Thursday, June 30, 2011

Richard Land dreams an immigration dream

Baptist Press:Land: ERLC supports 'clean' DREAM Act

The Southern Baptist Convention's public policy entity supports -- with conditions -- legislation that would give the children of illegal immigrants the opportunity to gain legal status.

In a June 27 letter, Richard Land, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), informed two U.S. senators the organization would back a "clean" bill on the issue. Land told Sens. Charles Schumer, D.-N.Y., and John Cornyn, R.-Texas, that the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act must meet certain requirements to receive the ERLC's backing.

I suppose that Richard Land and the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission thought that following the SBC's mixed-up resolution would be a good time to outline a sensible Christian approach to a prickly and complicated problem. Good the him and them.

With some SBCers clamoring for mass deportation we stand to look silly, not the first time, and uncaring, not what we want, all in the name of law enforcement, not the most salient biblical principle to follow in this case.

If the enforcement scenario of some is followed, illegal children of illegals would be deported, even though they know no life save here, speak no language than English, etc.

Dave Miller (here) and Howell Scott here have sensible articles on the matter. If you have hours to kill, scan through some of the 355, count 'em, comments on Dave's piece.

Resolutions have too much potential to make the entire SBC look bad, silly, or unchristian. Even if the Resolutions Committee maintains tight floor control over the resolutions, one or two goofball messengers can get to a mic and mess the whole thing up for all of us.

I like Land and the ERLC on this and I like Land speaking up on Ayn Rand earlier.

1 comment:

Stephen Fox said...

Ask Land and Miller and Scott to check out former SBC IMB VP; Truett Cathy's son in law on the Dream Act. If I am not mistaken, Dan Cathy, my classmate in Robert Crapps Intro to the Bile fall of 71 at Furman four years ago were Dream Act endorsers.
Would be interesting to see how the sponsors of SEC Championship game tack on recent Bama and Georgia Immigration legislation, not to mention Land's recent statements and the 350 comments at David Miller's blog.
If you see something, William, in the Atlanta Constitution before I do, please spotlight it here at your blog and the Stream at SBC trends at
Some good Methodists friends of mine here in Bama, not to mention Bishop Willimon, and Bertis Downs of REM would like to see how Chic Fil a and the former VP of the SBC IMB are thinking on this matter in light of the Justice themes of the New Testament.
Jerry Vines disciple Joe Godfrey as I understood him Tuesday night in a Forum in Bham with a law partner of Hugo Black's grandson is under conviction on this matter.