Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Russell Pearce - learning lessons from the protests in Iran

Unfortunately, the lessons were the wrong ones.

From AZCentral.com -
Members of the faith community speaking against an anti-illegal immigration bill Tuesday left after Sen. Russell Pearce called on security to remove them, prompting the committee's four Democrats to walk out of the session.

House Bill 2280, sponsored by Pearce, R-Mesa, would require local and state officials to enforce federal immigration laws, thus making any sanctuary laws illegal.

When Pearce said the committee would not hear any public input, members of the Valley Interfaith Project stood up to voice their opposition, quoting a verse in the Bible that begins, "When an alien lives with you in your land, do not mistreat him."

Where people the world over see the protests and demonstrations in Iran, see an angry people speaking out against a stolen election, and are proud to see folks standing up and being heard against totalitarianism, Russell Pearce only sees security forces being used to suppress public input.

Kudos to Democratic Senators Paula Aboud, Amanda Aguirre, Albert Hale, and Rebecca Rios for refusing to lend their presence and credibility to Pearce's highhanded mistreatment and contempt for the public.


Jen said...

Honestly...withh leaders like these, who needs enemies? Foreign or domestic.

Thane Eichenauer said...

Enemies Foreign and Domestic

That sounds like a good plot for a book, no?