Secretive religious group = Cult
Rachel Maddow has focused on the C Street bunch for two straight days now. The C Street religious group is known as The Family. Everyone is sworn to secrecy..hence I think of it as a friggin cult.
Part one of the interview is with a gent, Jeff Sharlet, that lived at the C Street church/dorm for a year and then wrote a book about it and it’s founder, Doug Coe. From an MSNBC article on Coe and The Family:
In his preaching, Coe repeatedly urges a personal commitment to Jesus Christ. It’s a commitment Coe compares to the blind devotion that Adolph Hitler demanded from his followers — a rhetorical technique that now is drawing sharp criticism.
“Hitler, Goebbels and Himmler were three men. Think of the immense power these three men had, these nobodies from nowhere,” Coe said.
Later in the sermon, Coe said: “Jesus said, ‘You have to put me before other people. And you have to put me before yourself.’ Hitler, that was the demand to be in the Nazi party. You have to put the Nazi party and its objectives ahead of your own life and ahead of other people.”
Coe also quoted Jesus and said: “One of the things [Jesus] said is ‘If any man comes to me and does not hate his father, mother, brother, sister, his own life, he can’t be a disciple.’ So I don’t care what other qualifications you have, if you don’t do that you can’t be a disciple of Christ.”
The sermons are little surprise to writer Jeff Sharlet. He lived among Coe’s followers six years ago, and came out troubled by their secrecy and rhetoric.
“We were being taught the leadership lessons of Hitler, Lenin and Mao. And I would say, ‘Isn’t there a problem with that?’ And they seemed perplexed by the question. Hitler’s genocide wasn’t really an issue for them. It was the strength that he emulated,” said Sharlet, who is a Contributing Editor at Rolling Stone and is an Associate Research Scholar at the NYU Center for Religion and Media in New York.
Ensign and Sanford were both residents of this C Street church/dorm. hmmm…Watch the videos here on my video page..it will make your skin crawl when you listen to Coe preach about hating your mother, father, sister and brother..
This church/dorm/cult only houses elected officials. They are all about POWER.