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A journalist's penetrating look at the untold story of christian fundamentalism's most elite organization a self described invisible network dedicated to a religion of power for the powerfulThey are the Family fundamentalism's avant garde waging spiritual war in the halls of American power and around the globe They consider themselves the new chosen congressmen generals and foreign dictators who meet in confidential cells to pray and plan for a leadership led by God to be won not by force but through uiet diplomacy Their base is a leafy estate overlooking the Potomac in Arlington Virginia and Jeff Sharlet is the only journalist to have reported from inside its wallsThe Family is about the other half of American fundamentalist power not it. This book was given to me by my father in law a retired Church of England minister who had numerous clashes in his career with narrow minded Christians in and out of the Church hierarchy He has understandable concerns about what he reads about the Religious Right in the US and given the book s uniformly excellent reviews in Australia he gave me Sharlet s THE FAMILY I was riveted from the first chapter Sharlet was welcomed into the core of an organisation devoted to extending the influence of evangelical Christianity throughout the United States and the world and he lived at their headuarters which has the sinister name Ivanwald Sharlet s reporting talent is apparent from the opening sentences with their vivid depiction of typical American suburban and ex urban communities and their earnest basketball playing but possibly unconsciously intolerant residents His thesis is that Doug Coe the leader of a shadowy and pervasive organisation called The Family gives pep talks comparing his methods to those of Stalin and Hitler It is all deeply disturbing esp since Coe s supporters include many prominent Republican and some Democratic politicians So I settled in for a good read on a vital current issue ready to start writing cheues to the Anti Defamation League and any other organisations I could identify once I had finished the book that might be on the front lines of stopping this scourge in American political life But starting with Page 56 Sharlet called his own credibility seriously into uestion He begins a long discussion of Jonathan Edwards the great eighteenth century New England minister to whom Sharlet traces the phenomenon of The Family And Sharlet s discussion of Jonathan Edwards is unrecognisable Puzzled I went to the footnotes where Sharlet writes that despite the great many biographies of Edwards my method of research for this account of his life was to rely primarily on original sources which I tried to filter through my own half secular mind and as I imagine a Family man might On the evidence of his interpretation of Edwards Sharlet is one sick puppy I actually took down from the shelf my copy of the most recent biography of Edwards by the Notre Dame hardly a centre of the Religious Right scholar George M Marsden as well as my copy of Patricia J Tracy s JONATHAN EDWARDS PASTOR RELIGION AND SOCIETY IN EIGHTEENTH CENTURY NORTHAMPTON Sharlet s grotesue description of Edwards is really shocking and I wanted to confirm that my understanding of Edwards was founded on something other than my failing memory of these books It was with relief that I can report that Sharlet is basically free associating in his discussion of Edwards and that the lurid and disturbing claims he makes about Edwards in THE FAMILY come from the part of his psyche responsible for what Sharlet imagines rather than what he readsI returned to reading THE FAMILY with new scepticism and then I came across Sharlet s discussion of Richard Halverson who apparently was once in line to lead The Family before its current leader Doug Coe was appointed Given the late Halverson s private and public record Sharlet has to struggle to criticize him but his patronizing innuendoes about Halverson offer a good example of his entire method in THE FAMILY Halverson would help to build one of the world s largest relief agencies World Vision a Christian outfit that supplies food for the starving and medicine for the wounded and gospel tracts only to those who ask Although it has been plagued by accusations of serving as a CIA front World Vision s verifiable record is admirable Halverson in other words was an imperialist of the old school bringing light to the natives and clearing the way for other men to extract a dollar The text offers plenty of clues to the alert reader about the presence of some agenda in Sharlet s book But in the case of Halverson as in the case of Edwards I have my own independent information When I was a child my family attended Fourth Presbyterian Church in the DC area