September 18, 2014

Jim Wallis and the Soros connection

Jim Wallis

Jim Wallis

For years I’ve been critical of Jim Wallis, the self-styled “prophetic voice” (his term) of Progressive politics in the American public square. “Prophetic voice” is a term that borrows from the Christian moral lexicon to lend moral authority and offer religious cover to secular Progressive ideology. Wallis operates in the mold of the National Council of Churches (NCC) and conflates Christian thinking with Marxist social dogma.

Like the NCC, Wallis was lost in the wilderness for decades. “Christian Progressives” are dogged by a sense of their own irrelevance. An ideology which unequivocally dismisses religion doesn’t have much room for professional religious types like Wallis or the NCC. He seemed to have found his voice after the Obama election however, rising to become one of Obama’s “religious advisers” and all around gadfly on the Progressive speaking circuit and occasional appearances on MSNBC.

But there’s trouble in Wallis land. It turns out George Soros has been pumping cash into the Wallis organization, maybe millions. Marvin Olasky of World Magazine has been scouring the Wallis records and uncovered the uncomfortable dalliance. Wallis denied it as long as he could but had to issue a “clarification” a few days ago admitting it was all true. You can read about it here and here.

Soros spends his considerable wealth supporting hard-left causes (Moveon.org for example). He also funds the Center of American Progress, the Progressive think-tank at which Pat. Bartholomew spoke last year during the Mississippi Riverboat Cruise promoting global warming. The trip ended in a Patriarchal admonition to support the Geneva Accords that advocated the centralization of the economies of each EU member member state under one bureaucracy.

The diplomatic effort collapsed after the leak of emails from East Anglia uncovered that much of the global warming “research” was fraudulent. The EP squandered considerable moral capital on the trip, and has wisely refrained from making any statement about global warming since the collapse. Maybe he learned something Wallis has not: You cannot serve God and mammon.

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    Chris says:

    Father Hans,

    It seems that G. Soros has his hands on these sorts of efforts throughout the globe. He is surely responsible to keep Orthodox Christians separate through superficial disputes and by flaming nationalism.

    Of course in saying this, I’ve rendered myself a conspiracy theorist nutjob! :)

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    George Michalopulos says:

    Chris, I think you’re on to something. Getting back to Wallis however, there’s really nothing we Orthodox can do about him except continue to expose him and his ilk about their lunatic economic ravings. Our priority however has to be on making sure our own hierarchs don’t go down the primrose path that Soros takes the others down.

    One of the things that bothers me about this Ground Zero Mosque thing is that our GOA leaders fall back into a dhimmi attitude as their default position. Not just the bishops and “intellectuals” like Frank Schaeffer, but eminent laymen in the political sphere –think George Stephanopoulos and Alexi Giannoulis. Even our hierarchs had to be dragged kicking and screaming into this. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad that Bishop Andonius made an appearance, but it seemed to me perfunctory. Where was Demetrios? He has the moral authority here. Instead, Andonius said he was “out of the country with the EP.” Isn’t this his country? Is a defunct monastery in Pontus more important than a destroyed Greek Orthodox Church in Manhattan?

    Anyway, I sound like a broken record. the GZM provides a moment of clarity for American Orthodxy and if nothing else, I hope the American Orthodox Church that arises will not be one characterized by dhimmi qualities or even one subservient to the political world. We don’t have to be, so let’s not even get started on that road. I realize things are different for Antioch, Alexandria, and C’pole, but we have been spared the depredations of the Hagarenes so far.

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    cynthia curran says:

    Well, I read this and of course Wallis lied. I didn’t agree completely with the most sucessful evangelical left winger of his day William Jennings Byrant that wanted to go from gold to silver and wanted to nationalzied the railroads and was a pacifists during WWI. Granted, WWI was a strange war and I’m not certain if the US should have been involved but at least Byrant wasn’t a liar like Wallis. Also, its not leftist that have a blind eye to Islam-according to David Horwitz, the ex-communists turn conservative jew, Grover Norquist also supports the building of the Mosque and was involved with people in the international brotherhood. Now, the Right gives Norquist a passed since they agree with hin on tax policy.

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      George Michalopulos says:

      Cynthia, I happen to agree with Bryan (in retrospect) about WWI. We shouldn’t have been involved int that war. As for Grover Norquist, while I agree with his economics, Bush made a horrendous error at the start of the War on Terror when he listened to Norquist. Norquist led a contingent of Muslims to the White House right after 9/11 and they all fed Bush the line that “Islam=peace” mantra. The reason is that Norquist is married to a Muslim woman.

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    cynthia curran says:

    Well, the evangelical left is larger than people think out there. Actually, the top guy now is Bob McLaren which actaully has a nicer personality than Wallis. Also, Tony Campolo is more funny than Wallis among the evangelical left my view, Wallis seems to good over more mean than some of the others like Ron Sider-Rich Christians in a world of hunger.

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