Sojourners Spin

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey

Jim Wallis has admitted that Sojourners has received funding in the past from liberal billionaire George Soros’ Open Society Institute.

Last month, Marvin Olasky asked Wallis to admit his affiliations on the left when [he] reported on the money from Soros in World magazine.

The thing I find amusing and disappointing at the same time is the response of Jim Wallis to getting caught with his hand in the Soros cookie jar. Instead of ‘fessing up and apologizing for calling Olasky a liar, Rev. Wallis shows what a small man he apparently has become. Implausibly, he claims he didn’t remember three massive donations from the leftist activist, saying that he merely “answered in the spirit of the accusation and did not recall the details of our funding over the decade in question.”

That’s rich. In other words, the problem isn’t Wallis’s evident prevarication or incompetence (take your pick). Instead it is “the spirit of the accusation” (fully borne out by the facts) by Olasky. Ah, yes, those “malicious facts” keep getting in the way of the Sojourners spin.

This sorry episode should be no surprise to anyone who has been paying attention. See my old CT column, which pointed to the politicization of Christian leftwingers like Wallis, “When Red Is Blue.”

HT: Christine for the nice phrase, “malicious facts.”

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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