where Halverson was the minister and he was a family friend I saw him last in 1991 when he was Senate chaplain Halverson recounted at that meeting how he and his colleague the rabbi working with him in a pastoral capacity to the US Senate had become very close and that when the rabbi expressed astonishment some years before that their religious outlooks were so similar Halverson responded I ve never heard you say anything I didn t completely agree with This is the man whom Sharlet paints as a sinister senior leader of a totalitarian anti Semitic organization plotting to take over America I know that allegation to be false In fact THE FAMILY itself is an irresponsibly written book one of those books whose good ualities its reporting of ordinary day to day facts that create the appearance of a vivid atmosphere Sharlet s fluent prose his catchy chapter titles and so on all serve a negative purpose creating unfounded fear and exacerbating the already excessive divisions in American social and political life today The number of works written out of either ignorance a phenomenon not uncommon in evangelical publications or out of bad faith and a willingness to fit the facts to one s personal agenda what Sharlet has accomplished in THE FAMILY is one of the chief obstacles in today s world to achieving world peace and understanding In the aftermath of 911 I had long talks with an Australian woman who is a Shiite Lebanese by origin Married at 12 and giving birth to her first child at 13 she never had the chance to pursue an education She is highly intelligent however Our talks convinced me of how dangerous books such as THE FAMILY can be in this confused and hate filled world of ours She relied for much of her information on the Arabic language press and radio and a portion of that media was devoted to insane hate filled conspiracy theories and outright lies about the Israelis Americans and Jews in general She had no way of filtering that information except through her discussions with me and that was when I realized that her intelligence fueled with disinformation was very dangerous The 20th Century was soaked in blood we know understand because highly intelligent intellectuals sincerely believed that their knowledge gave them the ability and the right to govern others even when their decisions contradicted age old ethics and morality At their core that is where Communism and National Socialism are essentially the same What we need to understand in the 21st century is how dangerous intelligent people with false information can be And we need to take a stand against those who recklessly spread falsehoods masuerading as the truth We need to speak and write the truth as we know it so that others at least have the chance to consider both sides of an issue Sharlet claims to have uncovered an old form of danger to world peace and understanding the all powerful conspiracy In fact he himself represents a new and powerful challenge to global understanding those who use their positions to pollute the ocean of truth How can my Australian father in law have any idea if what Sharlet writes about events in the Washington DC area are true or not Sharlet has broken faith with readers like my father in law and millions like him around the world Alice Kaplan does an excellent job of discussing the issues surrounding reckless intellectuals who abuse their rhetorical abilities and media access in her book THE COLLABORATOR THE TRIAL AND EXCECUTION OF ROBERT BRASILLACH At the end of the day THE FAMILY isn t even good value for those who remain truly worried that people like the late Richard Halverson will one day rule America Sharlet mainly repeats the same allegations made by David Cantor in the 1994 Anti Defamation League study The Religious Right The Assault on Tolerance Pluralism in America Cantor made the phrase The Religious Right famous with this 193 page study Midge Decter reviewed the study at the time in the magazine COMMENTARY which has been one of the great ornaments of American intellectual life for two generations and not coincidently one of the great outlets for American Jewish writing on a variety of cultural literary social political and religious issues Decter wrote that the Cantor s study is intended to warn the country of the growth in the words of Cantor s introduction of an exclusionist religious movement seeking to unite its version of Christianity with state power Decter summarises the playbook Cantor attributes to the Religious Right which Sharlet claims to have uncovered 14 years later Somewhere around 1990 the study notes the decision was taken by the movement s leaders to engage in serious organizing and political activity at the grass roots and by 1994 this decision has menacingly borne fruit CONT D BELOW IN THE COMMENT SECTION

