One of the topics I scarcely thought I'd be touching upon when I first became a contributor to this site and concentrated largely upon SJR-7, the down-but-not-yet-out "proposal to amend the Indiana Constitution to screw up marriage and other rights," is the subject of immigration.
Nonetheless, as I listened to the news this morning and read some items about the late Jerry Falwell, suddenly I was struck with a fundamental (no pun intended) contradiction in the way the far right, including its large evangelical component, deals with their hated term "amnesty".
On the one hand, what appears to be a compromise that will allow undocumented aliens to stay in the U.S. under certain conditions is widely denounced as terribly unfair to people who have obeyed the law, waited their turn and jumped through all the hoops. On the other hand, most of the same folks are quick to say that even the most hardened sinner, in his last minutes, can have all the Keys to the Kingdom just by accepting Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. No questions asked by St. Peter at the Gates whatsoever.
Never mind all of the other righteous folks who all their lives have done all the right things. Even they can lose their souls in a last heartbeat if they do something like thinking gays and lesbians are people, too, or put a bit less than 10% of their income in the Sunday collection plate. "The Last Shall Be First".....it says so in Scripture somewhere.
Unless, of course, if you are Mexican and crawled under that big Southern Fence for a better life working for an employeer who isn't quite going by the rules either. I guess amesty is in the eye of the beholder. Some might call it a contradiction.....I suggest "hypocrisy".