A “faith” organization that gets money from “Open Society” founder and left-leaning 1 percenter George Soros says it doesn’t want chaplains to participate in a prayer meeting.
The organization called Faithful America has launched an online petition discouraging the official chaplains of the U.S. House and the Senate from praying at this weekend’s Presidential Inaugural Prayer Breakfast.
The online effort, which had gathered a little more than 100 signatures by Friday afternoon, said, “The hateful views of Pat Robertson, Joseph Farah, and Jonathan Cahn are deeply offensive to Christians across America. Please don’t spend Inauguration Day lending the prestige of your offices to their lies and conspiracy theories targeting President Obama.”
It is addressed to Rev. Patrick J. Conroy, chaplain, U.S. House of Representatives, and Barry C. Black, chaplain, U.S. Senate, who like hundreds – in fact thousands – of others from around Washington are invited to the events.
The petition explains to those who are invited to sign that, “The official chaplains of the U.S. House and Senate are supposed to be nonpartisan pastors who offer spiritual support and guidance to our nation’s elected leaders. But on Inauguration Day, they’re scheduled to speak at a right-wing event in Washington alongside some of the most hateful and racist figures on the Christian right.”
The page explains, “Pat Robertson describes President Obama as a ‘socialist’ with a Muslim ‘inclination.’ Joseph Farah runs WorldNetDaily (sic), a conspiracy-theory website that continues to claim was (sic) born in Kenya. Jonathan Cahn is a fringe ‘messianic rabbi’ who sees signs of the apocalypse in Obama’s speeches and writings.”
According to the online Discover the Networks, Faithful America gets funding from the leftist Soros, along with organizations with sometimes-extreme perspectives such as Amnesty International, the Brennan Center for Justice, Campaign for Better Health Care, which favors a universal government program, the pro-abortion Catholics for Choice, Center for Reproductive Rights, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, Democracy Alliance, Earthjustice, EMILY’s List, and others.
Faithful America is described as an organization that “promotes the redistribution of wealth, an end to enhanced interrogation procedures vis a vis prisoners-of-war, the enactment of policies to combat global warming, and the creation of a government-run health care system.”
The National Catholic Reporter reported the founders of Faithful America include Ricken Patel, Tom Perriello and Tom Pravda, and called it the “online political organizing effort” of the National Council of Churches.
It publicizes statements from itself telling, for example, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, how he should run his archdiocese.
It’s not the first time the Presidential Inaugural Prayer Breakfast has been embroiled in controversy. WND reported just days earlier that there was a humiliating headline, “Joseph Farah Pulled From Right-Wing Presidential Inaugural Prayer Breakfast.”
However, the report from the leftwing media “watchdog” has been repudiated by the event’s organizer, conservative pastor Rev. Merrie Turner, who purportedly was quoted in the Media Matters report.
Moreover, the event’s keynote speaker, Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, bestselling author of “The Harbinger,” says the group’s real aim was to “attack and humiliate Joseph Farah.”
A WND email to Media Matters did not generate a response for this story.
According to the Media Matters report, Turner, the organizer of the prayer breakfast, “criticized his [Farah's] work and said he had been incorrectly listed as a featured guest.”
“It’s surprising that Farah is considered too toxic to speak at the event – which his publication had promoted – considering the history of its organizer and other reported attendees,” Media Matters continued.
Media Matters quoted Turner as saying, “It is against my beliefs to be openly targeting someone like the president of our country, we have enough enemies outside the country.”
The Media Matters report, which said Turner was going to “remove” Farah from the list of official speakers, was subsequently cited in reports by other media outlets, including the Christian Post.
But then Turner released a statement utterly disavowing Media Matters’ account.
“Recently a story originating with the organization Media Matters stated that Joseph Farah of [WND] had been removed from the Presidential Inaugural Prayer Breakfast. This is false. The article also implied that Farah took it upon himself to invite himself as a distinguished [guest]. This, too, is false,” she wrote.
“The misinformation resulted from a number of factors: a confusion over the exact status of guests combined with the fluidity of the program, erroneous assumptions, miscommunication, a train of questioning by Media Matters as to whether we would allow anyone to use the event as a platform to attack the president, my desire to clarify that the event was not about anyone doing so, and what appears to be the aim of Media Matters to attack and humiliate Joseph Farah.”
She explained, “Joseph Farah was asked for his help regarding the event. He graciously gave it. He never invited himself to the event. Nor did he ever ask or expect anything in return. We affirm that the event is to pray for America at a critical time and juncture, for the American presidency and government. We also want to clearly state and affirm that it would be an honor to have Joseph Farah be part.
“I am truly sorry for anything said or spoken, any confusion and miscommunication, and for any distress this may have caused Joseph Farah,” she said.
Cahn, slated to deliver the keynote address, told WND, “Any event of this nature is going to cause a stir. The Presidential Inaugural Prayer Breakfast will see many leaders, both spiritual, cultural, and political whose beliefs are passionately biblical, come together to pray at a time when America and its government appear to be in clear departure from those foundations. So it should not be a surprise that there is curiosity, confusion, and even some controversy surrounding such an event.”
He continued, “On top of that, as the event is still forming with more special guests responding, some who are speaking, some leading in prayer, and some just attending, there is much fluidity, without the final status being sealed, which opened the door to some confusion.
“Media Matters is apparently not a friend of such events and certainly not of Joseph Farah. As they questioned Merrie Turner on why they would allow someone to attack the president, she sought to give assurance that this was not what the Inaugural Prayer Breakfast was all about and no one would be allowed to do that. Put together, the fluidity, the confusion, the desire to state the purpose of the event, and the stance of Media Matters against Joseph Farah and such events, and you have a story about Joseph Farah being booted out of the event,” he said.
“I’m blessed with Merrie Turner’s response in seeking to clear up the confusion,” he said. “Perhaps what those at Media Matters didn’t understand is that one of the key teachings of Jesus is to love and pray for one’s enemies. If that’s true for one’s enemies, it must all the more be true for one’s political opponents, and leaders with whom one disagrees. Beyond all he does in media, Joseph Farah is foremost a follower of Jesus. So it was really a non-issue to begin with. Those who wrote the article were apparently concerned over a perceived attack on Obama. It would have been nice had they applied that same concern as they attacked and humiliated Joseph Farah.”
He added, “As believers we are told to speak the truth, act in love, and pray at all times. We are also told to humble ourselves, to pray, to seek the face of God, and turn from our own sinful ways, and God will heal our land. That is what the event is all about, no matter what the background of those who come – the speaking of truth, the acting in love, prayer, repentance, and hope in God. That it should come with opposition is not a surprise, but a good thing.”
The breakfast, scheduled Jan. 21 at 7 a.m. at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, is intended to emphasize that in the midst of political maneuvering, blame-game strategies and Washington insider power plays, there is a higher power to whom all will answer at some point.
The event will also feature U.S. House of Representatives Chaplain Father Patrick J. Conroy, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn.; Christian Broadcasting Network founder Pat Robertson, Trinity Broadcasting Network host Jan Crouch; entertainer Pat Boone; WND CEO Joseph Farah; Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo.; and others. State Sen. Stewart Greenleaf of Pennsylvania will be the master of ceremonies
Cahn’s keynote message to America likely will be to heed warnings from God, turn back to seeking His will, and prosper.
His book documents a series of stunning parallels between the Old Testament collapse of Israel and events in the United States, specifically the 9/11 attacks, the construction on the Ground Zero site and the economic crisis. Farah was the producer of a bestselling film documentary based on “The Harbinger” and featuring Cahn, titled “The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment.”
The theme of the presidential prayer event is to be II Chronicles 7:14: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”