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EXPOSÉ of "The Fellowship" a.k.a. "The Family" -- The "CHRISTIAN" MAFIA (broken into eight parts all on this thread)
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EXPOSÉ: "The Fellowship" THE "CHRISTIAN" MAFIA
Where Those Who Now Run the U.S. Government Came From and Where They
Are Taking Us
By Wayne Madsen
After several months of in-depth research and, at first, seemingly
unrelated conversations with former high-level intelligence officials,
lawyers, politicians, religious figures, other investigative
journalists, and researchers, I can now report on a criminal conspiracy
so vast and monstrous it defies imagination. Using "Christian"
groups as tax-exempt and cleverly camouflaged covers, wealthy
right-wing businessmen and "clergy" have now assumed firm control
over the biggest prize of all - the government of the United States
of America. First, some housekeeping is in order. My use of the term
"Christian" is merely to clearly identify the criminal conspirators
who have chosen to misuse their self-avowed devotion to Jesus Christ to
advance a very un-Christian agenda. The term "Christian Mafia" is
what several Washington politicians have termed the major conspirators
and it is not intended to debase Christians or infer that they are
criminals . I will also use the term Nazi - not for shock value -
but to properly tag the political affiliations of the early founders of
the so-called "Christian" power cult called the Fellowship. The
most important element of this story is that a destructive religious
movement has now achieved almost total control over the machinery of
government of the United States - its executive, its legislature,
several state governments, and soon, the federal judiciary, including
the U.S. Supreme Court.
The United States has experienced religious and cult hucksters
throughout its history, from Cotton Mather and his Salem witch burners
to Billy Sunday, Father Charles Coughlin, Charles Manson, Jim Jones,
David Koresh, Marshall Applewhite, and others. But none have ever
achieved the kind of power now possessed by a powerful and secretive
group of conservative politicians and wealthy businessmen in the United
States and abroad who are known among their adherents and friends as
The Fellowship or The Family. The Fellowship and its predecessor
organizations have used Jesus in the same way that McDonald's uses
golden arches and Coca Cola uses its stylized script lettering. Jesus
is a logo and a slogan for the Fellowship. Jesus is used to justify the
Fellowship's access to the highest levels of government and business
in the same way Santa Claus entices children into department stores and
malls during the Christmas shopping season.
When the Founders of our nation constitutionally separated Church and
State, the idea of the Fellowship taking over the government would have
been their worst nightmare. The Fellowship has been around under
various names since 1935. Its stealth existence has been perpetuated by
its organization into small cells, a pyramid organization of
"correspondents," "associates," "friends," "members,"
and "core members," tax-exempt status for its foundations, and its
protection by the highest echelons of the our own government and those
abroad.
The Roots of the Fellowship
The roots of the Fellowship go back to the 1930s and a Norwegian
immigrant and Methodist minister named Abraham Vereide. According to
Fellowship archives maintained at the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton
College in Illinois, Vereide, who immigrated from Norway in 1905, began
an outreach ministry in Seattle in April 1935. But his religious
outreach involved nothing more than pushing for an anti-Communist,
anti-union, anti-Socialist, and pro-Nazi German political agenda. A
loose organization and secrecy were paramount for Vereide. Fellowship
archives state that Vereide wanted his movement to "carry out its
objective through personal, trusting, informal, unpublicized contact
between people." Vereide's establishment of his Prayer Breakfast
Movement for anti-Socialist and anti-International Workers of the World
(IWW or "Wobblies") Seattle businessmen in 1935 coincided with the
establishment of another pro-Nazi German organization in the United
States, the German-American Bund. Vereide saw his prayer movement
replacing labor unions.
A student of the un-Christian German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche,
Vereide's thoughts about a unitary religion based on an unyielding
subservience to a composite notion of "Jesus" put him into the same
category as many of the German nationalist philosophers who were
favored by Hitler and the Nazis. Nietzsche wrote the following of
Christianity: "When we hear the ancient bells growling on a Sunday
morning we ask ourselves: Is it really possible! This, for a Jew,
crucified two thousand years ago, who said he was God's son? The
proof of such a claim is lacking."
One philosophical fellow traveler of Vereide was the German Nazi
philosopher Martin Heidegger, a colleague of Leo Strauss, the father of
American neo-conservatism and the mentor of such present-day American
neo-conservatives as Richard Perle and Paul Wolfowitz. Strauss's
close association with Heidegger and the Nazi idea of telling the big
lie in order to justify the end goals - Machiavellianism on steroids
-- did not help Strauss in Nazi Germany. Because he was Jewish, he was
forced to emigrate to the United States, where he eventually began
teaching neo-conservative political science at the University of
Chicago. It is this confluence of right-wing philosophies that provides
a political bridge between modern-day Christian Rightists (including
so-called Christian Zionists) and the secular-oriented
neo-conservatives who support a policy that sees a U.S.-Israeli
alliance against Islam and European-oriented democratic socialism. For
the dominion theologists, the United States is the new Israel, with a
God-given mandate to establish dominion over the entire planet. Neither
the secular neo-conservatives nor Christian fundamentalists seem to
have a problem with the idea of American domination of the planet, as
witnessed by the presence of representatives of both camps as
supporters of the neo-conservative Project for a New American Century,
the neo-conservative blueprint for America's attack on Iraq and plans
to attack, occupy, and dominate other countries that oppose U.S.
designs.
What bound all so-called "America First" movements prior to World
War II was their common hatred for labor unions, Communists and
Socialists, Jews, and most definitely, the administration of President
Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Vereide's Prayer Breakfast Movement,
pro-Nazi German groups like the Bund, and a resurgent Ku Klux Klan had
more than propaganda in common - they had an interlocking leadership
and a coordinated political agenda.
Not only was Vereide pro-Hitler, he was the only Norwegian of note, who
was not officially a Nazi, who never condemned Norwegian Nazi leader
Vidkun Quisling, a man whose name has become synonymous with traitor
and who was executed in 1945. Vereide and Quisling were almost the same
age, Vereide was born in 1886, Quisling in 1887. They both shared a
link with the clergy, Vereide was a Methodist minister and Quisling was
the son of a Lutheran minister. The Norwegian link to the Fellowship
continues to this day but more on that later.
Another pro-Nazi Christian fundamentalist group that arose in the
pre-Second World War years was the Moral Rearmament Movement. Its
leader was Frank Buchman, a Lutheran minister from Philadelphia.
