By Mark TooleyInstitute on Religion & Democracy
â€œDoes Jim Wallis represent evangelicals or does he represent the leftist, atheist billionaire?â€ - Mark Tooley, IRD President
Washington, DC â€” Evangelical left voice Jim Wallis, who has boasted of his ties to the Obama administration, finally has admitted that his â€œprogressive Christianâ€ Sojourners movement has received funding from leftist billionaire George Soros' Open Society Institute.
According to WORLD magazine, Soros, an atheist billionaire who has financed groups promoting abortion, atheism, and same-sex marriage, bankrolled Sojourners with a $200,000 grant in 2004. Since then Sojourners has received at least two more grants from Soros organizations altogether totaling $325,000, the most recent in 2007. Sojourners revenues have more than tripled â€” from $1,601,171 in 2001-2002 to $5,283,650 in 2008-2009.
Wallis originally rebutted a criticism of "religious progressives" for being allied with Soros in 2005:
"I know of no connections to those liberal funds and groups that are as direct as the Religious Right's ties to right-wing funders." Earlier this month in Patheos, Wallis wrote, â€œNo, we donâ€™t receive money from George Soros.â€ IRD President Mark Tooley commented: â€œWallisâ€™ initial denials and then ultimate confirmation of Soros funding for Sojourners is a revealing turning point for the evangelical left.
â€œLong insisting he represents a mysterious Christian â€˜third wayâ€™ more enlightened than the old Religious Right, Wallis now stands exposed as what he always was: a man of the political left. From his days 40 years ago as a radical Students for Democratic Society activist, to his championing of the Marxist Sandinistas in 1980sâ€™ Nicaragua, Wallis has always allied himself with secular leftist groups hostile to the historic Church.
â€œReligious leftists may freely tout their views no less than religious conservatives. But Wallis and his Sojourners, as Soros-funded religious leftists, should heed truth in advertising.â€