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5,040,000 to the Institute on Religion and Democracy, Inc.

Funders and recipients who share official people with Institute on Religion and Democracy, Inc.

Financials*

year: 2005
asts: $ 264,771
rev: $ 860,152
exp: $ 985,395
 
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* All from IRS 990. Assets = line 21; Revenue = line 12; Expenses = line 17.

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Castle Rock Foundation
John M. Olin Foundation
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The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation

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Frederick Clarkson
Talk to Action
March 13, 2006

Rev. John Thomas, President of the United Church of Christ, Denounces IRD Attacks on Churches

An historic battle is unfolding for the future of the of mainstream Protestantism in the U.S. and in the world. You might have read press reports about the battles over gay ordination and the threats of walk-outs by hard line conservatives. But that is only a small part of one of the biggest, and most underreported, religion stories in American history.

But the see-no-evil press coverage may be about to change. While this has been building for some time, the increasingly forceful and public stands of Rev. John H. Thomas, president of the 1.7 million member United Church of Christ may be the story that can no longer go untold. Thomas is standing-up for his church. He is speaking-up. He is speaking-out. He is making it clear that he won't back-off; and he won't back-down.

Speaking recently at Gettysburg College, Thomas blasted the 20-year war of attrition aimed at the mainline churches by a key grantee of neo-conservative foundations. The Washington, DC-based Institute on Religion and Democracy is the hub of a national network of conservative factions operating inside mainline churches -- and seeking to bend them to their will or break them apart.

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New York Times
May 21, 2004

Conservative Group Amplifies Voice of Protestant Orthodoxy

...a band of determined conservatives is advancing a plan to split the [Presbyterian] church along liberal and orthodox lines...With financing from a handful of conservative donors, including the Scaife family foundations, the Bradley and Olin Foundations and Howard and Roberta Ahmanson's Fieldstead & Company, the 23-year-old institute [Institute for Religion and Democracy] is now playing a pivotal role in the biggest battle over the future of American Protestantism since churches split over slavery at the time of the Civil War...

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Matt Smith
SFWeekly.com
February 25, 2004

Institute of Hate

Right-wingers are targeting liberal pastors -- including at least one in S.F. -- who favor gay marriage

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Atrios
August 6, 2003

Conflict of Interest

Fred Barnes ... who appears to have "broken" the "accusations" against Reverend Robinson, is a board member of the Institute on Religion and Democracy...

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Tapped
August 5, 2003

Barnes' smear

Barnes and the other character assassins should be ashamed of themselves for being part of this.

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RECIPIENT PROFILE

Institute on Religion and Democracy, Inc.

EIN: 52-1265221

163 institutional roles for $1,116,932

1521 16th Street, NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20036

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[From The Strategic Philanthropy of Conservative Foundations,NCRP]

The Institute on Religion and Democracy was founded in 1982 to "promote religious liberty around the world and to "fight for church reform" domestically, believing that "the National and World Councils of churches are theologically and politically flawed."

Its early focus was international, supporting U.S. foreign policy in Central America during the Reagan years. Today, IRD publishes Faith and Freedom and monitors "mainliners and other Christian groups that often claim to speak for millions but really represent only an extreme few." IRD also published in 1994 Prophets and Politics: Handbook on the Washington Offices of U.S. Churches, whose author, Roy Howard Beck, is best known for his vociferous attack against the United Methodist Church."


[From Buying a Movement, PFAW]

The Institute on Religion and Democracy, supporter of the "Contract with America" and known for its attacks on the National Council of Churches, received 89 percent of its support in its first two years from six conservative foundations.

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Andrew J. Weaver
Media Transparency
August 11, 2006

Neocon Catholics target mainline Protestants

Institute on Religion and Democracy leads serious breach of ecumenical good will

...Six of the 17 current members of IRD's board of directors, a full 35 percent, are prominent conservative Catholics. They include founders Father Richard John Neuhaus of the Institute on Religion and Public Life and Michael Novak of the American Enterprise Institute, along with George Weigel of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, Professor Robert P. George of Princeton University, Mary Ellen Bork (wife of Judge Robert Bork), and board chair, Professor J. Budziszewski of the University of Texas at Austin...

