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The Alabama memorial serves as a somber reminder of our nation’s sad and brutal history. A place to confront the truth of racial terror. A place of prayer and for lamentation. And yet, a ray of hope beyond the clouds. […] Read More

The U.S. is stretched and pulled by the unavoidable differences arising from our cultural, racial, historical and personal experiences. A naming controversy over an infamous Alabama bridge illustrates the polarities dividing us. […] Read More

This past Tuesday, a group of Alabama religious leaders gathered in the Archives building in Montgomery and called for the repeal of Alabama’s infamous immigration law. Passed as HB 56, the law has been variously identified and vilified as one of the toughest state immigration laws, if not the toughest, in the country. Almost immediately […] Read More

A Christian legal organization filed an amicus brief Jan. 3 with the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals supporting Alabama’s anti-immigration law. Claiming 60,000 members with many in Alabama, the Thomas More Law Center (TMLC) said in its brief that states had the fundamental right “to protect their citizens from rampant crime and other public […] Read More

Wayne Flynt is EthicsDaily.com’s pick as Baptist of the Year for 2011. When most Alabama Baptists applauded the state’s adoption of the nation’s meanest anti-immigration law and many goodwill Baptists were publicly mute or morally muddled, Flynt spoke truth to power without flinching. What he did wasn’t new. It’s what he has done on so […] Read More

Six Alabama Catholic and mainline Protestant clergy have asked Gov. Robert Bentley to repeal the state’s anti-immigration law. Writing the governor on Dec. 19, they urged Bentley in the Christmas season to show “great political courage and leadership” in support of “the repeal of this unfortunate piece of legislation that has brought such heartache to […] Read More

An Alabama United Methodist bishop told almost 300 middle-Tennessee leaders of faith in late November that he was sorry for being inactive while an anti-immigration bill moved into law in Alabama. He also called on Tennessee clergy to speak up. “I’m up here in Tennessee … to repent,” said William Willimon, bishop of the North […] Read More

This past June, Alabama’s governor signed into law the toughest stance on immigration in the United States. This law continues to be debated among the citizens of that state while the U.S. Justice Department has stated that Alabama’s law is unconstitutional. I am not an immigration lawyer nor do I pretend to speak to the […] Read More

Baptist prophet Wayne Flynt said Alabama’s anti-immigration law is racist. Baptist Gov. Robert Bentley denied being a racist. NBC correspondent Kate Snow interviewed both for a news show, “Rock Center with Brian Williams,” that aired on Nov. 14. The program began with footage of rotting tomatoes in a farm field and continued with interviewing Alabama […] Read More

Are white Baptist clergy in Alabama doing today on immigration what their predecessors did in the days of segregation – hiding behind the law to keep from taking a moral stand for a just society? Or do they really support the law that is considered the worstanti-immigrantlawinthenation? Joe Bob Mizzell, director of the office of […] Read More