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Wealthy donors pour millions into anti-religious freedom efforts, as Catholic adoption agency ruling looms

Jun 16, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

Grant listings from wealthy philanthropies and strategic political donor networks show that millions of dollars continue to pour into advocacy... Read more

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ACLU gets $15 million LGBT grant from billionaire foe of Christian morals and religious freedom

Mar 11, 2021

By CNA Staff

The American Civil Liberties Union has received a major donation from a billionaire heir whose LGBT activism includes both funding... Read more

Hartzell Memorial United Methodist church in Chicago. Illinois.

Will LGBT activists split the Methodists?

Mar 29, 2019

By Kevin J. Jones

While the United Methodist Church has reaffirmed traditional Christian teaching on controversial LGBT issues, some American leaders in the denomination... Read more

As LGBT push fails, Methodists reaffirm marriage, sexuality teachings

Feb 28, 2019

By Kevin J. Jones

A major gathering of the United Methodist Church has reaffirmed its teaching on homosexuality, rejecting same-sex unions and the ordination... Read more

World Youth Day pilgrims in 2013.

Small, well-funded LGBT group to challenge Catholic teaching at World Youth Day

Jan 16, 2019

By Kevin J. Jones

A U.S.-based coalition of dissenting Catholics, whose backers include wealthy non-Catholic funders, is sending a small group of LGBT activists... Read more

Cake artist Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado.

Masterpiece Cakeshop case drew $500k in grants from religious freedom foes

Oct 25, 2018

By Kevin J. Jones

Some opponents of broad religious freedom protections have spent over $500,000 on advocacy and public relations campaigns related to the... Read more

Wealthy foundation aims to redefine religious freedom—and Christianity, too

Nov 6, 2017

By Kevin J. Jones

One wealthy activist is continuing to fund coordinated efforts to limit religious freedom and to foster dissent on abortion and... Read more

Money roll.

Wealthy donors working to limit 'inappropriate' religious freedom

Oct 18, 2017

By Kevin J. Jones

A network of wealthy donors is funding a series of well-organized lobbying campaigns to restrict legal protections for religious freedom,... Read more

Was there a deeper network behind the 'Catholic Spring'?

Dec 28, 2016

By Kevin J. Jones

A reputed “Catholic Spring” surfaced in the news this fall, after hacked emails from John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager,... Read more

Father James Martin, S.J., speaks at the World Meeting of Families in Dublin on August 23, 2018.

Father James Martin wins award from dissenting Catholic group

Sep 7, 2016

By Kevin J. Jones

Media personality and America magazine editor Father James Martin, S.J. will receive an award from a dissenting Catholic group that... Read more

A protestor marches through downtown Philadelphia, PA during the DNC on July 25, 2016.

Leaked e-mails show DNC meetings with anti-religious freedom project

Jul 26, 2016

By Kevin J. Jones

Leaked emails from the Democratic National Committee show efforts to arrange a meeting with a key NGO working to end... Read more

More scheming outside the synod? Soros foundation rep attends LGBT lobby event

Oct 13, 2015

By Kevin J. Jones

Attendees at an LGBT activist event lobbying the Synod of Bishops included an official from George Soros’ Open Society Foundations,... Read more

Ahead of the synod, LGBT activists lobby bishops. Here's what they want.

Oct 2, 2015

By Kevin J. Jones

As the Synod on the Family approaches, a well-funded LGBT activist coalition is lobbying bishops to revive controversial language from... Read more

Swiss francs.

Exclusive: Swiss Catholic money targets African bishops ahead of synod

Aug 21, 2015

By Kevin J. Jones

The Swiss Catholic Lenten Fund and a major U.S. foundation have helped fund an LGBT activist project intended to counter... Read more


LGBT grant-maker wants to win religious liberty fight within three years

Jul 28, 2015

By Kevin J. Jones

A leader in LGBT grant-making has told business leaders that he wants to shut down the political fight for religious... Read more

Black and white added stack of newspapers.

An Arcus news service? RNS denies LGBT money influences religion coverage

Apr 1, 2015

By Kevin J. Jones

The editor of Religion News Service has denied that a grant from a wealthy LGBT advocacy funder has biased its... Read more

Paper money.

Are wealthy US foundations paying to suppress religious freedom?

Feb 13, 2015

By Kevin J. Jones

Questions are being raised over two U.S. foundations that have poured more than three million dollars into abortion rights, LGBT... Read more

Don't let 'Faithful America' group silence Catholics, critic warns

Oct 2, 2014

By Kevin J. Jones

Internet activism sites like Faithful America, which has targeted Catholic bishops and other institutions in social media campaigns, show the... Read more

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LGBT foundation aims to counter Vatican family synod

Jul 29, 2014

By Kevin J. Jones

An LGBT activist foundation headed by a former Obama White House staffer gave a $200,000 grant to a dissenting Catholic... Read more