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Neela Banerjee
NY Times
April 7, 2006

Liberal Denomination Fires Salvos at Right

After years of turning the other cheek, the United Church of Christ, among the most liberal of the mainline Protestant denominations, has recently staked out a more pugnacious stance toward the Christian right.

The Rev. John H. Thomas, the denomination's president, has sharply criticized the Institute for Religion and Democracy [sic - should be on], ...for supporting groups within mainline denominations that would further a conservative theological and political perspective...

"I.R.D. is using church members, and even outside groups, to disrupt and ultimately control the mainline to promote its own political agenda," Mr. Thomas said last month in a speech at Gettysburg College.

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Andrew J. Weaver and Nicole Seibert
MediaTransparency.org
August 2, 2004

Church & Scaife

Conservative Philanthropies waging unethical campaign to take over United Methodist Church

The United Methodist and other mainline Protestant churches are the targets of a continuing, orchestrated attack by determined right-wing ideologues who use CIA-style propaganda methods to sow dissention and distrust, all in pursuit of a radical political agenda.

The leader of this attack is an organization called the Institute on Religion and Democracy, a pseudo-religious think-tank that carries out the goals of its secular funders that are opposed to the churches' historic social witness.

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Andrew J. Weaver
U of Chicago Divinity School / Martin Marty Center
July 10, 2003

The Fighting Methodists

...A recent book, United Methodism @ Risk: A Wake Up Call by Leon Howell, a respected journalist, argues that mainline churches such as the United Methodist Church (UMC) can no longer afford to be naive about right-wing advocacy groups that are tightly organized, highly motivated and well- financed for a take-no-prisoners campaign against mainline Protestantism. He says that unless these denominations stand up and get in a "fighting mood" the political right-wing aims to take them over.

The political right-wing, operating in the guise of a gaggle of so-called "renewal groups," particularly one named the Institute on Religion and Democracy (IRD), has acquired the money and political will to target three mainline American denominations: The United Methodist Church, the Presbyterian Church USA, and the Episcopal Church. The IRD was created and is sustained by money from right-wing foundations and has spent millions of dollars over 20 years attacking mainline denominations. The IRD's conservative social-policy goals include increasing military spending and foreign interventions, opposing environmental protection efforts, and eliminating social welfare programs.

In a document entitled "Reforming America's Churches Project 2001-2004," the IRD states that its aim is to change the "permanent governing structure" of mainline churches "so they can help renew the wider culture of our nation." In other words, its goal extends beyond the spiritual and includes a political takeover financed by the likes of Richard Mellon Scaife, Adolph Coors, the John M. Olin Foundation, and the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation of Milwaukee...

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163 institutional roles for $1,116,932

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Ahmanson, Roberta G.
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Barnes, Fred
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Boone, John
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Bork, Mary Ellen
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Budziszewski, Jay
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Curry, Dean
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Duggan, Ervin
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Gallaway, Ira
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George, Robert P.
5 roles; show | hide | all (23) | profile
  
Henry, Carl F.H..
3 roles; show | hide | all (7) | profile
  
Hill, Kent
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Jessup, David
3 roles; show | hide | all (3) | profile
  
Kersten, Katherine A.
3 roles; show | hide | all (11) | profile
  
Knippers, Diane
8 roles; show | hide | all (8) | profile
total pay: $ 639,329   
Neuhaus, Richard J.
8 roles; show | hide | all (20) | profile
  
Novak, Michael
8 roles; show | hide | all (18) | profile
  
Nuechterlein, James
3 roles; show | hide | all (7) | profile
  
Oden, Thomas C.
8 roles; show | hide | all (8) | profile
  
Parrent, Allan M.
4 roles; show | hide | all (4) | profile
  
Robb, Edmund W. III
8 roles; show | hide | all (8) | profile
  
Schlossberg, Terry A.
5 roles; show | hide | all (5) | profile
  
Smith, Graham
8 roles; show | hide | all (8) | profile
  
Stanley, David M.
8 roles; show | hide | all (8) | profile
  
Stanton, James M.
3 roles; show | hide | all (3) | profile
  
Stumbo, Helen R.
8 roles; show | hide | all (8) | profile
  
Tooley, Mark
3 roles; show | hide | all (3) | profile
total pay: $ 178,442   
Weigel, George S.
8 roles; show | hide | all (22) | profile
  
Wisdom, Alan
8 roles; show | hide | all (8) | profile
total pay: $ 299,161   

 

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Frederick Clarkson
Talk to Action
March 24, 2008

IRD Blows Smoke in Response to Expose Film

The oxymoronically named Institute on Religion and Democracy for a generation has sought to disrupt and divide the major denominations of mainline Protestantism, as well as the wider ecumenical communions, the National Council of Churches and the World Council of Churches. Even more remarkably perhaps, while presenting itself an agency dedicated to reform and "renewal" of the churches, IRD's leadership and staff have been substantially populated by men and women who are not even members of any of the churches they say they seek to "renew."

