Wednesday, July 27, 2011

What do Wallis, Soros and U.S. Pastors have in Common?

by Ben Johnson

Barack Obama’s White House meeting with members of the Christian organization Circle of Protection on Wednesday has been portrayed as a moment of spiritual solace in the midst of polemical upheaval, or the president’s attempt to seek divine guidance on the stalled debt ceiling negotiation. The media describe the 12 attendees as selfless advocates for the poor and downtrodden. In reality, its organizers admit their goal is “to link our pulpits with the bully pulpit” and “produce the grassroots response” to preserve big government spending. The undertaking is consciously designed to see thousands of pastors repeat the president’s talking points in their churches and have their faithful “contact their congressmen.” Its proponents include George Soros grant recipients, a former left-wing congresswoman who has worked with the Nation of Islam, and a pastor accused of lying to a poor parishioner to get his hands on her last $7,000 before his church declared bankruptcy.

The Circle’s website offers a “summary” of national and international programs that the Christian Left wants to place off-limits to any budget cut. In addition to domestic programs like food stamps, Medicaid, Head Start, the school lunch program, Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), “Peacekeeping” (UN interventions abroad), “Sustainable International Development Programs” (to assure the global poor comply with environmentalist diktats), and “Global Health” (which often subsidizes abortion under the guise of “reproductive health”).

Everything about this conference suggests it is another example of political coordination between the Obama White House and a Soros-funded, pro-Obama Astroturf operation, from its off-the-record secrecy, to the presence of members of the Office of Public Engagement – including Valerie Jarrett and Obama’s “de facto little brother” Michael Strautmanis – to the Soros-funded pro-Obama Astroturf. Last summer, Congressman Darrell Issa revealed the administration has engaged in covert government propaganda that is “inappropriate and sometimes unlawful,” including secretly promoting its message through left-wing advocacy groups. Liberal activist Sally Kohn confirmed that the White House hosted weekly “Common Purpose” meetings with left-leaning organizations, in which “the White House dictated its agenda and appealed to the professional left for back-up.”

It appears this is the Christian equivalent. Left-wing hysterics spent the entire Bush administration shrieking about impending religious fascism and Dominionism. Now, they sit in silence as the Religious Left tells Congress to “Listen to Your Pastors” and offers to broadcast political propaganda from 4,000 pulpits. All those concerned about the dignity of the Gospel must question this brazen attempt to exploit Christian compassion for polemical ends.

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