Seung Min Kim of Politico reported yesterday that advertisements reading “Praying for Congress. Praying for Immigration reform” will be aired on historically conservative websites.
Min Kim writes,
“The Evangelical Immigration Table [EIT] is launching a new round of pro-reform ads later Thursday that will run on conservative news sites run by Salem Communications, such as RedState.com, Human Events and Townhall.com.”
The coalition of “evangelical organizations” has spent over a million dollars on the advertisements, including “a full-page advertisement in USA Today earlier this week.”
It is surprising that Townhall would allow the progressive group to advertise on their site, as their own contributor Harry R. Jackson, Jr. wrote earlier this month that the
“Evangelical Immigration Table is funded largely by organizations backed by George Soros, the billionaire who has given hundreds of millions of dollars to far-left causes.”
Mike Flynn and Matthew Boyle of Breitbart dug in a bit deeper to the EIT in June, after they “announced a $250,000 ad buy” in support of the controversial “Senate immigration bill.”
“EIT says it selected National Immigration Forum to ‘facilitate’ its work. That statement makes it likely that the ad campaign was paid for by NIF. They are certainly free to undertake an issue ad campaign, but not in someone else’s name.”
The NIF receives some of their funding from George Soros’ Open Society Foundation, but after their connection to to the EIT was exposed, they released a statement assuring,
“None of the funding the Forum receives from the Open Society Foundation goes to the work of the Evangelical Immigration Table.”
Discover the Networks reports that the NIF has
“received funding from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Ford Foundation, the J. M. Kaplan Fund, and George Soros’s Open Society Institute.”
Napp Nazworth of the Christian Post reported that the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, senior editorial adviser for The Christian Post, a member of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, and a member of the EIT, said that the funding was provided by
“Paul Singer, a Republican hedge fund billionaire, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Walmart, and other leading Christian business owners…”
After the 2012 election, Rodriguez was quoted by the Christian Post as saying,
“Either [Republicans] press the snooze button on the Latino electorate and continue with an exclusive Southern strategy that is no longer applicable in a 21st century reality, or they have a ‘come to Jesus’ moment … where they realize America has changed.”
“Republican hedge fund billionaire” Paul Singer, by the way, “coaxed Republican state senators in New York to back a same-sex marriage law in 2011, offering financial cover against backlash stemming from their votes, helping raise six figures for each of them,” as reported in May at the Washington Post.
The Evangelical Immigration Table cites leaders of their movement applauding the effort, all of whom have strong progressive ties and have made some particularly egregious statements in the past.
Possibly the most high-profile EIT advocate cited is Jim Wallis, who is best known as President Obama’s spiritual adviser. Wallis is not exactly representative of Christians, as he once bashed the Tea Party for being “political extremists” and “unbiblical” and expressed his hope that “more Christians will come to view the world through Marxist eyes,” as reported by Michael Youssef at Townhall.
Youssef points out that despite the fact that billionaire George Soros is a known atheist, Wallis’ group “Sojourners” has received quite a bit of funding from Soros’ “Open Society Institute.”
Wallis, by the way, was ultimately forced to admit that the Open Society Foundation funds Sojourners, as reported at Patheos, after he denied the claim and said that media mogul Glenn Beck “lies for a living,” which certainly does not sound very Christian.
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