Lynne Hybels, co-founder of the well respected Willow Creek Community Church [South Barrington, IL], an often copied Chicago area evangelical mega-church, has become a national voice for the front group for the George Soros fundedNational Immigration Forum, a leading advocate for the crony capitalist laden Schumer-Rubio “Gang of Eight” immigration bill.
Ms. Hybels was not only featured at a Thursday press conference at which the front group, Evangelical Immigration Table, announced the launch of a $250,000 ad campaign designed to pressure members of Congress to vote in favor of the “Gang of Eight” bill, she provides the narrative voice on one of the national radio advertisements included in the campaign. You can hear her make the case for her understanding of immigration reform here Note that Ms. Hybels also states the disclaimer at the end of the ad “paid for by the Evangelical Immigration Table. “
However, Breitbart News reported on Sunday that the Evangelical Immigration Table does not exist as a legal entity. On Monday, Breitbart News reported that “Evangelicals Mislead on Funding of Immigration Ads.” Though the ads that are now airing in 13 states contain a disclaimer that they are paid for by the Evangelical Immigration Table, however, the ads were actually paid for by the Soros-funded National Immigration Forum.
Other evangelicals disagree with Ms. Hybels, and the way in which the evangelical label has been manipulated by left wing secularists like Mr. Soros. Mark Tooley, President of the Institue on Religion and Democracy, for instance, thinks that “[t]oo much of the verbiage from religious activists outspoken on immigration mimics the soaring and unrealistic ostensibly biblical rhetoric of old-time progressive social gospel crusaders for other sweeping political causes.”