Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The C Street Band

"Jesus didn't come to take sides. He came to take over."

-- Sen. Mark Pryor, (D-Arkansas) and member of "The Family"

It's not often that you see something in a magazine or newspaper -- or on the internet -- and find yourself double and triple-checking to make sure that what you're reading isn't, in fact, fiction.

A piece in Salon this morning would've left me doing exactly that -- constantly going back to the beginning just to be absolutely sure I wasn't reading a creative author's entirely made up cautionary tale -- were it not for the fact that I've heard quite a bit recently about the shadowy Christian political organization known as "The Family." These days, the Illuminati-esque group operates out of a non-descript red brick townhouse on Capitol Hill and counts among its members a large contingent of lawmakers and politicos, mostly Republican, a few of whom have recently found themselves embroiled in very ugly, very public sex scandals.

If you haven't heard of The Family -- that is, aren't aware of the level of power this self-proclaimed "Christian Mafia" wields behind the scenes in Washington and what its frightening theocratic goals are worldwide -- then I highly suggest reading the following article. Suffice it to say, these guys make Scientologists look like rank amateurs -- and what's worse, they subsribe to a religion that a large percentage of Americans believe in wholeheartedly.

The Family says it represents and advocates "the totalitarianism of God."

Be afraid, be very afraid.

"The more invisible you can make your organization, the more influence you can have."

-- Doug Coe, leader of "The Family"

Salon.com: Sex and Power Inside the C Street House/7.21.09


Kevin M. Hagerman said...

Why is it always the fuckheads who have A Plan?

Robo said...

You should have added the most telling part of the quote from the story:

"Jesus didn't come to take sides. He came to take over." And by Jesus, the Family means the Family.

It has absolutely nothing to do with Jesus and everything to do with Power and how they can fleece the ignorant to keep it within their grasp.

Deacon Blue said...

I'm waiting for the movie,

Vatican vs. Family: Requiem

Should be good for a nice, hard, R rating. Might be a bit light on the tits and ass, though.

The Manimal said...

You've fucked up now Chez. You know what happens to people who go against the family.

Anonymous said...

That's right, Jesus didn't come to take sides. He didn't come to take over either.

Nut jobs miss the point, again. Big surprise.

Narbe said...

Bill Maher was so spot-on when he said that Jesus is arguably the biggest victim of name dropping and that those who so vociferously claim to follow him act nothing like him.
It's people like these that make me wish there could be a hell.

Heather said...

Okay, that's actually very frightening. Suharto? Mao? Lenin? And they're serious!! That's the worst part! Of course, we don't hear about this on normal news.

Web Dunce said...

Rachel Maddow has been covering this for a few weeks. It is terrifying to me that a story of this magnitude is not plastered all over MSM. The Family seems to be nothing more than a cult in expensive suits, and the people under their influence happen to make laws that affect us all. It is utter lunacy. Has America always been this crazy? Seriously....

Anonymous said...

why aren't these Christian Taliban as vilified as the Muslim Taliban? they're no different - except one has the power to behead and the other wishes it had that same power.

Izar Talon said...

The worst thing that ever happened to Jesus and his philosophy and ideas was that some nutjobs went out and made a religion out of them.

slouchmonkey said...

Raping three little girls? Is okay, if you're in the family?


I'm so pissed right now.

I want to grab this Coe character and beat the shit out of him.

Izar Talon said...

"Mao even had the kids killing their own mother and father. But it wasn't murder. It was for building the new nation. The new kingdom."

Holy Shit.

I am so sick and fucking tired and just completely fucking APPALLED at modern American Christianity. Jesus has absolutely fucking NOTHING to do with Capitalism. Nothing! Yet these fucking people have them so completely interwoven in their minds that they are inextricable to them. When did Jesus EVER say ANYTHING about the free market being God's plan? I don't remember anything in the Bible about money and free trade.

No, wait, that's not true. I DO remember something about money being mentioned in the Bible. A little quote that said it's easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than it is for a rich man to get into Heaven.

That's something that these people like to conveniently forget. As well as that little bit about banking being a sin. That's another one that the Fundamentalist Christians like to forget because it's inconvenient for them. They selectively pick and choose what applies to them and what doesn't.

