Communist Leftist Religious Group Attacks 'Ayn Rand' GOP Budget, Updated: Connecting the Communist Links Behind Faith in Public Life

By the Left Coast Rebel

What is more ludicrous, the fact that the leftist Soros-funded trolls at Think Progress actually think that the GOP budget (Paul Ryan's plan) resembles anything that capitalism advocate Ayn Rand would have supported or that they parrot a handful of communist "religious leaders" that disparage the plan?

For instance,
While religious conservatives and Republican political leaders gathered at the Faith and Freedom Conference in Washington this weekend, another group of religious leaders held a small gathering across the street to warn against the perils of the Republican Party’s fiscal priorities.

Four members affiliated with the religious group Faith In Public Life held a brief press conference during FFC’s afternoon intermission to denounce the GOP’s adherence to the philosophies of anti-government, anti-religion author Ayn Rand. The leaders — Rev. Jennifer Butler, Jim Wallis, Rev. Derrick Harkins, and Father Clete Kiley — asserted that the GOP efforts to cut funding from many anti-poverty programs while balancing the budget on the backs of the poorest Americans were not in line with Christian values.

If only it were so. I would canvas neighborhoods 24/7 if the GOP truly did present a Randian vision of government. This garbage is simply put out by Soros trolls to fire up Soros lemmings and scare gullible, feable-minded liberals into thinking that their socialist utopia is at stake if the mean, wascally Repubwicans (Barney Frank impersonation, in case you didn't know) have their way.

I guaran-damn-tee you that the so-called Faith in Public Life group is a communist leftist conglomeration of Chavez-lusting zealots.

Wanna bet? (Sam, Rightklik, Proof, Les, dig something up!)

Via Memeorandum.

UPDATE I (via RightKlik)

Tim is right. Jim Wallis, one of the aforementioned religious leaders denouncing the GOP's modest efforts to save future generations from crushing debt, has deep roots in Marxism, Communism, and radical anti-Americanism:
Wallis founded an anti-capitalist magazine called the Post-American which identified wealth redistribution and government-managed economies as the keys to achieving "social justice." He also railed against American foreign policy and joined the Students for a Democratic Society.

In 1971 Wallis and his Post-American colleagues changed the name of their publication to Sojourners, and in the mid-1970s they moved their base of operation from Chicago to Washington, D.C. Wallis has served as Sojourners’ editor ever since.

In parallel with his magazine's stridently antiwar position during the Seventies, Wallis championed the cause of communism. Forgiving its brutal standard-bearers in Vietnam and Cambodia the most abominable of atrocities, Wallis was unsparing in his execration of American military efforts. Demanding greater levels of "social justice" in the U.S., he was silent on the subject of the murderous rampages of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge. Very much to the contrary, several Sojourners editorials attempted to exculpate the Khmer Rouge of the charges of genocide, instead shifting blame squarely onto the United States.

Giving voice to Sojourners' intense anti-Americanism, Jim Wallis called the U.S. "… the great power, the great seducer, the great captor and destroyer of human life, the great master of humanity and history in its totalitarian claims and designs.”
Jim Wallis has been a reliable enemy of the tea party, and his group was behind the “What Would Jesus Cut” ad campaign. More here. And don't miss this from The Other McCain.

Addendum: Jim Wallis reluctantly admits to accepting large donations from radical left-wing billionaire George Soros (from Soros' Open Society Institute (OSI) to Wallis' organization, Sojourners). Wallis minimizes the importance of Soros' donations, but the numbers speak for themselves:
Wallis said that Sojourners applied for and received three grants totaling $275,000 from OSI between 2004 and 2007. After consulting with a staff member on the specific dates, Wallis said Sojourners received $200,000 in 2004 that was spent on "broad civic engagement." In 2006, OSI gave Sojourners a branding grant of $25,000 that Wallis said was used to merge the organization Call to Renewal with Sojourners. In 2007, Sojourners received a $100,000 grant for immigration reform, half of which went to another local organization in Los Angeles, he said.

"I have no apologies for taking a donation on immigration reform from Open Society. We'd do it again."

UPDATE II (via RightKlik): Rev. Jennifer Butler sees clash between christianity and capitalism...
The Rev. Jennifer Butler, executive director of the Washington-based group Faith in Public Life, said the fact that religious values seem to trump political or class differences can help groups like hers advocate for the poor.

And in ongoing debates in Washington over the budget and cuts to domestic spending, that means "making the wealthiest Americans and corporations pay their fair share in taxes" she said.

"People of faith have a unique ability to show political leaders that the economy is a moral issue," she said. "Even some members of Congress are beginning to echo our argument that protecting the most vulnerable as we get out of debt is a moral duty."
Butler clearly echoes Jim Wallis in suggesting that statism is "God's politics."

