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Baptist ethicist Robert Parham caught my attention with an editorial following the Aurora, Colo., mass shooting on July 20, 2012. His observation that few faith leaders were willing to address an underlying issue at the heart of this tragedy – America’s gun culture – has stuck with me. “Faith leaders did speak about mourning and […] 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

Georgia’s newly adopted anti-immigration law is credited with driving undocumented migrants from the state and costing the agricultural industry almost $400 million. “Georgia’s economy is projected to shrink by $391 million and lose 3,260 jobs as a result of farm labor shortages this year,” said the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, citing a report by the University of […] Read More

(RNS) In a last-minute bid to stop a Sept. 21 execution in Georgia, religious leaders have rallied in previously unseen numbers to call for clemency for death row inmate Troy Davis. As of Tuesday (Sept. 13), more than 3,000 religious leaders from all 50 states had signed a letter urging the Georgia Board of Pardons […] Read More

Natalia Elzaurdia – Nati to her friends – is 19, pregnant and scared. She is not scared because she is pregnant, however. She is scared because she is in jail and about to be deported from the only country she has ever really known – the United States of America. Nati’s situation puts a human […] Read More

Georgia Republican Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law a bill modeled after Arizona’s controversial 2010 anti-immigration measure, despite significant opposition from business leaders and some religious leaders.   Calling his action “a rather historic moment,” Deal said, “While I believe immigration is an issue that can ideally be identified and addressed – and should be […] Read More

The Georgia state legislature passed an anti-immigration bill last week that follows Arizona’s 2010 crackdown on the undocumented.   House Bill 87 passed the House of Representatives on a 112-to-59 vote. The Georgia Senate bill passed on a 37-to-19 vote.   Supporting the bill was state Sen. Cecil Staton (R-Macon), who is the owner of […] Read More

A Georgia state representative and a Baptist pastor say Christians are sitting ducks at church and need to be able to carry guns for protection.   Rep. Bobby Franklin (R-Marietta) has introduced a bill (H.B. 54) that would allow church members to carry guns in church.   He characterized Christians as “sitting ducks” when they […] 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, […] 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