Sunday, July 26, 2009

The scariest thing this year...

... so far -- and it will be hard to top for the rest of the year -- is probably the story about C Street, which Harpers has been covering for a number of years, starting especially with this article from 2003:
If you're a person known to be around Jesus, you can go and do anything. And that's who you guys are.
This is apparently a kind of Christian fundamentalist frat house in the greater Washington DC area that is open to both Democrats and Republicans and operates as a sort of secret society. A lot of high-ranking politicians in the US that have recently been making news for all kinds of mundane sexual affairs are members of this "organization." They apparently do not feel that they are answerable to the general public or their constituents, but only to each other.

If this does not sound like the Jesus who told people not to throw the first stone unless they were free of sin, then you have a different view of who Jesus is. While these guys do apparently read the Bible aloud to each other constantly, Jesus, it turns out, rewards those who do well: "God loves a man who can sink a three-pointer," they put it into basketball terms.

This is full-blown wacko, but if you think I'm exaggerating or taking quotes out of context, you might want to start with this video or this video or this one. Somewhere in there, you can read the following:

"Hitler, Pol Pot, Osama bin Laden, and Lenin are held out as positive examples of how a politician can achieve his goals."
Once you have become successful and profess your faith in Jesus, apparently anything is allowed. Thus, the powerful in America use religion as a way of throwing out morals altogether; we are a long way here from the argument that morals come from religion ("where do you get your morals from if not the Bible?" the religious ask agnostics in the US).

The most frightening thing about this is how widespread it is. The organization is male-only, but apparently Hillary Clinton is as involved as she could be. I haven't read anything yet about Obama being involved, but this certainly gives me an eerie feeling about his basketball skills ;-)

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