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How secular donors move church agenda
January 11, 2007 | Eric Pfeiffer

Posted on 01/11/2007 12:10:15 PM PST by ckilmer

The Washington Times www.washingtontimes.com How secular donors move church agenda By Eric Pfeiffer THE WASHINGTON TIMES Published January 11, 2007

The National Council of Churches is becoming financially beholden to secular groups with liberal political leanings, according to a report by a religious watchdog organization.

The Institute on Religion and Democracy, a group formed by members of the NCC, says the group accepted the majority of its charitable donations last year from nonreligious organizations and has been pursuing an agenda that does not mesh with the majority of its church members, including support for abortion and homosexual "marriage."

"We found numerous common themes among the dozens of nonchurch entities from which the church council has recently sought or received funding," said John Lomperis, a research associate with IRD who co-wrote the group's report on the NCC.

"These groups have very little demonstrated interest in religion beyond recruiting faith communities to support their favored social and political causes."

Politically affiliated groups who donated to the NCC between 2004 and 2005 include the Sierra Club; the Ford Foundation, which advocated for "reproductive rights"; the United Nations Foundation, which is funded by billionaire media mogul and philanthropist Ted Turner; and the Connect US Network, which has ties to George Soros' Open Society Institute, Mr. Lomperis said.

Mr. Lomperis says the NCC also applied for a $100,000 grant from MoveOn.org, a liberal political-advocacy group that worked to defeat President Bush in the 2004 election, but has not yet received any grant money from the organization.

IRD Vice President Alan F.H. Wisdom says the problem lies not with the NCC accepting such money, but that the groups who are donating it do not reflect the views of the member churches.

"The religious left simply does not have 45 million people in the pews on any given Sunday," he said. "We're very clear that it's not wrong for Christian groups to accept money from foundations and non-Christian organizations."

The NCC was formed in 1950 with its stated goal being to serve as a bridge between Christian faiths and communities. The group claims to represent 45 million American believers through its member churches, which includes 35 Protestant, Anglican, Orthodox, black and historic Christian denominations.

NCC staff member Lindsey Thune showed up at the IRD press conference yesterday to contest some of the group's claims and to question their own fundraising records.

"Not all of us on staff support abortion or gay marriage," Miss Thune said.

Mr. Wisdom acknowledged that the IRD receives about 40 percent of its funding from private foundations, including some that are considered conservative, including the Adolph Coors Foundation and the John M. Olin Foundation.

The IRD says it is less concerned with where the financial support for the NCC is coming from than in how it is influencing the organization's political agenda.

"The considerable financial support now running into the coffers of the NCC from such organizations ... is not being given merely as a form of charity," said the Rev. John M. Reeves, an Orthodox priest.


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: church; funding; ncc; nonprofits
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1 posted on 01/11/2007 12:10:19 PM PST by ckilmer
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To: ckilmer

Money and politics corrupt religion. Religion should stay as far as is possible from both.


2 posted on 01/11/2007 12:11:49 PM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: antiRepublicrat

Yes!


3 posted on 01/11/2007 12:13:19 PM PST by Szent_Adam_Kiraly (a man a plan a canal panama)
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To: ckilmer
The National Council of Churches is becoming financially beholden to secular groups with liberal political leanings
LOL!!! Ya think? (/good natured sarcasm)
4 posted on 01/11/2007 12:17:24 PM PST by GrandEagle
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To: GrandEagle

Precisely my reaction.


5 posted on 01/11/2007 12:20:23 PM PST by ECM (Government is a make-work program for lawyers.)
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To: ckilmer
"These groups have very little demonstrated interest in religion beyond recruiting faith communities to support their favored social and political causes."

Gee who would have thunk? Kind of like the new Baptist Church Clinton and Carter are helping start. It is more a southern strategy for Democratic votes than it is a church for seeking Christ.

6 posted on 01/11/2007 12:22:12 PM PST by Always Right
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IRD Vice President Alan F.H. Wisdom says the problem lies not with the NCC accepting such money.....

It's not the prostitute taking the money that is wrong....

7 posted on 01/11/2007 12:32:58 PM PST by San Jacinto
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To: ckilmer
The National Council of Churches is becoming financially beholden to secular groups with liberal political leanings, according to a report by a religious watchdog organization.

The National Council of Churches IS a secular group with liberal political leanings.

8 posted on 01/11/2007 12:36:42 PM PST by pgkdan
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To: ckilmer
Mr. Lomperis says the NCC also applied for a $100,000 grant from MoveOn.org,

Any questions about The NCC?

9 posted on 01/11/2007 12:38:22 PM PST by pgkdan
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To: ckilmer
If Fidel Castro, Gloria Steinem, any PLO fanatic, and Barney Frank took over the NCC, how would anyone ever know? This organization is an anti-American, anti-freedom, and anti-Christian cesspool.
10 posted on 01/11/2007 1:26:30 PM PST by all the best
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To: ckilmer

Religion--United Nations style.


11 posted on 01/12/2007 3:45:52 AM PST by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14")
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To: GrandEagle
One needs to check the reasons for the NCC to come into existence in the first place. Here's one link to the ties between the NCC and Communism.

http://reformed-theology.org/html/issue07/apostasy.htm

Here's the list of the "churches" belonging to the NCC.

• African Methodist Episcopal Church

• The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church

• Alliance of Baptists

• American Baptist Churches in the USA

• The Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America

• Diocese of the Armenian Church of America

• Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

• Christian Methodist Episcopal Church

• Church of the Brethren

• The Coptic Orthodox Church in North America

• The Episcopal Church

• Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

• Friends United Meeting

• Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

• Hungarian Reformed Church in America

• International Council of Community Churches

• Korean Presbyterian Church in America

• Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church

• Mar Thoma Church

• Moravian Church in America Northern Province and Southern Province

• National Baptist Convention of America

• National Baptist Convention, U.S.A., Inc.

• National Missionary Baptist Convention of America

• Orthodox Church in America

• Patriarchal Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in the USA

• Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends

• Polish National Catholic Church of America

• Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

• Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc.

• Reformed Church in America

• Serbian Orthodox Church in the U.S.A. and Canada

• The Swedenborgian Church

• Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch

• Ukrainian Orthodox Church of America

• United Church of Christ

• The United Methodist Church

12 posted on 01/12/2007 4:00:29 AM PST by Conservativegreatgrandma
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