The Salt Lake Tribune Press Items
The Rev. John C. Wester, bishop of the Salt Lake City Diocese, signed on to the ecumenical appeal with other notable faith leaders, including Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals; Jim Wallis, president and founder of the Sojourners social-justice group; and leading Catholic churchmen from Brooklyn, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Atlanta and Washington, D.C.
Stephen Mattson, on the faith-based site Sojourners, accuses posters of making fun of stuff that’s normal for all but the world’s most privileged.
They joined like-minded religious leaders and law enforcement officials at the National Press Club to kick off a two-day strategy session sponsored by the National Immigration Forum.
Shurtleff has also agreed to join the board of the National Immigration Forum, a group pressing for comprehensive immigration reform.
The Rev. Jim Wallis, president of Sojourners, a progressive Christian group, agreed that the LDS faith could be an issue in a Romney vs. Obama race. Wallis noted that it was unfortunate that a pastor friend of Texas Gov. Rick Perry recently called Mormonism a cult.
Likewise, regardless of where people stand on policy, the treatment of immigrants should adhere to religious teachings, said the Rev. Jim Wallis, founder and head of Sojourners, a ministry of social justice that serves as the umbrella organization for CCIR.
One critic is a Christian evangelist whose counsel Bush once sought, who fears that a born-again Bush has come to confuse biblical precepts of good and evil with the exigencies of world politics. "I think he found his mission," says Jim Wallis, leader of a progressive anti-poverty and anti-war Washington-based ministry called the Sojourners. "And all of a sudden, the sense of righteous mission [in Bush] became much stronger."