By Jim Stanford on December 2, 2009
A recent report on NPR raised eyebrows around Jackson with the revelation that U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., is a member of The Family, the Washington church group that, when not covering up each other’s affairs, seeks to turn our government into a theocracy.
NPR’s “Fresh Air” featured a new book by Jeff Sharlet titled, The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power. Here’s an excerpt:
“We desire to see a leadership led by God,” reads a confidential mission statement. “Leaders of all levels of society who direct projects as they are led by the spirit.” Another principle expanded upon is stealthiness; members are instructed to pursue political jujitsu by making use of secular leaders “in the work of advancing His kingdom,” and to avoid whenever possible the label Christian itself, lest they alert enemies to that advance. Regular prayer groups, or “cells” as they’re often called, have met in the Pentagon and at the Department of Defense, and the Family has traditionally fostered strong ties with businessmen in the oil and aerospace industries.
“Cell” has been a common operating word for the group long before its current association with terrorists. The Family, which has its own now-infamous house on C Street and an entanglement of curious tax-free and nonprofit funding streams, borrows tactics from old-school communists and the mafia, apparently.
Click here to read the full excerpt on NPR’s site.