By: Harriet Rossetto
I was relieved to read an article (albeit a small one) in this morning’s N.Y. Times about the boycott of the National Prayer Breakfast by an ethics watchdog group. The story revealed that a covert evangelical group called The Family is the force behind the prayer breakfast. After I read Jeff Sharlits’ book The Family several months ago, I talked of nothing else to anyone who would listen to me. I bought a dozen books and gave them to friends and family. This powerful, secretive, right wing, Christian group is successfully hijacking our elected leaders and using them as collateral to further their power base at home and abroad. It’s an organization that doesn’t exist, which cleverly shields it from scrutiny. But it controls elections and politicians seeking office are afraid of its power. Its agenda is the usual evangelical agenda – anti abortion, anti gay and anti egalitarian. It smacks of master race; its members, soldiers of Jesus, are exempt from moral responsibility by virtue of membership in the army of Jesus. Their Jesus is not the Jesus of the meek and servant of the oppressed. They do not revere the teaching of Jesus is Ruler, conferring upon themselves the Divine Right of Kings. They are free of moral restraint as long as they pay homage and several of their members have been arrested for sexual and ethical violations. These are the guys behind the scenes, funding the tea parties, inciting the rabble to disrupt civil discourse and invigorating Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck. They are economically strong among elections in third world nations, assisting right wing dictators in Africa and Latin America. Where is the media when we need them? Why isn’t this part of the 24 hour news cycle? Balloon Boy, Tiger Woods’ sex life or the latest celebrity scandal doesn’t keep me up nights. The Family does. Please Mr. President, pay attention to these people. Denial is dangerous!