Jay Richards investigates whether George Soros is funding Jim Wallis

In this post on National Review. (H/T ECM)


In World magazine on July 17, Marvin Olasky called on “progressive evangelical” Jim Wallis to come clean and admit that he is not a non-partisan, as he likes to claim, but rather a devoted man of the Left. Olasky reported that Wallis’s organization, Sojourners, had received grants from George Soros’s foundation, the Open Society Institute (OSI), and had lent Sojourners’ mailing list to the Obama campaign.

[…]Among the documents I now have are pages from the OSI website that list two grants to Sojourners — one for $200,000 in 2004, “To support the Messaging and Mobilization Project: Engaging Christians on the Importance of Civic Involvement,” and one for $25,000 in 2006, “To support a branding assessment” for the purpose of merging “Sojourners and Call to Renewal into one organization.” I have physical copies of these pages, which is good, because these pages seem to have disappeared from the OSI website (I’m sure that’s just a coincidence).

[…]But there’s more to it. In two blog posts at Patheos published over the last week, Tim Dalrymple reported that he, too, was looking into Olasky’s charge, and in a thoughtful, unbiased interview published on August 9, he asked Wallis himself about Olasky’s charges.

Before responding directly, Wallis launched into bizarre invective against Olasky, claiming (among other things) that Olasky believes in a “sinless market.” This caricature is practically surreal to anyone familiar with Olasky’s actual views — actually, it’s beyond surreal, since surreal art has some illuminating connection to the original. Olasky is a Calvinist, which means he places particularly strong emphasis on human depravity in every area of human experience, including the market.

Wallis continued:

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.

Well, as I said above, I’ve got physical copies of what appear to be grants to Sojourners from the Open Society Institute website, which have since been taken offline. Dalrymple does, too. In fact, until Wednesday, August 11, Dalrymple’s second blog post at Patheos had accompanying PDFs of the OSI webpages.

[…]According to Sojourners’ 990s (go here and search for “Sojourners” in “DC”), their total assets went from $513,896 in 2002 to $4,615,468 in 2009. Call me skeptical, but I’d be willing to bet that this windfall didn’t all come from humble readers of Sojourners magazine.

Wallis supports Barack Obama, a radically pro-abortion President. Abortion is the slavery of our age – a political movement based on pure greed, whose aim is to terminate the lives of a weaker class of humans because of the selfishness of a stronger class of humans. And yet Wallis tries to pass himself off as a Christian. So I know exactly who to believe when his testimony contradicts respected Christian scholars like Marvin O’Lasky and Jay Richards.

7 thoughts on “Jay Richards investigates whether George Soros is funding Jim Wallis”

  1. Oh, you’re not picking on Jim “the Gospel is all about wealth redistribution” Wallis, are you?

    Very interesting about Soros, but Wallis is bad news either way. They pretend to be pro-life but were silent about taxpayer funded abortions during the healthcare debate. I got banned under two names from my most polite — but persistent — commenting on their lack of support for the Stupak Amendment. They were willing to let the whole bill fail rather than lose taxpayer-funded abortions. But they loves them some “social justice,” eh?

    Hey, their offer of a free Ghandi poster for subscribing to the Sojourners magazine appears to have expired. Too bad, because that was such great evidence of their orthodoxy, eh?

    1. I saw that post about the Gandhi posters on your blog! I’m not a fan of the religious left. I don’t even think they know that God exists – not as an item of knowledge, based on arguments.

  2. They have made up their own god, so technically whatever god they worship definitely does not exist. And they even seem to have doubts about defending his existence.

      1. Interesting. Same is happening here. Liberation theology has taken over the traditional mainline churches and weakened them.

      2. He is right on. Yes, when they abandon basic beliefs about the incarnation, Jesus’ deity, Jesus’ exclusivity, etc. they must fill it with something — and they chose radical Leftist politics. Stealing the churches was bad. I just wish they’d quit calling themselves Christians. That is the ultimate slap from Satan.

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