Rev. Jim Wallis-George Soros ties surfacing


Charlie Butts – OneNewsNow – 8/27/2010

The leader of the “progressive Christian” Sojourners movement has accepted funding from leftist atheist billionaire George Soros.

Mark Tooley, president of The Institute on Religion & Democracy (IRD), tells OneNewsNow the information about Jim Wallis receiving the funds surfaced recently in a report from WORLD Magazine.

“This was significant in that Jim Wallis in recent years has adamantly insisted he did not belong to either side of the political spectrum, but essentially was a centrist who was transcending left and right and was simply a purely Christian activist,” Tooley notes. But in fact, he continues, with the Wallis-Soros connection now confirmed, “Wallis…stands exposed as what he always was: a man of the political left.”

Wallis — a spiritual advisor to President Obama — has openly stated in the past that Sojourners did not receive funding from atheists, but he later issued a statement confirming there had been at least three Soros grants from Soros’ Open Society Institute totaling about $325,000. One of those grants, according to Christianity Today, totaled $100,000 and was earmarked for “immigration reform” — prompting Wallis to tell the publication: “I have no apologies for taking a donation on immigration reform from Open Society. We’d do it again.”



From WORLD magazine:


The controversy mushroomed after Dalrymple, citing WORLD editor in chief Marvin Olasky’s column in the July 17 issue of WORLD, questioned Wallis about the Soros contribution and the wisdom of making common cause with a “leftist atheist.” Wallis responded:

“It’s not hyperbole or overstatement to say that Glenn Beck lies for a living. I’m sad to see Marvin Olasky doing the same thing. No, we don’t receive money from Soros. Given the financial crisis of nonprofits, maybe Marvin should call Soros and ask him to send us money.

“So, no, we don’t receive money from George Soros. Our books are totally open, always have been. Our money comes from Christians who support us and who read Sojourners. That’s where it comes from. In fact, we’ve had funding blocked, this year and last, by liberal foundations who didn’t like our stance on abortion. Other liberal groups were happy to point out to them that our stance wasn’t kosher on abortion, so our funding was blocked.

“So tell Marvin he should check his facts, and not imitate Glenn Beck.”

Although Sojourners’ subsequent fact check confirms Olasky’s account—more than $300,000 in three separate Soros grants to Sojourners that Wallis considered “so small that I hadn’t remembered them”—the statement does not retract Wallis’ accusation that Olasky, like broadcaster Glenn Beck, “lies for a living.”

*****UPDATE from WORLD magazine****

UPDATE: After repeated emails and phone calls, Soros spokeswoman Laura Silber responded to a query from WORLD’s Warren Smith about the disappearance of online records showing the Open Society Institute’s grants to Sojourners. She said the grants did occur but the reason the documents were gone is “pretty simple. We are overhauling our website. That feature was not working well, so we decided to disable it. It won’t be a part of our new site, which is still an ongoing project.”


Jim Wallis has the audacity and bears false witness by saying: Glenn Beck lies for a living?






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