By Mathew Staver
It is not surprising that those seeking to advance the LGBT agenda would work through left-leaning organizations, but one billionaire who has his eye on millennials has begun partnering with Hobby Lobby and its Museum of the Bible. Paul Singer has been targeting Republican candidates, lawmakers and the Republican Party platform. Now, he is reaching out to Christian students on college campuses.
Singer has an elaborate funding and organizational scheme that appears to support Christians and gain their goodwill while at the same time working against them to advance his same-sex marriage and LGBT agenda. One of the organizations Singer heavily funds created false propaganda that was published in the Washington Post by editorial board member Jonathan Capehart.
Purporting to show an interconnecting “enemies of equality” network, Capehart’s article is based entirely upon a chart created by Freedom for All Americans. Capehart refused to respond to multiple attempts to set the record straight. As an out homosexual who regularly appears on MSNBC, truth about LGBT issues must not matter to Capehart.
The chart and Capehart’s article depicting a vast “right wing conspiracy” are false. The chart also makes false allegations about Liberty Counsel and the other named people and groups. But, as will be discussed below, the inclusion of Hobby Lobby raises special attention to Singer’s activities and reveals how he uses a well-known Christian organization.
Billionaire New York hedge-fund manager Paul Singer and Tim Gill are behind Freedom for All Americans, which produced the false propaganda. Singer and Gill, the founder of Quark, are leading financial supporters of same-sex marriage and the LGBT agenda. Singer is also behind the American Unity PAC, which works to elect pro-LGBT advocates to public office, and American Unity Fund, a 501(c)(4) lobbying organization whose mission is to advance the LGBT agenda. This group hosted a “Big Tent Brunch” at the Republican National Convention featuring Montel Williams, Bruce “Caitlyn” Jenner, elected officials and delegates.
While Liberty Counsel and Alliance Defending Freedom were defending marriage in California, Singer financed litigation against the California Prop 8 marriage amendment and is responsible for New York Republican legislators changing their votes to support same-sex marriage in 2011.
Since the 2015 Supreme Court marriage opinion, Singer has turned his efforts to advancing LGBT rights in political party platforms, in Congress, at the local and state levels, and among millennials.
To influence young leaders, Singer has put his money behind LGBT University, and he is now working to reach Christian students on college campuses. Some of the organizations he funds include Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry and Freedom for All Americans.
Singer, whose son is gay, is focused like a laser to advance the LGBT agenda. He generally supports Republican politics, but he wants to enshrine same-sex marriage and the LGBT agenda into the American culture. The best way to accomplish his agenda is through the courts, legislative bodies, political candidates and young future leaders.
While Singer declares Hobby Lobby an “enemy of equality” using Freedom for All Americans as his conduit, he has also entered into a close partnership with Hobby Lobby’s Museum of the Bible, or MOTB, through another one of his funded organizations, the Philos Project.
Singer and MOTB are joint partners in “Passages Israel,” which began in 2016 taking Christian college students to Israel. Passages Israel is patterned after Covenant Journey, which was launched by Liberty Counsel in 2014. Covenant Journey takes Christian college students who have leadership potential to Israel to strengthen their Christian faith and equip them to be goodwill ambassadors for Israel.
In 2015, Paul Singer, through the Philos Project, offered millions of dollars to Covenant Journey, but his surrogates also wanted control of the board and the content of the program. As founder and president of Covenant Journey, I rejected Singer’s offer and refused to take a penny from him.
Cary Summers, president of MOTB, then entered into a partnership with Singer to create a copycat program to Covenant Journey. Summers told me he wanted to reach Jewish philanthropists to gain access and favor for the museum. Singer had no interest in the museum, but Covenant Journey caught his attention. Summers proposed that MOTB and Singer fund Covenant Journey in a joint partnership. But, Singer wanted control of the Covenant Journey board and wanted to change the content of the program for millennials, and he wanted no one else involved except him and MOTB, headed by Steve Green. I could not allow Singer to take control of Covenant Journey and change the content, no matter how much money was on the table. And, believe me, the offer involved millions of dollars.
I advised Cary Summers I could not hand over our future Christian leaders to Singer and advised him not to enter into a joint partnership. He ignored the obvious warning signs, although he knew Singer was one of the top funders of the LGBT agenda and same-sex marriage, and he knew Singer’s agenda would not sit well with MOTB donors. Summers thought he could cover Singer’s involvement through the Philos Project. He played with fire. Summers and Steve Green, president of Hobby Lobby and chairman of MOTB, knowing Singer’s agenda and with full knowledge of the risk, decided to partner with Singer anyway.
When Covenant Journey rejected Singer’s involvement, Summers insisted he wanted a partnership with Singer and together MOTB and Singer copied the Covenant Journey program, using almost identical language to describe what they call “Passages Israel.” MOTB wanted Jewish support and funding to underwrite and gain favor for its museum. Among Jewish philanthropists, Singer is very prominent.
Make no mistake, the Philos Project in this partnership with MOTB is Singer, and the funding for this partnership comes from Singer, who, directly or through surrogates, is actively involved in the details. The executive director of the Philos Project told me Singer’s surrogate “rides him hard” and holds him accountable.
What Singer funds, he controls. He does not just give money and walk away. Singer strategically uses his funds to accomplish his goal, and one of his goals is to raise up a new generation of LGBT advocates to change the future of America.
