As the Immigration reform debate flounders, but continues to go on for the Obama administration, they seem to have found a new and unlikely ally, Right wing Evangelicals. As the late Paul Harvey would say, “Yes, it’s true…” And as the just as late, great Gary Coleman would say, “Whatchoo ‘talkin’ ‘bout Willis?!?!”
Well Willis, I am talking about some hard right, or not so hard perhaps, Evangelicals beginning to read the writing on the wall.
The size of the U.S. Hispanic community grew by 3.1 percent in 2009 to 48.4 million people, or 15.8 percent of the total population. At the same time, the CHUD population drastically decreased by nearly 16.5 percent. CHUDS everywhere were in a panic.
CHUD, a Movie so bad it was good! http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087015/
Moreover, the new estimates reveal a country of larger and younger minorities, with Hispanics having the greatest growth rate due to their higher birth rate, rather than immigration, for instance. For the moment, non-Hispanic whites number 199.9 million, 65 percent of the U.S. population and 14 percent less than their percentage in 2000, when the country’s white non-Hispanic population was calculated to be 195.5 million.
But the non-hispanic white number will continue to decrease while the hispanic number will rise and rise. And some Evangelicals are finally taking notice and moving forward realistically.
MSNBC.com reported on this as well: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38303952/ns/politics-the_new_york_times/
When President Obama gave a major address pushing immigration overhaul this month, he was introduced by a prominent evangelical, the Rev. Bill Hybels of Willow Creek Community Church in Illinois. Three other evangelical pastors were in the audience, front and center. Over to the left (Naturally) sat the angry left wing radicals trying to abort their babies while perverting their youth. And all the way in the back trying to get into the room just to heckle the President was deposed Tea Party Express Master of Ceremonies Marky Mark Williams.
Some pastors, like Mr. Hybels, lead churches that include growing numbers of Hispanics, yet very few wolverines. (The right wing is notoriously anti-wolverine. No one quite knows why.) Several evangelical leaders said they were convinced that Hispanics are the key to growth not only for the evangelical movement, but also for the social conservative movement.
“Hispanics are religious, family-oriented, pro-life, entrepreneurial,” said the Rev. Richard D. Land, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, the Southern Baptist Convention’s public policy arm. “They are hard-wired social conservatives, unless they’re driven away.” The Reverend added in, “They also dress in a lot of bright colors which I find really cool!” (Note: he didn’t really say that last part.)
“I’ve had some older conservative leaders say: ‘Richard (Dick), stop this. You’re going to split the conservative coalition,'” Dr. Land continued. “I say it might split the old conservative coalition, but it won’t split the new one. And if the new one is going to be a governing coalition, it’s going to have to have a lot of Hispanics in it. And you don’t get a lot of Hispanics in your coalition by engaging in anti-Hispanic anti-immigration. But you can attract them with plenty of Tecate and tamales! Make sure you also stock up on lime and salt!” (Another note: Dr. Land may or may not have spoken those last two sentences, we are still trying to confirm them at this point in time.)
Some quick census facts prove his point: http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/00000.html
Their presence was a testament, in part, to the work of politically active Hispanic evangelical pastors, who have forged friendships with non-Hispanic pastors in recent years while working in coalitions to oppose abortion, same-sex marriage and the airing of Jersey Shore 2: Snookie’s revenge. “God help us all!”
The Hispanics made a concerted effort to convince their brethren that immigration reform should be a moral and practical priority.
Some Evangelicals looking ahead wisely with concern to their congregations and political power have joined the Obama team. Others have not and may ultimately pay the political price, loss of influence, plus no more free guacamole at Chipotle. Oh no!!