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In Case You Missed It: Southern Baptist Convention Leader Speaks on Immigration

March 23, 2012

G92 South Immigration Conference Inspires and Engages Faith Community

TO REQUEST FULL AUDIO OF DR. RICHARD LAND’S REMARKS AT THE G92 SOUTH IMMIGRATION CONFERENCE, PLEASE CONTACT GUTHRIE GRAVES-FITZSIMMONS, ggravesfitzsimmons @ immigrationforum.org

Dr. Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, affirmed the value of immigrants in the United States and spoke of immigration as a civil rights issue in remarks during the first-ever Southern evangelical conference on immigration.

“It’s not our business to ask people their immigration status before we extend aid and assistance to them,” Land said at the recent G92 South Immigration Conference at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. He added: “Every human being is a resource, not a detriment to society. We need to look upon [immigrant] workers as resources that want to come here and in many cases invest their lives here permanently.”

“We need national immigration reform,” Land said. “No state can do this job. They don’t have the authority to do it. They don’t have the expertise to do it.”

G92 South engaged more than 500 students and more than 80 pastors and evangelical leaders from across the South in dialogue about faith-based perspectives on immigration. G92 South has generated a steadily growing buzz in the evangelical community, focusing on the importance of compassion in the immigration debate. Selected G92 South coverage appears on the following page.

The Alabama conference followed a similar gathering in October 2011 at Cedarville University in Ohio, and the dialogue about immigration within the evangelical community continues to grow. G92 stems from the 92 references to “the stranger” — the immigrant — in the Old Testament alone. For additional information about the G92 South Immigration Conference, please visit http://www.G92conference.org .

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Please see a selection of G92 South Press Clips on the next page.


G92 South Press Clips

ALABAMA BAPTIST ONLINE: Ministry leaders, students gather to discuss immigration issues
March 1, 2012
By Jennifer Davis Rash
http://www.thealabamabaptist.org/print-edition-article-detail.php?id_art=22168&pricat_art=1

REJECTAPATHY.COM (Bell Op-Ed): Loving the Immigrant
By Taylor Bell
March 13, 2012
http://rejectapathy.com/worldview/features/26261-loving-the-immigrant
Taylor Bell is a junior at Samford University.

BIRMINGHAM NEWS (Clapp Op-Ed): Alabama deserves better than its immigration law
By Douglas Clapp
March 11, 2012
http://blog.al.com/birmingham-news-commentary/2012/03/viewpoints_alabama_deserves_be.html
Douglas Clapp, Ph.D., is an associate professor of classics at Samford University.

UNDOCUMENTED.TV (Soerens Post): G92 South—Choosing Action Over Silence
By Matthew Soerens
March 5, 2012
http://undocumented.tv/2012/blog/g92-south-choosing-action-over-silence/
Matthew Soerens is the co-author of Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion & Truth in the Immigration Debate (InterVarsity Press, 2009) and the US Church Training Specialist at World Relief.

ALTERNATIVE POLITICAL CONVERSATION (Harper Post): G92, Immigration Reform, and a Letter from a Birmingham Jail
By Lisa Sharon Harper
March 1, 2012
http://respectfulconversation.squarespace.com/apc/2012/3/1/g92-immigration-reform-and-a-letter-from-a-birmingham-jail.html

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