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Default Churches are at it again; siding with the illegal aliens

Motions seek to consolidate immigration lawsuits
Attorneys for the U.S. Justice Department have asked that a lawsuit the government brought to block a tough new Alabama immigration law be consolidated with a similar suit filed by a coalition of civil rights and immigrant rights groups.
The two lawsuits seek to block Alabama's new law before it takes effect Sept. 1. Critics and supports say it is the toughest such law in the country.
A third lawsuit was filed by Alabama religious leaders saying the new law's prohibition against providing shelter or transportation to illegal immigrants violates God's command for people "to be a good Samaritans."
Attorneys for Gov. Robert Bentley and other plaintiffs have asked that all three lawsuits be consolidated into one case because they involve similar claims.
Archbishop: Alabama immigration law threatens religious liberty
The bishops of Alabama have joined with local Episcopal Church and Methodist officials in taking legal action against immigration legislation scheduled to come into effect on September 1.
The law makes it illegal to “encourage or induce an alien to come to or reside in this state if the person knows or recklessly disregards the fact that such coming to, entering, or residing in the United States is or will be in violation of federal law.” The law also makes it a crime to “transport, or attempt to transport, or conspire to transport in this state an alien in furtherance of the unlawful presence of the alien in the United States.”
“The new state law is broadly written,” Archbishop Thomas Rodi of Mobile said in a statement. “Both supporters and opponents of the law agree that it is the broadest and strictest immigration law in the country, affecting every part of the life of undocumented immigrants. In doing so, however, the law makes illegal the exercise of our Christian religion which we, as citizens of Alabama, have a right to follow.”
“The law prohibits almost everything which would assist an undocumented immigrant or encourage an undocumented immigrant to live in Alabama,” Archbishop Rodi continued.
“This new Alabama law makes it illegal for a Catholic priest to baptize, hear the confession of, celebrate the anointing of the sick with, or preach the word of God to, an undocumented immigrant. Nor can we encourage them to attend Mass or give them a ride to Mass. It is illegal to allow them to attend adult scripture study groups, or attend CCD or Sunday school classes. It is illegal for the clergy to counsel them in times of difficulty or in preparation for marriage. It is illegal for them to come to Alcoholic Anonymous meetings or other recovery groups at our churches.”
“The law prohibits almost every activity of our St. Vincent de Paul chapters or Catholic Social Services,” he added. “If it involves an undocumented immigrant, it is illegal to give the disabled person a ride to the doctor; give food or clothing or financial assistance in an emergency; allow them to shop at our thrift stores or to learn English; it is illegal to counsel a mother who has a problem pregnancy, or to help her with baby food or diapers, thus making it far more likely that she will choose abortion.”
“This law attacks our very understanding of what it means to be a Christian.”
Archbishop Rodi added:
I did not wish to enter into a legal action against the government of Alabama. It is not my temperament to look for an argument. I prayed fervently about this matter, and my prayer kept bringing me back to the motto I chose ten years ago for my bishop’s coat of arms: “The love of Christ impels us” (2 Cor 5:14) …

No law is just which prevents the proclamation of the Gospel, the baptizing of believers, or love shown to neighbor in need. I do not wish to stand before God and, when God asks me if I fed him when he was hungry or gave him to drink when he was thirsty, to reply: yes, Lord, as long as you had the proper documents.

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