UPDATE III (via RightKlik):

Fred Rotondaro is among Faith in Public Life's board members. Fred Rotondaro is also a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress (CAP). CAP has received millions of dollars in contributions from radical left-wing Billionaire, George Soros.

UPDATE IV (via RightKlik):

If you're looking for a left-wing pastor who is radical enough to fill a void left by Jeremiah Wright, Faith in Public Life's Rev. Derrick Harkins is apparently the best man for the job:
Barack Obama and his family attended services yesterday at one of the oldest historically black churches in Washington, thrilling a congregation that honored the president-elect...

Nineteenth Street Baptist Church, a Northwest Washington institution with a storied history dating back more than 200 years, was filled with hundreds of people who eagerly welcomed the Obamas for a service filled with spirit, song and Scripture. The visit was to be a surprise, but the presence of the Secret Service gave it away, as did the urgings last week of the pastor, who told the congregation to arrive early for a "special" day.

The Rev. Derrick Harkins focused his sermon on how God prepares people to do incredible things in challenging times. "Mr. President-elect . . . perhaps, perhaps, just perhaps you are where you are for such a time as this," he said.

UPDATE V (via RightKlik):

Meet Faith in Public Life's Father Clete Kiley, the "new labor priest," the "spiritual leader" of the labor movement:

"Oh noes! The Koch brothers are on the loose!"

Hackneyed hard-left rants cloaked in Biblical rhetoric.

UPDATE VI (via RightKlik):

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UPDATE VII (via RightKlik):

Tom Chabolla is another board member at Faith in Public Life who has a complicated web of connections to George Soros' radical leftist groups:
The SEIU representative on the CACG [Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good] board is Tom Chabolla, who serves as assistant to SEIU President Andy Stern. Before joining SEIU, he was associate director of programs for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), the agency of the Bishops that funded ACORN to the tune of $7.3 million over the last decade. Funding of ACORN-but not of groups like Gamaliel-has been suspended by the Bishops.
Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good has been criticized for taking money from George Soros' Open Society Institute.

UPDATE VIII (via RightKlik):

This is a very incestuous group of left-wingers and radical organizations. Rabbi Steve Gutow, yet another board member at Faith in Public Life, frequently brushes shoulders with Jim Wallis, and other CAP cronies. He has ties [more here, here, and here] with the radical Islamic Society of North America [background information].

UPDATE IX (via RightKlik):

Faith in Public Life board member Rev. Timothy C. Ahrens also has a cozy relationship with Soros' friends at the Center for American Progress.

UPDATE X (via RightKlik):

FPL board member Rev. Meg Riley provides some history:
Following the 2004 elections, I gathered with other people of faith at the invitation of John Podesta from Center for American Progress, to reflect about what we might do. I emerged from that meeting as the leader of a group empowered to start another nonprofit, which has become Faith in Public Life (FPL).

UPDATE XI (via RightKlik):

The Washington Post connects the dots for us very nicely (May 20, 2006):
Organizations and Web sites that meld religion and liberal politics have mushroomed since the 2004 elections, said Clinton White House chief of staff John D. Podesta. The think tank he heads, the Center for American Progress, has helped form alliances between some of these new groups -- such as Faith in Public Life, the Catholic Alliance for the Common Good and -- and long-standing organizations, such as the National Council of Churches.
One big happy family of radical leftists! [emphasis and link added]

As Neal Boortz might ask, "How many dots do you have to connect before the image starts to look like a hammer and sickle?"


  1. I'll start digging!

    For now, here's a little Bible verse for socialist Democrats who pretend to care what Christianity actually has to say about giving:

    "Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver."

    2 Corinthians 9:7

  2. OH! Jim Wallis is involved in this! He calls himself an "ex" Marxist. The Marxist part I can believe. The ex part, not so much

  3. Here's a start. I'll provide updates:

  4. Great updates, RK - not surprised at all by what you found here. LOL to read that this turd (Wallis) is an "ex-Marxist". How predictable is that?

    I had to jet right after I wrote this post but I figured would be a great starting point...great minds think alike :)

  5. BTW: It's the "under compulsion" part of 2 Corinthians 9:7 that the far left just can't grasp - clearly does not fit into the wealth redistribution mantra.

  6. More updates to follow.

    Very few things are as irritating as left-wingers who try to use government to impose their weird religious ideas on the rest of us.

  7. Indeed, that fits into the religious cultism of enviro-fascism, too.

  8. Unreal too that you found Soros money in this group. Unbelievable!

  9. The complete lack of rational thinking by Think Progress et all is, to say the least, astounding...

    On second thought not really so astounding. How can one think rationally lacking an objective philosophy?

    A mute question? In this day and age I believe it may very well be.

  10. Thanks for this. I will post on it to my moderated list-serv on Rand's philosophy, (shameless plug).


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