A week after Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) shouted "You lie!" at President Barack Obama during Obama's address to a joint session of Congress, faith leaders will gather in Washington on Tuesday to pray for an "end to hateful rhetoric that creates a toxic environment for immigrant families."
Participating in the vigil outside the Capitol will be Bishop John Wester of Salt Lake City, who chairs the Committee on Immigration of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops; Bishop Prince Singh of the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester, N.Y.; Bishop Minerva Carcaño of the Desert Southwest Conference of the United Methodist Church and Dale Schwartz of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society.
They are to be joined by Reps. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) and Jared Polis (D-Colo.).
From the release:
While we're on the subject: With his outburst, Wilson was challenging Obama's assertion that "the reforms I'm proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally." Was Wilson correct? According to the nonpartisan fact-checking operation Politifact, no.
And finally, the Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne, a liberal Catholic, had an interesting take on the Wilson affair in Monday's newspaper: