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Francesca Chambers

The star of the Faith & Freedom Coalition’s annual conference Friday wasn’t former Congressman Allen West, former presidential candidate Michele Bachmann or even House Budget Committee Chair and 2012 Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan. Instead, a relatively unknown Reverend named Samuel Rodriguez had the most attendees on their feet at the Road to the Majority conference in Washington, D.C. after a fiery sermon on the need for greater conservative outreach to the Hispanic community. “We have to put some salsa sauce on top of the conservative movement!” he passionately told the audience, adding that conservatives need to go into minority communities and tell them, “Do not be perpetually enslaved by entitlements to government, you need to be free to the power of entrepreneurship. Rodriguez is the President of The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC), an organization which he founded in 2000. The network has become the largest group of Hispanic Christians in the United States and Puerto Rico and represents more than 40,000 churches. Although Rodriguez, 43, is not new to the national spotlight, having given a prayer at the 2012 Republican National Convention and being nominated for TIME magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the worldthe Reverend isn’t what one would call a ‘conservative celebrity. Until last year, Rodriguez had mostly stayed out of the national spotlight, and his name certainly isn’t one many non-Hispanic movement conservatives would be intimately familiar with. But after his speech at Friday afternoon’s gathering of the most conservative members of the Republican Party, Rodriguez is likely to be a must-invite to every future conservative conference. In his speech Rodriguez explained that in society God should be over man and man should be over government. “And we have a limited amount of space,” he continued. “If government grows, God and man have to move out of the way. It is our job to remind Uncle Sam that you may be our uncle, but you will never be our Heavenly Father.” During his trip to Washington, D.C. this week, Reverend Rodriguez found himself face-to-face with the President during a meeting with approximately 100 religious and business leaders. The group visited the White House to urge President Barack Obama to support the Gang of Eight’s immigration reform bill. “It is the bottom of the ninth inning, and we are just a few outs away from closing this historic legislation,” Rodriguez said in a statement after the meeting. “But it will take the faith community to help drive in the winning runs.” According to the NHCLC’s website, the organization “encourages integration, secured borders and healthy communities as integral to immigration reform” and seeks a solution to the “current immigration crisis from a biblical worldview.” “We may have to cross the Jordan of immigration reform to step into the Promised Land of the Hispanic American [community], but if we do, the best is yet to come,” Rodriguez said Friday. The Reverend claimed it was a lie that the approximately 11 million illegal immigrants who would be put on a path to citizenship by the immigration bill currently being discussed would automatically vote Democrat if they became American citizens. He reported that the most important issues to Hispanics are life, family and religious liberty – all of which are conservative issues – even though Latinos “may say that we are not married to the agenda of the donkey or the elephant” because “we are married exclusively to the agenda of the Lamb.” Rodriguez encouraged the conference’s attendees to make a renewed effort to go out and “grab a brown hand – find one. Look at a Latino – look at them. “Don’t drink the Koolaid coming in right now about the issue of immigration reform,” he said in closing to a standing ovation. Read More:  http://redalertpolitics.com/2013/06/14/rev-samuel-rodriguez-delivers-bre…

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