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    I live in Washington state. This is a sanctuary state for sure. Illegals are allowed to work just about were ever they want and pretty much run the show. There is a gang problem here in Kennewick and Pasco with many of the members illegally here or children of illegal immigrants. I sympathize with the person from Illinois there is no legislation against them here and it seems that no one in congress cares. I have been E-mailing officials in our state and city I hope it helps to wake them up. I am tired of feeling like I am the one who does not belong here because the illegals are very brazen here and openly treat other races with contempt.

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    I was told recently I needed to learn Spanish if I want to live in the middle of nowhere Indiana
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    I am in Alabama and am in contact with my representatives on a regular basis.

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    The religious group that is heading up the fight against HB59 is a NATIONAL group Called Clergy for Tolerance out of Nashville,TN.

    I question whether this "group" should be allowed to operate on a tax exempt status considering that their only goal is to contest the enforcement of Federal law. I think that we should consider this group of activists, that are using faith as a tool to overcome law should'nt be exposed for what they are; Political Open Borders Librals.


    The second issue is Judge Myron Thompson, and activist Judge apointed by Jimmy Carter.



    CLERGY FOR TOLERANCE

    About

    Clergy for Tolerance, an inter-faith coalition created by Coalition for Education About Immigration (CEI), seeks to:
    • Take a stand against intolerance of immigrants in our community through prayer, learning, and action;

    • Mobilize and educate faith leaders in Tennessee on the topic of immigration;

    • Provide resources and support to increase knowledge about the issue of immigration and offer ideas for action.
    Our goal is to give you the tools to educate your community and faith groups about immigrants. One of the biggest challenges to our country – and our state – is how to integrate newcomers into society in a fair and humane way and recognize they, too, are made in the image of God. Unfortunately, the national conversation has devolved into a polarizing debate often characterized by misinformation and fear at every level. Fear and hate produce a more visceral response and have greater mobilizing power than mercy and justice.

    However, we are also certain that many Tennesseans, and people of faith in particular, are caught in a crossfire of extreme public opinion that silences real dialogue and leaves little opportunity for us to express compassion. These same Tennesseans are concerned about respecting the law and protecting our nation’s borders, but are also supportive of a humane response to the undocumented workers currently in our state. While we are pleased that so many people of faith have raised their voices in this conversation, it is imperative that more faith traditions and individuals engage in this critical issue.

    Clergy for Tolerance seeks to present an alternate view on immigration by utilizing state and national facts, examining faith perspectives, and providing opportunities for us to express compassion to our immigrant neighbors.

    We hope this site will serve as a starting place to provide you with the tools you need to begin talking about this issue in your faith communities. It also is a supplement to the information we present in our workshops and breakout groups. We have compiled helpful articles, polls, and factsheets from reliable sources to provide background on this complex issue; websites to delve deeper; faith resources to educate your congregation; and suggestions for further engagement within your faith community.



    Evangelicals: Alabama’s immigration law is anti-Christian, anti-American | Clergy For Tolerance

    Clergy of Tolerance article 12/2011

    State →Tennessee Faith Leaders Join Together to Discuss Immigration Issues

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    NASHVILLE – Nearly 300 faith leaders from across the state gathered together today in Nashville to consider the ethical and moral impact of pending legislation that would affect immigrant communities statewide.
    Clergy ranging from priests, pastors, imams, rabbis and monks attended a Clergy for Tolerance breakfast at Loews Vanderbilt Hotel to hear keynote speaker, William H. Willimon, Bishop of the North Alabama Conference of The United Methodist Church. Willimon is one of four Christian leaders who joined a federal lawsuit to try and stop Alabama’s recent immigration legislation, which is considered to be the most egregious in the nation.
    “Please don’t leave these moral and ethical matters to your politicians,” Willimon urged, “Speak up as people of faith from your faith perspective and show the world that you have something to say on this issue.”
    Dr. Robert Parham, Executive Director of the Baptist Center for Ethics, also encouraged his peers to act. “Now is the time for us to build the moral capital in houses of faith for the coming tsunami of anti-immigration rhetoric and anti-immigration laws. Now is the time for pro-active collaboration among good willed people of faith so that we can advance the common good in the state of Tennessee.”
    Both faith leaders urged their colleagues to call upon their faith traditions to respond to legislation that separates families, creates a culture of fear, and hurts the local economy.
    Clergy for Tolerance is an inter-faith coalition that seeks to encourage dialogue on federal and state immigration policy from a faith perspective. By utilizing state and national facts, examining faith traditions, and providing opportunities to express compassion for immigrants and refugees the coalition strives to mobilize and educate people of faith to support comprehensive immigration reform on a federal level.
    To hear Dr. Robert Parham’s remarks, click here.
    To hear Bishop Willimon’s keynote address, click here.

