06/23/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Jim Wallis Vows That Churches 'Will Not Comply' With Arizona Immigration Law

Arizona has just made their nutlog new anti-immigration law a reality and right out of the gate, Reverend Jim Wallis, President of Sojourners and Huffington Post blog contributor, is promising civil disobedience. Wallis calls the new law a "social sin" and just issued a press release, vowing the churches "will not comply."

The statement reads as follows:

The law signed today by Arizona Gov. Brewer is a social and racial sin, and should be denounced as such by people of faith and conscience across the nation. It is not just about Arizona, but about all of us, and about what kind of country we want to be. It is not only mean-spirited - it will be ineffective and will only serve to further divide communities in Arizona, making everyone more fearful and less safe. This radical new measure, which crosses many moral and legal lines, is a clear demonstration of the fundamental mistake of separating enforcement from comprehensive immigration reform. Enforcement without reform of the system is merely cruel. Enforcement without compassion is immoral. Enforcement that breaks up families is unacceptable. This law will make it illegal to love your neighbor in Arizona, and will force us to disobey Jesus and his gospel. We will not comply.

Earlier this week, Wallis appeared on MSNBC's "The Ed Show," where he told host Ed Schultz that "This law would make obeying Jesus against the law."


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