IMMIGRATION REFORM AS A MORAL QUESTION: ELITE AND NON-ELITE EVANGELICAL ATTITUDES OF IMMIGRATION REFORM IN THE U.S.A
The main goal of this paper is to examine how Evangelicals talk about the topic of immigration in the U.S.A. in an online forum. This investigation centers on an analysis of the twenty-nine magazine articles and online blogs from the magazine Christianity Today addressing immigration between January 2007 - September 2012 as well as the four hundred ninety five written online comments in response to these articles. The examination illustrates that while the responses to the articles demonstrated a range of opinion, the percentage of readers’ comments sympathetic towards undocumented immigrants has increased since 2009. Respondents questioned the authority and statements of elites. Nevertheless, the majority of posters showed respect for the other commentators and acknowledged differences of opinion and interpretation within the online context.
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