The Koch Brothers Fund Religious Groups That Are Eliminating Women’s Rights


There is an idiom, “politics make strange bedfellows,” that generally means people who would normally despise and avoid one another will work together if they think it is politically advantageous. The so-called proverb is particularly prescient when considering that libertarians, noted for championing the abolishment of government they claim interferes in Americans’ private lives, are heavily funding extremist Christians intent on forcing biblical principles on Americans by government fiat.

It is beyond refute that the libertarian Koch brothers spend hundreds-of-millions of dollars to abolish government to eliminate taxation and regulatory agencies they claim interferes with their crusade for power and wealth. However, to accomplish their goal of controlling the government, they have had to climb in bed with fundamentalist Christians intent on using the government to control and subvert women’s rights and force adherence to biblical values on all Americans. The Kochs have claimed, on several occasions, that their interest in social and cultural issues, particularly religious attacks on women and gays is non-existent, but through their “Secret Bank” (Freedom Partners) they are heavily-funding Christian women’s groups whose stated mission is to eliminate women’s reproductive health choices and push “biblical values on all citizens;” not exactly a libertarian agenda.

In their drive to control the U.S. Congress, and soon the federal government, the Kochs left no stone unturned in backing organizations that challenge America’s so-called equality in issues of race, gender, and freedom from religious imposition, and whose stated goal is enforcing Christian moralistic teachings on all Americans. The Kochs’ funding vehicles, such as the Freedom Partners, is not forthcoming on where or how it allocates its untold millions to control Congress, but according to its most recent tax filing it is flush with anonymous money and doled out more than $40-million in just the past 12 months to bible-based groups intent on electing candidates who oppose women’s rights from abortion to private and personal healthcare choices to contraception use among many, many other control mechanisms.

Over the past two years to better influence Senate races, control Congress, and eliminate the government, the Kochs funneled tens-of-millions of anonymous dollars to groups such as Concerned Women for America, the Susan B. Anthony List, the Independent Women’s Forum, and untold other, less-prominent, Christian groups. All groups whose intent is dominating and controlling women, gays, and eventually the entire population by empowering a biblical government to police key areas of personal conduct that a traditional libertarian, and free people, would find intolerable. One group in particular, Concerned Women of America (CWA), makes no secret that besides outlawing abortion, it is fighting ferociously to criminalize same-sex marriage, pornography, and force mandatory Christian prayers in public schools as a prelude to a Christian theocracy.

The support of the Koch’s Freedom Partners for CWA is important because like most blatantly anti-women’s rights organizations, it does not garner much support from foundations according to data from the Foundation Center. In fact, CWA has only received support from a handful of foundations since 2003, and most grants are quite modest in size which is why, as is typical of extremist religious groups, it relies heavily on support from major individual donors with a specific agenda. As a so-called “non-profit religious organization,” it is virtually impossible to say who those donors are because CWA is not required to list its funders or publish an annual report. If not for the requirement for the Koch’s Freedom Partners to file tax documents, the Koch’s support for CWA and other anti-women’s rights groups would be hidden from the public.

Concerned Women for America is so entrenched in keeping women in biblically-subservient roles, it has made blocking the proposed National Women’s History Museum a major crusade on par with criminalizing abortion, gay marriage, and contraceptives. The CWA president and CEO, Penny Nance, wrote a patriarchal op-ed expressing her vehement opposition to the proposed museum to be situated on the National Mall. Nance did her best Republican, biblical patriarch, impersonation and warned that the National Women’s History Museum “baldly favors a liberal jaundiced view of history,” and would “disproportionately feature and elevate the histories of women who embrace such policies as the whiny ‘banbossy’ campaign and other phony feminist ‘battles’ of the American left.” Battles like fighting for equal pay for equal work, maternity leave, the right to vote, the right to use contraceptives, and to make reproductive healthcare choices the religious right opposes.

One prime example of the Kochs funding extreme anti-women candidates to win control of the Senate is Iowa fanatic Joni Ernst. At the Koch not-so-secret gathering last June, Ernst won wild plaudits for “exceeding the Kochs’ wildest expectations;” not because of her extreme position on abolishing women’s rights, but because her extremist anti-women’s rights stance would incite the religious right voting bloc to flock to the polls to elect a theocratic candidate. Ernst, like most Republicans in Congress, supports a federal personhood law to effectively ban abortion and criminalize all forms of “unnatural birth control” as defined by the Vatican’s Humanae Vitae.

This column has reported, ad nauseum, that for the past three years Republicans in the House overwhelmingly passed a personhood bill only to be thwarted by the Democratic Senate. It also reported that in each of those three years, the same House personhood bill was introduced in the Senate but failed to make it out of committee. Now that the Kochs bought control of the Senate by funding anti-women’s rights candidates, the anti-women’s rights Senate will, like the religious anti-women’s rights House, easily pass a personhood law and libertarians will get precisely what they claim to hate; a theocratic government interfering and controlling their wives’, daughters’, mothers’, and sisters’ personal life decisions. And the Kochs could not possibly care less because they will have leverage to begin eliminating the two agencies “economic libertarians” hate most; the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency.

