"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