At the 2017 L.A. Religious Education Congress, Church Militant's Michael Voris confronted one of the main speakers, Jim Wallis, founder of the non-profit Sojourners, over a past falsehood on the group's finances. In response, Wallis offered yet another falsehood.
In spite of the fact that Sojourners has accepted at least $325,000 from Open Society Foundations, the organization of atheist billionaire George Soros — who's funded pro-abortion, pro-LGBT movements across the globe to the tune of billions of dollars — Wallis told a reporter that his group had never received money from him.
"No, we don't receive money from Soros," Wallis insisted in 2010. "Given the financial crisis of nonprofits, maybe Marvin [Olaskey, the reporter who exposed the funding] should call Soros and ask him to send us money."
"So, no, we don't receive money from George Soros," he repeated. "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."
"So tell Marvin he should check his facts, and not imitate Glenn Beck," he concluded, accusing Olaskey of "lying for a living."
Wallis, however, was the one who needed to check his facts. Of the more than $2 million his group received from 2003–2009 (none of them discernibly Christian organizations, for the alleged non-partisan, Christian work of Sojourners), at least $325,000 of it was from Soros — what Wallis later admitted to, but insisted was just "the tiniest fraction" of their money.
"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," Wallis claimed in his 2010 retraction, "so small that I hadn't remembered them."
That wasn't the same argument he made Saturday at the Anaheim Convention Center, however, after Michael Voris confronted him on how he reconciles biblical principles — which Wallis claims to espouse — with his public falsehood, as well as with his willing acceptance of Soros' blood money.
"That's a very classic sort of rightwing attack on me and Sojourners," Wallis began.
"Please address the question, Jim; don't attack me," Voris said, forced to raise his voice because his microphone had been cut off. "Address the question."
Wallis went on to claim his denial of Soros money was based on the way the reporter, Timothy Dalrymple, had phrased the question, claiming that Dalrymple had asked whether "George Soros is your principal funder."
"I said, none of that's true," Wallis explained to Voris of his 2010 encounter.
But Wallis mischaracterizes the 2010 question, which is easily found online. Nowhere did Dalrymple ask whether Soros was Sojourner's "principal funder," nor did he even suggest it. He simply asked whether "Sojourners receives funding from people like George Soros." From the original interview:
The second part of Olasky's critique was his suggestion that Sojourners receives funding from people like George Soros. The implication is that Sojourners received money from a Leftist atheist to deliver the vote for the Democrats. Is Sojourners open about its books? Is there anything wrong with making common cause with the George Soroses of the world?
It was in response to this question that Wallis accused Olasky of lying, denying that Sojourners had ever received a cent from Soros — a falsehood he later had to retract.
Based on his track record, Wallis seems to have difficulty keeping his facts straight, while being quick to accuse those who question him of bad motives.
In fact, Soros' outfit isn't the only leftist organizationfrom from which Sojourners has benefited. Jay Richards, writing for National Review, did some digging and found that:
Besides the Soros grants, for instance, there are two 2006 grants from the infamous Tides Foundation totaling $72,106; a Ford Foundation grant in 2008 for $100,000; a Rockefeller Brothers Fund grant for $100,000 in 2005; and a $50,000 grant from the Wallace Global Fund in 2008. The Wallace Global Fund also supports ACORN and a cornucopia of population-control groups.
Wallis, an Evangelical, has written much on the issue of race, saying at the LA REC, "All lives won't matter until Black lives matter." And the day after President Trump won the election, Wallis lamented, "This was a white election. It was a race election."
"Donald Trump defied the conventional wisdom and believed he could win by mobilizing the white vote and turning out angry white voters in greater numbers than others believed was possible," he continued, "and finally winning in an overwhelmingly white vote. And he did."
Wallis is married to Joy Carroll, among the first women ordained in the Church of England.