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Author Sean McKenzie

Sean McKenzie is a Methodist in Calhoun, Georgia, who teaches high school and holds a doctorate in political theory from the University of Florida.

In our current political era, the immigration debate has become maddeningly difficult. Immigration hardliners oversimplify the issue, but following God’s will and practicing The Golden Rule take precedence over flawed laws. […] Read More

Jesus tells the story of a man who is forgiven a great debt, but refuses to forgive a small debt in the parable of the unmerciful servant (Matthew 18:21-35). The parable applies, unfortunately, to the way we often live our lives. We make mistakes and want forgiveness. We expect that God in particular and the […] Read More

We have all encountered bullying in some form or another. These are sometimes painful memories. It’s a terrible feeling to be weak and unable to stand up for ourselves. Perhaps even more painful is the knowledge that from time to time many of us participated, or at least allowed the bullying, as bystanders – people […] Read More

Those who fly rebel flags from pick-up trucks should team up with advocates of undocumented immigrants, for they are making basically the same case. The case is skeptical of legalism, rooted in an expression of the Christian faith, committed to the traditional work ethic and dismissive of the idea that children are to blame for […] Read More

Linda Jimenez made straight As, led her high school in the Pledge of Allegiance every morning, participated in extracurricular activities and never got into any trouble at school. Her first semester at Dalton State College, she achieved a perfect 4.0 grade point average. How inspiring and American. That’s one less young person we have to […] Read More

A solution to our immigration problem is a path to lawful permanent residency for undocumented immigrants without the full political rights of citizenship. This solution gives immigrant advocates what they want the most while avoiding the things that opponents of illegal immigration fear. I am a longtime advocate for the undocumented. It seems to have […] Read More

Georgia is not Arizona, and its values are not our values. On the issue of immigration, our highest ideals dictate that we act in a more humane fashion than Arizona has with its anti-immigration law. Here’s why: First is Southern hospitality and history. Country music aptly describes Southern charm. At our best, we are welcoming, […] Read More

Georgia seems to be well on its way to an Arizona-style immigration law. Sixty-eight percent of Georgians polled by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution are in favor of it. Republicans Karen Handel and Nathan Deal are leading the charge toward Arizona, and Democrat Roy Barnes is shrinking before it.   This is awful. I have taught undocumented […] Read More

Correction: The date of the march in the first paragraph after the quotation was incorrectly listed as March 16. The correct date of the march is March 21. “Yes, there is a place called America that still welcomes those ‘yearning to breathe free.’ A country where if you work hard and meet your responsibilities, you […] Read More

President Obama very, very briefly mentioned immigration reform in his State of the Union. Opponents of comprehensive reform argue that given the state of the economy and the political shot heard round the world in Massachusetts, this is no time for another controversial initiative. They are wrong. Now is the time to push a bill […] Read More