In addition to the most prominent and long-serving, the Wrong Rev. Wright, Obama has CHOSEN as his guide the Wrong Rev. Al Sharpton.
Rev. Al is one of the LEAST Christian people I could name. He is one of the LEAST "post-racial" people on the planet, relying as he does on keeping the racial wounds...real OR imagined...wide open and suppurating. It has made him rich man, and obviously put him in the highest counsels on earth.
The Wrong Rev. Jim Wallis is another strange choice. I would call him a "whited sepulcher", but the color is wrong. A "redded sepulcher" seems more appropriate, since the odd theology of Rev. Jim closely resembles that of...say...Trotsky.
As noted before on this blog, lying is NOT a Christian value. Rev. Jim is a demonstrated liar, among his many other failings, one of which is an obsession with TAKING what belongs to other people, and calling that "charity".
He is also a man who seems to fit the old office of the Pharisee.
Last month, Marvin Olasky asked Wallis to admit his affiliations on the left when reported on the money from Soros in World magazine.
George Soros, one of the leading billionaire leftists—he has financed groups promoting abortion, atheism, same-sex marriage, and gargantuan government—bankrolled Sojourners with a $200,000 grant in 2004. A year later, here's how Jim rebutted a criticism of "religious progressives" for being allied with Soros and MoveOn.org: "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."In a Patheos interview, Wallis suggested that Olasky was lying.
Since then Sojourners has received at least two more grants from Soros organizations. Sojourners revenues have more than tripled—from $1,601,171 in 2001-2002 to $5,283,650 in 2008-2009—as secular leftists have learned to use the religious left to elect Obama and others.
“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.”Jay Richards of National Review and Olasky responded to Wallis. Here's Olasky again:
Want to see for yourself what someone apparently did not want you to see? Click here to download the PDF, go to page 225, and you’ll see the grant to Sojourners.
You can also see the 2006 grant by downloading the 990-PF for that year and going to page 125. And by the way, look at page 114 of the 990-PF for 2007: another $100,000 grant to Sojourners “to support the Christians for Comprehensive Immigration Reform campaign.”Wallis released a statement through a spokesperson to Patheos.
IF...IF...there is ANY truth in what Wallis said, he gets a WHOPPING lot of money for his "work".I should have declined to comment until I was able to review the blog post in question and consulted with our staff on the details of our funding over the past several years. Instead, I answered in the spirit of the accusation and did not recall the details of our funding over the decade in question. The spirit of the accusation was that Sojourners is beholden to funders on the political left, which is false. The allegation concerned three grants received over 10 years from the Open Society Institute that made up the tiniest fraction of Sojourners' funding during that decade -- so small that I hadn't remembered them.
You might read that Wallis statement over and over. You won't find anything LIKE an apology to Olasky, much less to Beck. Beck appears to have a MUCH better character for truthfulness than does Mr. Obama's "spiritual adviser" team. That should suggest some things about Mr. Obama himself.