Friends! Please Sign and Circulate this California Faith Leaders Sign on Letter.
(e.g. lay and professional congregational, spiritual and religious leaders)
We have 5 days to collect 100+ signatures!
"Do you not wish that God should forgive you?"
Faith Sign-On Letter to Governor Brown & CA State Legislature
A Call to Compassion, Courage & Common Humanity
Message of the Letter:
"Our faith traditions not only have a special protection and care of the migrant, but also the deep values of forgiveness and compassion for those who were formerly incarcerated.
Our faith traditions call out the possibility for transformation and redemption, mercy and restorative justice.
"Let them forgive and overlook: do you not wish that God should forgive you? For God is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful." (Quran 24:22
"I was naked and you clothed me. I was sick and you looked after me. I was in prison and you visited me." (Matthew 25:35-40, Christianity)
"When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt, I am the Lord your God. (Leviticus 19:33-34, Judaism)
We ask for your support for SB 54 and SB 6 and final legislation that will be as strong and as inclusive of all California immigrants targeted by the aggressive, rogue and inhumane deportation policies. We are disconcerted by the harmful discourse and potential amendments that would leave out from these important protections those most targeted by immoral and indiscriminate federal deportation policies.
We urge you to uphold your moral and ethical courage to stand on the side of righteousness and justice, forgiveness and redemption. Immigrants who are formerly incarcerated deserve to be reunited with their families and communities just like any other returning resident, and not deported.
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We call on religious leaders of all traditions to
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