The Common Good

SBC leader appears in immigration ads

Date: May 30, 2013

The incoming head of the Southern Baptist Convention Ethics and Liberty Commission said May 30 that immigration reform will take a high priority in his new role.

“Just and fair immigration reform … will be a major, major touchstone of my administration,” Russell Moore, who begins officially June 1 as America’s second-largest faith group’s top spokesman for moral and policy concerns, told reporters in a conference call.

“We plan to stand with our brothers and sisters in Christ in calling for justice, compassion and fairness for the sojourners among us and for just and fair immigration reform,” said Moore, who leaves a post as vice president and dean at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Moore is featured in a quarter-million-dollar radio and billboard ad campaign paid for by the Evangelical Immigration Table, a coalition of diverse evangelical leaders from across the political spectrum launched in June 2012.

Gabriel Salguero, president of National Latino Evangelical Coalition, described participants ranging from the conservative Southern Baptist Convention to left-leaning Sojourners “the broadest coalition of evangelicals I have ever seen.”