Southern Baptists are not entirely aware that their lobbying arm, the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, is in full cooperation with a George Soros funded organization that seeks to deconstruct America’s sovereignty and dismantle our sovereign borders. The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), which is an entity of the largest Protestant denomination in the United States and is directed by the former Democratic staffer, Russell Moore, leads the Evangelical Immigration Table (EIT). As most liberty-conscious Americans already understand, there is perhaps no greater bulwark and defense for personal liberties like freedom of religion, freedom of the press, and freedom of assembly than that of a robust and sovereign nation-state. The EIT, in seeking to repeal immigration law for the purpose of unabashed globalism, is an opponent of the very liberties that the ERLC is commissioned by the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) to promote.
Although some consider the notion of the SBC inadvertently – through the ERLC – helping to chip away at American national sovereignty to be in the realm of conspiracy theory, there is no shortage of evidence that this is precisely what is happening. The press, however, and especially religious media and the Baptist Press (the SBC press outlet), is ignoring the real and present danger of the denomination being infiltrated by corrupt globalist cash for nefarious political purposes.
The Evangelical Immigration Table is a coalition of ostensibly evangelical parachurch organizations that seek to influence – if not completely dismantle – America’s longstanding immigration policies.
Since the Naturalization Act of 1790, American law has mandated exactly how immigrants from other nations may enter, find residency, and ultimately obtain citizenship in the United States. While recognizing the contributions of immigrants to our nation’s founding and onward development, the foundation of law has undergirded exactly how and when someone can become an “American.” Later in 1819, Congress enacted the first law dealing specifically with immigration, laying out a process to obtain legal citizenship and with it, the rights of citizenship. The second half of the 19th Century included numerous laws specifying how citizenship could be obtained, with the first law specifying how aliens could be deported in 1888. At the turn of the 20th Century, laws like the Consolidation Act provided for immigrants to be excluded from applying for citizenship if their culture or lifestyles were contrary to American values, like those who practiced polygamy or were political extremists opposing American legal tradition. Other laws restricting applications for Citizenship from those who could not speak English, who were illiterate, who were grossly immoral or who suffered from lunacy were added in 1906, 1907 and 1917 respectively. Beginning in 1921, the United States placed numerical limits on those who are allowed immigration status, focusing on prioritizing immigrants most likely to assimilate well, laborers to help with worker shortages, and others restricting communists from citizenship or immigration. The Refugee Act of 1953 was passed to allow refugees from Communist or other kinds of oppressive nations to enter. Immigration laws of the 1970s and 1980s were primarily limited to tweaking hemispheric immigration quotas and determining how many refugees could be accepted into the United States and from what regions. The first law that would begin to provide amnesty for those who had ignored previous immigration laws came with the Immigration Reform and Control Act in 1986, which legalized certain immigrants who came to the United States illegally. The next major change came in 2002 when because of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, all immigration enforcement came under the purview of the new Department of Homeland Security. Other common sense measures to secure American borders soon followed with the Real ID Act in 2005 (mandating federal standards for identification documents) and the Secure Fence Act of 2006 (authorizing the construction of a border wall). This short history of American immigration law is provided to demonstrate that the American people have shown a mediated concern for the rule of law and national sovereignty, while yet demonstrating compassion to the unwashed foreign masses. American immigration law does not have a history of draconian callousness, but compassionate firmness.
For most of American history, its Protestant and evangelical churches have promoted the rule of law, while finding legal and helpful ways to be kind to the alien and sojourner. Furthermore, realizing that the United States could not take care of its Citizens (a responsibility that was given to the civil government by God) and dismantle immigration restrictions altogether, the American church has typically been valiant in finding ways to bring charitable aid and relief to the war-torn, famine-ridden and pestilence-plagued Third World. Today’s American evangelical climate is notably different, however, and yet not many have taken note of the vast evolution of rhetoric coming from religious denominations and parachurch ministries that are seeking to shape church-goers’ views on immigration, national sovereignty, and globalism. The Evangelical Immigration Table (EIT) is a large reason for that shift of tone on immigration.
The EIT seems to many like an innocuous, grass-roots movement of Christ-like kindness that is stirring up American Christians to love and good works. In reality, the EIT is the front organization of a corrupt globalist billionaire who is known primarily for throwing unseemly amounts of cash at shell corporations to affect leftist-oriented political change.
