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Worse Than Fascists 
13th-Jun-2008 10:12 pm
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Worse Than Fascists: Christian Political Group 'The Family' Openly Reveres Hitler

In his new book, The Family, author Jeff Sharlet reveals sordid details about this power-hungry, inside-the-Beltway fundamentalist group.
Did you know that the National Prayer Breakfast is sponsored by a shadowy cabal of elite Christian fundamentalists? Jeff Sharlet's new book, "The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power," offers a rare glimpse of this remarkable network, which is known variously as the Family, the Fellowship and the International Foundation.

The Family was founded 70 years ago by Abraham Vereide, a Norwegian immigrant evangelist based in Seattle. In 1935, Vereide said, God appeared to him in a vision and revealed where Christianity had gone wrong: preoccupation with the poor, the weak and the suffering.

The down-and-out were in no position to bring about the Kingdom of God, Vereide realized. Some Christians believe that the rapture is imminent, but not the Family. They're convinced that Jesus won't return until we get our collective house in order. If they were to wait for the down-and-out to remake the world in God's image, we could be here forever.

Besides, in Seattle in the 1930s, union agitators were making a play for the down-and-out. Christianity promised rewards in the hereafter, but workers in the Pacific Northwest were starting to wonder why they had to wait so long. Instead of competing for market share with the Industrial Workers of the World, Vereide sought a different niche.

His new plan was to target men who were already powerful and turn them to God -- and wouldn't you know it, God hated unions, too.

Through personal relationships and small group encounters, Vereide united captains of industry and politicians as a Biblical bulwark against the increasing power of organized labor.

In the late 1940s, the Family helped roll back key pro-labor provisions of the New Deal. Later, the Family did its part for the Cold War by cultivating anti-communist strongmen around the world, including repressive leaders like Suharto of Indonesia and Jonas Savimbi of Angola.

The roster of current and former Family members includes senators, congressmen, Fortune 500 CEOs, generals and at least one Supreme Court justice. The Family does not publish membership lists, and its members are sworn to secrecy, so a full accounting is impossible.

[Full article on AlterNet]
Comments 
14th-Jun-2008 02:19 am (UTC)
I've heard lots of rumbling about The Family, but never anything that really convinced me that they're an entity with any real power, or that they even exist. Not to say I couldn't be convinced, but I've never heard anything about them from a source that was anything other than extremely suspect.
14th-Jun-2008 02:28 am (UTC)
Christian fascist ideology bordering on totalitarianism, but yeah - all it takes is a little clout to get a lot of it.
14th-Jun-2008 03:28 pm (UTC) - Here are your sources
Anonymous
Sources that discuss The Family, aka Fellowship:

LA Times: "Showing Faith in Discretion"

NBC Nightly News (video of leader Doug Coe doing one of his Hitler routines)

Time magazine: Doug Coe on the list of 25 most powerful evangelicals under heading, "Stealth Persuader"

"Faith in the Halls of Power," by D. Michael Lindsay, Oxford University Press

And then there's my book. It's true that you shouldn't trust what you read in any ol' book; that's why I provided 40 pages of end notes. Moreover, much of this first appeared in Harper's and Rolling Stone, which meant it went through both fact checking and legal review.
14th-Jun-2008 05:15 am (UTC)
I don't doubt the words of this author about The Family but to be honest, the problem with this theology is that if anything, the Bible preaches to the lost, low, and poor in spirit. What this idiot (not the author, the founder of this movement) is teaching is heresy. It's no different than those who preach that God is a vending machine and you plug in a quarter and you get the life of riches.

It just doesn't work that way.
14th-Jun-2008 01:15 pm (UTC)
Oh come on! Everyone knows Hitler had his good qualities. LOL!
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