|Photo source: Texas GOP Vote|
Yesterday, the Tennessean ran a Chris Echegaray cover story on Land and his role in the reform effort. Pastor Rafael Blanco of the Hispanic Baptist Church of Hendersonville was also quoted in that article, as being uncomfortable with preaching politics from the pulpit:
"I pray to God to change the hearts of our leaders when it comes to reform," Blanco said. "We should participate in politics, like any good citizen. And we have the right to identify with a party, but it shouldn't be done in church. If I'm wrong about that, may God forgive me."Today, Conservatives for Comprehensive Immigration Reform will hold an in-person press conference in Washington, D.C., but with call-in capability for the press in other locations.
Here are the details:
**Press Conference and Conference Call: Wednesday, June 9th at 11:00 AM EDT***
**Call-in number: 888-765-5547, Passcode: 1450977 **
Conservative Evangelical Leaders Gathering in Washington, DC,
Urging Action on Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Washington, DC - On Wednesday, June 9th at 11:00 AM EDT (10am CT, 8am PCT), Conservatives for Comprehensive Immigration Reform will have an in-person press conference in Washington, DC with some of the country’s most influential evangelical leaders to discuss strategies for breaking the stalemate in Congress on immigration reform and pray for a solution to the moral, economic and political crisis that our broken immigration system is causing for millions of families around the nation. This in-press conference with call-in capability will feature speakers like Richard Land, President of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, the public policy arm of the largest Protestant denomination in the U.S. with over 16 million members, Rich Nathan, Senior Pastor of The Vineyard Church of Columbus, OH, a church with a weekly church attendance of 8,500, and Leith Anderson, President of the National Association of Evangelicals, which represents 45,000 churches from over 40 different denominations. These leaders will be united in calling for action on immigration reform this year and meeting with Members of Congress, Congressional staffers, and the White House throughout the day.
This event will be open to all interested parties and press with a question and answer session at the end. Questions will also be taken from the telephone audience.
WHO: Leith Anderson, President, National Association of Evangelicals
Carlos Campo, President-elect, Regent University
Richard Land, President, Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission
Jo Anne Lyon, General Superintendent, The Wesleyan Church and President, World Hope International
Rich Nathan, Senior Pastor, The Vineyard Church of Columbus
Samuel Rodriguez, President, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman, Liberty Counsel and Dean, Liberty University School of Law
Jim Tolle, Senior Pastor, The Church on the Way
Juan Hernandez, Founder, Conservatives for CIR
WHEN: Wednesday, June 9th, 11:00am EDT, (10am CT, 8am PCT)
CALL IN: 913-312-1487, Passcode: 1683544
Dr. Juan Hernandez
4750 Bryant Irvin Rd., Ste 808
Fort Worth, TX 76132