19 June 2011
The complexity of Christianity in immigration politics
I know, I know, you are tired of reading my rants about Alabama's HB 56, but today I encourage you to read someone else's thoughts on the law - the North Alabama Bishop of the United Methodist Church. Bishop Willimon enlisted our pastor, R.G. Lyons to compose an open letter to Governor Bentley, Senator Scott Beason and Representative Mickey Hammon. The letter addresses the shortcomings of the law, according to the tenets of the Methodist faith. As interesting as the letter are the comments posted below, revealing how troubling politics can be for members of a faith that must consider not only theology but also the machinations of their day to day life. While the tone remains mostly courteous, the passions of the parishioners and pastors bleed through in between the lines.