The Family

The Family

The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power

Book - 2008
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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.

Publisher: New York, NY : HarperCollins, [2008], ©2008
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780060560058
0060560053
9780060559793
0060559799
Branch Call Number: 277.3 Sh
Description: viii, 454 pages ; 24 cm

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TcclUser
Mar 20, 2016

Politics masquerading as "Faith and family values" has long been the staple battle cry of the religious right...but it has never been anything more than a quest for complete hegemonic control in order to turn from the plan of our founders from a stable Democratic Republic into an ever increasing Totalitarian fascist Theocracy.

No one can afford to let that happen, and we should do more to keep church and state separate for good !!

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naturalist
Jul 20, 2015

"The Rise of Christian Fascism and Its Threat to American Democracy – We must attend to growing social and economic inequities in order to stop the most dangerous mass movement in American history -- or face a future of fascism under the guise of Christian values.” 07-02-2007 by Chris Hedges from
http://www.alternet.org/story/47679/the_rise_of_christian_fascism_and_its_threat_to_american_democracy . . .
and . . .
“The Christian Fascists Are Growing Stronger” by Chris Hedges 07-06-2010 from
http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/the_christian_fascists_are_growing_stronger_20100607

Chapel_Hill_KenMc Dec 14, 2014

Disturbing analysis of a network of fundamentalist Christians who have woven a web of influence throughout government and industry since the Eisenhower administration. Known first as "The Fellowship," and more recently as "The Family," this is a group without any overt structure, operating in "cells" modeled on communist revolutionary groups. Their public event is the National Prayer Breakfast held annually with the president and leading members of the government. Working confidentially with some of the 20th century's most bloodthirsty dictators, The Family holds no one accountable for political action, works to further the interests of US power and the "free market," and insidiously breaks down the wall of separation between church and state. Their conception of Christianity? Sharlet writes, "For all of the Family's talk of Jesus as a person, he remains oddly abstract in the teachings they derive from him, a mix of 'free market' economics, aggressive American internationalism, and 'leadership' as a fetishized term for power, a good in itself regardless of its ends." Scary reading!

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achanson
Apr 01, 2011

Frightening!

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