The Arizona Republic Press Items
“This fast has literally kept the conversation about immigration reform alive,” said the Rev. Jim Wallis, president of Sojourners and one of the new fasters. “Across the street is one kind of power (in the U.S. Capitol). In this tent is another.”
A press release arrived today from Christian leaders who want to call attention to the brutality of some proposed budget cuts at the federal level.
Jim Wallis, CEO of the Washington-based Christian social-justice group Sojourners, said this immigration fight is not just about Arizona.
"This is about the entire country," he said. "We want to be a nation of laws, but enforcement without reform is cruel. We will not comply."
And so it was nice on Monday to hear a call to dial down the rhetoric in the hope that we can have a rational debate about what's going on in this country and what we're going to do to fix it.
The letter is noteworthy because many of the pastors who signed it come from largely White, conservative, evangelical Christian churches. It follows a letter from other mainstream Protestant and Jewish faiths condemning recent raids by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
"A progressive religious vision was not running in this election," said Jim Wallis, editor of Sojourners Magazine. "The Democrats are now doing some soul-searching. Some of them have gotten the idea, and others haven't."
Our endangered environment is the focus of this special issue of <i>Sojourners</i>, a Christian journal dedicated to "spiritual renewal and social justice" based on biblical teachings.
"Does anyone wonder what Jesus would think about one in five children being poor in the most prosperous time in the richest nation in the history of the world?" Wallis said. "Politicians are arguing over the surplus. If we don't commit some of the surplus to address some of these fundamental questions facing our children, what kind of a nation are we?"