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Karen Swallow Prior Promotes Illegal Immigration

Karen Swallow Prior is a radical animal rights activist who believes animals go to Heaven because naming them gives them personhood, says she’s more upset over animal abuse than abortion, says abortion isn’t murder and calling it such is unchristlike, promoted erotic gay literature, and has attended gay fundraisers and uses gay-affirming language. She calls herself a feminist and attacks complementarianism as unbiblical.

Karen Swallow Prior is also a professor at Liberty University and a research fellow for the leftist Southern Baptist organization, the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC). The ERLC has been striving ardently to push amnesty for illegal aliens, and its president, Russell Moore, serves on the globalist Evangelical Immigration Table, which is funded by George Soros. In fact, the ERLC has even been caught retweeting anti-borders globalist propaganda produced by Soros.

It should come as no surprise, therefore, that Karen Swallow Prior (associated as she is with the ERLC), has been busy promoting an open-borders, globalist position on immigration that is disguised as Christian charitability. Of course, progressive-left faux-Christianity is always disguised as bleeding heart Christian charitability, so we should see it as of little surprise. Swallow Prior wrote an article for The News and Advance along with one of her students who is an illegal immigrant. The article guilt-shames Christians for not doing enough to help those in the country illegally, known as DREAMers.

The term, “DREAMer” comes from a 2001 piece of legislation and references the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (Dream) Act. The Act was never passed by Congress and the DREAMers (the minors it references) are not protected by any enacted law. In other words, “DREAMers” don’t really exist because the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act was never passed into law. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was a highly unconstitutional executive action by President Obama that would prioritize enforcing immigration law on childhood arrivals last, thus effectively legislating by executive fiat what was never passed by Congress.

The ERLC’s Russell Moore, the Progressive Liberals as the Social Gospel Coalition, Karen Swallow Prior and their acolytes (all of which are in one way or another beneficiaries of George Soros) have been trying to convince evangelical Christians that it is our responsibility to overthrow existing law, embrace illegal immigration as a Christian duty, and allow the executive branch of government to go unchecked.

Prior wrote the article with Bruno Yupanqui, who is a high school English teacher and a student of Swallow Prior’s at Liberty University. Yupanqui is an illegal immigrant, meaning that he came here criminally, against the laws of the United States and he remains here illegally, against the laws of the United States. Yupanqui writes:

…I don’t know how much longer I have to continue defending my humanity. I don’t know how much more I have to clarify that I’m more than just a statistic, whether that’s used positively or negatively. I don’t know how much more I have to continue telling others that I am American.

Because I am.

I am American when I teach students about Hawthorne’s short stories, or brag about how much the English language has changed over its life, from old to middle to modern. I am American when I donate money to just causes or donate blood two or three times a year. I was American when I purchased my first car on July 4, 2013, and when I bought a newer model exactly three years later.

Sadly, Yupanqui doesn’t know what it means to be an American. He thinks teaching English literature, donating blood or spending money here makes someone an American. In fact, three things make a nation; laws, borders and language. Without laws, borders and a common language there is no such thing as a nation-state. Yupanqui seems to have a grasp of our common language, but he is in violation of both our laws and borders. He has not taken a loyalty oath to the United States Constitution. He has not taken a test on the United States Constitution, as is required of immigrants who apply for Citizenship legally. He continues:

I have always been American, but it was Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) that made it official, however temporary.

Actually, not. Yupanqui has not always been an American, is not an American now and never has been. I mean that in the most literal of ways. In no meaningful, legal, constitutional, or real way is he an American; he is a foreign national living illegally in America. There is a difference between the two. Furthermore, DACA made nothing – absolutely nothing – official. It didn’t make a single person a Citizen. It simply meant that a United States President, who took an oath to uphold the Constitution, chose to use his power of the Justice Department to order them to make enforcing U.S. law when it comes to childhood arrivals the last departmental priority. It made literally nothing official, and that’s the problem.

Then, the feminist, Karen Swallow Prior, writes:

Furthermore, as a Christian, I cannot ignore my neighbor Bruno — nor his fellow DACA recipients. Bruno is not only my former student; he is my brother in Christ, one who has served at my own church. Protecting Dreamers aligns with what the Bible tells us: All immigrants are made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27) and deserve to be treated with dignity. Whatever policies we think best to advocate, Christians must not fail in this.

Of course, we Christians don’t want to ignore “Bruno,” nor do we want to ignore the sin of violating a nation’s laws and borders. While Bruno may be a “brother in Christ” (we strongly question whether or not Swallow Prior is a rightful judge of such things, her own Christianity being greatly suspect), there is absolutely no reason why being made in the image of God (which can be said of every criminal on the planet) means that we have to provide a path to Citizenship for people who are here against our nations’ legal provisions.

Swallow Prior makes statements that – at face value – all Christians can agree with. All people are made in God’s image and all people are due dignity. But what Prior means it is somehow our Biblical responsibility to show dignity by giving people an undeserved Citizenship and ignore the rule of law. The documentedly wicked woman writes:

Bruno has shared with me that his experiences of being undocumented, of hearing others (including fellow Christians) speak degradingly and derisively of “illegals,” has made him wonder why he would be considered an enemy rather than a brother in the faith. He has wondered why those with whom he worshipped, prayed and broke bread would treat the foreigners in their land so differently than the Bible commands.

Ms. Swallow Prior would be better off taking time to explain to Bruno that he doesn’t have a right to be in a country illegally, that the sin of his parents (yes, it is “sin”) has put him in the predicament where he now is, and that he is not entitled to Citizenship in the United States of America. Furthermore, if Ms. Swallow Prior was an expert in the Bible rather than in fiction, she might be able to explain that in the Bible, invaders in the land of Israel would be met with deadly force, and that criminal invaders are different than innocent sojourners traveling through. She might also – if she wasn’t a Marxist Manchurian candidate using Jesus as a way to inject the church with rabid feminism, animal liberation theology and general theological ugliness – have explained to her student some basic Biblical texts on the rule of law and role of government, like Romans 13 and 1 Peter 2.