OSJ Action Alert: February 14, 2018

Ask your Michigan State Representative to Say No to HB 4053

Several representatives in the Michigan House have sponsored a bill (HB 4053) designating English as the official language of the State of Michigan. The bill recently passed out of committee, and could be voted on as soon as this week.

Advocates are concerned that this bill is purely symbolic: virtually all public records, public meetings, and official acts of the State of Michigan are already currently conducted in English. Mandating the English language is not necessary to the state, but does send a strong message to immigrants in the community. This bill does not reflect our Christian values of welcome and inclusivity.

As people of faith, we believe that Scripture calls us to love our neighbors and welcome the stranger. Knowing that every person is made in the image of God, we want to honor and respect the inherent dignity of each human being and celebrate our shared diversity.

Urge your Michigan State Representative to reject HB 4053 and any legislation that does not respect the blessing  and diversity of our Michigan community members.