Bob Smietana writes:
NASHVILLE – The Bible tells its readers to obey the law, but it also tells them to welcome strangers and foreigners.
That has left some Christians divided over the issue of immigration reform.
Members of Clergy for Tolerance, based here, say new immigration laws have to mix justice with compassion.
But supporters of measures such as Alabama’s say the Bible teaches that the government’s job is to enforce the law, and those who break it should be punished. The American Center for Law and Justice, a Christian legal group, filed a brief in federal court supporting the Alabama law.
That measure, which the Obama administration is challenging, prohibits undocumented immigrants from entering into “business transactions” with the state, requires police to check immigration status during traffic stops and makes it a crime for U.S. citizens to knowingly assist undocumented immigrants. Read more …