On the one hand, Singer can list Hobby Lobby as an “enemy of equality” while entering into a partnership with the same family to reach Christian leaders on college campuses. The irony is painfully obvious. But with so many organizations, even Summers thought the public could be fooled.
I would never entrust young Christian leaders to Paul Singer’s agenda. If there is any conspiracy or strange bedfellows, the Washington Post would better spend its time looking into the web that Paul Singer has woven.
Singer and MOTB issued a premature press release about Covenant Journey in 2015, which I never saw beforehand and would not have approved. The statement claimed that Singer was a founding sponsor with MOTB in Covenant Journey, even though Covenant Journey was the brainchild of Liberty Counsel and Singer never provided any funding. When Singer’s offer of money in exchange for control was rejected, MOTB and Singer created Passages Israel. Because Passages Israel copied Covenant Journey, some have unfortunately confused the two separate programs. They are separate and distinct despite that fact Passages Israel borrowed language from Covenant Journey.
On the surface, Singer’s partnership with MOTB may sound harmless. But Singer’s involvement is fraught with danger. With his newly minted MOTB partnership, Singer’s name is now routinely mentioned alongside the Green family and Hobby Lobby. It may look like he is a friend of our Christian youth partnering with a reputable Christian organization. And that is exactly the image Singer wants to convey. But Singer always has his eye on the goal to advance the LGBT agenda.
Singer does not hide his involvement with MOTB and the Green family. In fact, he publicizes the association, which no doubt introduces Singer’s name to a new audience, including Christian college students. For the students who participate in Passages Israel, he has all their contact information. He has it all – college, address, email, cell phone, social media, academic information, special interests and more.
In the same way Singer can call Hobby Lobby an “enemy of equality” while being in a joint partnership with MOTB, so Singer can appear one way to the young Christian leaders and then recruit them for his LGBT agenda. Parents and colleges should beware.
In January 2016, MOTB and Singer jointly launched their first student tour program to Israel. One student from Hillsdale College described how the trip impacted her, but not in a positive way. “Going to Israel has complicated my narrative and given me more questions than answers,” said 20-year old JoAnna Kroeker from Hillsdale College. Now, she said, she can no longer be “pro-Palestine or pro-Israel” and is unfortunately confused with no solutions.
On a 2016 MOTB-Singer sponsored Passages Israel trip, the itinerary included a lecture from Dr. Mustafa Abu Sway, a professor at Al-Quds University in “Jerusalem, Palestine,” who raises funds for the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock, and who allegedly believes Israel should disappear. According to the Middle East Media Research Institute, the Al-Aqsa Mosque “is a steady stream of call for jihad and martyrdom, venomous attacks on Jews, Christians and other non-Muslims, and praise for al Qaeda, Islamic State, or ISIS, and other jihadist groups.” Abu Sway was the president of the Islamic Society of Boston from 1990 to 1992, which has been associated with a number of suspected terrorists, including the Boston Bombers. According to Middle East expert Dr. Daniel Pipes, Abu Sway is a known activist for the terrorist group Hamas. Hamas even publishes articles by Abu Sway on its website. According to the Jewish News Service, Abu Sway “is a Muslim supremacist. He believes that Muslims should wield political power over Jews and Christians in the Holy Land and in the rest of the Middle East. He also thinks Israel should disappear because the existence of a Jewish state is a theological impossibility under Islam.”
Why would anyone ever bring Christian college students to Israel and subject them to a lecture from an Islamic radical who supports jihad and the terrorist group Hamas? It is one thing to present both sides of an issue, but quite another to provide a platform for a jihadist to indoctrinate future leaders.
A cloud of confusion regarding Israel has been following the Green family since at least 2010, when Mart Green funded and produced the controversial movie, “Little Town of Bethlehem,” which had a decidedly anti-Israel theme. Produce by EthnoGraphic and housed in the Hobby Lobby headquarters, the movie company’s target audience is 18-25. The film has been shown on many college campuses. The Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America has publicly asked the Greens to denounce the movie and correct the record, but so far they have not.
In contrast, Covenant Journey students have completely different experiences that are life changing. Lauren said of her Covenant Journey experience, “This trip has taken my faith deeper than I could have imagined. … I am not the same person I was when I left for Israel; my faith is deeper, stronger, and I am awakened to the geopolitical realities of the nation of Israel. … To the future students of Covenant Journey, get ready for your life to be changed in the best way possible.” And Rachel said, “I will never be the same again!”
An alarming number of young people walk away from their Christian faith following high school, and, when this happens, they also disconnect from Israel and, in some cases, become anti-Semitic. Covenant Journey immerses students in the land of the Bible and connects them to the roots of our Christian faith. The experiential tour has a strong spiritual content. The Bible and Jesus become more real and meaningful. Their Christian faith is renewed and deepened, and the students fall in love with and become advocates for Israel.
Singer is not interested in the Christian faith of millennials, but he is focused on recruiting young leaders. Singer wants to capture the youth and enlist them in his army to change America. He wants to advance a radical LGBT agenda. That agenda is on a collision course with the faith of the Christian college students he is trying to reach. Singer has made many inroads into the Republican Party. Now he is trying to infiltrate Christian groups to reach Christian college students.
Mathew Staver is founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, an international nonprofit litigation, education and policy organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of human life, and the family.