Buchman was a pacifist, but not just any pacifist. He and his
colleagues in the United States, Britain, Norway, and South Africa
reasoned that war could be avoided if the world would just accept the
rise of Hitler and National Socialism and concentrate on stamping out
Communism and Socialism. Buchman coordinated his activities with
Vereide and his Prayer Breakfast Movement, which, by 1940, had spread
its anti-left manifesto and agenda throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Buchman was effusive in his praise for Hitler. He was quoted by William
A. H. Birnie of the New York World Telegram, "I thank Heaven for a
man like Adolf Hitler, who built a front line of defense against the
anti-Christ of Communism."[1] Buchman also secretly met with Heinrich
Himmler, the head of the Gestapo and controller of the concentration
camps. Buchman was at Himmler's side at the 1935 Nazi Party rally in
Nuremberg and again at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. The predecessor of
Buchman's Moral Rearmament Group, the Oxford Group, included Moslems,
Buddhists, and Hindus. Buchman and Hitler both saw the creation of a
one-world religion based largely on Teutonic, Aryan, and other pagan
traditions mixed with elements of Christianity. Buchman saw Islam,
Buddhism, and Hinduism as being compatible with his brand of
Christianity. Hitler, too, had an affectation for Islam and Buddhism as
witnessed by his support for the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, the
anti-British Muslim Brotherhood, and Tibetan Buddhists.[2] But Buchman
had no sympathy for the Jews who Hitler was persecuting. Buchman told
Birnie, "Of course, I don't condone everything the Nazis do.
Anti-Semitism? Bad, naturally. I suppose Hitler sees a Karl Marx in
every Jew."
Such global ecumenicalism is a founding principle for today's
Fellowship. With total devotion to Jesus and not necessarily His
principles at its core, the Fellowship continues to reach out to
Moslems (including Saudi extreme Wahhabi sect members), Buddhists, and
Hindus. Its purpose has little to do with religion but everything to do
with political and economic influence peddling and the reconstruction
of the world in preparation for a thousand year Christian global
dominion. Post-millenialist Fellowship members believe that Jesus will
not return until there is a 1000-year pure Christian government
established on Earth. It is this mindset that has infused the foreign
policy of George W. Bush and his administration. The desire for a
thousand year political dominion of the world is not new. Hitler
planned for a "Thousand Year Reich" over the planet. It is not a
coincidence that Hitler desired and the so-called Christian
dominionists/reconstructionists now contemplate a thousand year reign.
The Christian dominionists are the political heirs of Hitler, the
Norwegians Vereide and Quisling, Buchman, Opus Dei founder and fascist
patron saint Josemaria Escriva and their political and religious
cohorts.
The Unsuccessful Right-Wing Coup Against a Democratic President
Vereide and Buchman had important allies on Wall Street. According to
Marine Corps General Smedley Butler, shortly after Franklin Roosevelt
was elected President in 1932, he was approached by a group of wealthy
Republican industrialists to lead an anti-Roosevelt Fascist coup
against the government. As with today's Fellowship, Vereide and
Buchman were merely front men for anti-Socialist big businesses who hid
behind the façade of a Christian evangelical movement. To them and
their bankrollers, Roosevelt was some sort of anti-Christ who was going
to go to bat for the workers, blacks, the poor and women while, at the
same time, menacing the ultra-rich and the rising Nazi and Fascist
specter in Europe. The coup was to be financed mostly by the J. P.
Morgan and Du Pont financial empires. General Butler, who had no time
for these industrialists since his military forays into Central America
and the Caribbean as a foot soldier on behalf of wealthy capitalists,
rejected their overture. Gerald MacGuire, a Wall Street bond salesman
and former Commander of the Connecticut American Legion, was the chief
recruiter for the coup plot. Butler informed Congress of the plans for
the coup. However, Congress was owned by Wall Street and no charges
were ever brought against the plotters. Butler was incensed and went
public but he was dismissed as a conspiracy theorist. Not until 1967,
when journalist John Spivak uncovered the secret Congressional report,
was Butler's version of the events validated. In the report of the
Special Committee to Investigate Nazi Propaganda Activities in the
United States, Rep. Samuel Dickstein (D-NY) concluded that there was
evidence of a coup plot by the right-wing against Roosevelt. However,
much to Butler's chagrin, no criminal action was taken against the
plotters.
Butler said MacGuire's plan was for Butler to force Roosevelt to
declare he had become too sick from polio and create a powerful new
Cabinet position, the Secretary of General Affairs, to run the
government on his behalf. The New Deal, something the U.S. fascists and
Nazis referred to as the "Jew Deal," would have be scrapped. The
comparison between the Secretary of General Affairs and the present
Secretary of Homeland Security is striking. If Roosevelt did not agree
to the coup plotters' demand, a half million American Legion veterans
would march on Washington to physically remove Roosevelt from office.
But MacGuire decided that the perception management campaign would work
and an armed force would not be required. He told Butler, "You know
the American people will swallow that. We have got the newspapers. We
will start a campaign that the President's health is failing.
Everyone can tell that by looking at him, and the dumb American people
will fall for it in a second..." Shortly after his testimony before
the House investigation committee, MacGuire died of pneumonia at the
age of 37.
The perception management concerning the attempted right-wing coup
against FDR was a harbinger of more ruses that would come from the same
right-wing elements: that the first Secretary of Defense James
Forrestal was suffering from mental illness when he threw himself out
of the sixteenth story of Bethesda Naval Hospital in 1949, that John F.
Kennedy was killed by a lone, pro-Communist assassin, and that Iraq
possessed weapons of mass destruction. The coup plotters involved some
of the biggest names in American business and politics, including
Irenee Du Pont of the wealthy chemical company family and founder of
the pro-Fascist American Liberty League; J. P. Morgan officers Grayson
Murphy and John Davis; General Douglas MacArthur; southern
segregationist Governor Eugene Talmadge of Georgia; and, in what
represented a sea change for the extreme American right-wing, two
influential Catholics, former Democratic presidential candidate Al
Smith, who had become very anti-Roosevelt, and John Raskob, a senior Du
Pont official and a high ranking member of the Catholic Knights of
Malta. The concordat between right-wing Protestants and Catholics
presaged a later alliance between The Fellowship and the proto-Fascist
Opus Dei movement.
Buchman, who was also involved in the creating the psychologically
abusive Alcoholics Anonymous (which enticed many converts from booze to
"Jesus"), created an organization called First Century Christian
Fellowship. In 1939, while preaching against life's extravagances,
Buchman set up his headquarters in New York's posh Waldorf-Astoria
Hotel. Buchman also found common cause with right-wing racist groups.
