Cincinnati congregations plan to shelter undocumented immigrants


ARMS TO PEOPLE FROM OTHER COUNTRIES. THE NEXT STEPS IN THE CINCINNATI SANCTUARY MOVEMENT WERE TAKEN TODAY. JOHN: SAYING THEY’RE READY RIGHT NOW IF CALLED UPON AND THAT THEY’RE WILLING TO PUT THEIR OWN FREEDOM AT RISK TO SAFEGUARD THE FREEDOM OF OTHERS. THIS IS ONE OF TWO BUILDINGS SO FAR THAT WOULD PROVIDE SANCTUARY. A 19TH CENTURY STRUCTURE NEXT TO THE CLIFTON MOSQUE. HERE’S A PEEK INSIDE. THERE ARE ENOUGH ROOMS AND FACILITIES HERE TO ACCOMMODATE AT LEAST FIFTEEN PEOPLE. IT’S ALL GUESSWORK AT THE MOMENT. SO FAR, CSN, CINCINNATI SANCTUARY NETWORK, HAS 5 CONGREGATIONS GOING PUBLIC. THE CLIFTON MOSQUE AND CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL, DOWNTOWN, WOULD PROVIDE SHELTER FOR UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS. TEMPLE SHOLOM, UNIVERSITY CHRISTIAN CHURCH, AND CLIFTON UNITED METHODIST WOULD PROVIDE SUPPORT. TWENTY OTHER FAITH-BASED INSTITUTIONS ARE IN THE PROCESS OF DECIDING IF THEY’LL ADD TO THAT LIST. >>THERE ARE AT LEAST TWO CATHOLIC PARISHES THAT ARE EXPLORING BEING PART OF THIS COALITION, EITHER AS SANCTUARY OR SOLIDARITY. SUPPORTERS OF SANCTUARY SUMMONED MEDIA TODAY TO STATE HOW MORALLY AND ETHICALLY RIGHT THEY BELIEVE ALL THIS IS, AND HOW POTENTIALLY RISKY.>>BUT, THERE IS NO LEGAL PROTECTION FOR SANCTUARY. THERE JUST HAS BEEN A LONG AND HISTORIC AND HONORABLE TRADITION. JOHN: IF SOMEONE WERE TO SE SANCTUARY TONIGHT, BOTH CHRIST CHURCH AND THE CLIFTON MOSQUE ARE READY. NO ONE HAS APPROACHED. BUT, THE WE’RE TOLD THE ENTIRE MUSLIM COMMUNITY IS FEARFUL.>>WE HAVE TO HAVE AS A DEMOCRACY A PUBLIC CONVERSATION ABOUT THIS AND THIS IS ONE OF THE WAYS THAT A DEMOCRATIC NATION SHOULD DEAL WITH ISSUES LIKE THIS. JOHN: LET’S GO BACK INSIDE FOR A FEW MORE SECONDS. A LITTLE OVER ELEVEN YEARS AGO, THE SMALLER OF TWO PIPE BOMBS THAT BLEW THE DOOR OFF LEFT THESE SCARS ON THE WOOD IN THE FOYER. REMINDERS OF HOW DANGEROUS MORAL AND ETHICAL OUTREACH CAN BE. GAIL GREENWELL OF CHRIST CHURCH TOOK NOTE TODAY OF A TOXIC TONE TOWARDS ILLEGALS.

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