15 Replies to “The Koch Brothers Fund Religious Groups That Are Eliminating Women’s Rights”

  1. I used to wonder why conservative voting women would vote to turn their daughters and themselves into nothing more than baby machines thinking that they would have the right to deny sex to men. But then I read on forums that most women and men have no idea that this is what is being pushed. They do not understand that the people they look up to want to do away with all forms of birth control. And these people don’t even care. they think that all it means is abortion will be banned.

    And you have to wonder what the world reaction is going to be to a United States that lives under a theocracy. It has to be a reaction based on fear. Keeping in mind that a theocracy is never beneficial to anyone except for people at the very top to make money from it.

    the Koch brothers and the term libertarians have nothing to do with freedom. Not for you anyways.

  2. The only thing standing in the way of the theocratic goal of controlling this country is the President and his veto pen.

    IMHO, half of the legislators who espouse this religious pap don’t actually believe in what they are saying, but are using their “religion” merely to gain power and are using their blind followers to gain that power.

    When you combine religious zealots with the article, “Gun Nuts Threaten President Over Something He Hasn’t Even Done” you are looking at some really, really, scary stuff.

    I don’t know about anybody else, but I believe this stuff is getting out of hand. It is not beyond the realm of possibility that some “religious” gun nut may decide to take matters into his/her hands to settle the situation. Don’t forget that after the President and the Vice-President comes Bohner. NOT someone I would like to see running this country.

  3. Little knowing any power they think they will have will not be offered when their job is done. They will be done as well

  4. If the government can own a female citizen’s eggs, they can own all citizens’ bodies.

    That’s what anti-choice is directed towards. Baby steps back to slavery. Women are just the test run.

  5. The conjoining of these groups with the Koch’s is purely mercenary, and they will learn that they are disposable when the limit of their utility is reached. The Koch’s aren’t invested in any social causes, they merely use and exploit any avenue that will help further their goal of unfettered, rapacious greed. They are sociopaths with narcissistic tendencies who, if successful, will ultimately be responsible for more death and destruction than any war.

  6. When my gender starts wanting to take us backward I begin to wonder why I’m still alive and what will happen to all the generations coming up. The Kochs have to be stopped. I know I’ll fight then for as long as I live. I’m not a breeding sow, I have a mind.

  7. “…they have had to climb in bed with fundamentalist Christians intent on using the government to control and subvert women’s rights and force adherence to biblical values on all Americans.”

    They climbed into that bed back in the 50’s when their father, Fred Koch, teamed up with R.J. Rushdoony.

  8. “The GOP, thanks to FOX News, the strange and deplorable changes that have been occurring in Evangelical Christianity since the mid-1980s, and those who worship Ayn Rand and her perverted view of the world, has been been brainwashed.

    It began when Fred Koch, Robert W. Welch, Jr, and the John Birch Society merged with the perversions of Rand, and were taken in by W. Cleon Skousen, and then adopted by R. J. Rushdoony in the new religion he created which is a blend of Christianity, Mormonism, Calvinism, Old Testament rules which never existed, and a good dose of hate they neighbor as much as thy family.

    It is a new way of life promoted by Glenn Beck, ALEC, AFP, FOX News, Tea Parties, financed with money from the Brother’s Koch.”

  9. All theocracies turn into a state of endless war. The US will be no exception.

    As Europe learned after centuries of Catholic suppression.

    The US is still relatively untested when it comes to civil war.

    It took centuries of Europe being in a constant state of war for the Eurpeans to grow up and work towards peace and equality.

  10. absolutely! Woudn’t it be nice if, our Gov could nationalize all their assets and ship them to Cuba or somewhere taking along Cruz, Palin, McConnell and few of the other rethugs? Can’t forget Bonhead him too.

  11. The Pope Has A Message For Christian Fundamentalists: You’re No Better Than ISIS!

    December 3, 2014 10:20 am
    “The Pope, on a flight back from Turkey…drew a parallel between Christian
    Fundamentalists and Islamic terror groups such as ISIS.

    When a journalist attempted to draw the Pope into yet another condemnation of the world’s 2 billion Muslims on the basis of the actions of a few thousand – the pontiff dropped a logic bomb.

    “You just can’t say that, just as you can’t say that all
    Christians are fundamentalists. We have our share of them
    (fundamentalists). All religions have these little groups,” Pope Francis said.

    With this succinct, unapologetic statement –
    Pope Francis has said what many of us, religious and not, have been
    quietly thinking for some time:

    Christian and Muslim Fundamentalists
    have far more in common with each other than the rest of us”.

  12. The Christo-fascists in this country are just as horrible as the Islamic fascists in the Middle East countries because both kinds of religious fascists wish to destroy women’s reproductive rights as well as the rights of all people not in power to learn real fact based science such as evolution so that women will be ignorant-going through life with blinders on-just as horrible as wearing a burka

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