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C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy Hardcover – September 27, 2010
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C Street includes everything a riveting tale about a controversial national movement should-scandal, affairs, conspiracies, death, and, of course, secrecy. Sharlet's story of American fundamentalism begins in a historical mansion on Washington DC's C Street, diverts to Argentina, takes root in Uganda, and ends at a street protest in Manhattan. The second in an unofficial series (after The Family) about a religious cabal of politicians from both major parties, Sharlet brings a wealth of research (including many quotes from conversations with "C-streeters" and others in "the Fellowship") to reveal the startling mindset of a movement few even know exists. Vivid descriptions of key players brings his tale to life; in fact, the reader is never allowed to forget that this is true, and Sharlet's repetition is unnecessary. But he deftly unravels the residence as not just a place, but an ideological greenhouse for the teachings of evangelists, Christians, proponents of the Far Right, and others who compose a fundamentalist movement that aims to put Jesus in the Oval Office and get the Bible equal footing with the Constitution.
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Even after the sexual affairs of several congressmen brought the Fellowship (and its D.C. residence on C Street) into the light, most Americans have still never heard of this elitist fundamentalist organization. Even those who have will have trouble getting their heads around a mostly faceless organization whose goal is to convert the world to a trickle-down Christianity, as Sharlet calls it, where God has chosen the leaders (them) and everyone else follows. With our leaders somehow prechosen, it makes it easier to forgive their transgressions (the Fellowship, for example, has no problem working with heads of state like Haiti’s Papa Doc Duvalier and those in present-day Uganda, who advocate the death penalty for homosexuals).That this heavily financed, multilayered organization has been operating for decades—and today is actively implanted within the U.S. military—makes this well-documented, probing investigation even more mind-bending. Mostly, those in the Fellowship don’t talk. Maybe now the discussion will start. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: When the affairs of Fellowship members Senator John Ensign R-Nev. and South Carolina governor Mark Sanford broke, Sharlet’s book The Family became a best-seller. His follow-up is sure to attract similar attention. --Ilene Cooper
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Every day 22,000 children die due to disease, hunger and other preventable causes while senators are engaged in supporting genocide and dictatorship in the name of Jesus. Jeff explains and documents. The sexual liaisons of C Street garnered media attention. Senator Inhofe's taxpayer funded activities in Africa are essentially not reported.
I highly recommend reading The Family first so you have a fuller picture of the history and reach of The Family. Mr. Sharlet is a clear, entertaining and gifted writer. His information is documented. He is not dealing in sensationalism but rather telling a sensationalistic story. He takes on the power structure who hide in plain sight behind the name of Jesus.
You will be left asking , "are these men deluded, ignorant, power-crazed or simply dangerously ambitious bordering on evil."
Of all the books written during the past several years attempting to document or explain why President Obama is feared and how American values have been hijacked, this is the best. Buy it, read it and share it.
I appreciate Sharlet's careful investigation and detailed reporting wherever the information leads.
Much information presented in an easily read manner.
As for Mr. liberal journalist... I would suggest some independent research. The work is practically done for you - articles from around the Web archived for your convenience: [...]
We could use a few more investigative journalists like Jeff Sharlet.
Way too many of our politicians are in the thrall of the evil Coe Cult and the MSM totally ignores it.
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