Some right-wing evangelical Christians, usually no fans of the president, are applauding his move to halt deportations of young illegal immigrants.
They are convinced President Obama is waging a devastating war on religion and systematically undermining the institutions of the family. But on Friday, some in the religious right found reason to praise Obama: his move to halt the deportations of young illegal immigrants.
"I applaud it," Richard Land, the prominent evangelical Christian leader who heads the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, said in an interview. "I would have preferred Congress to have done it. I hope that Congress would applaud it and pass something very similar."
Just minutes earlier, Land had been addressing a conservative conference panel entitled "Obama's War on Religious Liberty." As I approached him to ask about immigration, he was busy inveighing to another reporter about the godless secular society Obama is bent on creating. But Land and others on the Christian right part ways with some of their Republican brethren when it comes to immigration, and they have been increasingly vocal about their views on the issue, which they see as one of universal human dignity.