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George Soros, atheist, funds American youth evangelical trips to Israel

Atheist billionaire George Soros seeks to influence American Evangelical Christians on Israel
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Despite being a known atheist, billionaire George Soros has taken quite an interest in Christian Evangelicals, as revealed yesterday on media mogul Glenn Beck's radio show by Pastor John Hagee, founder and national chairman of Christians United for Israel.

In introducing Hagee, Beck said that Hagee,

"...is bringing to our attention a new George Soros plan banded by the Open Society Institute to go into our evangelical churches and convince the youth that Israel is the problem in the Middle East. It is highly coordinated and, well, evil.”

Last year, Alexander H. Joffe, PhD published a booklet titled "The Philanthropy of George Soros and the Arab-Israeli Conflict: How Soros-funded Groups Increase Tensions in a Troubled Region," where he exposed organizations funded by George Soros seeking to change American Christians' viewpoints on Israel.

A group that receives "approximately half" of their funding by Soros' "Foundation to Promote Open Society," is the Telos Group, which aims to strengthen

“the capacity of American faith communities - and especially American evangelicals - to help positively transform the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

McKay Coppins of Buzzfeed mentioned the Telos Group earlier this month,

"Figures with deep roots in America’s religious right have launched a quiet effort aimed at pushing evangelical Christians away from decades of growing loyalty to Israel and toward increased solidarity with the Palestinians."

Coppins did not mention that these "figures" were funded by leftist organizations.

Joffe writes that spending initiatives by George Soros disproportionately focus on influencing Christian Americans in particular on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But Soros-funded groups express no "comparable focus" in "promoting democracy or economic development in Palestinian society, nor on surrounding Arab societies."

It seems that a Hungarian atheist billionaire has used quite a bit of his own money to turn American Christians against Israel.

While Hagee stressed that the suffering of the Palestinians is not to be understated, this initiative

"is an attempt to convince the 18 to 24-year-old members of the evangelical churches that Palestinians are suffering at the hands of Israelis..."

Palestinians are indeed suffering and at often at the hand of radical Islamists in their own country. As the Examiner reported in November, for example, the Palestinian Authority has "shown support for the Syrian regime, and has reaffirmed their hatred for Israel, as evidenced in new textbooks for young teens."

The New York Times reported that textbooks will be changed for "eighth, ninth and 10th grades...as part of a broader push to infuse the next generation with its militant ideology."

The authors, Fares Akram and Jodi Rudoren wrote that the Hamas-created textbooks in the Palestinian Authority paint "Zionism" as "racist."

The textbooks "do not recognize modern Israel, or even mention the Oslo Peace Accords the country signed with the Palestine Liberation Organization in the 1990s....[and include] references to the Jewish Torah and Talmud as 'fabricated,' and a description of Zionism as a racist movement..."

Instead of promoting peace in the region, it seems that George Soros and his allies want to promote rage against Israel, presenting a lopsided view of the conflict and aiming those false narratives at young Christians in the United States.

Hopefully, they will see through the deception.

Coppins continued,

"organizations like the Telos Group and the large Christian nonprofit World Vision have joined a small army of ministers and Christian opinion-makers working to reorient Evangelicals’ stance on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict — producing documentaries about the plight of Palestinian Christians, providing theological rationale for a more 'balanced' view of the issue, and taking Evangelicals on trips to the Middle East."

It should be noted that well-funded Christian leftist organizations, such as Sojourners, founded by President Obama's spiritual advisor Jim Wallis, are also seeking to influence American Christians' public opinion of the Tea Party, global warming, immigration and abortion.

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