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Conventional wisdom about American fundamentalism revealing its crucial role in the unraveling of the New Deal the waging of the cold war and the no holds barred economics of globalization The uestion Sharlet believes we must ask is not What do fundamentalists want but What have they already donePart history part investigative journalism The Family is a compelling account of how fundamentalism came to be interwoven with American power a story that stretches from the religious revivals that have shaken this nation from its beginning to fundamentalism's new frontiers No other book about the right has exposed the Family or revealed its far reaching impact on democracy and no future reckoning of American fundamentalism will be able to ignore. I d been looking for some light reading something uick and thought this was an expansion of Sharlet s 2003 article on Ivanwald As I indicated I had a personal interest in the topic and had been putting off reading the book which I d never seen Instead I ended up with this long sprawling book on the whole structure of elite fundamentalism going back to the 17th cenThere is very little on Ivanwald here and Sharlet seems to think of himself as the James Michener of the genre The book is MUCH too long for my taste and over written it reads for long stretches almost novelistically and he ain t no Faulkner So I found this frustrating I also should note that Sharlet himself is sympathetic to the project of faith He s just a bit uncomfortable with the fascistization of it that he is witnessing And I am not sympathetic to that eitherOn the other hand there is a lot of material here of importance on the structure of American fascism What I found most useful was his discussion of the absorption of fascist elements and Nazi personnel into the Family during the 1930s and 1940s ch 5 and his chilling account of Coe s 1989 lecture in ch 9 The rest of the book could have been reduced by at last 80% That said the book terrified me Sharlet makes a strong case for the pervasiveness of Coe s influence at the very highest levels of government and business and the miltary something I can confirm from anecdote and private communication Coe s message or agenda ultimately is that the nations are made to bow in obedience and loyalty to an entrenched capitalist power elite sanctified and privatized that is any countermanding State will be defanged in the centuries to come This elite will operate not through institutions but through covenants of faithIt is hard to argue that this has not already largely come aboutThis is Jeff Sharlet is his father also shows how far into all this stuff Hillary Clinton has driftedHaving just read the book I then caught this article just read the book I asked uestions about this article I never would have asked before I have no answers Who precisely IS this organization she was speaking to is official not NGO What then are the liberties they are trying to protect freedom of speech or freedom of religionWhy are all the signatories or most of them from right wing countriesAnd why is HIllary involved with such a groupI have no answers but my nose is starting to twitch Doing Without Concepts no holds barred economics of globalization The uestion Sharlet believes we must ask is Radio Free Europe and the Pursuit of Democracy not What do fundamentalists want but What have they already donePart history part investigative journalism The Family is a compelling account of how fundamentalism came to be interwoven with American power a story that stretches from the religious revivals that have shaken this But I Survived nation from its beginning to fundamentalism's A Passion for More new frontiers No other book about the right has exposed the Family or revealed its far reaching impact on democracy and Kodak and the Lens of Nostalgia no future reckoning of American fundamentalism will be able to ignore. 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S angry masses but its sophisticated elites Sharlet follows the story back to Abraham Vereide an immigrant preacher who in 1935 organized a small group of businessmen sympathetic to European fascism fusing the far right with his own polite but authoritarian faith From that core Vereide built an international network of fundamentalists who spoke the language of establishment power a family that thrives to this day In public they host Prayer Breakfasts; in private they preach a gospel of biblical capitalism military might and American empire Citing Hitler Lenin and Mao as leadership models the Family's current leader Doug Coe declares We work with power where we can build new power where we can'tSharlet's discoveries dramatically challenge. This book was read in March April 2013 It is a fascinating book chockfull of grand conspiracy theories that sound almost ridiculous unless one watches the news or reads up on what is actually happening in the worldJeff Sharlet is a better man than me As testament to either his objectivity as a journalist or his evolved sense of non judgmentalism Sharlet never once refers to the people he is writing about as fanatics lunatics nutjobs whackos Jesus freaks or insane Nor does he call them fascists bullies or creeps Many of these words and floated through my brain as I read Sharlet s phenomenally disturbing book The Family The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power which is very odd because ten years ago I may have actually sympathized with and related to the people about which Sharlet s book is writtenTen years ago I would have called myself a Born Again Christian and I probably would have said it if not with pride then without shame Today I have a hard time calling myself a Deist let alone a Christian not because I denounce the teachings of Christ on the contrary I try my best to live by them but because in my humble opinion a portion of the people who call themselves Christians are not I realize that this sounds extremely judgmental and presumptuous on my part but I can t help the way I feel Christianity as it is practiced by I would like to say a minority but I don t have any statistics on this nor do I think any truly ualitative statement can adeuately be made about this as it is my opinion based solely on observation and experience so I will simply say some has subverted the true lessons of Christ Sharlet seems to think this as well although he is a little elouent about it He is also a lot sympathetic towards the mostly men in the book many of whom were and I suspect still are friends of Sharlet when he was invited to live in the nondescript suburban house in Arlington Virginia called by its inhabitants Ivanwald This house is the central headuarters of the Family of Sharlet s title Also known as The Fellowship this group is comprised of the Washington power elite State Representatives Senators Judges lobbyists and