“They 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 ‘quiet diplomacy.’ Their base is a leafy estate overlooking the Potomac in Arlington, Virginia, and Jeff Sharlet is the only journalist to have written from inside its walls.
The Family is about the other half of American fundamentalist power—not its 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, Doug Coe, the Family’s current leader, declares, ‘We work with power where we can, build new power where we can’t.’
Sharlet’s discoveries dramatically challenge 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 question Sharlet believes we must ask is not ‘What do fundamentalists want?’ but ‘What have they already done?’”
I asked the Lord, what should our response be in light of such an unthinkable act?
But before I share with you what the Lord showed me, I want to give you one of my little "faith footnotes." Visitors, I often give little "faith footnotes" so that our members don't lose sight of the big picture. Let me give you a little "faith footnote." Turn to your neighbor and say "faith footnote."
I heard Ambassador Peck on an interview yesterday. Did anybody else see him or hear him? He was on Fox News. This is a white man. And he was upsetting the Fox News commentators to no end. He pointed out - you seen him? - a white man, he pointed out - an ambassador! - that what Malcolm X said when he got silenced by Elijah Mohammed was in fact, true -- 'America's chickens -'
[Here the congregation begins saying "are coming home to roost, spontaneously"
..."are coming home to roost!
We took this country, by terror, away from the Sioux, the Apache, the Arawat, the Comanche, the Arapaho, the Navajo. Terrorism. We took Africans from their country to build our way of ease and kept htem enslaved and living in fear. Terrorism. We bombed Grenada and killed innocent civilians, babies, non-military personnel. We bombed the black civilian community of Panama with stealth bombers, and killed unarmed teenagers and toddlers, pregnant mothers and hardworking fathers. We bombed Qadafi's home and killed his child. 'Blessed are they who bash your children's head against a rock." We bombed Iraq. We killed unarmed civilians trying to make a living. We bombed a plant in Sudan, to pay back for the attack on our embassy, killed hundreds of hardworking people, mothers and fathers, who left home to go to work that day, not knowing that they'd never get back home. We bombed Hiroshima. We bombed Nagasaki. We nuked far more than the thousands in New York
-- and we never batted an eye.
Kids playing in the playground, mothers picking up chldren after school, civilians, not soldiers - people just trying to make it day by day. We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans, and now we are indignant because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought back into our own front yards.
America's chickens are coming home to roost.
Violence begets violence. Hatred begets hatred. And terrorism begets terrorism.
A white ambassador said that, y'all, not a black militant. Not a reverend who preaches about racism. An ambassador whose eyes are wide open, who's trying to get us to wake up and move away from this dangerous precipice upon which we are now poised. The ambassador said the people that we are wounding don't have the military capability that we have. But they do have individuals who are willing to die, and take thousands with him. And we need to come to grips with that.
Let me stop my faith footnote right there, and ask you to think about that over the next few weeks, if God grants us that many days. Turn back to your neighbor and say "footnote is over."
Now, now, come on back to my question to the Lord: What should our response be right now in light of such an unthinkable act?...
God damn America as long as she tries to act like she is God, and she is Supreme.
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