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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

An introduction to the C Street House power structure
Posted by Jill | 6:20 AM
If you lack the time (like me) or inclination (you shouldn't) to read Jeff Sharlet's book about the hypocritical scumbags who constitute the denizens of the C Street House and its lunatic fraternity "The Family", I recommend that you read Sharlet's article about exactly what these people who actually hold elective office in this country believe. A sampler (emphases mine):
The Family likes to call itself a "Christian Mafia," but it began 74 years ago as an anti-New Deal coalition of businessmen convinced that organized labor was under the sway of Satan. The Great Depression, they believed, was a punishment from God for what they viewed as FDR's socialism. The Family's goal was the "consecration" of America to God, first through the repeal of New Deal reforms, then through the aggressive expansion of American power during the Cold War. They called this a "Worldwide Spiritual Offensive," but in Washington, it amounted to the nation's first fundamentalist lobby. Early participants included Southern Sens. Strom Thurmond, Herman Talmadge and Absalom Willis Robertson -- Pat Robertson's father. Membership lists stored in the Family's archive at the Billy Graham Center at evangelical Wheaton College in Illinois show active participation at any given time over the years by dozens of congressmen.


I met the younger Coe when I lived for several weeks as a member of the Family. He's a surprising source of counsel, spiritual or otherwise. Attempting to explain what it means to be chosen for leadership like King David was -- or Mark Sanford, according to his own estimate -- he asked a young man who'd put himself, body and soul, under the Family's authority, "Let's say I hear you raped three little girls. What would I think of you?" The man guessed that Coe would probably think that he was a monster. "No," answered Coe, "I wouldn't." Why? Because, as a member of the Family, he's among what Family leaders refer to as the "new chosen." If you're chosen, the normal rules don't apply.

I've heard of "clean slate Christianity", in which no deeds are heinous as long as you believe a story someone tells you about a Jewish carpenter who got nailed to a cross two thousand years ago so you can indulge all your impulses like a two-year-old; but this elevates that form of hypocrisy masquerading as religion to an even new level: Not only are you forgiven for even the most heinous sins, but because you are chosen by God to rule the earth, normal rules don't even apply. There's nothing to forgive, because for The Family, there is no sin and anything goes.

Let me repeat: And these are people who wield power over your life. These are the people who are saying you can't get married if you're gay; you can't have an abortion if your contraception fails, you can't even use contraception. These are the people who want their twisted sickness taught in the public schools. These are the people the media suck up to, inviting them to spew their filth on national television and call it "policy."

Here's a quoted list from the article of the other people in Congress who are members of this twisted cult of would-be despots. If you are represented by one of these people, you might want to tell your friends what they're putting in office:
Men under the Family's religio-political counsel include, in addition to Ensign, Coburn and Pickering, Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Jim DeMint and Lindsey Graham, both R-S.C.; James Inhofe, R-Okla., John Thune, R-S.D., and recent senators and high officials such as John Ashcroft, Ed Meese, Pete Domenici and Don Nickles. Over in the House there's Joe Pitts, R-Penn., Frank Wolf, R-Va., Zach Wamp, R-Tenn., Robert Aderholt, R-Ala., Ander Crenshaw, R-Fla., Todd Tiahrt, R-Kan., Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., Jo Ann Emerson, R-Mo., and John R. Carter, R-Texas. Historically, the Family has been strongly Republican, but it includes Democrats, too. There's Mike McIntyre of North Carolina, for instance, a vocal defender of putting the Ten Commandments in public places, and Sen. Mark Pryor, the pro-war Arkansas Democrat responsible for scuttling Obama's labor agenda. Sen. Pryor explained to me the meaning of bipartisanship he'd learned through the Family: "Jesus didn't come to take sides. He came to take over." And by Jesus, the Family means the Family.

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Blogger PurpleGirl said...
The Great Depression, they believed, was a punishment from God for what they viewed as FDR's socialism.

I think they have their timeline of events a little turned around.

Blogger Steve said...
What! No Michele Bachmann in the baccalaureate brothel? She'd be the perfect Mary Magdalene.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
And not one stinking person in the entire government that can charge them under the RICO laws. This gang is so arrogant that they have to have broken hundreds of federal laws regarding conspiracy, fraud, collusion in crime.

Not one american can indict them. Not one.

America, the new world's worst joke as a democracy. Hell, Egypt is more democratic.

Blogger Bob said...
I'm thrilled Sharlet's book is getting the national attention it deserves, thanks to Ensign, Coburn & Pickering.

Blogger James Milles said...
This sort of idea has a long history on the fringes of Christianity, under the name "antinomianism," but it has usually been considered heretical: see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antinomianism

Blogger Jill said...
Wow, Jim, that was really interesting. Funny how they pick out of it what they want.

Anonymous Mike Licht said...
The Congressional Recess is coming. Don't forget to sign up for the Fellowship's Vacation Bible School.