"The Family" and the C Street Center
This organization and its Washington DC boarding house scares the living crap out of me. Partly because of its beliefs and also its influence. In a time where a presidential candidate serving on an educational board with an anti-war terrorist/radical is a political issue and that is discussed in the press, it amazing there isn't more exposure on this organization and its ties to several members of congress. A journalist Jeff Sharlet lived with the group for a month and wrote a book about it called "The Family: Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power." i plan to pick it up soon.
Is anyone familiar with this organization or have opinions on it?
Here are some quotes from wiki:
[quote]The Family believes that the elite win power by the will of God, who uses them for his purposes. Its mission is to help the powerful understand their role in God’s plan. The Family represents "Jesus plus nothing," as its leader, Doug Coe, puts it, the "totalitarianism of God," in the words of an early Family leader, a vision that encompasses not just social issues but also the kind of free-market fundamentalism that is the real object of devotion for core members and insiders. At the heart of the Family's spiritual advice for its proxies in Congress is the conviction that the market's invisible hand represents the guidance of God, and that God wants his "new chosen" to look out for one another.
The Fellowship is associated with many influential American leaders, including many current and former Senators and members of the United States Congress, executive branch officials, military officers, including several Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the heads of humanitarian aid organizations, as well as foreign leaders and ambassadors. According to David Kuo, former Special Assistant to President George W. Bush and Deputy Director of the White House Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives, "The Fellowship's reach into governments around the world is almost impossible to overstate or even grasp." Core members and associates of the Fellowship deny that the Fellowship exists. The Fellowship has been the subject of controversy for its secrecy, involvement in sex scandals, ties to third-world dictators and oppressive regimes, and approving references to Adolf Hitler, terrorist and 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden, Cambodian despot Pol Pot, and the Mafia. It reportedly is built on the "Hitler Concept," which is a covenant amongst a leadership cadre comprised of members of a political avant garde.[quote]
Below is an interview with Jeff Sharlet. NSFW. The section where he talks about the leaders saying to a congressman that if he learned the congressman raped children it would be acceptable because the congressman is one of the "Chosen" so the normal rules don't apply made my jaw drop.