Tweet Your Faith: Immigrant Rights
July 29th marks the one year anniversary of the implementation of Arizona’s anti-immigrant law, SB 1070, along with a wave of protests across the country against this law of attrition. In the past year, as a few states have moved to copy Arizona, there have been tense, emotional, divisive legislative debates.
We believe our laws should be founded on our sense of what is moral — and our sense of what is moral is ultimately founded on our religious and spiritual values. With legislation like SB 1070, our treatment of migrants goes against the teachings of all religious traditions.
Throughout history, cultures have argued over how to regard those who come from other lands, and throughout the Bible and other holy books, the verdict convincingly falls on the side of embracing foreigners with respect and support. In an effort to shine light on this reality, and to stand in non-compliance with SB 1070 and similar laws, we have compiled below some verses where the acceptance of immigrants and foreigners is highlighted.
Good and thoughtful people are going to disagree about the particulars of public policy on immigration. But none of us is free to condone the separation of families, or the brutality, humiliation, and racial profiling that accompany laws like SB 1070. Our faith compels us to speak out.
Please share these verses:
Use the widgets below to post to Twitter. Cut and paste the full quotes, and share on Facebook.
Exodus 22:21: “Do not mistreat or oppress a foreigner, for you were foreigners in Egypt.”
Leviticus 19:34: “The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the LORD your God.”
Hebrews 13:1-2: “Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have
shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.”
Romans 12:13: “Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.”
Matthew 25:35: “For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home.”
Deuteronomy 24:14-15: “Do not take advantage of a hired worker who is poor and needy, whether that worker is a fellow Israelite or a foreigner residing in one of your towns. Pay them their wages each day before sunset, because they are poor and are counting on it. Otherwise they may cry to the LORD against you, and you will be guilty of sin.”
Luke 10:27: “The man answered, “‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
Through “Tweet Your Faith: Immigrant Rights” members of our online community can help to prompt a conversation around how we treat immigrants in our country. We hope that you will join us by sharing these verses from the Bible or from other holy books on your social networks and reminding your community that our sense of what is moral is ultimately founded on our religious and spiritual values.
By using hashtags in your posts, you can expand the reach of your Tweets and join the broader conversations around these topics that are taking place on Twitter. Here is an outline of hashtags and what each refers to:
- #immigration – immigration and immigration policy
- #sb1070 – refers to Arizona’s anti-immigrant bill, and similar policies
- #bible – refers to bible verses or references
- #faith – used largely by Christians, but also by members of other faiths
- #worship – used mostly by Christians, and is prominent in the UU community
- #tcot – politically conservative
- #p2 – progressive
By typing any of the above hashtags into Twitter search, you can see what others are saying about the topic. For example, here you can see the conversation about #faith: http://twitter.com/#!/search/%23faith