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C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy (Back Bay Readers' Pick) Paperback – June 9, 2011
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On a side note, as Jeff has obtained unprecedented access to the Family's archival material that's stored at the Billy Graham Center (Wheaton College), I am suspect of any reporting of The Family/The Fellowship/C Street that doesn't reference Jeff's research. Good reporting requires that one go beyond simply taking the words of those who have a vested interest in the Family.
The greatest strength of this book, unlike perhaps that of "The Family," is in the cogency of it's assessment of evangelical power. Sharlet repeatedly makes the case that the Christian Right in America is primarily a political force, bending it's theology to fit the aspirational demands of it's self-appointed ruling class. Even though Sharlet himself shies away from theological argument, it cannot, alas, be excised from this ruthless story about the acquisition of power.
In a particularly brilliant chapter on The Family's influence in Uganda, the template for its operations throughout East Africa, the author describes how Senator Inhofe (OK-R), the groups's point man for Uganda, goes forth under the banner of Jesus to project his brethren's conservative cultural agenda abroad. In Uganda and elsewhere, past and present, The Family has shown an affinity for working with dictators, regardless of their religious persuasion, so long as they take a knee to Jesus. With US foreign aid, especially military aid at stake, this usually presents no problems for foreign leaders. C Streeter's worship is a singular focus on Jesus, absent most of the theology which made Christ the spiritual head of Christendom. In effect, The Family has fashioned its Jesus-worship into a meta-religion which, they argue, frees them from the restraints of conventional Christian morality.Read more ›
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a very important uncovering of a secretive dangerous group of zealots that are controlling our democratic country and entrenched in so much behind our backs that affect all our... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Emma
An eye opener as was his first book, the Family. After you read this , you will look at what is going on in this country through very different eyes!Published 13 months ago by Elizabeth Marin
I am a life-long reader. A "senior citizen". I could not read this book. The author seemed to bounce from one subject to another in a way that made it impossible for me... Read morePublished 14 months ago by RLC
Surprising what really goes on with our elected officials that we never hear about!
I appreciate Sharlet's careful investigation and detailed reporting wherever the... Read more
Jeff Sharlet could do with a better editor, but he has done some remarkable research on this vile group of Christianists who have done such evil inside and out America. Read morePublished on February 27, 2014 by E. Martin
more a personal perspective but I just found it too one positioned for a historical type...
Would not refer to my friends...
This book describes the working of the C Street influence in Washington and how Corporate America is in collusion to running this country as they see fit. Read morePublished on November 4, 2013 by Lena Priamo
I had heard about this book & heard the author interviewed before reading the book. It is an interesting trek through the right wing, their intentions & beliefs.Published on September 2, 2013 by Jan Stewart