Faith Leaders for a Welcoming Alabama
At a press conference yesterday announcing the new faith coalition and advertising campaign against the anti-immigrant H.B. 56 law, Rev. J. Stephen Jones, senior pastor of Southside Baptist Church in Birmingham who was featured in the ad, explained what’s at stake in Alabama:
We pray together for all God’s children here in Alabama and we urge our legislators to honor the Christian commitment to family, community, and dignity by changing course on immigration. HB 56 violates our most basic values, separating parents from children, criminalizing our ministries to those in need, and opening the door to discriminatory profiling of our fellow Alabamians.
As the legislative debate heats up the faith community in Alabama has sent a clear statement. They want a state that affirms the dignity of all people and allows them to minister to everyone without fear, and they want an end to this artificial crisis created by an extreme political ideology.