Sanctuary Old and New: The Biblical Tradition of Radical Hospitality

Ananda Rose

in Showdown in the Sonoran Desert

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199890934
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949793 | DOI:
Sanctuary Old and New: The Biblical Tradition of Radical Hospitality

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Chapter two further examines the biblical tradition of radical hospitality that has been inspiring religious activists at the U.S.–Mexico border. It looks at the Sanctuary Movement of the 1980s and at how clergy in the Tucson Sector challenged federal immigration laws by providing safe haven for Central American refugees fleeing from civil war. The chapter highlights key biblical passages and interpretations that have motivated religious activists in their quest to provide aid and hospitality to migrants and refugees, and at how the language and vision of the Sanctuary Movement of the 1980s has been adopted by current New Sanctuary Movement leaders and other immigrant rights groups across the country.

Keywords: Sanctuary Movement; New Sanctuary Movement; John Fife; Jim Corbett; Central America; refugee; UNHCR; human rights; civil Initiative; Elvira Arellano; prooftexting; 14th Amendment; amnesty; liberation theology

Chapter.  9832 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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