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Iowa Interfaith Immigration Coalition, Anti-Defamation League try sugercoating illegal activity

The Iowa Interfaith Immigration Coalition and the Anti Defamation League (more at the link and here) are trying to sugarcoat illegal activity, swing the "debate" about immigration even more in the favor of those who don't support our laws, and accuse some of the presidential candidates of vilifying "immigrants".

First up is the ADL (link):
The Anti-Defamation League asked presidential candidates to refrain from anti-immigration rhetoric... The anti-bias group sent a letter to the major party presidential candidates requesting that they refrain from using language that demonizes and dehumanizes minorities, particularly Hispanics.
Of course, if we asked them for examples of those Bad Thoughts their interpretations would be as faulty as their "report", discussed at the first link. The claim that the candidates are "demonizing" and "dehumanizing" anyone is simply a smear.

Then, it's on to the Iowa Interfaith Immigration Coalition, which offers a petition called "Creating A Welcoming State". They're trolling for suckers (link):
We pledge ourselves as people of faith and goodwill to stand with our immigrant neighbors who have come to the United States from throughout the world. Recognizing the moral imperative to welcome the stranger in our midst, we commit ourselves to support laws that affirm their dignity, preserve their families, and acknowledge the value of their presence among us.
First, by "immigrant neighbors" they mean illegal aliens, so they're lying to the signatories. Second, it's odd that they support some laws but not others; would that we all could choose. Third, their desire to "preserve their families" would lead to a loose borders system where anyone who managed to have a child in the U.S. could not be deported. Fourth, the last sentence supports massive corporate welfare, where crooked companies can import a foreign serf class and pass the full cost of that labor on to the rest of us.

Please go to public events by members of the IIIC and point out their lies, videotape it, and upload the exchange to video sharing sites.

More on the December 4 press conference where they unveiled their petition here:
Members of the Iowa Interfaith Immigration Coalition are urging presidential candidates of both parties to conduct the debate over immigration policy in a civil manner "that respects human dignity."

In a Dec. 4 news conference, Connie Ryan Terrell, executive director of The Interfaith Alliance of Iowa, led a group of speakers who gathered to "change the negative, public attitudes and rhetoric which demonize and dehumanize our immigrant friends and neighbors."

Ms. Terrell said this "destructive attitude has permeated our nation," making the discussion about immigration a more "complex and difficult debate."
In other words, it's not going the way that those who support illegal activity would like it, so smear the other side. Also quoted: "Dr. Rich Pleva, conference minister of the Iowa conference of the United Church of Christ" and "Imam Ahmed Elkhaldy, Iowa president of the Muslim American Society in Cedar Rapids".

Immigration2008a · Wed, 01/02/2008 - 21:02 · Importance: 4

Thu, 01/03/2008 - 10:39
Fred Dawes
www.myspace.com/freddawes1776

the so called interfaith rats must be getting a hell of alot of money from the third world rulers, mexico city is sending millions in drug money each week, so whats new?

Fri, 01/04/2008 - 05:34
John S Bolton
jsbolton.blogspot.com/

It is classic smearing though: prove that you do not dehumanize and demonize the illegals. They were supposed to give a rational argument, not just a cherry-picked, convenient faith affirmation. Why are these self-styled interfaith anti-defamation-ists defaming our candidates, are they giving us an interfaith initiative? Why shouldn't Hillary and Obama be asked if they are agents of communism or Osama, if that approach is legitimate, and good-interfaith?

Fri, 01/04/2008 - 11:13
amanda

Brrrrr...it's getting chilly in Iowa. The weather? Nah, I'm referring to all these groups LW is reporting on who are trying to chill free speech with their urgings/warnings to 'watch what you say'. 'Fourth, the last sentence supports massive corporate welfare, where crooked companies can import a foreign serf class and pass the full cost of that labor on to the rest of us.' Well put. And just like chilling free speech, it's un-American. Corporate welfare? Isn't that a ubiquitous (and accurate) left wing criticism? And all the promises of cleaning up Washington? But today's sell-out Democrats are dead silent and, worse, want to perpetuate corporate welfare and corruption so long as it occurs in an immigration context.

Mon, 02/04/2008 - 23:14
I.P.DAILY

HI, I THINK THAT YOU PEOPLE ARE DOING MORE HARM TO THE IMMIGRATION ISSUE THAN ANY GROUP INTHE LAST 40 YEARS, YOU ACT AS THO WE SHOULD HAVE OPEN BORDERS AND LET WHO EVER WANTS TO ENTER THIS COUNTRY ILLEGALY LET THEM COME , GIVE ME A BREAK THE LAWS ARE FOR EVERYBODY INCLUDING THE HISPANICS FROM MEXICO AND THE OTHER COUNTRYS THAT ARE SENDING THERE POPULATION NORTH ILLEAGALY TO ENTER THE U.S.A., WHY DON'T YOU GO AND PROTEST TO THE MEXICAN GOV. TO DO MORE FOR THIER CITIZENS LIKE PROVIDING THEM THE SAME STANDARD OF LIVING THAT THEY RECEIVE IN THE USA IN THE GREAT COUNTRY OF MEXICO, INSTEAD OF JUST FOR THE ELITE,