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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

When a federal district court upheld most portions of Alabama’s anti-immigration law last week, state officials voiced a triumphant note while faith leaders offered mixed commentary. Alabama Republican Gov. Robert Bentley said the judge had upheld “the majority of our law and temporarily … enjoined only four sections. With those parts that were upheld, we […] Read More

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (RNS) A federal judge jolted the national immigration debate on Wednesday (Sept. 28) by approving most parts of Alabama’s aggressive immigration law that religious leaders had called the “meanest” in the nation. In a ruling hailed by many state officials, U.S. District Judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn refused to block much of Alabama’s far-reaching […] Read More

A district judge upheld Wednesday most parts of an Alabama law passed in June that is widely considered the nation’s harshest anti-immigration law. U.S. District Judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn had temporarily blocked the law’s enforcement in late August to consider its constitutionality. The Huntsville Times reported that Blackburn ruled that: law enforcement would be allowed […] Read More

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (RNS) Alabama religious leaders have filed statements in federal court expressing their concern that a new immigration law would interfere with the practice of their religion and Christian mandates to minister to all people. Bishops in the Episcopal, United Methodist and Roman Catholic churches and 17 other church ministry leaders on Wednesday (Aug. […] Read More

(RNS) Leaders of the Episcopal, Methodist and Roman Catholic churches in Alabama filed a federal lawsuit on Monday (Aug. 1) to stop enforcement of the state’s new immigration law, which they say could strike at the core of their ability to worship. The lawsuit was filed by: the Rt. Rev. Henry N. Parsley Jr., bishop […] Read More

On the day he was inaugurated, first-term governor of Alabama, Robert Bentley, announced to an audience attending an observance of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that non-Christians are not his brothers and sisters. Bentley recently signed what may be the most hostile state law in the United States concerning immigration. Alabama House […] Read More

While attending graduate school at the University of Virginia, I had the opportunity to participate in a study that examined religion from a sociological and cultural perspective. While most of the work focused on contemporary issues growing out of the sociology of religion, we also occasionally made forays into issues from the past. In a […] Read More

Faith leaders around the country are speaking up about Alabama’s crackdown on undocumented immigrants. Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley signed into law last week the nation’s toughest anti-immigration law, surpassing Arizona’s, and some religious leaders are voicing concern. The bishop of the Southeastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America wrote Alabama’s governor a letter […] Read More

Alabama Republican Gov. Robert Bentley signed on June 9 the nation’s harshest anti-immigration law, surpassing Arizona, while the state’s Christian denominations sat on the sidelines. “We have a real problem with illegal immigration in this country,” said Bentley, after he signed the bill that passed by a significant margin in both state houses. A member […] Read More