The Family (Fellowship Foundation) and Presidential Candidates
How Hillary Clinton turned herself into the consummate Washington player
By Joshua Green, November 2006, Atlantic Monthly Take Two: Hillary’s Choice
Of the many realms of power on Capitol Hill, the least understood may be the lawmakers’ prayer group…
“…But among the prayer groups, one holds special status: a tight-knit gathering of about a dozen senators which still meets every Wednesday morning for prayer and discussion, led by Douglas Coe himself. Each week, someone starts the meeting by giving personal testimony, secure in the support of the audience…
The roster of regular participants has included such notable conservative names as Brownback, Santorum, Nickles, Enzi, and Inhofe. Then, in 2001, just after the new class of senators was sworn in, another name was added to the list: Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Hillary’s Prayer: Hillary Clinton’s Religion and Politics
Kathryn Joyce and Jeff Sharlet 9/1/2007
For 15 years, Hillary Clinton has been part of a secretive religious group that seeks to bring Jesus back to Capitol Hill. Is she triangulating—or living her faith?
Through all of her years in Washington, Clinton has been an active participant in conservative Bible study and prayer circles that are part of a secretive Capitol Hill group known as the Fellowship. Her collaborations with right-wingers such as Senator Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) and former Senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) grow in part from that connection. “A lot of evangelicals would see that as just cynical exploitation,” says the Reverend Rob Schenck, a former leader of the militant anti-abortion group Operation Rescue who now ministers to decision makers in Washington. “I don’t…there is a real good that is infected in people when they are around Jesus talk, and open Bibles, and prayer.”
Sam Brownback, born 1956, is the senior United States senator from the U.S. state of Kansas. During 2007, he was a Republican candidate in the 2008 Presidential election.
Brownback told Rolling Stone that he had moved from mainline Protestantism to evangelicalism before his 2002 conversion to Catholicism, and that in 1994 he became involved with The Fellowship, a conservative Christian U.S. political organization. Raised as a Methodist, Brownback later joined a nondenominational evangelical church, Topeka Bible Church, which he still regularly attends, even though in 2002, he converted to Catholicism. He joined the Church through Opus Dei priest Father C. John McCloskey in Washington DC. [slate.com]
Brownback was a cosponsor of the Constitution Restoration Act, which would have limited the power of federal courts to rule on church/state issues. Brownback told Rolling Stone that he chairs the Senate Values Action Team, an off-the-record weekly meeting of representatives from religious conservative organizations.
NBC News Exclusive: Political ties to a secretive religious group
April 03, 2008 By Andrea Mitchell and Jim Popkin, NBC News
Besides the presidents and first ladies—Bill and Hillary Clinton attended in 1997—the one constant presence at the National Prayer Breakfast has been Douglas Coe. Although he’s not an ordained minister, the 79-year-old Coe is the most important religious leader you’ve never seen or heard.
But Doug Coe is well known to scores of senators in both parties—and many faiths—including Sam Brownback, Mike Enzi, Mark Pryor and Bill Nelson. They go to small weekly Senate prayer groups that Coe attends.
Participants tell NBC News that so have senators John McCain, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, which those campaigns confirm.
This is not a Religion Column: Biblical Capitalism
By Jeff Sharlet, October 1, 2008
“…Much has been made of Palin’s Pentecostalism but her links to The Family go unnoticed.
“Palin is an outsider moving in, rising up from the ranks of popular fundamentalism to join the movement’s leadership cadre.
“In Alaska, Palin has for the last two years presided over a Governor’s Prayer Breakfast—an offshoot of the Fellowship’s National Prayer Breakfast in Washington—which declares that its mission ‘is to reaffirm and promote in a Christ-like manner the idea that God has a purpose for and authority over human events.’ Franklin Graham, Billy Graham’s far more militant son, has been the keynote speaker the last two years.
This information is for my post:
The Real Presence in the Eucharist: Evangelization of America through Politics