As people of faith, members of the clergy, and workers in religious institutions we find the U.S. immigration ban on and deportation of Muslim and Arab refugees morally reprehensible. It is entirely inconsistent with and cannot be reconciled with the Constitutional values of the United States of America. Protection of the vulnerable is one of the hallmarks of a humane, just society. It is also a bedrock principle of faith in this nation’s many religions and a deeply held ethical commitment among our non-religious citizens.
The shared scriptures of Judaism and Christianity teach: “God executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and who loves the strangers, providing them food and clothing. You shall also love the stranger…” (Deuteronomy 10:18-19)
“Give counsel, grant justice; make your shade like night at the height of noon; hide the outcasts, do not betray the fugitive; let the outcasts of Moab settle among you; be a refuge to them from the destroyer.” (Isaiah 16:3-4)
Jesus taught: “I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” (Matthew 25:35)
The New Testament teaches: “Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.” (Romans 12:13)
The Holy Quran teaches: “…those who gave shelter and helped, these are the believers truly.” (al-Anfal 8:74)
RevGalBlogPals is an ecumenical ministry based in the United States, with members around the world. We are committed to creating a community that transcends differences of faith practice, race, national origin, orientation, gender identity or expression. In the name of the God we worship and serve, we call on national leaders to respect the values of all faiths and provide welcome to the people who hope to make a new home in the United States.
Rev. Martha Spong, Executive Director – United Church of Christ
Rev. Julia Seymour, President – Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Rev. Sarah Howe Miller, Ph.D., Vice-President – United Methodist Church
Rev. Liz Crumlish, Secretary – Church of Scotland
Rev. Amy Haynie, Treasurer – The Episcopal Church
Rev. Jemma Allen – Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia
Rev. T. Denise Anderson – Presbyterian Church (USA)
Ms. Mary Beth Butler – The Episcopal Church
Rev. Teri Peterson – Presbyterian Church (USA)
Rev. Sharon Temple – United Church of Christ
RevGalBlogPals is grateful to the Rev. Wil Gafney, Ph.D., and the Rev. Rachel Hackenberg for their help in drafting this statement. You are welcome to adapt it for use in writing to your representatives or state and local authorities. To sign with your support, click here.