Sounding ironically like Mike Huckabee, Harold Meyerson condemns many in “the Gospel’s Own Party” as hypocritical for wanting “to punish the undocumented immigrants” who live here illegally. “The Bible isn’t big on immigrant documentation,” he points out.
Mr. Meyerson follows this exegesis by comparing the modern Republican Party with the Ku Klux Klan (despite the fact that the Klan overwhelmingly comprised southern Democrats):
The demand for a more regulated immigration policy comes from virtually all points on our political spectrum, but the push to persecute the immigrants already among us comes distinctly, though by no means entirely, from the same Republican right that protests its Christian faith at every turn.
We’ve seen this kind of Christianity before in America. It’s more tribal than religious, and it surges at those times when our country is growing more diverse and economic opportunity is not abounding. At its height in the 1920s, the Ku Klux Klan was chiefly the political expression of nativist Protestants upset by the growing ranks of Catholics in their midst.