Judge Puts Hold on Alabama Anti-Immigrant Law Opposed by Faith Leaders
Alabama’s toughest-in-the-nation crackdown had originally been set to take effect Sept. 1 but had come under fire from several groups that filed lawsuits against the measure. Last week, U.S. District Judge Sharon Blackburn heard motions to block the contentious legislation but did not issue a ruling.
According to the court order, the temporary hold was issued to give Blackburn additional time to address the challenges to the law. The hold will remain in effect until Sept. 29 at the latest, or until the court issues a ruling on the motions to block the law.
This action comes after several state religious leaders–including Catholic, Episcopal and Methodist bishops–filed suit against the law because it could go so far as to criminalize their basic religious interactions like offering neighbors rides or inviting people to worship services.
This is a testament to the power of faith leaders speaking out for religious freedom and the rights of all their parishioners. Hopefully their education and advocacy on this bill will ultimately result in the judge overturning the law.
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