The website for the EIT says that it is “led by a broad coalition of evangelical organizations and leaders,” and lists among its leaders the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) of the Southern Baptist Convention. Russell Moore, the president of the ERLC, has been fundamental in severing all denominational ties that it has historically enjoyed with conservative Republican leaders who are most likely to affirm the Sanctity of Life, traditional marriage, and wholesome Christian values. Having turned the ERLC into what was effectively a Political Action Committee for the soft-on-illegal-immigration “Gang of 8” ringleader, Marco Rubio, in the Republican Primary (Moore joined Rubio in writing op-eds, which is universally taken as a sign of endorsement, and many of the ERLC research fellows served on Rubio’s faith advisory committee), the ERLC president attacked Donald Trump so repeatedly that Trump tweeted out that Moore was “a very nasty guy” with “no heart.” While claiming to have already lost the so-called “culture wars” and advocating “The Benedict Option” (the popular notion by Rod Dreher, as promoted in his book by that title, that Christians should not engage in politics), Moore promised a less political ERLC. In reality, Moore has only changed political teams.
The origins for the EIT are clear and undisputed. It was created and is funded by its parent organization, the National Immigration Forum (NIF). The NIF has received millions of dollars from its primary benefactor, George Soros. Far from a grass-roots organization, it is a propaganda arm of one of the world’s most prominent globalists. For George Soros, as with any globalist, the goal is to dismantle every nation’s sovereignty and ultimately to place influence and power into the hands of elitist international governing bodies around the world. And this may come as a shock (but probably not), covert takeovers of national sovereignty have never led to an abundance of civil liberties, the type, and kind of which organizations like the ERLC are supposedly interested in protecting.
It’s not as though the ERLC’s Russell Moore doesn’t know that his organization is helping to lead a Soros front group. Notable religious commentator, Eric Metaxas, publicly resigned from his position on the EIT when he discovered the Soros connections, saying on Twitter that he had asked to remove his name from an EIT petition on account of the uncovered partnership. Since then, press outlets, like Breitbart and others, have thoroughly documented the relationship. Evangelicals are forced to determine whether George Soros has had a radical born-again type of experience and is suddenly interested in fulfilling the work of Christ among the nations or if he has an alternative agenda. Any Christian with a modicum of common sense would assume the latter. Russell Moore apparently is convinced of the former.
Moore, who famously called Jesus an “illegal immigrant” for his infanthood flight to Egypt to escape Herod’s persecution (the “illegal” part is an absurdity), also called the concept of a border wall a “golden calf” on Twitter in January of 2016, likening border security to ancient Hebrew idolatry. In November of 2017, the ERLC tweeted out a link directly promoting a video by Christian Dreamers, another front organization of Soros, which is similarly operated by the National Immigration Forum.
This week, news agencies have uncovered Soros spending millions to stop the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. More than five million dollars was given to the group, Demand Justice, to scuttle Kavanaugh’s chances at surviving Senate confirmation hearings. Demand Justice – which is run by numerous President Obama and Secretary Hillary Clinton’s former staffers – is organized and funded by the Sixteen Thirty Fund, which in turn is funded with millions of dollars by the Open Society Policy Center, which is conjoined with Soros’ Open Society Foundation. The Open Society Foundation is Soros’ chief political operations vehicle. In what amounts to quasi-legal political money laundering, the cash leaves Soros, goes through a series of “cleaners,” and washes up at the doorstep of groups bent on promoting anti-Americanism.
Ironically, Russell Moore’s ERLC has promoted Trump’s nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. In spite of a record that is somewhat suspect or uncertain on abortion, Moore has been clear that Kavanaugh has the support of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. In fact, Moore’s abundant support for Kavanaugh has some commentators wondering if “Never Trumpers” like Moore can be won over by consistently good policy. One must question if Moore and other pro-Kavanaugh evangelicals who lead the Evangelical Immigration Table are aware that they are partnering with an enemy of the conservative cause, rather than with a friend. Perhaps the exchange of money makes that consideration go away entirely.
While evangelicals are enamored with the overly-simplistic notion of general kindness to the sojourner and are woefully inconsiderate of the principle’s proper application to immigration law, they are being subjected to a sinister ideological influence that is far more forward-thinking than they are discerning. While evangelical leaders are pining for momentary wins of public perception and are being carried to and fro on every wind of general consensus, leftist subversives like George Soros are serving as change agents in evangelical institutions. It’s high time that evangelicals follow the money trail and find out where it leads.