In addition to his anti-Semitism, Buchman had no time for the civil
rights movement. Like Vereide, he rejected women's suffrage and the
labor union movement. When the United States entered the war in
December 1941, many of Moral Rearmament's leaders sought
conscientious objector status in the draft as "lay evangelists." As
with today's fundamentalist Christians, Buchman was rejected by his
fellow evangelicals and mainstream religious leaders, including his old
evangelical colleague Sam Shoemaker and Dr. Franklin Clark Fry, leader
of the United Lutheran Church in America, who called Buchman's
connection with Lutheranism "minimal." After Senator Harry S Truman
received the 1944 nomination for Vice President, he also dropped his
past tenuous connections to Buchman. Reinhold Niebuhr, the famous
theologian, and George Orwell both labeled Buchman's Oxford Group and
his successor Moral Rearmament Movement as "fascist."
The Wartime Nazi Invasion of Washington You Never Heard About
Meanwhile, Buchman's co-ideologist Vereide made his first entrée
into the U.S. Congress. In 1942, he began to hold small and discreet
prayer breakfasts for the U.S. House of Representatives. The next year,
the Senate began holding prayer breakfast meetings. Vereide's Prayer
Breakfast Movement was formally incorporated as the National Committee
for Christian Leadership (NCCL). Its headquarters were in Chicago. In
1944, while Vereide's friends in Germany were being pummeled by the
Allies, especially by the Soviet Red Army, NCCL changed its name to
International Christian Leadership (ICL), an indication that Vereide
saw an immediate need to extend his influence abroad in the wake of a
certain Nazi defeat. Vereide also made plans to move his headquarters
to Washington, DC. In 1944, his first ICL Fellowship House was
established in a private home at 6523 Massachusetts Avenue. In 1945,
Vereide held his first joint Senate-House prayer breakfast meeting. In
1945, Vereide quickly got together a group of powerful right-wingers
for a prayer breakfast following the death of President Roosevelt, one
of Vereide's and Buchman's most despised politicians. Roosevelt did
not comport with a President who followed the dictates of "God's
Will," a major Vereide and Buchman principle. At the breakfast were
Senators H. Alexander Smith (R-NJ), Lister Hill (D-AL), and World
Report publisher David Lawrence. Lawrence was an ardent foe of the New
Deal.
After President Truman announced that he was going to continue FDR's
programs - what he called the Fair Deal - the religious right of
Republicans and southern Democrats decided to attack Truman. His
vulnerability to charges that Communists were embedded in his
administration would give rise to the cancer of McCarthyism. However,
for the religious right of Vereide, Buchman, and their political
allies, this was a necessary and God-driven form of political and moral
cleansing. The radical right would also force Truman to consolidate
power in a new post-war intelligence agency that would replace the
Office of Strategic Services - the Central Intelligence Agency.
Senator Smith was a colleague of fellow Republican and anti-New Dealer
Senator Prescott Bush from Connecticut (father of George H. W. Bush
and grandfather of George W. Bush). According to Smith's archived
papers, he was also active with Buchman's Oxford Group. Prior to the
war, Alexander's New Jersey was a hotbed of Nazi activity. The home
of German admirer Charles Lindbergh (and the crime scene for a Nazi
conspiracy to kidnap and murder his son) and the first port of call for
the ill-fated Nazi airship, the SS Hindenburg, New Jersey was friendly
territory for groups like Moral Rearmament, the Bund, the Ku Klux Klan,
and Vereide's Prayer Breakfast Movement. One of Alexander's
predecessors as a New Jersey Senator, J.P. Morgan investment banker
Hamilton Fish Kean, was also a strenuous opponent of the New Deal until
he left the Senate in 1935. His grandson, Thomas H. Kean would serve as
New Jersey's governor and co-chair of the controversial 911
Commission.
It was odd that Lister Hill would have been associated with Vereide and
Buchman. He had been a major supporter of the New Deal, which greatly
benefited Alabama. However, Hill was also staunch opponent of
Roosevelt's other major initiative, civil rights. The evangelical
Christian movement championed segregation. Vereide and Buchman could
always be relied upon to come up with a Biblical reason for segregation
and that was good for Hill's political future.
The connection between Vereide and segregation was highlighted by his
close relationship with a Senator who was not only a member of the Ku
Klux Klan but was engineered into office by them. But, surprisingly,
this Senator was not from Alabama or Mississippi but from Maine.
Republican Ralph Owen Brewster was not only a member of Vereide's
ICL, an anti-New Dealer but also anti-Catholic. This was yet another
irony of the pre-Fellowship. Religious contradictions among its members
were not as important as the drive for political and financial power.
The contradiction exists today with the Fellowship: Orthodox Jews,
secular-oriented neo-conservative Jews, conservative Catholics,
evangelical Protestants, and fundamentalist Sunni and Wahhabi Moslems
all cooperate to further an agenda that uses Jesus as a de facto
corporate logo.
Brewster was the consummate "religious" politician-businessman of
his time. He was the person who personally introduced Vereide to many
of his colleagues, including Senator Harold Hitz Burton (R-Ohio), a
future Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Played by actor Alan Alda in the movie about Howard Hughes, The
Aviator, Brewster engaged in a backroom illegal deal on behalf of Pan
American Chairman Juan Trippe to force Hughes to sell Trans World
Airlines to Pan Am in return for Brewster dropping a congressional
investigation against Hughes for alleged war profiteering. One of Pan
Am's directors at the time of the feud between Hughes and the team of
Brewster and Trippe was Prescott Bush. The grandfather of George W.
Bush had seen the assets of Union Banking Corporation, on whose board
he served, seized after the beginning of the Second World War by U.S.
Treasury agents. It turned out that Bush's bank was operated by Bush
and his boss Averell Harriman on behalf of Nazi Germany. Prescott's
father-in-law, George Herbert "Bert" Walker, also represented Nazi
German interests through his Brown Brothers, Harriman investment
company and affiliated firms with names like American Shipping &
Commerce, Harriman Fifteen Corporation, Holland Amercian Trading
Corporation, Seamless Steel Equipment Corporation, Silesian-American
Corporation, and Hamburg-Amerika Line that were tangled together in a
circuitous spider's web. This would be a blueprint for future Bush
family/right-wing oil and intelligence enterprises involving election
fraud, drug and weapons smuggling, and political assassinations.
Perhaps because of his first name and his ties to Florida and Latin
America, Juan Trippe was often thought of as a Cuban. However, he was
of English ancestry and was born in Sea Bright, New Jersey.
