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Yesterday, I summarised an essay from Robert Chandler, an introduction to his 2009 book, Shadow World.  The post discussed the effect of Antonio Gramsci’s political theory on the Catholic Church.   

Today, borrowing again from pages 10 – 14 of the essay — ‘How Marxism Has Infiltrated the Catholic Church’ — I shall summarise non-Catholic institutions this retired United States Air Force Colonel and Government strategist has found as being infiltrated by Gramscian thought.    

By way of explanation, Chandler writes:   

The U.S. is being exploited from deep in the political shadows by a large, integrated number of far Left activist centers that are “progressive” on their face but solidly socialist and Marxist on the inside. “Communism” did not die in the early 1990s. Rather, Marxism-Leninism and the Cold War in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe expired and changed names and labels.   

Communism lives in the shadows of today’s world, while the Marxism of Antonio Gramsci wields a sword of “change” in the Western world.   

Gramsci advised Marxists worldwide to work within the political, religious and social structures of their nations, keeping a low profile.  Never must anyone suspect what is actually happening.  Everything must become a political issue, from poverty to sexism to racism.  This is what has been happening over a period of 70 years, although it hadn’t really become fully apparent until 40 years ago.  The next part of this series addresses the Frankfurt School, which along with Gramsci, has transformed the West in so many ways.   

For now, here are more examples of Gramsci’s philosophy and master plan taking root in America:   

Family: The reason so much sex-ed is forced on children is to break the bonds between parent and child at home.  Children must learn that abortion, same-sex relations and premarital sex are ‘healthy’ and ‘good’.  This is often why such programmes are mandatory, regardless of parents’ objections.     

Education: The ex-radical and now ‘respected’ educational expert (!) Bill Ayers says that education is a tool for ‘revolutions small and large’.  He has also said that ‘capitalism promotes racism and militarism’.  Incoming Columbia University undergo diversity training to rid themselves of any beliefs that ‘foster inequality’.  Similar programmes take place at Bryn Mawr, the University of Nebraska and Syracuse University. 

Religious organisations: The leftist Sojourners applaud President Obama’s support of liberation theology in the United Church of Christ.  The link will take you to my post on their perspective.   

Think tanks: The Institute for Policy Studies appears often in serious news analyses.  Did you know it has links with Communist Cuba?  It also is part of a vast Marxist network of similar organisations.  The Institute for America’s Future is funded by George Soros’s Open Society Institute.  A former director of the Institute for Policy Studies and renowned ‘progressive’, Robert Borosage, is at the helm.     

Global foundations: The wonderful-sounding Millenium Promise is a George Soros-funded organisation working with the UN and the US.  It works closely with Soros’s Open Society Institute.  There’s also the Arcus Foundation.    

Charitable foundations and churches: Chandler mentions the Tides Foundation in his essay as well as the American Friends Service Committee.  From my own reading, I’ve drawn up a chart connecting various charities, community organisations and churches with leftist activity.  Well-known foundations — Ford, Rockefeller, Mellon — fund cutting-edge social initiatives revolving around racial, ethnic or gender-specific issues.   

Unions and professional organisations: Chandler mentions well-known unions such as the AFL-CIO and SEIU (the purple t-shirt folks) as well as the National Lawyers Guild and the National Education Association.    

Politically-affiliated organisations: Chandler mentions links with the Democratic Party through the Center for American Progress, Democracy Alliance, Media Matters and another Soros group, MoveOn.org.   

Chandler writes:   

All told, there are hundreds of progressive-socialist-Marxist groups openly waging a subversive Gramsci culture war against America’s way of life in order to create a socialist-secular United States.   

He includes a quote from the late Otto Kuusinen, a senior official with the Soviet Union’s Communist International in the 1920s.  Kuusinen outlined this networking strategy:    

We must create a whole solar system of organizations and smaller committees around the Communist Party, so to speak, smaller organizations working under the influence of the Party (not mechanical leadership).   

Please, let’s wake up to the reality of what’s happening in the West.  

For further reading, see:

‘Why there is a culture war’

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Progressives and US Churches

Above is a set of progressive connections with American churches.  Blue boxes denote recipients of secular funding.  Green boxes signify active donors.  Pink boxes signify progressive recipients and related connections. 

Part of the reason for my putting this together is to help you understand that Christianity in the US does have progressive connections which may be leading your church down a secular, relativist route.  It’s also to help give Catholics reasons for boycotting the Campaign for Human Development collection later in November. 

Documented sources for the chart:

Archdiocese of Chicago

Campaign for Human Development (CHD)

Saul Alinsky

Arcus Foundation

ACORN and Tides Foundation: The American Spectator, Michelle Malkin

Faith in Public Life

Sojourners and Brian McLaren

This is by no means an exhaustive chart, but it gives you an idea of where some of your donations go and where your church or related institutions may get some of their money.

When and where will it all end?  Yesterday, we looked at Faith in Public Life.  Today, we examine another leftist group calling itself Christian, the Sojourners.

And, yes, some Sojourners might be Christians, but what type?  In name only or misguided?

It’s useful to know what Sojourners is about, because they promote a progressive Christian viewpoint on various issues, including all today’s favourites — healthcare, abortion, poverty, social justice.