    Sponsored By:
    ACLU-TN
    Baptist Center for Ethics
    Belmont University Office of Spiritual Development
    Catholic Charities
    Coalition for Education about Immigration (CEI)
    Conexión Américas
    Hispanic Nashville
    Islamic Center of Nashville (ICN)
    Islamic Center of Tennessee

    Loews Vanderbilt Hotel
    The Nashville Board of Rabbis
    Nashville for All of Us
    Tennessee for All of Us
    Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC)
    Tennessee Justice for Our Neighbors (TNJFON)
    Trevecca Nazarene University
    Wat Lao Buddharam (Lao Buddhist Temple)
    Hosts:
    Kasar Abdulla, TIRRC
    Rev. April Baker, Pastor, Glendale Baptist Church
    Father Joseph Breen, St. Edward Catholic Church
    Rev. Kristina Brown, Community Ministries and Communications, First Baptist Church, Murfreesboro
    Dr. Lee C. Camp, Professor of Theology and Ethics, Lipscomb University
    Bishop Ben Chamness, Interim Bishop, Tennessee Conference, United Methodist Church
    A.R. Chao, Director of Education, Islamic Center of Tennessee
    Patrick Chappell, Young Adults Minister, Otter Creek Church of Christ, Brentwood
    Rev. James Cole, Pastor, Hillcrest United Methodist Church
    Rev. John Collett, Nashville District Superintendent, United Methodist Church
    Rev. Dr. Judy Cummings, Senior Pastor, New Covenant Christian Church
    Rev. Sonnye Dixon, Pastor, Hobson United Methodist Church
    Dr. Donovan Drake, Senior Pastor, Westminster Presbyterian Church
    Rev. Ken Edwards, Senior Pastor, Belmont United Methodist Church
    Rev. Brian Fesler, Church of Scientology
    Stephen Fotopulos, TIRRC
    Rev. Kaki Friskics-Warren, TNJFON
    Rev. Kaye Harvey, Pastor of Congregational Care, Brentwood United Methodist Church
    Rev. Heidi Hudnut-Beumler, Pastor, Trinity Presbyterian Church
    Nathan Kinser, Youth Director, Stones River Baptist Church and Director of World Relief Nashville
    Rev Thomas Kleinert, Senior Pastor, Vine Street Christian Church
    Dr. Todd Lake, VP for Spiritual Development, Belmont University and Interim Pastor at First Baptist Church, Murfreesboro
    Dr. Frank Lewis, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Nashville
    Rev. Ken Locke, Pastor, Downtown Presbyterian Church
    Rev. James Milton McCarroll, Jr., First Baptist Church, Murfreesboro
    Rev. Viki Matson, Director of Field Education and Assistant Professor of the Practice of Ministry, Vanderbilt Divinity School
    Amelia Post, TIRRC
    Avi Poster, CEI
    Rev. Gail S. Seavey, Pastor, First Unitarian Universalist
    Bill Sinclair, Executive Director of Catholic Charities of Tennessee
    Renata Soto, Conexión Américas
    Chantho Sourinho, Wat Lao Buddharam (Lao Buddhist Temple)
    Lisa Steele, Outreach and Hispanic Minister, Antioch Church of Christ
    Rev. Jay Vorhees, Pastor, Old Hickory United Methodist Church
    Hedy Weinberg, ACLU
    Tennessee Faith Leaders Join Together to Discuss Immigration Issues | Clergy For Tolerance

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