Rev. Peter Morales Interview in the Pasadena Star-News
The Pasadena Star-News has an excellent interview, “Pastor keeps immigration message in the headlines”, with UUA Pres. Rev. Peter Morales that touches on his Phoenix arrest, the American culture of scapegoating, immigrant rights, and the very question of what it means to stand on the side of love.
Says Rev. Morales, on the notion of “illegal immigrants”:
“One of the things I find especially frustrating in this discussion is the way people will retreat in to the legality of the issue — ‘They’re here illegally,’ ‘they’re illegals’ — and forget that slavery was legal, Apartheid was legal, segregation was legal, the execution of Jesus was legal,” he said. “To say something was legal doesn’t cut any moral ice at all.
“When those laws are completely out of sync with moral principles, you change the laws. But to say that something’s illegal, does not say is wrong. The laws have always been the way powerful people impose their will in those without power. That’s always been the case.”
Rev. Greg Ward, of the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Monterey Peninsula, who also was arrested July 29, eloquently describes the Standing on the Side of Love campaign:
“What do you do in the face of fear? What do you do when fear pits one group of citizens against another? If you feel that in order for a group to survive, you have to make enemies with another group of people?” he said. “In those artificial constructs, people are always asking, ‘On what side do you stand?’
“As Unitarians, we don’t stand with ‘them’ or ‘us’ — we stand on the side of love.”
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