Friday, July 17, 2009

The New World Order

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The New World Order

In Washington DC, there is a house on C Street NW just a few blocks from the Capitol. A group that calls itself The Family apparently owns it. This has only recently come to my attention through the national prominence of the residents and the news worthiness of the marital infidelity of three of them. Their moral turpitudes and peccadilloes aside, this is a very troubling group of power hungry self-styled illuminati. They hide behind a pseudo religiosity loosely based on their supposed admiration of Jesus Christ.

Governor Mark Sanford of South Carolina made a passing reference to having sought counseling on C Street in Washington DC recently during one of his rambling and barely coherent confessions of a dalliance with an Argentine lover. It seems he is not the only past or present resident of the C Street house whose private morality does not jive with his public professions of faith and family values.

Senator John Ensign, Republican from Nevada and a resident of C Street, when in DC, was recently embroiled in an affair that cost his parents over ninety thousand dollars in hush money. His mistress was a campaign worker, as was her husband. Ensign fired both of them when it became apparent that the affair was going to become public knowledge. No doubt, he regrets his parent’s money was insufficient in buying either discretion or silence.

Then there is the good ole boy Chip Pickering, former Congressman from Mississippi. Pickering is also a former resident of the C street house currently ensconced in a marital fiasco. His wife has reacted to his filing divorce proceedings by counter filing an alienation of affection lawsuit against his mistress. The ex-congressional representative currently works for the company owned by his mistress’s father. All in all a cozy arrangement for everyone but the wife and children left behind.

It is not the predilection for publicly affecting a persona of Christian conservative values while privately embracing personal immorality, which is the most disturbing connection between these three. Neither is it the fact that they were residents and roommates in this so-called church. It is rather their membership in The Family.

In doing a little internet research I find that The Family was outted by Jeff Sharlet writing for Harper’s magazine in 2003. He also published an insiders expose last year titled The Family, the Secret Fundementalism at the Heart of American Power. It is incredible though that they have avoided more attention from then until now. The mainstream media other then Harper’s magazine has ignored them until recently. Only the blatant immorality and public exposure of Messer’s Sanford, Ensign and Pickering has shined the light of journalistic inquiry onto this old and purposely under the radar fellowship.

The organization in various guises has been around since 1923 when one Abraham Vereide conceived it. Vereide opposed President Roosevelt’s New Deal agenda. He also postulated that Seattle, where he lived at the time, was in danger of being dominated by socialist politicians.
To fend off these calamitous and catastrophic consequences of Godless secularism he joined forces with some influential Seattle business leaders to form prayer groups. From that humble and paranoid beginning has sprung a world wide organization of self styled power brokers who have quietly influenced business and political events both known and unknown.

In 1935, he received another revelation from God. This one fleshed out his vision of how the prayer groups should be organized. It also refined the religious philosophy they would embrace. Over the years, the group has evolved into a movement believing in the superiority of its membership as the elect and chosen of Jesus Christ. They espouse a trickle down economic model that accrues wealth and power to them by right and the residue to the masses Vis a vie their charitable benevolence.

Their current leader since 1969 is Doug Coe. Coe in his sermons says that throughout history the leaders who understood the gathering and use of power best were men the ilk of Hitler, Pol Pot and Genghis Kahn. He speaks of a need to hate your parents, siblings, employers and neighbors in order to perfect your commitment to and covenant with Christ.

The group apparently counts among its membership some of the most powerful and influential members of various worldwide governments and industrialist. Among one of the more disconcerting things about the influence this group wields is its sponsorship of the National Prayer Meeting. This meeting is attended every year by three to four thousand of the world’s political, religious and business leaders. The President of the United States traditionally speaks at the meeting.

Among things that go bump in the night and scare people this group surely is one of the potentially most malevolent. The propensity to accrue power as though it is due you by some deity’s Divine Will precludes any empathy for the rights of others not so blessed. In today’s macro, political and economic environment the potential for a group this powerful to start changing the political and democratic landscape is potentially horrific. It certainly does not reek of benign leadership.

As an American citizen, I want answers from those members of our elected government who are affiliated with this group. I think we are entitled to an explanation of their affinity for the kind of philosophical teachings this group embraces. If enough of us ask for accountability and demand answers, we will at least expose the current known members’ rationale for their memberships.

Because of the supposedly religious nature of this group, it will be hard to find a political or journalistic organization with the will to ask the hard questions. Demanding accountability from God’s own chosen members of the new Israel is tantamount to demanding that God be answerable to his subjects. Even though this group’s philosophy is antithetical to mainstream Christianity its influence and power are considerable.

That said if this story scares and concerns you half as much as it does me you need to take action. Write your congressional representatives and senators and ask if they are members and if so why. If they are not you might suggest they support a congressional investigation into the group’s influence peddling and foreign relations policies and actions. Remember that in the end we get the government that we demand and deserve.

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1 comment:

  1. There's nothing sinister about the C Street Fellowship. The group just believes that "love thy neighbor" trumps the Ten Commandments if you're rich, white, male and Republican.



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