yes Presidents who use the home as a kind of Christian commune Nonpartisan although Sharlet admits that there are far Republicans than Democrats and open to women although again Sharlet admits that there is only a handful of women involved the Family has been for decades an organization of Christ centered they do not like to call themselves Christians people of political clout who come together for prayer and spiritual guidance Charles W Colson the Nixon aideWatergate felon who converted to Christianity in prison and a respected member of the Family in 1979 once estimated the Family s strength at 20000 although the number of dedicated associates around the globe is much smaller around 350 as of 2006 p20 Looked at one way these devout men could appear to be a harmless selection of the creme de la creme of Washington DC elite One could almost respect and admire them and for the most part it seems Sharlet does Looked at another way however The Family is a frightening organization working within the shadows and under the guise of piety and religiosity bent on accumulation of power and world wide domination It may sound melodramatic and off the wall until one looks deeply at the history of this organization an organization of men who according to Sharlet consider themselves a core of men responsible for changing the world p 3 The History It s not a stretch to say that America is probably one of the most religious countries in the world Religion is after all one of the main reasons that settlers from England first arrived on this country s shores Sharlet writes America has been infused with religion since the day in 1630 when the Puritan John Winthrop preparing to cross the Atlantic to found the Massachussetts Bay Colony declared the New World the city upon a hill spoken of by Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew p 2 The Pilgrims and our Founding Fathers spoke in the vocabulary of religion and their many decisions that helped shape this country were decisions weighed by their religious convictions Our earliest literature is the sermons of the famous fire and brimstone preacher John Edwards From him we see the embryo of American fundamentalism The fundamentalism of our colonial era as compared to the fundamentalism of today was however vastly different according to Sharlet American fundamentalism s original sentiments were as radically democratic in theory as they have become repressive in practice its dream not that of Christian theocracy but of a return to the first century of Christ worship before there was a thing called Christianity p 4 Arguably of course our colonial government was as theocratic as one can get but it lacked something that today s fundamentalists seem to have no lack of a lust for power over othersI have heard many Christians say that they oppose the concept of imposing their morality upon others and I believe many of them when they say that It s the ultra conservative right wing fundamentalists who I worry about They don t say it because they don t oppose it Their goal is to impose their morality on everyone and they aren t afraid to admit it Sharlet writes Both populists and elites within the Family call their attempts to control the lives of others evangelism p8 Whether it s an attempt to prevent women from having the choice of abortions or preventing gay couples from reaping the benefits of marriage Christian fundamentalists clearly want to set the rules and they cleverly attempt to do this using the Christ card If the Family had their way Sharlet implies abortion would be outlawed gay marriage would be outlawed homosexuality would be outlawed Divorce adultery pornography the list of things that they would most likely love to see abolished would be uite long So why does the rational minded liberal Christian and secular segments of the population not speak out One of the reasons is that very few people even know the Family exists not because they are secretive but simply because they do not talk about it The Family is Fight Club the first rule of the Family is Don t talk about the Family Second rule is Don t talk about the FamilyAs Sharlet explains This so called underground is not a conspiracy Rather it s a seventy year old movement of elite fundamentalism bent not on salvation for all but on the cultivation of the powerful key men chosen by God to direct the affairs of the nation p7 In simpler terms as the Family themselves describes in a confidential mission statement We desire to see a leadership led by God p 19 So who started this Family and why The answer begins with one man Abraham Veriede Known by most people as Abram Veriede was a Norwegian born preacher who arrived in this country right before the catastrophic effects of the Great Depression devastated this country Somewhat annoyed by what he saw as an effiminization of Christianity Abram longed for a faith made of sterner stuff Sharlet writes For nearly 2000 years Abram concluded Christianity that is the religion the rituals the stuff of men with their weak sinful minds had bent all its energies toward the poor the sick the starving The down and out Christianity gave them fishes when it could and hope when it had nothing else to offer But what good had it done What had been accomplished between Calvary and 1935 p 89 In Abram s mind the answer to that uestion was nothing Instead of preaching to the so called down and out Abram shifted his focus on people who could based on their own successes get things done men of industry and power the Carnegies and Rockefellers of the world This in essence was Abram s revelation To the big man went strength to the little man went need Only the big man was capable of mending the world p 89 Sharlet describes Abram s theology as a religion for the elite the up and out as he called them and called his trickle down faith the Idea and it was really the only idea he ever had p 91 Abram envisioned a world ruled by powerful men who were themselves ruled by Christ a perfect world in his opinion He coined the phrase new world order to describe this brave new world The uestions were where and when to begin Thankfully a dockworker strike in 1934 in San Francisco helped answer those uestions This was the spark that lit Abram s movement Elite fundamentalism took as its first challenge the destruction of militant labor Destruction was not the word Christians used however They called it cooperation p 108 Among the list of enemies of Abram s elite fundamentalists in those days were unions communists and Father Coughlin the popular radio priest from Detroit Michigan Coughlin was full of hatred for the capitalists who had lined their silk pockets Coughlin as much as or than the communists seemed like he might call for blood one day and soon p 115 This Abrams could not allow In Abram s worldview it was common people like Coughlin and the rest of the nation s poor who represented a blockade