Like Pan Am director Prescott Bush, Trippe's close friend and
business partner Charles Lindbergh also had a run in with the U.S.
government. After being awarded the Service Cross of the German Eagle
medal by Hermann Goering, Lindbergh, an ex-Army Air Force colonel, was
not permitted to have his commission as an officer restored under
direct orders from Roosevelt himself. Roosevelt always believed that
Lindbergh was a Nazi. Lindbergh became an advocate for the United
States avoiding war with Germany through his activity with the America
First Committee - yet another group sprung from the pro-Nazi
right-wing in America. According to Lindbergh biographer Laura Muha,
Lindbergh said that he was suspicious of American Jews because of
"their large ownership and influence in our motion pictures, our
press, our radio, and our Government." It was a claim that many years
later would be repeated by the guardian angel of the Fellowship,
Reverend Billy Graham.
Meanwhile, Howard Hughes spent much of his own capital on prototype
aircraft for the U.S. Army Air Corps. Hughes hired his own gumshoes to
spy on Brewster and Trippe and dig up dirt on them. Their connections
to Vereide and his pro-Nazi religious friends was likely their biggest
"catch" and something the secular right-wing Hughes would later use
as political capital. When the right-wing religious Republicans mounted
a challenge against Richard Nixon at the 1968 Republican National
Convention in Miami using Ronald Reagan as their standard bearer,
Hughes' money and influence would ensure Nixon's nomination and the
religious right's defeat. The Fellowship would have its revenge
against Nixon and his backers in the late summer of 1974.
Onward Christian Soldiers!
After the war, Vereide moved to consolidate right-wing groups in
Europe. His hated Communists and Socialists had taken over governments
across Eastern Europe and were on the verge of achieving power in
Western Europe. Winston Churchill had been swept from power by a very
leftist-oriented Labor government headed by Clement Atlee. For the
remnants of the Nazi movement in America, an "SOS" was being
transmitted from Europe for assistance. Vereide traveled to Norway,
Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland, France and Germany. His ICL made an
alliance with the like-minded British Victory Fellowship in Great
Britain. He also struck up a close relationship with German Lutheran
pastor Gustav Adolf Gedat. The German clergyman had been a leading
anti-Semite before and during the war. During the same year that
Vereide began his prayer breakfasts in Seattle, from the pulpit Gedat
thundered that, "God ordered the Germans to hunt down Jews." Gedat
became an apologist for top Nazi officials. He was an activist against
tracking down Nazi war criminals, such as former UN Secretary General
Kurt Waldheim, a personal friend of the current Republican Governor of
California and fellow Austrian, Arnold Schwarzenegger. It should be
noted that Schwarzenegger's father, Gustav Schwarzenegger was a
volunteer in the Nazi Sturmabteilung (SA), also known as the Brown
Shirts, in Austria and served in the German Army.
As a member of the West German Bundestag, Gedat brought about the
cancellation at the Cannes Film Festival of the showing of a movie
about a family of Jewish refugees from Prague during the Nazi regime.
At the same time, Gedat was one of three of Vereide's International
Council for Christian Leadership (ICCL) representatives in Europe. The
other two were also Nazis, Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands (married
to Queen Juliana) and German Prince Max von Hohenlohe. The latter
served under SS head Walter Schellenberg and, according to SS documents
captured by the Soviets, Hohenlohe engaged in direct negotiations
during the war with Allen Dulles of the OSS. Like Vereide and Buchman,
Dulles was a strong anti-Semite who saw Communism and Jews through the
same lens. Through the OSS's and CIA's "Rat Line" program, such
infamous Nazis as Klaus Barbie (the "Butcher of Lyon"), Nazi "mad
scientist" and butcher Dr. Joseph Mengele, concentration camp vaccine
"tester" Kurt Blome, and SS Commander Adolf Eichmann, escaped from
Europe to South America with the assistance of Opus Dei collaborators
in the Vatican.
In January 1947, Vereide sponsored the first Washington meeting of
ICCL. representatives from the United States, Canada, Britain, Norway,
Hungary, Egypt and China. In 1949, Vereide sent Wallace Haines to
represent ICL at a meeting of German Christians held at Castle Mainau
in Switzerland. Haines would become Vereide's personal emissary to
Europe. Haines was replaced in 1952 by the virulent anti-Communist Karl
Leyasmeyer. In 1953, Vereide made his first entrée into the White
House when President Dwight Eisenhower agreed to attend the first
Presidential Prayer Breakfast. By that time, Vereide's congressional
core members grew to include such senators as Republicans Frank Carlson
of Kansas and Karl Mundt of South Dakota. Both were virulent
anti-Communists who established close ties with Vereide and his
worldwide anti-Communist movement. Vereide also became very close to
one of the Senate's most ardent segregationists, Senator Strom
Thurmond of South Carolina, the man who led the Dixiecrat revolt
against the Democratic Party in 1948. Thurmond would be a key part of
the strategy of Vereide to evangelize poor whites in the South. For
Vereide, it would bring converts to his peculiar brand of Christianity;
for Thurmond, it would bring into the Republican Party former New Deal
Democrats who saw their party straying from segregation and embracing
civil rights. For the United States, the strategy would bring a radical
form of fundamental zealotry closer to taking control of the country.
Buchman, clearly wishing to obfuscate about his pro-Nazi ties before
the war, turned his attention towards Asia, particularly Korea. One
Korean Presbyterian preacher, who took an interest in Buchman's Moral
Rearmament principles of a universal religion and total personal
submission, was Yong Myung Mun of North Korea. He later changed his
name to Sun Myung Moon and, after being expelled from the Presbyterian
Church for preaching heresy, he established a right-wing, nominally
Christian sect called the Unification Church. Like Vereide and Buchman,
Moon began to spread his influence globally.
By 1957, ICL had established 125 groups in 100 cities, with 16 groups
in Washington, DC alone. Around the world, it had set up another 125
groups in Canada, Britain, Germany, France, Northern Ireland,
Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Switzerland,
Italy, Greece, Turkey, Lebanon, Ethiopia (where Emperor Haile Selassie
gave ICL property in Addis Ababa to build its African headquarters),
India, South Vietnam, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan,
Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, Guatemala, Cuba, Costa Rica,
Mexico, and Bermuda. ICL's international activities coincided with
activities in countries where the CIA was particularly active - an
obvious by-product of the close cooperation between Vereide and the
CIA's Allen Dulles and James Jesus Angleton. Angleton and his close
associate, Miles Copeland, favored using private businessmen to conduct
operations that the CIA was barred from conducting statutorily. The ICL
fit the bill very nicely. And although the Fellowship despised
homosexuals, that did not stop FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, who was
strongly rumored to have been gay, writing a prayer for Vereide.
With the end of colonial rule in large parts of Africa and Asia,
Vereide and his new disciple, an Oregonian Christian youth worker named
Douglas Coe, set out to make contacts in a number of the
newly-independent nations. Coe soon became Vereide's heir apparent.
ICL also established an Asian headquarters in Hong Kong.