Jesus was a Socialist! He and the apostles lived together and pooled their resources and shared everything between them. He advocated it! The early Christians were all Socialists, living together in communes and sharing everything they and with each other. But they've gotten Christianity so fucking twisted up and combined with Greed that they've become inseparable.

They like to ignore that the only time Jesus ever got angry in the Bible was at the people in the temple selling sacrifices, the same type of free market Capitalism that these people just love and say is good clean Christian values. These are the same types of guys that Jesus would have kicked in the ass and thrown out of the temple!

It just makes me fucking SICK. The twisting of a good philosophy of "love everyone" has been twisted into this SHIT and used as an excuse for so much misery and corruption. These people need to be flogged and exposed for the greedy bastards that they are, and I just wish to God that somehow all their fucking idiot followers could be made to understand how twisted and corrupted the beliefs have deviated from what Jesus was trying to tell people. Because they have twisted into a complete fucking mockery of everything he said. Jesus was a good guy, trying to tell people to just love each other and be good to each other. And they took him and called him God, when he specifically denied that he was, and by now they've dropped his entire message and point, and have only kept the thing that he DIDN'T claim, that he was God.

It's just fucking sad and SICK.

Benoit from Ottawa said...

Aaaaahh, WWRJD.

The question is how to make media such as your blog spill over into -- onto? -- the bigger, more mainstream ones.

Incidentally, typo: "and what's worse, they subsribe..."

Michael said...

Amen Izar Talon Amen
and might I add Hear Hear!

Anonymous said...

Does this remind anyone of the "Hell Fire" clubs of Ben Franklin's time and the political power those men wielded? Very scary stuff, indeed.

sparksinner said...

We need to send Michael Westen in there to snoop around and get some of the juiciest stuff to the media.

If Salon can get the batshit craziness they got imagine what those Family nutbags have sitting in the basement.

What drives people to say shit like that (rape 3 girls, Mao, etc...)? Do they really believe that stuff? Which would be worse:
- they do believe that shit
- they just say that shit to achieve whatever it is they're after

Maybe it doesn't matter. Either way, the narcissism on these guys is beyond staggering.

Chez said...

Unfortunately, Michael Westen, or at least Jeffrey Donovan, is facing DUI charges in Miami. Course that could just be his cover. Yup, bet he's got them right where he wants them.

Jeremy said...



Milton said...

this is what fundamentalists and fanatics do to religion. i have nothing against religious people. if you want to believe in fairy-tales go ahead. but the problem with religions in general is that they attract these sick, twisted people who speak in whatever their god's name is and distort and corrupt the little good that genuine faith can bring. some people need religion, others need drugs or some other kind of crutch, but no one needs fundamentalists!

Ben Fleming said...


The Family.

Don't you fucking mess with it.

Che Grovera said...

Izar Talon: I love you, man...in a purely Christian sense. Oh wait, Larry Craig fucked that up for me (my toe was NOT tapping!). Shit -- you can't step outside these days without bouncing off an allegedly conservative, Christ-proclaiming, Republican hypocrite.

As far as I can tell, the equation "conservative = selfish" is now writ in stone. End of debate. Any pretense of greater good has been stripped away and these lost souls are left to proclaim, Sanford-like, that they are "more firmly in God's control" (selfish bastard that He is). One of the (many) reasons I fell in love with my wife was her proclamation -- loud and passionate and without a trace of self-awareness -- that "Jesus was a REBEL for LOVE!" She is the smartest woman I have ever known, and she means that statement in the most honest (bordering on naive) way possible. She means it in the way that Jesus would be taking down pseudo-Pharisees like Pryor and Sanford and Coe.

Tania said...

So, who's going to throw these guys out of the temple?

Anonymous said...

Matthew 5
3 "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers,for they will be called sons of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Yeah, guess the Family forgot about this part...or they are illiterate...or both.

Deacon Blue said...

I disagree with so very little of your rant, Izar Talon, that I will simply add my "amen" to the pile.

Mike Licht said...

The Congressional Recess is coming. Don't forget to sign up for the Fellowship's Vacation Bible School.



disputin said...

Now Garry Trudeau is taking his turn poking "The Family"