Affairs of State

October 29th, 2009

Inspired by “Faithful Fellowship on C Street” ( On Faith, 6/26/09), “The Political Enclave That Dare Not Speak Its Name” (Washington Post 6/26/09), “Public Officials Defend Secretive Christian Group” ( 8/26/09),  “‘Family’ Values?: Secretive C Street Band Is Wild And (Not So) Innocent” (Americans United for Separation of Church and State 7/21/09). “C Street” is a group of far-right Christians, so named because of their headquarters at 133 C Street, SE, Washington, DC. Nominally Christian, but with some very strange (and troubling) views. As described in Jeff Sharlet’s book The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power (watch his interview with Rachel Maddow below). C Streeters believe that they are special men (plus a few women) chosen by God to lead America and the world, so conventional rules of law and morality do not apply to them. Two noted members seem to have applied this moral relativism in their own lives: Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) and Gov. Mark Sanford (R-SC).

Mssrs. Ensign and Sanford

Have something they share,

But it’s not just their Party

And extra-marital affair.

They belong to a group on C Street,

The nicest people you’d ever meet.

They believe they’re chosen by God to lead

And so conventional laws and morals don’t need.

They’re called the Fellowship Foundation, or “The Family” for short.

Their sponsor the annual National Prayer Breakfast, where they new members court.

That’s the only public event–everything else is secret.

And that’s the way they have always tried to keep it.

Unfortunately, Sanford mentioned them during his tearful press conference,

Which, combined with a series of other events,

Brought them into public view

(Jeff Sharlet’s book helped too).

Family members believe that whatever crime they commit

Is OK, since a special person did it.

They believe no law binds the renowned

(There seems to be a lot of that going around).

The Family’s leader once said

That if you forcibly take little girls to your bed,

What you do isn’t wrong

Because you belong

To those with a crown on their head.

Family teachings also insist

That Jesus was a laissez-faire capitalist.

They also speak favorably of Hitler, Pol Pot, Lenin, and Chairman Mao,

And actively court dictators still in power now.

Ensign used to live there,

As did Chip Pickering, another married member who had an affair.

Pickering’s ex said it was inside the house where she was betrayed,

While Sanford just hung out there and prayed.

Senators Tom Coburn and Jim DeMint are among their ranks,

(They asked me to join, but I said no thanks).

John Thune, Jerry Moran, Zach Wamp, and many others are too.

Would you join if they asked you?

A shadowy group that works behind the scenes policy to dictate?

Sounds like somebody needs to investigate.

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4 Responses to “Affairs of State”

  1. Newsericks » Blog Archive » Repulsion Says:

    […] The address is 133 C Street. […]

  2. Flyer Says:

    Not only, in my view, a missinterpretation of Christianity- the “Fellowship on C Street” is a dangerous mix of religion and the affairs of state. That so many political leaders belong to it makes it especially so.


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    […] Tom Coburn has told Dems who previously voted against healthcare reform that if they commit the ultimate sin […]

  4. Newsericks » Blog Archive » Repeat Offender Says:

    […] (There’s a lot of that going around). […]

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