Alabama Churches Fighting for Repeal of Immigration Law
Alabama Churches during the civil rights movement in the 1960s sat back and did nothing to help the cause. In fact Klansman sat in church with only their hoods removed and were some of the most religious leaders of the churches. They were preachers, Sunday school teachers and deacons. Today, it seems they have seen the error of their ways and are willing to be seen and heard in working to repeal the illegal immigration law.
In Birmingham, Alabama many churches didn’t join the fight to end the Jim Crow laws and racial segregation during the civil rights struggle of the 1960s. Ku Klux Klan church member took off their hoods that represented them as Klansman and sat in the pews with other church members. Many black churches were hesitant to get involved in the civil right movement in Alabama in fear of these same Klansman. And with good reason, black and white sympathizers alike were beaten and murdered by these church members who stood up with their religious testimonies on Sunday, and went out during the week to murder, burn crosses and swear in new members at Klan meetings. It was a time when everyone was scared.
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Now, Alabama seems to be stepping up to the plate by leading opposition to the nations most restrictive law against illegal immigration. It seems they are trying to make up for mistakes of the past. Chris H. Doss an ordained Southern Baptist says, “I think what happened in the 60s may be a stimulus for the action you have seen these churches taking on this immigration law.” Pastor of the Methodist church which segregationist police commissioner. Eugene “Bull” Conner once attended said, There are all sorts of reasons Alabama Christians oppose this law. Making amends for the past inactions of religious groups is among them.
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Alabama churches being in the middle of the bible belt can be expected to have a great influence on the decision of the courts and politicians. The Hispanic population is more than happy to have the churches aligned with them. They hope the churches opposition to the immigration law will lead to a repeal, which Republican Gov. Bently, a Southern Baptist Deacon and Sunday school teacher has already signed. A federal law suit has been filed by two ministers from Montgomery and hundreds of church members have attended prayer rallies to pray for a repeal. They expect the faith and prayers of Christian churches will be answered.
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