Graham Crackers and Moon Rise
In 1958, Representative Albert H. Quie (R-MN) became an important core
member of Vereide's group. The Presidential Prayer Breakfast became
an annual Washington institution. Since Billy Graham became a regular
fixture at the misnamed "Presidential" prayer breakfast, many
attendees figured that the event was officially sponsored by the White
House. They were wrong, very wrong. Had they understood the Nazi and
Fascist pasts of Vereide and his associates, it is doubtful that the
annual prayer breakfast would have taken on such trappings of a state
function. Early attention to the group may have prevented them from
gaining a toehold in the White House and Congress.
One of Buchman's followers in the military was General Edwin A.
Walker, fired by President John F. Kennedy for insubordination. It was
later alleged that Lee Harvey Oswald had attempted to assassinate
Walker, a laughable charge considering the right-wing affiliations of
both.
As the world reeled in horror at the shooting death of President
Kennedy in Dallas in November 1963, the ICL moved into a new Fellowship
House at 2817 Woodland Drive in northwest Washington, DC near the
Shoreham Hotel. Later it would move to 1904 North Adams Street in
Arlington, Virginia, just a few blocks from 2507 North Franklin Road
where another virulent right-winger and anti-Semite named George
Lincoln Rockwell had set up his own national headquarters. From another
one of his Arlington headquarters, nicknamed Hatemongers Hill, Rockwell
flew the Nazi flag, blared the Nazi Horst Wessel anthem into the street
and menaced trespassers with two vicious dogs - one named Gas
Chamber, the other dubbed Auschwitz. Rockwell, a retired U.S. Navy
Commander, was the Fuehrer of the American Nazi Party. Rockwell and
absolute hatred for Jews and homosexuals.
In 1965, an aging Vereide resigned as director of ICL and was succeeded
as acting director by Richard Halverson, a Presbyterian minister who
later became the Chaplain of the U.S. Senate. Vereide continued as
Director of Fellowship House. According to Jeff Sharlet of the Center
for Religion and Media at New York University and the author of a 2003
Harper's article on the Fellowship, Vereide often exhorted his
followers to emulate the cadres of Hitler or Mao Tse-tung in spreading
their form of militant Christianity.
In 1968, Senator Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated after he won
California's Democratic primary by Sirhan Sirhan, a Palestinian
émigré to America. Kennedy was succeeded in the Senate by Charles E.
Goodell, appointed by New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller. Goodell was
also a core member of the Fellowship.
On January 30, 1969, Vereide, Billy Graham, and newly-inaugurated
President Richard Nixon gathered for the Presidential Prayer Breakfast.
There is little doubt that Nixon had been tipped off years before by
his friend and bankroller Howard Hughes about Vereide's ties to Pan
Am's Trippe and his bought-and-paid for senator, Brewster.
Nevertheless, Nixon, a Quaker, became close to Billy Graham, the North
Carolina-born evangelist and one-time student at Bob Jones University
who is also the Fellowship's patron saint. Obviously, Nixon shared
the Fellowship's and Graham's anti-Semitism.
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The Nixon tapes reveal that in 1972, Nixon, Graham, and H.R. Haldeman
Graham: "This [Jewish] stranglehold has got to be broken or the
country's going down the drain."
Nixon: "You believe that?"
Graham: "Yes, sir."
Nixon: "Oh, boy." So do I. I can't ever say that but I believe
it."
Graham: "No, but if you get elected a second time, then we might be
able to do something."
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Graham: "By the way, Hedley Donovan has invited me to have lunch with
[the Time Magazine] editors."
Haldeman: "You better take your Jewish beanie."
Graham: "Is that right? I don't know any of them now . . .A lot of
Jews are great friends of mine . . .They swarm around me and are
friendly with me because they know that I'm friendly with Israel. But
they don't know how I really feel about what they are doing to this
country."
Nixon: "You must not let them know."
The tapes reveal the inconsistencies of the Fellowship. On one hand,
their Nazi and Fascist past and tendencies make it seem unlikely that
they would be supportive of Israel. Yet, support for Israel is not only
something advocated by Graham but also by the shock troops for
today's fundamentalist movement, the so-called "Christian
Zionist" wing of the Fellowship.
Although Nixon would later come to distrust the Fellowship, one of his
closest confidants, Charles Colson, would become one of the key figures
in the group. Colson served time in jail as a result of his involvement
in the Watergate scandal. He would later re-emerge "born again" and
serve as a covert adviser to the very same elements who would propel
George W. Bush into office as President. No longer would the Fellowship
have a paranoid, moderate Republican like Nixon or corny, superficially
Christians like Reagan or George H. W. Bush in the White House. For the
Fellowship, Nixon, Reagan and the first Bush served their purposes but
they were not true believers. In their minds, after an unsuccessful
coup against Roosevelt and war with their brethren in Germany; the
uncooperative and "left leaning" administrations of Truman,
Eisenhower, Kennedy and Johnson; a paranoid administration in Nixon; a
transitional Gerald Ford; a born again Christian anomaly in Jimmy
Carter; partial entrees to power with Ronald Reagan and George H. W.
Bush; and absolute disgust with Bill Clinton, the Fellowship believed
it was God's will that they would have one of their very own core
members wielding power in the Oval Office and carrying out God's (the
Fellowship's) dictates. In George W. Bush, who had been indoctrinated
into the total submission to Jesus (the Fellowship) after his
involvement with alcohol and drugs, fundamentalists would not only be
able to remake the United States but, indeed, the entire world.
Additional tapes indicate that the Internal Revenue Service had Graham
under investigation in September 1971. Since Graham was so close to the
various Fellowship front activities and foundations, it is likely that
the IRS was looking at the illegal mixing of tax-exempt religious
groups with political campaigns. When Graham informed Nixon of the IRS
Nixon [to Haldeman]: "Please get me the names of the Jews, you know,
the big Jewish contributors of the Democrats ... Could we please
investigate some of the cocksuckers?...Here IRS is going after Billy
Graham tooth and nail. Are they going after Eugene Carson Blake
[president of the liberal National Council of Churches]?"
Unlike Graham, the Fellowship would not have any problem with its
taxes. A letter from the Department of Finance and Revenue of the
District of Columbia to Douglas E. Coe of International Christian
Leadership, Inc., dated October 21, 1971, granted the group tax- exempt
status on its property located at 2817 Woodland Dr., N.W. Washington,
DC. In his request for tax-exempt status, Coe listed some of the
activities that took place at Fellowship House. They included a Tuesday
morning bi-monthly prayer meeting for Foreign Service wives; a Thursday
morning "Mattie Vereide Bible Study" (Mattie was Abraham's wife);
"training and orientation activities," including "regular
sessions with associates from around the world;" "how to run small
groups;" "how to set up prayer breakfasts;" "regular dinners
involving the leadership of the world;" and "meetings to which
students, blacks and other groups are invited by business and
government leaders to discuss the importance of a strong spiritual
foundation in our country." The last activity would prove fruitful
for grooming future young African-American and other political
activists who would oversee the Fellowship's ultimate seizure of
political power in America. The Fellowship was camouflaging its Nazi
roots and accepting into its fold those minorities it considered useful
for its political goals.
