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Strangers to Sense

The Revs. Gabriel Salguero and David Gushee assert that the Arizona law is “inconsistent with our Christian faith”:

Just as Evangelicals in times past have stood together on the abolition of slavery, women’s suffrage, and global struggles against poverty, religious persecution, and AIDS/HIV, we must once again demonstrate a mosaic of solidarity around comprehensive immigration reform–a reform that reflects God’s mandate to remember the stranger for we were once strangers. . . .

Immigration reform is a spiritual and moral issue that requires Christians to live up to the meaning of our creed. If Christ welcomed me unconditionally should I do any less with others? Silence is not an option.

I don’t see how this type of rhetoric could be compatible with the enforcement of any immigration policy at all, including the “comprehensive reform” that we are supposedly morally obligated to support. If talking sense isn’t an option, silence should be.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.


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