Prior to joining the IRD in 1994, Mark worked eight years for the Central Intelligence Agency as an analyst. He is a graduate of Georgetown University and is a native of Arlington, Virginia. A lifelong United Methodist, he has been active in United Methodist renewal since 1988, when he wrote a study about denominational funding of pro-Marxist groups for his local congregation. He currently attends a United Methodist Church in Alexandria, Virginia. Tooley became president of the Institute on Religion and Democracy (IRD) in 2009. He joined IRD in 1994 to found its United Methodist committee (UMAction). He is the author of Taking Back The United Methodist Church, published in 2008, and Methodism and Politics in the 20th Century, published in 2012. His articles about the political witness of America's churches have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The American Spectator, Patheos, Washington Post On Faith, World, Christianity Today, First Things, The Weekly Standard, National Review Online, Washington Examiner, Human Events, The Washington Times, The Review of Faith and International Affairs, Touchstone, The Chicago Tribune, The New York Post, and elsewhere. He is a frequent commentator on radio and television.
Popular evangelical author and commentator Eric Metaxas has quit the Evangelical Immigration Table (EIT), citing its ties to leftist billionaire George Soros.
Metaxas Tweeted his announcement late this afternoon: “Did you know George Soros was behind the Immigration thing I signed but then had my name taken off? Yikes.”
Attached was a link to a report about Soros funding for the National Immigration Forum, of which EIT is a program. Likely very few of the prominent evangelicals endorsing EIT knew of its ultimate ties to leftist donors like Soros. Reportedly several signers have expressed surprise that EIT is effectively supporting the “Gang of 8″ immigration legislation currently before the U.S. Senate, which would first legalize 11 million illegal immigrants before seeking greater border security. These signers had thought they were only endorsing broad principles, which included border security.
Metaxas has authored popular biographies of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and William Wilberforce. Last year he was featured at the National Prayer Breakfast with President Obama. He is also the voice of Breakpoint radio commentary founded by the late Chuck Colson.Google+