Is Evangelical Immigration Table a Front Group for George Soros?
Is the Evangelical Immigration Table – a coalition of liberal and conservative evangelical groups – actually a front group for George Soros and the institutional Left? Last week, Breitbart dot com – a leading conservative news website – leveled that accusation. Now, evangelicals associated with the Table – like Russell Moore of the Southern Baptist Convention and Lynne Hybels of Willow Creek Community Church – are embroiled in a major controversy.
At issue is the funding for a recent media campaign launched by the Table. According to the group’s radio ads, funding for the ads came from the Table itself. But, according to Breitbart, the Table doesn’t legally exist. And, the group who paid for the ads, the National Immigration Forum, gets much of its funding from Leftist groups like George Soros’ Open Society and the Ford Foundation. (If you’ve never heard of Soros before, he’s a powerful billionaire credited with funding the so-called “Shadow Party.” This is a network of unions, think tanks and activist groups that promote far-Left causes, often using dubious methods.)
So, what’s a bunch of good evangelicals doing with the likes of George Soros? Well nothing, according to Damon Schroeder of World Relief, a member of the Evangelical Table. In emails last week, Schroeder admitted to me that the Table doesn’t exist as an incorporated entity. And, he conceded that the National Immigration Forum paid for the recent ads. But, he added that the 250-thousand dollars the Forum used for the ads came from donors who earmarked their money for the Evangelical Table. So, though the Forum technically paid for the ads, the money really came from donors to the Table. In other words, not a penny from George Soros nor any Leftist group paid for the Table’s campaign. Case closed, right?
Not exactly. It’s still problematic that the Evangelical Table is partnering with the National Immigration Forum. Over the past three years, the Forum received more than a third of its funding – more than 4.2 million dollars – from Soros’ Open Society and the Ford Foundation. So, though the Table may not be a front for the institutional Left, the Forum very well may be. Ephesians 5 instructs believers not to partner with the ungodly. So, though I applaud the efforts of the Evangelical Table to lobby for immigration reform, I think it should cut its ties with the Immigration Forum immediately.
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