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Now, the evangelical community is putting its money and its political muscle into the debate. Ads are running on Christian radio stations, a website promotes Bible verses about immigration, and the Evangelical Immigration Table will send text messages to update subscribers. The evangelical campaign for immigration launched earlier this month with a news conference and conference calls with national media.
The Rev. Jim Wallis, the president of Sojourners, a liberal Christian evangelical network, said he came away from meetings with congressional Democratic leaders feeling that the desire to do something on immigration was there, but the will wasn't.
"Is there political support for it in Washington? No, there isn't," Wallis said. "We're asking them to generate the political will and we'll respond with (public) support."
Many called for a health care overhaul in moral terms.
"We are in danger of losing the moral core of this debate," said the Rev. Jim Wallis, the president of Sojourners, a liberal Christian group. "This call shows how united the faith community is . . . . We are calling on people of faith to make our political representatives understand that the faith community will be satisfied with nothing less than safe, accessible health care for all Americans."
Throughout the week, Democrats are holding "faith caucus" meetings led by nationally known religious figures, such as the Rev. Jim Wallis, a liberal-leaning evangelical and author of "God's Politics." The meetings will focus on a range of topics, from finding common ground on moral issues to "getting out the faith vote" to a discussion on how a Barack Obama presidency would engage people of faith.
The event, held at George Washington University, was sponsored by Sojourners/Call to Renewal, a Christian group focused on social justice issues. A similar event for Republican presidential candidates is set for September.