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Alabama Faith Leaders Converge on Statehouse to Pray for Repeal of HB-56

February 27, 2012, 9:58 am | Posted by Kristin Ford

Prominent Alabama pastors, bishops and other religious leaders will gather for a prayer service and press conference on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 1:00 p.m. at the Alabama Statehouse to pray for and urge repeal of the anti-immigrant law HB-56. The faith community in Alabama is continually speaking out and mobilizing advocacy efforts to repeal HB-56, which makes it a crime for churches, charities and even neighbors to offer help to anyone who is not a legal resident.

Participants in the prayer service and press conference will sign an oversized copy of a letter to state legislators urging them to repeal the law because it “not only unfairly targets a very vulnerable segment of our society, but also is contrary to our faith teachings to welcome the stranger in our midst and to love our neighbor regardless of race, country of origin, or immigration status.” After the event, faith leaders will meet with state legislators to convey their concerns about HB-56 and request that it be repealed.

WHAT: Prayer event and press conference with faith leaders speaking out against HB-56 and urging its repeal

WHO: Prominent Alabama faith leaders and people of faith, including
Rev. James Evans, Pastor of Auburn First Baptist Church, Auburn, AL
Bishop James Levert Davis, Servant Prelate of the 9th Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church

WHEN: Tuesday, February 28 at 1 p.m. CST

WHERE: Alabama Statehouse, 11 South Union Street, Montgomery, AL 36131

Religious leaders will pray, share stories from their churches, and stand up against legislation that criminalizes people of faith from following their churches’ teaching to act as the Good Samaritan. The law has created a climate of fear and suspicion that divides Alabama’s churches and communities and has been a disaster for Alabama’s economy and agriculture.

Faith leaders also joined a recent “One Heart, One Alabama” rally and lobby day on February 14 at the Statehouse, urging legislators to repeal HB-56 because of its devastating shortcomings and impact on Alabama’s economy, business climate and communities.

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