Saturday, August 22, 2009

Check in with The Family

Separation of church and state...a grand idea to be sure, but just how separate are they in these our United States? Jeff Sharlet explores this theme in his book, The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power, which was featured on Fresh Air last month. Sharlet uncovers the scary details of this secretive, incredibly powerful group (what the author refers to as a "select corps for Christ"), who, right under our noses have "shaped America's projection of power onto the rest of the world."

This is the story of a group of believers from the upper echelons of society and politics who see it as their mission in life to spread capitalistic idealism backed by the teachings of Christ. Theirs is a spiritual war in which they are the righteous inheritors of a long and dense tradition. Yikes!

From the back of the book: "They insist they are just a group of friends, yet they funnel millions of dollars through tax-free corporations. They claim to disdain politics, but congressmen of both parties describe them as the most influential religious organization in Washington. They say they are not Christians, but simply believers...".

Can we afford not to read this book?

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