The Wall Street Journal Press Items
The Evangelical Immigration Table, a group of 11 religious leaders ranging from White House confidante Jim Wallis, the president of the Christian social justice agency Sojourners, to Russell Moore, the leader of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, had planned to use Mr. Cantor’s widely assumed primary victory as a jumping off point to pressure him to proceed on immigration reform legislation.
“Politics is full of surprises but one basic rule is not to lose touch with the people you represent. While Eric Cantor’s loss will be attributed to many things, it was fundamentally about a congressman who spent far too much time in the Beltway and too little time talking with the people who elected him to lead,” said Jim Wallis, president of Sojourners, a pro-immigration religious group.
The religious leaders included include several longtime supporters of immigration legislation. A White House official said those expected are:
–Jim Wallis, president and CEO of Sojourners
Members of Circle Protection, a Washington, D.C.-based Christian coalition, participate in a “faithful filibuster” outside of the Capitol on Wednesday.
Groups pressing for an immigration overhaul, such as businesses and undocumented youngsters, also have been more vocal. The Evangelical Immigration Table, made up of leaders of Christian organizations, this week will launch another round of national radio ads to promote the overhaul.
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.