Liberal Churches Turn To Immigration To Replace Flock
There are also the churches,
themselves ever hungry for new members as their own
religious liberalism drives away their old members.
This week the Washington Post carried a story on
Protestant churches in the Washington area are using
immigration to keep their collection plates full. [Prayers
in Pr. George`s Take On a New Dialect,
Washington Post, May 8, 2004]
The Protestant churches are the
Open Borders Lobby at prayer—though a good many
churches seem to spend more time preaching politics than
The Post story explains how
white American worshippers have simply taken a powder—"The
Presbyterian Church (USA), with a membership of about
2.5 million, says it has been losing about 30,000
members a year," while "A national survey
every 10 years by the
Glenmary Research Center in Nashville shows that
mainline Protestant denominations is dwindling."
They`re not dwindling because so
many Americans have suddenly become atheists. The
Post readily acknowledges the decline of mainline
church membership is largely due to the conservatism of
those leaving and the
liberalism of the
older members are dying off, younger parishioners have
been drawn to more conservative evangelical churches or
have quit attending altogether."
So what are thoroughly modern
church leaders going to do?
It doesn`t seem to occur to them to
alter their own liberalism. What they have actually done
recruit immigrants—a tactic that not only helps
swell attendance and membership but also is compatible
with the ideological catacomb in which they have
"To stem the losses," the
Post reports, "Protestant churches, including the
Presbyterians, have launched outreach campaigns directed
at immigrants. National Presbyterian leaders want to
increase minority membership to 10 percent by 2005 and
20 percent by 2020. The Presbyterian Church is now about
93 percent white, 3 percent black, 2.6 percent Asian and
1.2 percent Hispanic."
The Post recounts the sad
story of one local church, Hyattsville Presbyterian in
suburban Maryland, that has flourished for more than 300
years—until next month, when, due to the defection of
the whites who have been its mainstay, it will turn its
building and the whole caboodle over to the
Umoja International Community Church, "a large,
African Presbyterian congregation that conducts its
main weekly service in Swahili."
Nevertheless, in the long run,
immigration won`t help the churches, let alone the
It may save the churches as
organizations and thereby put more meat on the platters
of those who run them, but it won`t bring the white
It`s all very well to talk about
doesn`t care about the color of your skin or what
language you speak, but the human beings who worship Him
do care—and have good reason to.
Race and culture affect no human
institution more deeply than how people practice their
Language, music, ritual and even
theology vary widely according to race and culture.
But like many other truths about
the human (and super-human) condition, that lesson seems
to be lost on the liberal leadership of the churches,
who are eager not only to support immigration as a
national policy but also want to make their own churches
as multicultural as possible.
Several weeks ago, the Post
ran another story reporting how "faith leaders are
prodding churches to better reflect and appeal to the
country`s changing demographics—and they are doing it
from the top, placing minority pastors in white
Pastors Preach Diversity, April 4, 2004]
(Notice they don`t seem to
be putting white ministers into non-white congregations,
probably because the non-whites would walk out that
Whites who are comfortable
worshipping in Swahili may like the new multicultural
church into which their shepherds are herding them just
fine, but my bet is that most won`t.
Yet whether they do or not, how the
churches are using immigration is of interest.
The churches use immigration in the
same way that other failed institutions in American
Republicans and Democrats both
compete for immigrants` votes as American voters yawn
and stay home.
One main reason that national
elites not only tolerate but actually promote mass
immigration is that they have totally failed to retain
the loyalties of their own people.
Immigrants help them stay leaders
because they provide new followers.
Americans who are not followers saw
through the fakery of the liberal churches long ago.
I`ll also bet they will see through
their newest gamble to use immigration to keep
themselves and their crumbling institutions intact.
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[Sam Francis [email
him] is a nationally syndicated columnist. A selection
of his columns,
America Extinguished: Mass Immigration And The
Disintegration Of American Culture, is now available
Americans For Immigration Control.
for Sam Francis` website. Click
here to order his monograph,
Ethnopolitics: Immigration, Race, and the American
Political Future and
Glynn Custred`s review.]