Deception & Misdirection

Faithful America’s Faithless Attacks on Amy Coney Barrett—Courtesy of George Soros


Faithful America is a product of the professional Left, funded by the biggest names in left-wing politics to do their bidding. But this atheist-backed organization has an odd message to Republican lawmakers: 18,600 Christians don’t support the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

That’s the number of signatories to a petition on Faithful America’s website. The petition was launched in the immediate lead-up to Senate hearings on Barrett’s qualifications for the nation’s highest court. Barrett “is the nominee the religious right has dreamed of for years,” the group scolds, “but her record should appall anyone who believes in loving their neighbor.”

Tough words for a group whose support comes entirely from the (largely) faithless Left.

Faithless Origins

Although a previous iteration of the group was formed in 2004, today’s Faithful America was incubated in 2013 by the Citizen Engagement Lab (CEL), an advocacy group that exists to fill out the professional Left with new activist organizations. “Engagement Consulting,” CEL’s primary tool for political engagement, provides liberal groups with fundraising, administration, digital, and strategy services—effectively a tax-exempt political consultancy—with support from names familiar to conservatives and Christians, including George Soros’s Open Society Foundations and the Ford Foundation, among others.

CEL has earned its accolades from the highest echelons of the shadowy Left: The Democracy Alliance is a vast network of ultraliberal donors and influencers who meet regularly to orchestrate money flows into key groups that work on voter registration and turnout, attack Republican lawmakers, produce “Progressive” policy, and work to skew the 2021 redistricting process to favor Democrats.

The Democracy Alliance doesn’t make grants. Instead, it strategizes on which groups its powerful members will fund themselves, publishing a list of recommended groups the cabal wants to support—CEL among them.

Faithful America owes its existence to the professional Left. As InfluenceWatch explains, Faithful America was meant to be a religious version of MoveOn.org, a major Soros-backed activist group infamous for producing petitions on every issue from the GOP’s supposed “war on women” to revoking the security clearance of Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law.

In a similar vein, Faithful America has circulated petitions framing socialized medicine as biblical and redefining global warming theory and gun control as scriptural mandates. It has even met with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to demand American reconciliation with the leading proponent of “death to America” imagery and state-sponsored terrorism.

Demonizing Christians

Far from representing serious Christians, Faithful America has used its sham religious iconography to demonize longstanding Evangelical organizations. It successfully petitioned MSNBC to bar interviews with Family Research Council president Tony Perkins, accusing him of having a “long history of extreme, hateful rhetoric against gays and lesbians.” Faithful America uses the Southern Poverty Law Center’s discredited “hate map” to accuse groups such as the Family Research Council of being “hate groups.”

Little wonder that the group has targeted Amy Coney Barrett, a serious Roman Catholic and widely considered a sterling judge, as a racist extremist:

Judge Barrett has criticized the chief justice for upholding the Affordable Care Act.

She has indicated that she will likely try to roll back LGBTQ rights, including marriage equality and employment nondiscrimination.

As a circuit court judge, she has voted to uphold Trump’s cruel attacks on immigrants.

Republicans are planning to portray Barrett as the consensus Christian choice and claim that any criticism of her is anti-Catholic — but everything about her record says she will attack our most central rights and values. Progressive and moderate Christians alike must speak out now against this latest election-year hijacking of our faith.

Funding

Faithful America spun off from CEL in 2018, so few of its donors are known. But we’ve traced grants from Warren Buffett’s Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation—perhaps the largest funder of abortion advocacy in history, if the $4 billion in anti-life grants I’ve traced are anything to go by—Open Society Foundations, the global warming Energy Foundation, the Arcus Foundation, the Gill Foundation, and the Knight Foundation. (The Arcus and Gill Foundations are among the largest funders of LGBT advocacy in America, including the campaign to legalize gay marriage.)

No one should be fooled by these wolves in sheep’s clothing. This is “Progressive” activism at its worst, a weak deception meant to pull the wool over America’s eyes.

Hayden Ludwig

Hayden Ludwig is an Investigative Researcher at Capital Research Center. He is a native of Orange County, California, and holds a Master’s of Public Policy from George Mason University.
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