners! GTFOH!!!

mitch young
mitch young

Remember too that went Jesus and the 'Holy Family' was being persecuted, they fled to Egypt -- but when the danger was over,*they returned to their own country*. It's pretty easy to selectively quote from scripture to support your point.

mitch young
mitch young

Yeah, well Tom Airey won't be getting his job taken, or his wages undercut, by an immigrant. In fact, given 'tenure' and the Teacher's Unions, he doesn't even face competition from 'undocumented' US citizens (ie. without that credential) who could probably do his job better, cheaper.

More posturing. 

mitch young
mitch young

You're being too rational for this blog.

Just one correction, those '1 million' aren't visitors, they are legal permanent residents. Every year we allow 1/3 the population of the 'C into the country, despite record high unemployment and under-employment.

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