Below are four Bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America voicing their support for more refugees to be brought into the United States.
ELCA bishops from the three Texas ELCA synods released a letter urging Texas to resettle refugees in their state. (see below or here) One of the signers of that letter, Bishop Michael Rinehart, along with the CEO of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) wrote a letter that was published in the Houston Chronicle making their case:
"[T]hese refugees are powerful ambassadors of our founding principles of equal opportunity, religious freedom and liberty and justice for all, and they reflect the best of Texas’ identity — generosity, hospitality, faithfulness and welcome."
"[W]e’re hopeful that the law will be on our side once again as the organization we represent, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, seeks a preliminary injunction against President Trump’s unconstitutional executive order."
"As the world faces the worst refugee crisis in recorded history, this would have been the time for Texas to step up, as it has in the past, and say yes to refugee resettlement...No matter what happens in court or in the statehouse, we will continue to help refugees of all faiths find safety and hope in this great state and in this great nation." (See here or below)
Additionally, South Dakota Synod Bishop, Constanze Hagmaier, wrote a letter of gratitude to South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, because the governor "notified the federal government that South Dakota will continue to accept refugees who are resettled in the United States next year." (See below)
Bishop Michael Rinehart of the ELCA's Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod often spouts his political and social justice opinions online. Yesterday he wrote about the migrant caravan heading to the United States saying, "There are no terrorists in the caravan,.." Of course he has no way to know this.
The bishop continues, "...though the white nationalist anti-immigration folks want you to think so."
This is the state of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
One of the most disturbing and radical Bishops, Michael Rinehart of the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod (see what I mean here) with one of the most disturbing and radical pastors in the ELCA, Clint Schnekloth (see here), together at a rally together.
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