Prayer Rally for the Immigrant Children in San Angelo TodayPress Release
SAN ANGELO, TX -- (Letter to the Editor from David Currie) Something is happening on our Texas border that I never dreamed I’d ever see. Our federal government is separating children from their parents and, basically, consigning the children to cages. If you think these parents’ attempt to seek a better life for their families justifies the government’s action, then I really have nothing to say to you. America is now violating human rights. This is NOT a law; this is a decision by our President.
Forget for a moment that I am chair of the Tom Green County Democratic Party; my position on this issue has NOTHING to do with politics or the political position I hold. I write this as an American, a Texan, a follower of Jesus Christ, a father, and maybe a few other things. I am sending this to both the San Angelo Standard-Times and San Angelo Live in hopes that both publications will publish it.
This is the most horrible thing I can ever imagine our country doing. There is no excuse for this . . . PERIOD! We don’t do things like this in America.
Therefore, I want to call on our community to join me in a time of prayer and reflection about these events. Monday evening, June 25, I ask that every citizen of our community come together on the steps of the Courthouse at 5:30 p.m. and join in prayer for God to bring an end to these horrible actions by the U.S. government. Bishop Sis has agreed to speak and I’m sure others will as well. I ask every minister of any faith or denomination to come and speak and pray; every elected official in Tom Green County to come and speak; every concerned citizen to come and join together as people of faith (and no faith) to show we believe that this is wrong.
I do not want any politician named. I do not want any political party named. I just want this community to say with one voice that this is WRONG and that we CARE.
Scott Jennings, a GOP strategist, said this about separating children from their parents:
“The people coming here are fleeing violent gangs. Further, the economy here is so good (more jobs than people) that people are going to come. Whatever reason people are coming, America is worth the risk to them. . . . Hopefully, it works out for the sake of these poor children and families who are basically just trying not to get murdered where they were unlucky enough to have been born. It’s heartbreaking to see these families ripped apart, and I hope the president understands he can fix this now.”
I would also ask you readers to do one more thing. If you believe the Bible is the Word of God, please read it this week. You can also take your phone or computer and Google the following questions: “What does the Bible say about children?” “What does the Bible say about orphans and widows?”
And please join together as a community – a community that I believe is decent and loving and compassionate – on Monday evening on the Courthouse steps at 5:30 p.m. and pray for this insanity to end.
(As I submit this for publication there is some hope that President Trump may rescind this action of separating families and hopefully some of our prayer time can be a time of thanksgiving.)
David R. Currie is chair of the Tom Green County Democratic Party. He has a Ph.D. in Christian Ethics and is a retired minister, and owner of a ranch and a small business. He also teaches Sunday School.