for the creation of Christ s Kingdom on Earth Money was the key something that the poor obviously lacked which therefore made them insignificant Ironically Money was like power Those who had it should not speak of it concern themselves with it acknowledge its existence as a factor To do so was worse than bad manners it was blasphemy an attempt to refute God s ordering of economic affairs p 115 Abram s theology clearly struck a chord in the minds of the rich men to whom he preached a group of men whom as Abram said did not want to be preached at p115 Who knew telling your audience exactly what they want to hear would work so well It wasn t long before Abram had his first key player Arthur Langlie A representative of the New Order of Cincinnatus a group of young businessmen who were opposed to FDR s New Deal Arthur Langlie became a city council member in Seattle in 1934 Langlie ran under a popular platform that had two solutions to economic malaise slash taxes and attack vice As councilman Langlie purged the city s police department He then turned his ax toward the fire department poor moral specimens and public school teachers indoctrinating the youth with godless notions p 118 Strange how times haven t changed much Eventually Langlie ran for and won the position of mayor Unions didn t stand a chance under Mayor Langlie Good government as Langlie called his platform of budget slashing and punishing moral rectitude trumped labor p 120 He promised to end political corruption but he didn t so much end corruption as legalize it Langlie wasn t opposed to a government organized around the interests of the greedy he just didn t want to have to break the law to serve them p 120 Graft and greed for the glory of God was good So Langlie accepted the constraints of democracy as he found them He did what business asked purged welfare rolls abolished guaranteed wage laws denounced Democrats as un American In 1942 he investigated the possibility of using martial law to suppress organized labor but when his advisors told him it would be unconstitutional he settled for ordinary strikebreaking He governed in other words as a right wing Republican p 122 After Langlie numerous other protegees and devotees of Abram began to surface around the country coming into positions of power One of those students was Henry Ford Abram took Ford under his wing who was naturally attracted to Abram s theology of biblical capitalism which was for Ford a brilliant marriage of two of Ford s interests the Gospel and fascism While Abram himself never uite adopted the language and spirit of fascism his theology was nevertheless conducive to some of fascism s attributes Nazi sympathizers like Ford Charles Lindbergh and Baron von der Rapp a former German nationalist and a Christian preacher were inevitably uite taken with Abram s fundamentalism Rapp taught that the poor with their demands for government services which he understood as a failure to trust that God would provide were the adversaries of the church But not through their own doing rather absent some modicum of prosperity they were too bitter to properly appreciate Christ s providence p 173 He went on to preach that God is not the God of ethics of morality God is great God made this order and chose its leaders p 175 Sadly this mindset God wants the rich to get richer and the poor to get poorer has been carried over into the current fundamentalist worldview Power for its own sake is all that matters Perhaps this is illustrated best in the most powerful man currently in the Family Doug Coe David Kuo a former special assistant to the president during George W Bush s first term and author of Tempting Faith The Inside Story of a Political Seduction soon discovered that Bush may have talked the talk in regards to his faith but didn t really walk the walk In Kuo s book he recounts the story of how he and a few others transformed the Office of Faith Based Initiatives into the very Republican vote getting machine its critics had accused it of being from the beginning We laid out a plan whereby we would hold roundtable events for threatened incumbents with faith and community leaders he writes In 2002 those roundtables contributed to nineteen out of twenty victories in targeted races p 383 Disillusioned by his experience in the political arena with Bush and his fellow elite fundamentalists Bush by the way is a member of the Family as if there was ever any uestion Kuo uit his position after Bush s first term Kuo writes We were good people forced to run a sad charade to provide political cover to a White House that needed compassion and religion as political tools p 383 Embedded in that last statement though is the uestion Could they honestly call themselves good people As Kuo said The Fellowship s reach into governments around the world is almost impossible to overstate or even grasp p 25 The Family according to Sharlet has wormed its way into so many coups and revolutions throughout the world resulting in millions of deaths all in the name of furthering the great cause of global Christian fundamentalist totalitarian rule Yet they are immune from prosecution and blame How is this possibleOne reason is the dedicated work of one man Doug Coe Coe was personally chosen by Abram to be his successor and he has been doing a phenomenal job ever since In 2005 Time magazine labeled Abram s successor Doug Coe the stealth persuader a term that might just as easily have fit his mentor p 91 92 D Michael Lindsay a Rice University sociologist said One in three of 360 evangelical elites interviewed mentioned Coe or the fellowship as an important influence Indeed there is no other organization like the Fellowship especially among religious groups in terms of its access or clout among the country s leadership p 25 Coe normally a uiet man who does not allow himself to be interviewed or even photographed that often has gone on record saying We work with power where we can build new power where we can t Among the many powers that the Family has worked with around the globe are dictators like Suharto and Duvalier vicious monsters notorious for their genocide but also their Christianity Coe remains unapologetic It is according to him and the Family all for the glory of God They can get away with it because there is nothing to tie the Family to these dictators Everything is done through private channels and no documentation exists That a group like the Family exists at all is terrifying disgusting but probably not that surprising That so few people know or even care is the shocking part Bewildering is the number of people who will probably read The Family and walk away thinking that it is ultimately a good thing what the Family is doing That is simply unforgivable Then again if I still considered myself a born again Christian I may have walked away from Sharlet s book with a much different take away message too


