Yesterday some bloggers had a synchroblog on immigration.
A synchroblog is when a group of bloggers decide to post articles on the same topic at about the same time, with links to each other’s posts, so that you can surf through the posts and get a variety of views on the topic. Thanks to Sonja Andrews for coordinating this month’s synchroblog, and for reviving it.
- Jonathan Brink – Immigration Synchroblog
- Mike Victorino at Still A Night Owl – Being the Flag
- Liz Dyer at Grace Rules – Together We Can Make Dreams Come True
- Sonnie Swentson-Forbes at Hey Sonnie – Immigration Stories
- Matt Stone at Glocal Christianity – Is Xenophobia Ever Christlike?
- Kathy Escobar at the carnival in my head – it’s a lot easier to be against immigration when you have papers
- Steve Hayes at Khanya – Christians and the Immigration Issue
- Ellen Haroutunian – Give Me Your Tired
- Bethany Stedman – Choosing Love Instead of Fear
- Pete Houston at Peter’s Progress – Of Rape and Refuge and Eyes Wide Shut
- Joshua Seek – Loving Our Immigrant Brother
- Amanda MacInnis at Cheese Wearing Theology – Christians and Immigration
- Sonja Andrews at Calacirian – You’re Absolutely Right
- Peter Walker – Synchroblog – Immigration Reform
- Steven Calascione at Eirenikos – The Jealousy of Migration
- George Elerick at The Love Revolution – We’re Not Kings or Gods
- Beth Patterson at Virtual Tea House – What we resist not only persists but will eventually become our landlord
- K. W. Leslie at The Evening of Kent – On American Immigration
This synchroblog was specifically on Christians and the immigration issue. Why just Christians? Aren’t others concerned about it?
Well part of the answer is to be found in a blog post that isn’t part of the synchroblog, but perhaps ought to be:The New Litmus Test | Solomon Hezekiah:
All of my friends (and yes, I have a few) who used to go on and on about abortion now go on and on about immigration. The level of perjorative that used to be reserved for those favouring abortion rights or, at worst, abortion providers, are now reserved for those favouring leniency toward undocumented immigrants. In fact, if anything, it is worse. In reading around the conservative blogosphere and even in talking to individuals face-to-face (because people tend to be much less restrained in the pseudonyminous detachment of the internet), opposing views are treated with anger, aggression, and a remarkable lack of civility.
That was written by an American living in the UK, which shows that the problem is international. In South Africa immigration has been linked to xenophobia, and some South African newspapers, notably The Sun, have published articles calculated sto stir up hostility to “illegal aliens”. I’ve been told that in Australia “asylum seekers” is a dirty word.
But the dirtiest thing of all is that in America it appears that the “new litmus test” is being applied by people who like to call themselves Christians.