The Big Lie: The National Prayer Breakfast (Part 2 of 2)

“At the 1990 National Prayer Breakfast, President George H.W. Bush praised [Family leader] Doug Coe for what he described as ‘quiet diplomacy, I wouldn’t say secret diplomacy.’ Bush was apparently ignorant of one of the nation’s oldest laws, the Logan Act which forbids private citizens to do just that lest foreign policy slip out of democratic control.”

[The Family cult is . . . ] “Dismissed as ‘civil religion’ by observers who know it only by the National Prayer Breakfast’s annual broadcast on C-Span, the Family’s long-term project of a worldwide government under God is more ambitious than Al Qaeda’s dream of a Sunni empire.”
from  Jeff Sharlet‘s  The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power (2009)

by Rymer Bruiring Flickr/creative commons

by Rymer Bruiring

Yesterday, in Part 1 of this post, and for the last month, I’ve exposed the large, secretive cult called The Family (aka The Fellowship) which drives the political right in this country and is responsible for the National Prayer Breakfast (NPB), held every February in Washington, DC.

We can make a long list with dozens, even hundreds of candidates and incumbents who follow the political and religious philosophy embodied by The Family and similar dominionist cults, which calls for the end of the rule of law to make way for the ascendancy of (their skewered version of) god’s law.

On any given day, all over Capitol Hill in Washington, multiple “prayer meetings” are held in every department and branch of our government, on the taxpayer’s dime. Like the annual NPB, these meetings are to conduct the business of The Family. Even though The Family operates outwardly as a harmless christianist fellowship, it is in fact a corrupt worldwide network of financial profiteers aiming to restrict human rights in order to achieve their ultimate goal to end the rule of law, and along the way make money for its members.

These elected and appointed officials took their oaths of office under false pretenses because of their allegiance to this cult. And they won’t stop making science-denying, punishing laws and judicial decisions until they are run out office or impeached.

The political religious right is well on its way in destroying our democracy because of our lack of vigilance and failure to engage and vote, but we can do something about it, and we can do it during this current election cycle.

We have the power to disqualify most of the current GOP presidential hopefuls and vote out incumbents who are loyal, first and foremost, to The Family. And it won’t be because of their religious beliefs, their falsified oaths of office, or this obvious conflict of interest, but because we will start publicizing their ethical and financial misconduct. There exists a long and sordid paper trail, a virtual treasure trove, of evidence. People have tried to bring them down before but now the stakes couldn’t be higher.

I am hoping to launch a new campaign, #VoteOutTheReligiousRight, at next week’s Netroots Nation, and continue with online and community-based participation. Let me know if you want to help  disqualify most of the GOP presidential primary hopefuls, and then on Election Day 2016 vote out these duplicitous incumbents.


For a complete index of this month-long series on the political religious right and The Family, click here.

Alison Gardner