The Wall Street Journal Press Items
A group of business representatives, Christian organizations and law-enforcement officials convened in Washington on Tuesday to push congressional leaders toward creating a pathway to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants, calling it a moral and economic imperative to fix the nation’s “broken” immigration system.
Also Tuesday, some 250 evangelical Christians, representatives of business and law-enforcement officials convened in Washington in an effort to push Congress toward an immigration overhaul. Over the last few years, Christian and business leaders, traditional Republican allies, have been working to build support for an overhaul.Now, with the issue ripe for action, they are preparing a broad lobbying effort.
An open letter from the group demanded that Mr. Obama and the heads of the Senate and House of Representatives support a legalization program for the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. Among the signatories are Leith Anderson, president of the conservative National Association of Evangelicals, and Jim Wallis, president of Sojourners, a liberal group.
A reader calls our attention to a March 2004 interview that Cathleen Falsani of the Chicago Sun-Times conducted with Barack Obama, then an Illinois state senator and candidate for U.S. Senate. In 2008 Steve Waldman, then editor of BeliefNet.com, republished the interview, which he described as "the most detailed and fascinating explication of Barack Obama's faith." This part caught our interest:
Falsani: Do you believe in sin?
Falsani: What is sin?
Obama: Being out of alignment with my values.
This is a tad ambiguous. Is Obama declaring himself the ultimate moral arbiter, so that you are a sinner if you are out of alignment with his values?
That would be an uncharitable construction. It seems more likely that he is declaring himself his own moral arbiter, so that he is a sinner if he is out of alignment with his own values. To our mind it is not a recognizably Christian conception of sin.
A letter to the editor of the Wall Street Journal written by Jim Wallis in response to a recent column by Roger Pilon regarding Sojourners work around the federal budget.
Last month, the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. His response was to expel international aid agencies that provide a lifeline to Darfurians, and with that, "never again" is being made into "once again" through a continuation of genocide by other means. But Mr. Bashir's deadly gambit provides an opportunity.
The coalition includes forceful figures on the religious right, such as Chuck Donovan of the Family Research Council, and equally outspoken leaders on the religious left, such as the Rev. Jim Wallis, who leads the ministry Sojourners.
Jim Wallis, a several-time Davos attendee who runs Sojourners USA, a Christian social-justice network, says that instead of being relegated to panels that dealt solely on religion or social issues, he has been invited to speak on big-ticket panels -- including one on the values of capitalism with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo Inc.
At an opening interfaith prayer ceremony at the Democratic convention Sunday, an evangelical minister spoke about saving unborn children. During another official convention event, a "faith caucus" on Tuesday, a former congressman urged the elimination of 95% of all abortions in the next decade. The Rev. Jim Wallis, an evangelical minister from Washington, D.C., who advocates greater support for the poor, and who is at the convention conducting faith meetings, said the party cannot ignore the number of voters for whom abortion is a nonnegotiable issue.
In the summer of 1992, elders in the Democratic Party denied Mr. Casey's pro-life father a speaking slot at the convention. This year, we are told, it is different. There have been summits. There has been outreach. And there has been inclusion. One result is tonight's speaking slot for Mr. Casey. Another is the party platform. Its drafting involved people as diverse as Doug Kmiec, a former official in the Reagan Justice Department; the Rev. Jim Wallis of Sojourners; and the Rev. Joel Hunter, who describes himself as "not only a pro-life Evangelical, but also a registered Republican."