10 thoughts on “The Family The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power

  1. says:

    This is a must read In the same way that Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine mapped out a process that has been going on in plain sight for a long time Jeff Sharlet shows us a process that has been going on steal

  2. says:

    This book was given to me by my father in law a retired Church of England minister who had numerous clashes in his career wi

  3. says:

    As Jeff Sharlet has been at pains to stress since The Family was published the Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power is not a conspiracy Rather it is secret because it is discrete and because it has been overlooked by journalists and the secular writers of American history Abraham Vereide's name is familiar enough if you know modern evangelical history or read Christian books – Billy Graham

  4. says:

    This book was read in March April 2013 It is a fascinating book chockfull of grand conspiracy theories that sound almost ridiculous

  5. says:

    3 for readability; 5 for relevance The Family is known to most Beltway politicos and in the corridors of political powerhouses throughout the world Known well but little understood This is an areligious ultra co

  6. says:

    The family a bunch of guys that build prayer cells around powerful politicians big deal who cares? Let them do

  7. says:

    The book is heavy going at times and I felt as if I should have had a highlighter in hand to aid myself in remembering all the names and dates The overall result is a powerful journalistic exposé that is an eye op

  8. says:

    This is the product of years of journalistic research about and involvement in American fundamentalism as it pertains to US politics and the 'culture wars' of today The author's thesis is that Christianity founded as it is on notions of specia

  9. says:

    I'd been looking for some light reading something uick and thought this was an expansion of Sharlet's 2003 article on Ivanwald As I indicated I had a personal interest in the topic and had been putting off reading the book which I'd never se

  10. says:

    I would have given this 3 stars if only it were titled slightly differently This book is less about The Family a seemingly innocuous organizer of the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington that actually has deep political influence

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