George Soros’s Open Society Foundations spent $650,000 in an effort to influence Pope Francis during his visit to the United States, a leaked document reveals.
The document is an agenda for a May 2015 New York meeting of the U.S programs division of the Open Society Foundations. It states that it had allocated $650,000 for a grant related to Pope Francis’ September 2015 visit to the United States. The group DC Leaks has released over 2,000 documents from groups associated with Soros.
“In order to seize this moment, we will support PICO’s organizing activities to engage the Pope on economic and racial justice issues, including using the influence of Cardinal Rodriguez, the Pope’s senior advisor, and sending a delegation to visit the Vatican in the spring or summer to allow him to hear directly from low-income Catholics in America,” the document states.
According to PICO’s website, “PICO is a national network of faith-based community organizations working to create innovative solutions to problems facing urban, suburban and rural communities.”
The document goes on to state, “The grant will also support FPL’s media, framing, and public opinion activities, including conducting a poll to demonstrate that Catholic voters are responsive to the Pope’s focus on income inequality, and earning media coverage that drives the message that being ‘pro-family’ requires addressing growing inequality.”
FPL stands for Faith in Public Life, the group describes itself as having “played an important role in changing the narrative about the role of faith in politics, winning major progressive policy victories, and empowering new religious leaders to fight for social justice and the common good.”
Their website states they carried out the functions of the Soros grant. “In preparation for the pope’s visit to the US, we commissioned extensive opinion research about how Catholics respond to the Pope’s prophetic messages and released the poll at the National Press Club,” FPL’s site states. “Throughout the trip, FPL coordinated messaging among numerous Catholic groups and did extensive media outreach.”
The Soros document goes on to state: “By harnessing the Papal visit to lift up the Pope’s searing critique of what he calls ‘an economy of exclusion and inequality’ and his dismissal of ‘trickle down’ theories, PICO and FPL will work to build a bridge to a larger conversation about bread-and-butter economic concerns and shift national paradigms and priorities in the run-up to the 2016 presidential campaign.”
Pope Francis, much like Soros, has been supportive of efforts to bring in refugees into Europe.
From Gary Bauer writing at Campaign for Working Families:
Soros & Islamophobia
For some time now, I have been warning about the alliance between the left and radical Islamists. Almost nothing unites these two disparate groups except for their hatred of Judeo-Christian values and Israel. But as is so often the case with the left, it doesn’t take long to discover a link to George Soros.
One of the greatest frustrations of the Obama years has been the smothering influence of political correctness, especially when it comes to critical matters like counterterrorism and fighting radical Islam. New information, however, indicates this is not just the result of naive liberals.
Documents from Soros’ Open Society Foundation were hacked and recently published online. Among them is a January 2011 memo entitled, “U.S. Models for Combating Xenophobia and Intolerance.” That may sound innocent enough, but the title is very deceptive.
As Matthew Vadum explains, “The memo is also a character assassination roadmap that enlists the assistance of disreputable left-wing groups including Media Matters for America, Muslim Public Affairs Council, and the Southern Poverty Law Center. . . The 2011 strategy memo is a template for a well-funded smear campaign against critics of Islam.”
Once again, we see that the left is not interested in a reasoned, rational debate about radical Islam. It refuses to even utter the very words.
Instead, it dismisses the obvious threats of mass shootings, suicide bombings and random stabbings as “Islamophobia,” while telling us the real danger is climate change. This is delusional!
And George Soros is behind it all — funding the effort led by the left-wing Center for American Progress (CAP). The Center for American Progress was founded by John Podesta, former White House Chief of Staff under Bill Clinton, and chairman of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
Thanks to Soros’ largesse, CAP has produced reports attacking leading conservatives, including me, who dare to speak out against radical Islam. A CAP report released last year includes a chapter headlined: “Islamophobia Masquerading as Law Enforcement Counterterrorism Training.”
My friends, the radical left is using political correctness to take America hostage. It is trying to gag us and blind us, trying to shut down debate and prevent us from seeing reality. It is threatening our national security by ensuring that we do not have a serious conversation about doing what is necessary to defeat this growing threat to Western Civilization.
If elected, Hillary Clinton will do George Soros’ bidding. She has already vowed to increase Muslim immigration by 500%. She will put Obama’s open borders policies on steroids. Our country cannot afford four more years of this!
DLH and R Mall