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Steven D. Martin
Talk to Action
December 14, 2007

The IRD's Tactics Are Even Repugnant To Themselves

...through their practice of placing sample resolutions before annual conferences, the IRD has had more than a chance to speak. As the Holston Annual Conference came within seven votes of approving the IRD's resolution to withdraw from the National Council of Churches (yes, I was there, and I saw the whole thing unfold), the IRD has a very powerful voice. It must be named and exposed. The future of the church is at stake.

If the IRD finds the practice of "marginalizing" other voices repugnant, perhaps it should take a long look at it's own methods of doing just that.

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Frederick Clarkson
Talk to Action
November 6, 2007

IRD Advisor to Be Nominated as U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican

I recently referenced Andrew Weaver's report of last year in Media Transparency, which detailed the role of neoconservative Catholics close to the Bush administration in the leadership of the Institute on Religion and Democracy. IRD is, of course, the Washington, DC-based organization that busies itself trying to disrupt and dismantle the major denominations of mainline Protestantism in order to, according to its own internal documents, "discredit and diminish the Religious Left's influence."

...One of the Catholics Weaver cited in his article was Harvard law professor Mary Ann Glendon. The Associated Press reports that President Bush plans to nominate her to be U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican.

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John Dorhauer
Talk to Action
September 13, 2007

The IRD's Next Front Line: Gambling on Your Xenophobia

In April of 2007, a number of pastors from across the United Church of Christ were calling me asking me why the Institute on Religion and Democracy had sent them a copy of Ephraim Karsh's book Islamic Imperialism. Within a week, I learned that not only had UCC pastors received a free copy of this book as a gift from the IRD, so also had Lutheran, United Methodist, Presbyterian, and Episcopal clergy. UMNexus is now reporting that the IRD mailed this book to 100,000 clergy across the US, at a reported cost of over $1.5 million.

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TalkToAction
August 20, 2007

Another UMC Conference Condemns IRD

IRD's own website is reporting that the Desert Southwest Conference of the United Methodist church has done the same. In what consumes the better part of six pages, the resolution (PDF) passed at the Annual Conference in the second week of June.

The resolution recounts a litany of open attacks by the IRD leveled against the United Methodist Church, including the IRD's Mark Tooley calling Methodist Bishops "Flower children and chronic demonstrators who never grew up;" another claim that "one of the strongest regiments of the godless army (the `secular left') is America's maintstream protestant leaders;" and "irreconcilable differences on essentials are dividing culture-conforming liberals... from faithful United Methodists."

These examples of inflammatory language are the stock and trade of the IRD.

What I find fascinating is the growing awareness of, dispute with, and open condemnation of the IRD by long established, reputable, and faithful institutions that have been the backbone of the church in America for a long time.

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Frederick Clarkson
July 26, 2007

NY Methodists to IRD: Cease and Desist!

I just learned that earlier this summer, an annual conference of the United Methodist Church in New York, overwhelmingly passed a resolution that calls on the nefarious neoconservative agency, the Washington, DC-based Institute on Religion and Democracy to cease and desist it's "deceptive and divisive tactics"; that Methodist affiliates of IRD decouple; that Methodists not support IRD in any way; and that IRD itself "disband" its Methodist program.

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Frederick Clarkson
Talk to Action
July 13, 2007

Slimers

It was just a matter of time before the professional slimers at the neoconservative Institute on Religion and Democracy would squeeze out some propaganda products in response to Steeplejacking: How the Christian Right Hijacks Mainstream Religion by my blogger colleague John Dorhauer and Sheldon Culver -- and that these would be cheered, parroted or uncritically reproduced in some sectors. I recently reported how a piece written by IRD consultant Rebekah Sharpe, engaged in the writer's equivalent of photoshopping to make it appear that I said things that I did not. Most recently we have seen IRD web editor Steve Rempe slime John Dorhauer by calling him "insane"; and we have seen James Hutchins of the crank web site, "UCC Truths", joyously join in the sliming.

