Monday, October 12, 2009

The NAE does NOT speak for me!

Dear Congressman []:

I am a registered voter in [] and a member in good standing of a local congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), an affiliate of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE).

Recently, it was brought to my attention that the governing board of the NAE had approved a resolution calling for the amnesty of aliens illegally present in the United States, and that Leith Anderson, NAE President, had appeared before a congressional committee on behalf of "immigration reform". In so doing, the leadership of the NAE and of its affiliates have betrayed the nearly 17% of their fellow Americans who are presently unemployed in the current recession.

I am writing to state unequivocally that, irrespective of my membership in an affiliated church, the NAE does NOT represent my views on the subject of immigration. On the contrary, as I have written you many times before, I believe in effective border security by all necessary means and the dramatic reduction of ALL immigration, both legal and illegal. This is the considered opinion of not only myself, but of the vast majority of rank-and-file church members with whom I have spoken on this issue.

It is unfortunate that the leadership of so many fine religious denominations have been captured by a cabal willing to put the interests of law breakers ahead of their own countrymen. But until the rank-and-file are able to undo their work, do not be deceived by the words of the NAE. They do not reflect the beliefs of the voters in your district.

Thank you for your time and attention.




Anonymous said...

I'm surprised ... isn't the Presbyterian Church mainstream Protestant rather than evangelical?


Burke said...

The PCUSA is the "mainstream" (i.e. oldline liberal) Presbyterian denomination. The PCA is the largest of the conservative Presbyterian denominations.

Its conservatism should be perceived primarily in theological rather than political terms. But these tend to go together, and in fact the PCA has taken steps that relax the doctrinal standards of church officers. Most depressing.