Easter Question: Which Church Is The Top Treason Lobbyist?

No matter which church you may attend on

Easter Sunday
, you stand a high probability of hearing

a plea
for "justice
for immigrants"
—that`s a given. And you`ll also be
called upon from the pulpit to, against all logic, embrace more

Accordingly, earlier this week I set out to determine which
major religious denomination, pound for pound, has the worst
pro-immigration record—members of the Treason Lobby, as we call
it here at VDARE.COM. I limited my search to

Roman Catholic
as well as the



My secondary task was to find an official who represents one of
those religions but who is

also an immigration realist.

For pro-alien lobbying, the Catholic church (in which

I was raised
) is by far the most the most

visible and notorious of the three
. And well it should be,
with a flock of 68 million members. That total represents nearly
25 percent of the

world`s Catholic population.

From the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic,

Catholic immigration pandering
has been non-stop for years.
Even the

recent pedophilia scandals have barely slowed

Catholic immigration enthusiasm.

Over the last five years, Catholic

—most prominently

Roger Cardinal Mahony
, the Archbishop of Los Angeles—have
urged support for amnesty and have argued passionately against
immigration enforcement legislation.

Going one-step further to prove that no statement or action
endorsing immigration is too outrageous,


violating federal law
when and if enforcement measures are
ever passed.

VDARE.COM writers have criticized Mahony with increasing disgust
as his advocacy for illegal immigrants has intensified and his
involvement in the pedophilia cover-ups have become more

But Mahony is far from the only Catholic Cardinal voice for

On the opposite coast,

New York`s Cardinal Edward M Egan
was out front and center

, no less) at the

Immigrant Workers` Freedom Ride
, an even orchestrated five
years ago and organized by dozens of open borders subversives
who predicted—100
percent incorrectly
—that it would pressure Congress into
passing an amnesty.

Other urgent issues like the New York diocese`s financial crisis
have not distracted Egan, 75, from his illegal alien

At 75, A Battle Tested but Unwavering Cardinal,
Michael Powell, New York Times, April 23, 2007]

Numbering about 15 million, about a quarter of the Catholic
flock, they`re fewer but equally determined.

In 2006, VDARE.COM contributor W. James Antle, III

the Methodists and their "Open
Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors
policy, a transparent,
feel-good slogan that can be condensed to "Open Borders."

Including their "Global
", "Justice
for Our Neighbors
" and "Hope
for Newcomers
" programs, the Methodists` commitment to
mass immigration is impressive to many—but not to us.

They don`t have as much muscle (only 8 million members) as
either the Catholics or the Methodists, but they`re tireless
fighters, especially on behalf of “refugees”. Our

Thomas Allen
has written extensively about the refugee


The Lutherans always have a new wrinkle. The latest is its

New Sanctuary Movement
described as "a national
immigrants` rights initiative by conscientious congregations
responding to unjust deportations…" and a force that "…addresses
the legal liabilities of providing sanctuary to undocumented

"Troubling" state and local laws aimed at immigration
enforcement concern the

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
. To

assist in law breaking
, the LIRS has prepared a
backgrounder, acknowledging and thanking "the
National Immigration Forum, the Mexican American Legal Defense
and Educational Fund, the National Council of La Raza, the
American Civil Liberties Union, and the National Immigration Law
Center for sharing their resources."

I got a close look at the

influence when I researched

my column
on the Somali Bantu invasion of tiny Cayce, South

The local Lutheran coordinator for the Somalis, Rev. Richard
Robinson, called the Bantus` arrival "a blessing," even
though few

Cayce non-Lutherans
agreed with him.

How much of a "blessing" LIRS-sponsored immigration may
be depends on who you ask.

In 2004,

James Fulford

his column
linked the Lutherans, claiming to be "glorifying
God`s name
" and that "the love of God is in our hearts,"
to slavery and rape .[James
Fulford writes:
The actual acts of slavery and rape were,
of course, committed by

Albanian Gypsies

aren`t into that sort of thing

Comparing their relatively small numbers versus their influence
on immigration policy in general and refugees in particular, I
therefore announce my "pound for pound" top Treason


Battling individuals and organizations that

allegedly follow the Bible`s word
while doing "God`s work"
is challenging. They purport to be on the high road while we the

to them
, reject the Lord`s message.

But the Catholics,

and Lutherans have distorted the truth to serve
their own specific agenda—mainly


more people in the pews

The religious arguments center on how people of faith should
treat the "sojourner," the catchall word they incorrectly
use to represent today`s immigrants.

To learn more about their imprecise use of

the Bible and its language
—"the sojourner"—to
beat back immigration reform patriots, I contacted Ed Childress,
an ordained United Methodist elder and director of the

Homeless Programs of Fauquier County, Virginia
. I had worked
with Childress when he was Deputy Director of


Childress (e-mail
him) told me:

would emphasize
again and again that `sojourner` was a specific word for
temporary wanderer, not meant to include immigrants. And the
context of Biblical times, when `sojourner` was used, was very
different than today`s context. It`s appropriate that the
citizens of a nation exercise oversight and stewardship of their
national resources—and that includes their border."

Several years ago, Childress wrote an article for the

Social Contract
that included a five-point program on
how to faithfully follow the Bible`s "true prescriptions"
as they may relate to immigration. [The
Sojourner Argument—Churches and Immigration,
By Ed
Childress, Social Contract, Spring 2001]

They are:

  • Foreigners in this country should be accorded the respect and
    decency we owe to all people.

  • People who are genuine refugees and cannot be cared for

    in proximity to their homes
    might be

    relocated to other countries. The U.S. would
    accept its fair share until they can safely return. Their
    temporary stay makes it possible for other refugees to "sojourn"
    here when necessary.

The willingness—even eagerness—of the major religions to twist
the Bible`s meaning shows that they, and not we, are the true
immigration extremists.

Joe Guzzardi [e-mail
him] is the Editor of VDARE.COM Letters to the Editor.
In addition, he is an English teacher at the Lodi Adult School and has
been writing
a weekly newspaper column since 1988. This column is exclusive