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Saturday, June 13, 2009

Christian Leaders Push Immigration Reform

In advance of the White House's big meeting next week on immigration, a coalition of Christian groups launched a Web site and statement of principles. In a telephone conference, they called for President Obama and Congress to tackle comprehensive reform on immigration in the next few months and emphasized the spiritual arguments for humane treatment of undocumented immigrants.

The teleconference by the group, Christians for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, featured heavyweights in the arena of faith and politics, including three members of the president's new faith-based advisory council. Because Obama's meeting Wednesday on immigration appears so far to be by invitation only for members of Congress, the group wanted to weigh in on the debate ahead of time.

Report: Gay Rights Groups Ignored Religion

Gay-rights groups made a major strategic error in their failed effort to stop California's Proposition 8, which outlawed gay marriage, by ignoring the faith community and trying to make their case purely on secular grounds, a report said.

The little-noticed paper released last week by a gay-rights group was sharply critical of the gay community's campaign against Proposition 8. It says that gay-rights groups appear "significantly limited" in their ability to work in partnership with religious leaders and "unable or unwilling" to incorporate religious leaders who support gay rights.

During the Proposition 8 campaign, the report said, pro-gay religious leaders who opposed the measure were told not to use the religious language of their traditions to voice their opposition, and, when they were finally encouraged to speak out as people of faith, it was too late.

SBC Repudiates Prayer for Obama's Death

The Southern Baptist Convention, the nation's largest denomination, has been embarrassed by the comments of the Rev. Wiley Drake, a former officer in the convention, who said he is praying for the death of the president.

Drake, a former SBC vice president who ran for president last year, said in a recent interview on Fox News Radio that he is praying an "imprecatory prayer" against the president. Those are prayers that ask for evil or misfortune. Asked whether he was seriously praying that the president of the United States would die, Drake said, "If he does not turn to God and does not turn his life around, I am asking God to enforce imprecatory prayers that are throughout the Scripture that would cause him death, that's correct."

SBC officials have moved quickly to disavow the comments. SBC spokesman Sing Oldham told the Associated Baptist Press that Drake is out of the denomination's mainstream. Oldham said he believes that most Southern Baptists are committed to praying for the president's well-being, which he said is called for in Scripture.


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