[Reformation Charlotte] The Baptist Press is the Southern Baptist Convention’s propaganda outlet that typically reports on absolutely nothing newsworthy in the way of Southern Baptist life, culture, or doctrine. The outlet is primarily used to promote the circle of elites that micromanage the denomination and sway public opinion when the arrogance of those in charge becomes too much and ignoring criticism from Southern Baptists is no longer an option.
That’s exactly what the Baptist Press recently did. Publishing an article today — dubbed an “explainer” — the outlet sought to turn down the heat of public opinion from conservatives who are growing increasingly concerned with the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission head, Russell Moore’s ties to leftist billionaire, George Soros. The article, titled ERLC, George Soros and Evangelical Immigration Table, claims that there are no ties and that those blogs who perpetuate this are not being truthful.
Unfortunately for them, facts are facts.
Firstly, the article cites a Breitbart.com report — but doesn’t link the article so that people can see for themselves — stating that the article at Breitbart,
recently highlighted the Evangelical Immigration Table (EIT), an organization credited with persuading multiple governors to allow refugees to resettle in their states. The article also suggested the group has ties to the progressive billionaire George Soros.
The Breitbart article they didn’t link to can be seen at this link. The Baptist Press article also said that,
A number of blogs have circulated these rumors, charging the group and those affiliated with it as advancing an “open borders” mass immigration agenda. These claims have proved to be false.
Who do they cite to prove that these claims are false? Snopes. The liberal, progressive “fact-checking” site, Snopes that needs to be fact-checked itself. The Baptist Press writes,
The fact-checking website Snopes.com published a piece in December 2019 debunking this same Soros charge aimed at another evangelical organization. The article describes the Soros accusation as consisting of “convoluted connections,” claims the charges, “stretch and distort the existing facts,” are “factually insupportable,” and “simply false.”
Right, well. Here’s the truth. The Evangelical Immigration Table (EIT) is a front group for the National Immigration Forum (NIF). The EIT is not an entity that even legally exists in the corporate structure. It is nothing more than a group of leaders who, at the behest of the NIF, carry out the agenda of the NIF into Evangelical circles. It’s that simple.
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In 2013, Ali Noorani — the executive director of the National Immigration Forum and a man who Russell Moore works with regularly — stated that the NIF received about 10 percent of its funding from Soros’ Open Society Foundation. This was reported at TheBlaze. The Baptist Press article said that Soros’ funding only represented 2 percent. This is demonstrably false as all you need to do is dig through the 990 filings dating as far back as 2006 and even earlier to see that Soros’ Open Society Foundation has granted hundreds of thousands of dollars to the NIF over the years.
And it’s not just that the NIF is funded directly by the Open Society Foundation either. But the NIF is also supported by MALDEF (Latino Legal Voice for Civil Rights in America), the ACLU, the National Immigration Law Center, La-Raza, and the AFL-CIO which are all funded by George Soros. If you really want to dig into the facts of the National Immigration Forum’s funding and George Soros’ involvement, here’s an actual trustworthy fact-checking site that lays out the actual facts.
So, how does the NIF control the EIT? The EIT told Breitbart in an email that they selected the National Immigration Table to “facilitate its work.” The email reads,
The Evangelical Immigration Table functions as a coalition of partners and does not exist as its own non-profit.
The principal organizations that serve as the coalition’s leadership are listed on our website and include Bread for the World, the Christian Community Development Association, CLUE Orange County, Esperanza, the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, the National Association of Evangelicals, the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, the National Latino Evangelical Coalition, Sojourners, World Relief and World Vision.
The organizations that make up the leadership of the Table are predominantly 501(c)3’s but some have affiliated 501(c)4’s.
Funding for our work comes from a variety of sources including the organizations that make up the leadership of the Table as well as other individuals and institutions that believe in our message.
Early in the formation of the Table’s work, the leadership sought a neutral third-party institution, the National Immigration Forum, to help facilitate our work.
So, the email from the EIT told Breitbart that they do not exist as their own legal entity, the Southern Baptist Convention’s ERLC (Russell Moore) is a leader, and that the National Immigration Forum — which receives 10 percent of its funding according to their own executive director — is who facilitates the work of the EIT and that the NIF is “neutral.”
To make matters worse, Jim Wallis of the highly liberal Sojourners who is also a leader of the Evangelical Immigration Table admitted to receiving funding from Soros after initially denying it. In an article now deleted from Christianity Today but still available on archive.org, Wallis stated,
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.
Interestingly, it sounds a lot like what’s going on at the Baptist Press right now. While the Baptist Press is refusing to address the actual and factual allegations made against the entity head’s cooperation with an obviously George Soros-funded organization, the National Immigration Forum, through its front group with no actual legal status, the Evangelical Immigration Table, they are citing leftist propaganda websites that have no interest in actually fact-checking and reporting accurately, but only advancing a liberal agenda.
If you think that George Soros — a front man for Satan himself — isn’t using every possible avenue he can to corrupt and destroy the Church, even through historically conservative channels, you are beyond naive. Wake up Southern Baptists.
[Editor’s Note: This article was written by Jeff Maples and first posted at Reformation Charlotte, title change by P&P]