Billy Graham also supported the war in Vietnam. On April 15, 1969, just
a few months after the National Prayer Breakfast, Graham sent a secret
letter to Nixon from Bangkok, where the evangelical preacher was
meeting Fellowship missionaries from South Vietnam. Graham and the
missionaries urged Nixon to step up the bombing of North Vietnam and
include in the campaign the bombing of dikes to "overnight destroy
the economy of North Vietnam."
In 1969, Vereide died and was succeeded by Coe. It is amazing how this
right-wing Nazi sympathizer has been eulogized by Fellowship adherents.
Norman Grubb's biography of Vereide, titled Modern Viking - The
Story of Abraham Vereide, Pioneer in Christian Leadership, offers the
"This is the story of a Norwegian immigrant to the United States who
was the founder of International Christian Leadership, the legal name
of what is popularly called The Fellowship, the origin of the Prayer
Breakfast movement. While pastoring in Seattle, he also founded the
first Good Will Industry. Vereide was a single-minded pre-World War II
pioneer. The book is a narrative of meetings, people and letters as
Vereide befriended government and business leaders in the name of
Christ. He was a world-class leader whose legacy is thriving today on
every continent."
Buchman died in 1961 and his Moral Rearmament Movement in the United
States soon gave way to the Unification Church of Moon. Moon began to
penetrate the United States with his "missionaries" in the 1960s.
In 1972, Moon made his first journey to the United States. His number
one priority was to take over control of the U.S. government by getting
his followers elected to office. Moon traveled the country in what he
called his International One World Crusade. As with Buchman, Moon kept
his initial meetings small - house parties were used to entice
converts - and like Vereide and Coe, groups were organized into small
"cells." And as with Vereide's prayer breakfasts and Buchman's
"crusades," hundreds of politicians around the country were duped
into extending official welcomes to the enigmatic Korean.
In August 1974, as Richard Nixon's administration was coming to an
end after the constitutional crisis caused by the Watergate scandal,
Moon dispatched his minions to the steps of the U.S. Capitol in defense
of Nixon as the House was voting to impeach the president. Moon's
defenders of Nixon were joined on the Capitol steps by members of
Orthodox Jewish Rabbi Baruch Korff's National Citizen's Committee
for Fairness to the Presidency. Korff had been a strong Zionist
supporter of Israel. Meanwhile, according to Ohio Republican Party
sources, a wealthy Christian fundamentalist from Cleveland had an
important meeting with Nixon in the White House.
Fred Lennon was a kingpin in Ohio conservative politics. The owner of
Crawford Fitting Company, Lennon built a fortune in manufacturing
valves and fittings for the oil and aerospace and chemical industries.
Du Pont was one of his biggest customers. Lennon became the majority
owner in Swagelok Companies, the parent of Crawford Fittings and held
half the shares in Lubrizol, the largest oil additive company in
America before it was bought by General Motors. A right-wing Catholic,
"Secrecy is Success. Success is Secrecy." Lennon, who insisted that
his employees avoid beards and wear conservative suits with white
shirts and ties, was a major financial contributor to conservative
Christian Republicans, including Ronald Reagan and the late Republican
Representative John Ashbrook of Ohio. Lennon criticized Ohio Republican
Representative Steve LaTourette for wearing a beard even though the
congressmen had received campaign contributions from the billionaire.
Lennon later established the Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs to
advance the cause of "traditional conservative values." Women's
rights foe Phyllis Schlafly and neo-conservative pamphleteer and pundit
William Kristol later sat on the Ashbrook Center's board.
Ashbrook's big claim to fame was that he opposed Nixon because he,
like Lennon, thought the president was too liberal.
Lennon even pressured his various industrial suppliers to ante up for
the Republican cause. Lennon was not the only Republican right-wing Mr.
Money Bags in Ohio. Raymond Q. Armington, the wealthy Cleveland-based
founder of Armington Engineering Company, which later merged with
Euclid Road Machinery Company, also donated generously to right-wing
causes. Armington later ended up on the board of General Motors.
Armington was fond of introducing up and coming conservative
politicians like Dan Quayle to "influential people." Armington
bequeathed a large portion of his estate to California's Pepperdine
University, a breeding ground for future right-wing Republican
politicians. Pepperdine would eventually name President Clinton's
chief inquisitor and tormentor Kenneth Starr as Dean of its
"Christian" law school. The influence of wealthy Ohio conservative
Christian businessmen like Lennon, Armington, and Cincinnati's Carl
Lindner of United Fruit (later Chiquita Foods) would have far reaching
effects. Ohio would become a haven for the activities of the Fellowship
and their affiliated organizations and churches. In 2004, the
inculcation of these forces in Ohio politics would have drastic and
far-reaching effects for the United States and the world.
It was the "secrecy is success" philosophy that prompted Lennon to
pay a visit to the beleaguered Nixon in August 1972. When Lennon said
he had an offer to make Nixon, the president pulled him into a closet
off the Oval Office. Lennon asked Nixon how much money it would take to
salvage Nixon's presidency from the Watergate crisis. Nixon replied
that it was all over. And, for Nixon, as far as the Christian right was
concerned, over it was.
The word went out to Christian right-wing circles and people who never
really trusted Nixon that he was history. Shortly thereafter, two
members of the Fellowship, Representatives Quie and John J. Rhodes
(R-Arizona) met with Vice President Gerald Ford at a special "prayer
meeting" on Capitol Hill. The date was August 8, 1974, the day before
Ford was sworn in as President. On August 7, Rhodes accompanied two
other Republican congressional leaders to the White House to tell Nixon
it was over. The powerful Fellowship lurked behind the political
maneuverings that led Nixon to decide to quit. After Nixon resigned,
some Fellowship members, including Colson, made attempts to try to get
Nixon to join their group as a way to salvage his legacy. Nixon would
have nothing to do with them.
The Born-Again Nativity of George W. Bush
Yet another influence convinced Nixon that for the good of the
Republican Party he should resign. He was the individual Nixon named as
chairman of the Republican National Committee in 1973. His name was
George H. W. Bush, the man whose grandfather and father had championed
the very same interests who were behind the pseudo-Christian Fellowship
and Moral Rearmament - the Nazis and Fascists.
