The Fellowship of the Ring
Hillary has sure spent a lot of time and energy bashing Obama and the Reverend Wright. Maybe this acorn should look at the Oak tree above. (As a caveat – before seeing this story on MSNBC this morning, I only vaguely recall every hearing about this group.)
The Fellowship (not of the ring) is is an “organization” with the following mission
“To develop and maintain an informal association of people banded together, to go out as “ambassadors of reconciliation,” modeling the principles of Jesus, based on loving God and loving others. To work with the leaders of other nations, and as their hearts are touched, the poor, the oppressed, the widows and the youth of their country will be impacted in a positive manner. Youth groups will be developed under the thoughts of Jesus, including loving others as you want to be loved.”
In other words, the Fellowship (aka The Family) is a cult. Period. The Fellowship has formed small groups of people who hare interested in the teachings of Jesus. While there is no official membership roster of this group, several members of Congress are members of this double super-secret society. Including:
Republican Senators Inhofe (Oklahoma), Grassley (Iowa), Domenici (New Mexico), Ensign (Nevada), ex-Senators Nickles (Oklahoma), Burns (Montana) and [drum roll please] – Hillary Clinton (New York). Yes, the woman who will do anything to drag Obama down (including “mis-speak” about dodging bullets in Bosnia and stopping bullets in Ireland) is a member of this Congressional Jonestown (sorry for the reference, but it just was too hard to pass up).
The Fellowship is most known for the annual National Prayer Breakfast, held every February. It is attended by over 3,500 notables and held under the guise of peace, reconciliation, and charity. The Breakfast is the centerpiece of a week of forums, meeting, speeches and symposiums on a variety of issues – many of them not open to the public. The Breakfast is also known as “a tool in a larger purpose: to recruit the powerful attendees into smaller, more frequent prayer meetings, where they can “meet Jesus man to man.” Would you like Kool Aid™ with your toast Senator Clinton?
Shrouded in Mystery
The Fellowship is led by Douglas Coe – a ambiguous and enigmatic person. While Wright is all fire and brimstone, Coe is subtle and quiet. Coe personally lead a private Senate prayer group – and guess who is a member?
The Fellowship has managed to influence many behind the scenes governmental and legal policies. It also is know to have had ties to some really “nice” people like General Suharto of Indonesia and convicted torturer Carlos Vides Casanova of El Salvador. The Fellowship is not what one would call a fan of left wing causes, as all its support in the past was geared to Conservative/Neocon/Right wing movements. It has a budget of over $10,000,000 and has NO known fund raising events, as all donations are solicited privately. The headquarters in Washington are in a mansion known as the “The Cedars.” The Cedars was purchased with a $1.5 million donation from Ken Olsen, the CEO of Raytheon, one of the country’s largest arms manufacturers.
There they forge “relationships” beyond the din of vox populi (the Family’s leaders consider democracy a manifestation of ungodly pride) and “throw away religion” in favor of the truths of the Family. Declaring God’s covenant with the Jews broken, the group’s core members call themselves “the new chosen.”
Here are some ‘pointers’ from a document called “Thoughts and Principles of the Family”
21. We recognize the place and responsibility of national secular leaders in the work of advancing His kingdom.
23. To the world in general we will say that we are “in Christ” rather than “Christian”—“Christian” having become a political term in most of the world and in the United States a meaningless term.
24. We desire to see a leadership led by God—leaders of all levels of society who direct projects as they are led by the spirit.
If this sounds scary, it is. There is a terrific (and lengthy) article about this group and some of the goings-on at The Fellowship from the March 2003 issue of Harper’s Magazine. The Fellowship’s archives are held at Wheaton College in Illinois – and are classified as restricted – which means NO one is going to see them. This organization is classified as a 501(c) which means it receives special tax and charitable benefits.
Why this doesn’t get more attention is just another in the long line of omissions by our crack media. The fact that this religious organization is so secretive and has such influence over public policy makers is the stuff of a Dan Brown novel. But as I watch Hillary bash Reverend Wright and then hear about her participation in this group – I can only wonder if the current douchebag in the White House who only answers to a higher father, could be followed by another one.
Separation of church and state with Hillary? You decide