Sojourners started in 1971 at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Ilinois, in response to the Vietnam War.  They set up a publication called The Post-American, which explored the relationship between faith and political issues of the day.  Four years later, the group moved to an inner-city neighbourhood in Washington, DC, to live and work in community.  The group and their magazine took the same name Sojourners.  As one of their website pages explains:

The biblical metaphor ‘sojourners’ identifies God’s people as pilgrims—fully present in the world but committed to a different order … The community also gave birth to a variety of ministries, including the Sojourners Neighborhood Center, which from the early ’80s through 2001 ran after-school and summer programs for local children

In 1995, they instituted a ‘Call for Renewal’, a programme which brought together the largest number of Christian organisations together in the fight against poverty.  The organisation evolved through the years to the point where it is today, working in partnership with other faith-based organisations:

Sojourners are Christians who follow Jesus, but who also sojourn with others in different faith traditions and all those who are on a spiritual journey. We are evangelicals, Catholics, Pentecostals and Protestants; progressives and conservatives; blacks, whites, Latinos, and Asians; women and men; young and old. We reach into traditional churches but also out to those who can’t fit into them. Together we seek to discover the intersection of faith, politics, and culture

Jim Wallis is an Evangelical minister who was instrumental in founding the Sojourners.  He is also a good friend of President Obama, according to the New York Times.  Journalist Stephanie Block has researched Sojourners and recently wrote an editorial for Spero News entitled ‘Hubris before a fall: ending poverty as we know it’.  She explains (emphasis mine): 

… [In the 1980s] it shifted its focus to the political unrest of Central America, co-creating the Witness for Peace Tours to generate pro-Sandinista (Marxist) support in the United States. Delegates were taken to Nicaragua and treated to staged ‘pep rallies’, supposedly demonstrating popular enthusiasm for the Sandinistas. Meanwhile, the magazine wrote glowing articles about liberation theology’s inroads into the spiritual life of Latin Americans, portraying the US military and US Latin American foreign policy as ‘anti-Christ’, and claiming that US economic assistance went exclusively to countries that repress and torture their citizens … By contrast, one researcher observed that, as of 1983, Sojourners had not criticized one Marxist country for human rights violations.

Today, Block says that Sojourners, Faith in Public Life (with which Wallis has had some connection) and their partners:

helped to get Obama elected by crafting the media message that even if a religiously-minded citizen disagreed with a given candidate on this or that social issue (specifically abortion or homosexual ‘rights’), one had to take into account global warming, foreign policy, and the economy – which Wallis plainly felt trumped the rest.

Clearly, some issues count more than others.  Currently:

To the victor belongs the spoils – which in this case has awarded Wallis a very influential position on President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. From that position, for instance, Rev. Wallis has presented the ‘moral case’ … for the Employee Free Choice Act.

He has dined with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. One of the President’s Council for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships is a commitment to these UN goals.

Hmm.  The Employee Free Choice Act seems to be anything but.  It could open the door to union thuggery not only on employers but also on employees who do not wish to join a union.  And how do UN programmes gel with neighbourhood partnerships?  It’s all socialist and globalist.  How good can that be?  And who’s financing all this?  Is some of your church money being channelled — without your knowledge — to support these ’causes’?

Let’s look at some of their positions:

  • Abortion: ‘dramatically reduce the abortion rate’  (Agreed, but do they support the administration’s views on abortion and eugenics??)
  • Capital Punishment: ‘We should not take life to punish wrongful death.’ 
  • Family Values: ‘Strengthening families must become a personal and national priority without scapegoating gays and lesbians for the breakdown of the family.’
  • Gay marriage and same-sex relationships: ‘Pass anti-hate-crime legislation that prosecutes attacks on gays and lesbians’
  • Immigration: ‘Border enforcement and protection initiatives that are consistent with humanitarian values while allowing the authorities to enforce the law and implement American immigration policy.’

You can see the plausibility of the statements.  Who would disagree, right?  But, what lies underneath?

In closing, have a look at ‘A Christian Creed on Health-care Reform’, excerpts of which follow.  I’ve highlighted Alinskyite words and phrases below:

… Sign ‘A Christian Creed on Health-Care Reform’ and a copy of it will be sent to your members of Congress. In addition, after you sign you will be given a link to Sojourners’ free discussion guide about health-care reform, to help guide discussions in your congregation or small group.

‘As one of God’s children, I believe that protecting the health of each human being is a profoundly important personal and communal responsibility for people of faith.

‘I believe God created each person in the divine image to be spiritually and physically healthy. I feel the pain of sickness and disease in our broken world (Genesis 1:27, Romans 8:22)…

‘I believe, as taught by the Hebrew prophets and Jesus, that the measure of a society is seen in how it treats the most vulnerable. The current discussion about health-care reform is important for the United States to move toward a more just system of providing care to all people (Isaiah 1:16-17, Jeremiah 7:5-7, Matthew 25:31-45).

‘I believe that all people have a moral obligation to tell the truth. To serve the common good of our entire nation, all parties debating reform should tell the truth and refrain from distorting facts or using fear-based messaging (Leviticus 19:11; Ephesians 4:14-15, 25; Proverbs 6:16-19).

‘I believe that Christians should seek to bring health and well-being (shalom) to the society into which God has placed us, for a healthy society benefits all members (Jeremiah 29:7) …’

Yes, and just who will be paying for all this healthcare?  How long will it be before the percentage of tax-paying Americans drops below 50%?  Some say it could be in five to 10 years’ time.

These are highly radical perspectives meant to impoverish every American.  Wolves in sheep’s clothing

Is your church participating in Sojourners?  Find out by clicking here.

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