Bush had reason to be thankful to the Christian fundamentalists. They
helped his son, George W. Bush, avoid a certain court martial and
prison time. On or about April 18, 1972, the Houston Police arrested
First Lieutenant George W. Bush of the Texas Air National Guard for
possession of cocaine. Bush and a friend were booked into the Harris
County jail. Bush's father, who was serving as U.S. ambassador to the
United Nations, hurriedly flew to Houston from New York and began to
make the required phone calls to keep his son from receiving a court
martial, dishonorable discharge, and a prison sentence. As one senior
Bush business partner recalled, then-Ambassador Bush knew that junior
was in "deep shit." Senior Bush arranged for his son to serve at a
religious drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in San Diego between
May and November 1972. Conservative San Diego was a major center for
Fellowship activities.
The time Bush spent in religious rehab in San Diego represents part of
the famous "gap" in Bush's National Guard service record.
According to a fitness report on Bush issued by the White House in
2004, Bush was "Not rated for the period 1 May 72 through 30 Apr 73.
Report for this period not available for administrative reasons."
This represents the time Junior Bush was being shown the way from drugs
to Jesus in San Diego and afterwards, his court-ordered community
service penance in Houston. The senior Bush arranged to have the arrest
record on Junior expunged and even his name removed from the police
blotter. Later, a ruse that Junior Bush went to Alabama to work on the
Republican Senate campaign of Winton Blount was concocted to throw off
nosy opposition research investigators and journalists. The deception
worked.
After drug rehab, Bush returned to Houston to perform prior
court-arranged community service with Project P.U.L.L. (Professional
United Leadership League), a Houston inner-city program to help
troubled and mostly minority teens. It was run by John White, a former
tight end for the Houston Oilers, who died in 1988. White's
assistants told Knight-Ridder in late October 2004, that because the
senior Bush was honorary co-chairman of Project P.U.L.L., he asked
White to do him a favor by placing Junior Bush into a volunteer slot.
One of White's administrative assistants told the news service that
White recalled that Junior Bush had "gotten into some kind of
trouble" but was not more specific. Willie Frazier, another former
Houston Oiler and a P.U.L.L. volunteer in 1973, recalled to
Knight-Ridder that the senior Bush impressed on White that an
"arrangement" had to be made for the Junior Bush. P.U.L.L. closed
its doors in 1989, a year after White's death but several P.U.L.L.
associates remembered that unlike other volunteers, Junior Bush's
hours as a volunteer had to be accounted for because he was in some
kind of "trouble."
Senior Bush had a few other chores to take care of. One was to thank
Harris County District Attorney Carol Vance, a past president of the
National District Attorneys' Association, for helping to drop the
drug charges against Junior and expunging the arrest record. According
to close Bush associates, in appreciation, Mr. Vance was rewarded with
a partnership at the prestigious Houston law firm of Bracewell &
Patterson. First International Bank (later InterFirst Bank), on whose
board Senior Bush served, was a major client of Bracewell & Patterson.
InterFirst and its predecessor served as a primary money conduit for
Saudi and other foreign money that was pumped into the business and
political campaign coffers of both George Senior and Junior.
Vance also had links to the organization that would become Colson's
Prison Fellowship Ministries, an adjunct of the Fellowship. Vance, an
evangelical Methodist, ministered to inmates in solitary confinement in
Texas prisons. Later, Vance would team up with Colson in a variety of
prison ministry projects in the United States and Brazil. Governor Ann
Richards appointed Vance to the Texas Board of Criminal Justice, the
entity that oversees the state's Correction's Department. Vance
convinced newly-inaugurated Governor George W. Bush to establish
faith-based prisons in Texas, a move that was endorsed by Colson. Bush
also permitted ministers to act as detoxification counselors without
professional training and certification. In addition, churches were
allowed to operate day care centers without state accreditation. Vance
became one of the leading advocates of evangelical-run prisons in the
United States - something that Colson, Bush, Coe, and the Fellowship
all advocated. Vance also saw Satan as being behind Ouija boards and
the game Dungeons and Dragons - cultural smears that would be
extended by his fellow evangelicals to other innocent children's
icons like Harry Potter, The Wizard of Oz's Good Witch of the North
and Wicked Witch of the West, the Vulcan Mr. Spock in Star Trek, and
Jedi Knight Yoda in Star Wars, all accused of spreading Satanism and
the Teletubbies character Tinky Winky, SpongeBob SquarePants, Bert and
Ernie from Sesame Street, Buster Baxter the Bunny from Public
Broadcasting's Postcards from Buster, and Barney the Dinosaur, all
charged with promoting homosexuality.
Junior Bush's time in San Diego at a Christian drug and alcohol
rehabilitation center is where the future President of the United
States would first be given large doses of Jesus indoctrination. With
Nixon's resignation in disgrace and the Republicans taking a beating
in the 1974 elections, little did the Fellowship realize what a huge
catch they had made in George W. Bush. Gerald Ford's administration
vainly tried to salvage the Republican cause - but Ford would be
defeated in the 1976 race against a born-again Christian, nuclear
submarine commander, and former peanut farmer from Georgia named Jimmy
Carter. True, Carter was an evangelical Christian but he was not the
type favored by the Fellowship and their big business allies,
especially two key members of the Ford administration, Chief of Staff
Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. And Ford's CIA
Director, George H. W. Bush, was miffed when Carter did not invite him
top stay on as spy chief. Bush would have his revenge against the
upstart former Governor of Georgia and peanut farmer soon enough.
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Christ -as even paid homage by people such as Mahatma Gandhi- do not
look to the Southern Baptists who do things like kick people out for
not swearing allegiance to BUSH...
Here is a site with the a good tips in the search for the meaning of
www.spirituality.com ... the key is understanding not blind fear and
hatred]
Fellowship of the Kingmakers and Assassins
Coe continued to expand his influence in Congress through the National
Prayer Breakfast (it changed its name from "presidential" to
"national" in 1970). Both sides of the political aisle were tapped
as members and friends of the Fellowship. Democratic Senator Harold
Hughes, a confirmed liberal, was a core Fellowship member as was
liberal Republican Senator Mark Hatfield of Oregon. Hatfield was no
real surprise. As an evangelical lay leader, Hatfield had a natural
inclination to be drawn into the Fellowship. Moreover, Hatfield had
gone to college with Coe in Salem, Oregon. But Hughes was different. He
was a recovering alcoholic and a bitter enemy of Nixon and his
administration. However, given the fact that the Fellowship and its
allied arm, Alcoholics Anonymous of Buchman, preyed on those with drug
and alcohol problems, Hughes fit into the Fellowship very nicely. The
Fellowship provided Hughes with "Christian" cover in case he fell
off the wagon. It was the case with many Fellowship politicians. They
could be forgiven for their transgressions because they had submitted
to God (the Fellowship). A number of observers of the Fellowship claim
politicians love to get involved with the group because it is a way for
them to escape accountability for their actions.
