There are no more extreme right wing members than Evangelists. Mike Huckabee and friends are conspiracy theorists, and believe all Liberals are disciples of the devil. Thursday these extreme right wing Republicans supporters came out in favor of comprehensive immigration reform.
The Evangelical Immigration Table raised $250,000 Thursday to place ads hoping to secure Republican votes that would allow a pathway to citizenship for eleven million men, women and children who are non-residents of the country. These radio ads and billboards will be centered in Florida.
“We’re expecting thousands more to stand up and be counted as advocates of immigration reform,” said Dr. Russell Moore, president-elect of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.
The religious leaders said that responsible immigration is a “biblical and theological issue,” not a political issue.
“Before my political affiliation, I am a Christian,” said Rev. Dan Krause, the lead pastor at Chugach Covenant Church in Alaska. “My values are rooted in that place… I’m completely convinced that God has spoken on this issue. It is our job as Christians and as Christian leaders to love those who are here in Jesus’ name.”
I’m not so sure. This may be a “Christian” issue, and an effort to move the Hispanic vote to Republicans. The 2012 election displayed a huge disparity in the Hispanic vote. Republicans received a very small percentage of the total. Efforts by this extreme right wing group to support immigration reform may simply be a ploy to reverse the figures of last year’s election.
Hispanic’s religious preference is virtually Christian. 70% are Catholic, 20% are Protestant, and 3% are “alternative Christians”, such as Mormon or Jehovah Witness. Only 1% are non-Christian, such as Islamic, and the remaining 6% have no religious preference.
Younger Hispanics have displayed an increasing interest in defecting from the Catholic Church, and moving towards the Protestant faiths.
The ads will ask Christians to pray for a solution to the immigration problem that will protect the future of 11 million un-documented immigrants.
Future ads will be placed in Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Montana, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.
Although tax exempt status is given to religious organizations, they have crossed the boundary of non-political involvement for the last two decades. Is this just another political effort?
There is no doubt that Christian organizations and a large number of our federal and state legislators, have goals to defy our founding fathers and force the United States to become a Christian Nation. The effort of these Evangelicals is most certainly an attempt to bring Hispanics, especially the second and third generations, into their circle, and pressure Congress to enact legislation that would attain their goals.
The extreme right wing, Evangelicals and the TEA Party continually present the Constitution as the law of the land. But they don’t actually believe in it. In fact, they want to slant every article and amendment to their interpretation and towards that which will benefit their cause.
So although this extreme right wing group professes to support comprehensive immigration reform, what they are really interested in is political power. They should pay taxes.
The Guardian Express