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WASHINGTON (BP) -- Thousands have viewed and shared an open letter signed by Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore and a related video endorsing just and fair immigration following a full-page ad in The New York Times.
Moore, a longtime supporter of the just treatment of immigrants, is among eight faith leaders included in 65 initial and ethnically diverse signatories of the letter, "Immigrants and Immigration Strengthen Us," authored by the Washington-based National Immigration Forum, published in The Times on Independence Day and posted online the previous day.
Christians - Others - Importance - Immigration - Moore
Christians above all others should understand the importance of fair and just immigration, Moore told Baptist Press today (July 6), noting that immigrants have contributed much to the U.S.
"We were, after all, sojourners in Egypt and are, right now, pilgrims in a strange land headed toward our ultimate home," Moore emailed BP. "Baptist churches all around the country are at the forefront of ministry to our immigrant neighbors and, more than that, the vitality of the Gospel is perhaps most clearly seen right now in what God is doing in churches made up of immigrant believers."
Times - Ad - Edition - Video - Ad
The Times published the ad in the Washington-area edition, and an online video and ad invited readers and viewers to sign the letter. National Immigration Forum communications director Cathleen Farrell told BP thousands have shared the letter and video, but could not specify how many had signed the letter as of today.
"The video has been viewed and shared by thousands," Farrell said. "The sign-on letter shows the broad swath of support for immigrants and immigration and a recognition of the contributions immigrants make to our country, and the engagement on social media is a reflection of the welcome from the general public for their immigrant brothers and sisters."
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