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Frederick Clarkson
PublicEye.org
March 21, 2007

The Battle for the Mainline Churches

�Make no mistake,� wrote Avery Post, the national president of the United Church of Christ in 1982, "the objectives of the Institute on Religion and Democracy are the exact opposite of what its name appears to stand for. The purpose of its leaders is to demoralize the mainline denominations and to turn them away from the pursuit of social and economic justice.

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Steven D. Martin
Talk to Action
March 16, 2007

New Video Exposes the IRD

For a long time I've noticed the destructive work of the IRD...[now I've created Renewal or Ruin? The Institute on Religion and Democracy's Attack on the United Methodist Church, a twenty-five minute video created for a Sunday school or adult education class session near you. A trailer for this program can be seen here.

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Frederick Clarkson
Talk to Action
February 6, 2007

Bush's Religious Right Swat Team Takes Aim at Methodists

The IRD is attacking the Methodist Bishops and clergy who oppose siting the Bush administration's at the university owned by their church -- the same church the IRD has been seeking to dismember, in part because it gets in the way of the Bush administration's domestic and foreign policies. Those are the same policies that he and his wealthy-but-secret domestic and foreign patrons will continue to promote from the Bush complex. Methodist opponents of the Bush complex see it as a Trojan horse and an occupational force at odds with the academic mission of the school and at odds with the religious and public policy views of the church. Clearly, the IRD sees it that way as well.

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Frederick Clarkson
Talk to Action
January 11, 2007

When False Equivalency Distorts the New

Traditional Media reports seldom correctly characterize the IRD

You wouldn't know it to read the mainstream media, (or to listen to those who wring their hands over the alleged efforts by as yet unnamed secularists to drive also unnamed people of faith from public life) that the rightist Institute on Religion and Democracy (IRD), the inside the beltway, neoconservative agency has waged a war of attrition against the historic mainline protestant churches in the U.S. You wouldn't know about the ways the agency and its satellite groups have spent millions of dollars to destablize and even dismember these churches like they were a third world country whose government was disliked by the United States. You wouldn't know that the group has been bankrolled by the leading strategic funders of the conservative movement and the religious right such as Richard Mellon Scaife and Howard Ahmanson, and cheer-led by The Washington Times newspaper, which is owned, controlled and bankrolled by the Unification Church of Rev. Sun Myung Moon.

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Frederick Clarkson
PublicEye.org
March 30, 2006

The Battle for the Mainline Churches

�Make no mistake,� wrote Avery Post, the national president of the United Church of Christ in 1982, "the objectives of the Institute on Religion and Democracy are the exact opposite of what its name appears to stand for. The purpose of its leaders is to demoralize the mainline denominations and to turn them away from the pursuit of social and economic justice.

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Frederick Clarkson
Talk to Action
March 17, 2006

New IRD President Is a Schismatic Presbyterian

...the announcement of the new president of the Institute on Religion and Democracy, a Washington, DC-based organization with a 20 year history of seeking to undermine mainline Christian churches deemed "too liberal" -- is a bellwether moment.

...The Rev. Dr. James Tonkowich was trained at the Gordon-Conwell evangelical seminary and has worked for the past five years for conservative evangelical Charles Colson's Prison Fellowship. He has zero experience in mainline denominations. Perhaps most significantly, he is an ordained as a mininister in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). PCA is a small, rightwing schism that broke with mainstream Presbyterianism in 1973 over the ordination of women and membership in the National Council of Churches. ..

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Weaver, Ellison, Kandeler, Binggeli and Clark
ZH World
June 15, 2005

The Radical Right Assault on Mainline Protestantism and the National Council of Churches of Christ

Theologically conservative Christians who are seeking spiritual renewal in mainline churches need to look carefully at the unchristian tactics of the IRD. The church needs spiritual renewal; what it does not need is more political hardball and takeover bids. If the IRD achieves a hostile takeover of mainline Protestantism along with the dismantling of the NCCC, they will have muted an important part of America's social conscience and significantly diminished its capacity for civic discourse. The soul of the church, our faith and the nation are at risk.

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