[Sayma-Discuss] [Sayma-Announce] FW: AFC Response to HB56

JERE LICCIARDELLO licciardelloj at bellsouth.net
Tue Jun 14 16:48:10 EDT 2011

Good for you, nancy whitt!  Good for you, Birmingham!

From: "Whitt, Nancy" <nmwhitt at samford.edu>
To: "sayma-announce at kitenet.net" <sayma-announce at kitenet.net>
Sent: Tue, June 14, 2011 11:28:35 AM
Subject: [Sayma-Announce] FW: AFC Response to HB56

Apologies if I’m using the wrong list; this is the one that pops up on my 
Outlook.   This is our local Alabama Faith Council’s response to HB56, the 
anti-immigration bill of Alabama.
Post Office Box 2113, Birmingham, AL 35201 205-433-9770 www.alfaithcouncil.org 
 Response to H.B. 56 (Immigration Legislation) 

The Alabama Faith Council, a diverse coalition of various faith traditions, 
exists to consult and work with each other to improve the lives of all within 
the State of Alabama. – from AFC Purpose Statement. 

As communities of faith we have come to live in Alabama by means of our 
ancestral immigration; we acknowledge that the extension of hospitality to 
today’s immigrants must overcome the prejudice of possession and power created 
by our current immigration laws. 

The people of Alabama hold family as a sacred entity, yet this legislation 
requires separation and brokenness among many immigrant families who come to us 
with a strong religious faith and work ethic. These hardships being placed on 
many families are unjust. We believe responsible stewardship of the resources of 
the State of Alabama is paramount to maintaining the well being of all families 
and people that reside in this state. We hold that federal legislation rather 
than any state-by-state remedies can more effectively address these matters. 

The guiding principles of our faith traditions call us to acknowledge the 
command of God to welcome and show hospitality to the stranger sojourning among 
us and that all human beings have value and are part of God’s good creation. 
People of faith are called to promote peace and reconciliation. 

In the spirit of wisdom, charity and justice, we call for foresight to respond 
faithfully to the needs of all people in Alabama and work for a system that 
breaks down the walls that separate us and allows all God’s people to exercise 
freedom of religion without fear of reprisal. 

For these and other reasons, we do not support the current immigration 

Our Members Belong to Following Congregations: 
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, Alabama/Florida District 
Alabama Cooperative Baptist Fellowship 
Catholic: Archdiocese of Mobile; Diocese of Birmingham 
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Alabama & Northwest Florida Region 
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, Fifth Episcopal District 
Episcopal Church (USA): Diocese of Alabama; Diocese of Central Gulf Coast 
Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Southeastern Synod 
Full Gospel Baptist Fellowship of Alabama 
Greek Orthodox: Holy Trinity/Holy Cross Cathedral 
Islamic: Al-Masjidullah Mosque, Birmingham; Birmingham Islamic Society; Masjid 
Qasim Bilal Al-Amin, Montgomery 

Judaism: Conservative- Congregation Ahavas Chesid, Mobile; Temple Beth-El, 
Birmingham; Reform: Springhill Avenue Temple, Mobile; Temple Emanuel-El, 

Presbyterian Church (USA): North Alabama Presbytery; Presbytery of Sheppards and 

Quakers: Birmingham Friends Meeting 
Unitarian Universalist Church of Birmingham 
United Church of Christ: Beloved Community Church, Birmingham 
United Methodist Church: Alabama/W Florida Conference; North Alabama Conference 
Unity Church on the Mountain, Huntsville
                             Dr. Nancy Whitt
                            Professor of English
                            328 DivN
                           (205) 726-2458
                            nmwhitt at samford.edu
From:Carolyn Foster [mailto:carolynjfoster at bellsouth.net] 
Sent: Tuesday, June 07, 2011 4:56 PM
To: Carolyn Foster
Cc: Wade Black; mikeyharp123 at aol.com; fellowshipmike at gmail.com; Whitt, Nancy; 
Kay Hogan Smith; Jack Zylman; wboyd.bch at gmail.com; Martha Jane Patton; 
williams5765 at bellsouth.net
Subject: AFC Response to HB56
The document we produced is attached.  I emailed it to the Governor and will 
send it to the membership and media tonight.  I will also post to our website 
and Facebook page.  Carolyn
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