The Family by Jeff Sharlet
The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power

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They insist they are just a group of friends, yet they funnel millions of dollars through tax-free corporations. They claim to disdain politics, but congressmen of both parties describe them as the most influential religious organization in Washington. They say they are not Christians, but simply believers.

Behind the scenes at every National Prayer Breakfast since 1953 has been the Family, an elite network dedicated to a religion of power for the powerful. Their goal is "Jesus plus nothing." Their method is backroom diplomacy. The Family is the startling story of how their faith—part free-market fundamentalism, part imperial ambition—has come to be interwoven with the affairs of nations around the world.

 

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Jeff Sharlet is a visiting research scholar at New York University's Center for Religion and Media. He is a contributing editor for Harper's and Rolling Stone, the coauthor, with Peter Manseau, of Killing the Buddha, and the editor of TheRevealer.org. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
 
Published May 11, 2008 by HarperCollins e-books. 468 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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co-author: Killing the Buddha: A Heretic’s Bible, 2004), however, sees something sinister, a more than merely ceremonial moment marking the achievement of Abraham Vereide and his successor, Doug Coe, founders of a ministry specializing in the care and feeding of high government, industry and mili...

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Thus whoever wins a particular election, they are tied in and can exercise influence - that to me is the real problem here - one that I think there is evidence for.

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Like this one, “If you're going to get all upset about another religion - ie Judaism - learn something about it first that's actual facts.” Or they try and label you and thus minimize your contribution by saying something like, “oh you're one of those.” They will pick apart everything and mini...

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Rovian tactics succeeded in convincing the purveyors of "information" - the news media and clueless pundits - that the right-wing Evangelicals were legion and essential to winning an election, and also succeeded in intimidating many Americans who weren't thinking very much and were scared, to ide...

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--ML King "Beyond Vietnam" by Gooserock on Mon Apr 09, 2007 at 03:57:11 PM PDT.

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Sharlet investigated the group of elite and powerful Christian fundamentalists, a group that includes Ensign, and if the book is accurate, sex is now the least interesting part of the Ensign story.

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Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., defended "The Family" following reports that an affiliate took money from the Islamic American Relief Agency, which the U.S. government called a financier of global terrorism.

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He’s even decided to set up camp in the Vatican guesthouse instead of the Apostolic Palace, all in order to live up to his chosen name of Francis after an Italian saint who decided to live in poverty.

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“A lot of people vote for how they feel about a candidate, not what they think about a candidate,” Flavin said, “and she’s doing the think stuff.” Brown can walk into a tavern and make people feel he’s one of them.

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