Thursday, May 10, 2007

The New Sanctuary Movement

Cross posted from The Violence Worker


The New Sanctuary Movement is a collection of Christian Churches along with some Synagogues, Muslims and Sikhs that have pledged to:

• Take a public, moral stand for immigrants’ rights
• Reveal, through education and advocacy, the actual suffering of immigrant workers and families under current and proposed legislation
• Protect immigrants against hate, workplace discrimination, and unjust deportation

Their intent is to harbor, in their various sanctuaries, illegal immigrant families facing deportation.

Of course they realize that such action is illegal and irrelevant. Religious sanctuary has never been recognized in the United States -- at least not officially. One only needs to look at the storming of the Koresh compound in Texas as an example.

The bottom line is that if the government wants them, all they have to do is issue a warrant and the marshals will be in your church with handcuffs at the ready. The government would try to avoid that, but if push came to shove, the feds would come knocking with a warrant in hand and there ain't a priest, imam, rabbi, or shaman that is going to legally stop them.

In most cases, these churches don't even know the backgrounds of these people. Some could be felons. I'm not saying every Muslim illegal immigrant is a savage jihadi, but three of the Fort Dix Six were here illegally.

This from KOMO-TV Seattle:
"Arrests by ICE (the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency) over the last few months ... seem by many of us designed to create a culture of fear," said Rev. Robert Taylor of St. Mark's. "We're talking about separation of families. That is not a family value that most of us want to be associated with."

Boo Hoo. We are talking anchor babies. Illegals who come here and have kids born here.

It's a choice. These people have chosen to come here and break the law. We have a right to our borders and a say in who comes here legally. The come here, knowingly breaking the law, and have a kid. They also know that the consequense can include deportation and that means the kid gets shuffled off into the foster care program. It's not the government being mean, it's people making wrong choices; choosing to break the law.

The brand of Christianity I subscribe to teaches personal responsibility. My bible teaches me to submit to the laws of my country. Sure, it's a lot easier submitting in a country like the USA, but when Jesus told us to render unto Caesar, there was no such place as the USA.

ICE needs to arrest some of these folks in a church to show them that a church is no refuge from the law.


This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email the coalition and let us know at what level you would like to participate.

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