July 30, 2009

The Family

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Wikipedia entry
Secrets of C-Street
(The Daily Beast)
Harper's Magazine

I really don't know what to make of this. It's too weird.

The Family is a secretive conservative Christian group. Its membership includes U.S. senators, members of Congress, primarily Republican, as well as high-ranking military leaders.

It is best known for organizing the National Prayer Breakfast, held each year on the first Thursday of February in Washington, D.C.

It's also rather well known for recent sex scandals involving three of its members, Gov. Mark Sanford, Sen. John Ensign and former congressman Chip Pickering.

It's less well known for some of its odd beliefs and attempts to influence foreign governments.

According to the Rachel Maddow video shown below, the group believes:
Powerful men are God's chosen and they are not bound by the same morality and responsibility to others that normal people are ... Hitler and Mao and Osama bin Laden should be studied and considered as models of power and leadership by members of the family.
They want to build a worldwide invisible movement of strong authoritarian leaders linked together in a worldwide spiritual offensive.

Powerful members of the House and Senate are going along with this stuff. It's all very creepy.

The video and the article in the Daily Beast will give you a good idea about what they are about. The Harper's article is older and longer but is also very good. The book, pictured above, is on the July 24, 2009, New York Times paperback nonfiction best-seller list.

The Family's house on C street in DC

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