Hughes actually struck up a close relationship with Nixon's Watergate
consigliore Colson. Tom Phillips, the chief executive officer of
Raytheon, where Colson once worked as general counsel before he joined
the Nixon administration, arranged a meeting through Coe between Colson
and Hughes. They immediately discussed how they had unconditionally
accepted Christ and afterwards became great chums. Colson had already
been converted by Phillips, a man who made most of his company's
profits from arms sales to the U.S. military and the Kingdom of Saudi
Arabia. Ironically, the Saudis, who championed the extreme
fundamentalist form of Wahhabi Islam, despised Jews and Christians
alike.
The aftermath of Watergate had a disastrous effect on mainstream
Republicans, many of whom went down to defeat in the 1974 elections.
But Watergate permitted a new breed of Republicans, those of the
right-wing fundamentalist Christian variety, to advance up the
political ladder. After Nixon's "Southern Strategy," which saw
large numbers of Democrat white segregationists in the South convert to
the Republican Party, the fundamentalist conservative Republicans had a
ready-made flock of supporters.
Several foot soldiers of the extreme right would emerge from this
period. One young Texas college apprentice of Nixon's chief dirty
tricks sorcerer Donald Segretti, Karl Christian Rove, was one of them.
There were also credible reports that Segretti used members of the
neo-Nazi National Socialist White People's Party in Los Angeles to
engage in dirty tricks on behalf of the Nixon campaign. Another
suspected Nazi sympathizer with the Nixon campaign was his White house
aide Fred Malek. Nixon was also deputy director of the Committee to
Re-Elect the President (CREEP). Nixon ordered Malek to find out if
there was a "Jewish cabal" within the Bureau of Labor Statistics
and he ordered him to make a list of Jews in the agency. Later, in
1988, Malek was George H. W. Bush's liaison to Eastern European
right-wing "ethnic community" leaders who were members of the
Heritage Groups Council. Many of these ethnic leaders were ex-Nazis.
They included Hungarian fascist Arrow Cross officer Laszlo Pastor,
Romanian fascist Iron Guard official Father Florian Galdau, and Radi
Slavoff of the Bulgarian National Front, the successor organization to
Bulgaria's wartime Nazi and Fascist parties.
Like Vereide, Rove was a Norwegian-American with a penchant for
evangelical politics. Rove's decidedly un-Christian method for going
below the belt politically earned him the attention and interest of the
Chairman of the Republican National Committee, George H. W. Bush. The
22-year-old Rove, who dropped out of college, decided to run for
Chairman of the College Republicans. The coordinator of his campaign in
the southern states was Lee Atwater, another noted dirty tricks
operator. Both Rove and Atwater would rise to prominence as members of
the Bush Dynasty's inner circle.
Rove's opponent to head the GOP College Republicans was Terry Dolan,
a conservative but also a rumored homosexual. Rove, whose political
attack skills were honed in the 1972 presidential race, wasted no time
in feeding the rumor mill about Dolan. Rove defeated Dolan, who then
went on the head the National Conservative Political Action Committee
and coordinated his efforts with such right-wing "Christian"
luminaries as Jerry Falwell, Paul Weyrich, and Richard Viguerie. All
three were connected to televangelist Pat Robertson, another
"Christian" with a bon vivant past, who was also the son of
Virginia's segregationist Democratic Senator Willis Robertson. With
the help of Weyrich, Falwell started Moral Majority. In 1988, after his
own failed attempt to wrest the Republican presidential nomination away
from Vice President George H. W. Bush, Robertson would launch the
Christian Coalition headed by himself and another young Republican
operative, Ralph Reed. The Bush Dynasty and the right-wing Christians
decided to reach a concordat. Senior Bush's intermediary with the
Christian right was his "converted" son George W. Bush. After some
fits and starts with booze and drugs, George W. Bush was ready for
prime time and, with the fervent backing of the Fellowship and its
subordinate and allied organizations - Moral Majority, the Christian
Coalition, the Unification Church, he was being groomed to enter
national politics.
In 1973, Weyrich and Joseph Coors (after all, "Jesus" and beer are
not mutually exclusive) started the right-wing Heritage Foundation, a
spawning ground for future Republican politicians and policy planks.
Many of their policy initiatives, including the dismantling of
Roosevelt's New Deal, Truman's Fair Deal, and Johnson's Great
Society, were to have their genesis in the Heritage Foundation.
Rove helped George W. Bush in his failed 1978 campaign for a
congressional seat in Texas. Although Bush got his first dose of
"Jesus" control in 1972 in San Diego, he was not a very good
disciple. In 1978, he was still drinking heavily. A failed oilman in
west Texas, it would have been easy to write him off politically. But
this son of George H. W. Bush would prove extremely useful for the
Fellowship and its allies.
Another troubled young man who was exposed to Christian evangelism but
who became active in right-wing Nazi causes was John W. Hinckley, Jr.,
the Texas-raised son of the wealthy head of Vanderbilt Energy Company,
John W. Hinckley, Sr. Eventually, the Hinckleys moved from Dallas,
Texas to Evergreen, Colorado. Hinckley, Jr., like Rove, dropped out of
college. After a failed attempt at becoming a songwriter in Hollywood,
Hinckley returned to Evergreen, where he worked as a busboy in a
nightclub. In late 1980, at the same time George H. W. Bush was
planning his meeting in Paris with emissaries of the Islamic regime in
Iran to convince them to hold on to U.S. embassy hostages taken captive
in Tehran in 1979 until after the presidential election -- in order to
deny President Carter an "October Surprise" -- Hinckley began
stalking Carter. He also stalked presidential candidate Senator Edward
Kennedy of Massachusetts. When Nashville Airport baggage metal
detectors identified two handguns in Hinckley's luggage, he was
arrested, had his weapons confiscated, fined $62.50, and released.
President Carter was making a campaign stop in Nashville the day
Hinckley was arrested but the Secret Service decided not to make any
more inquiries. Hinckley then purchased two more handguns.
John Hinckley's brother Scott, who was Vice President of Vanderbilt
Energy, was a friend of Neil Bush, George H. W. Bush's Colorado-based
son who would later go on to infamy in the Silverado Savings & Loan
scandal. George H. W. Bush was sworn in as Vice President of the United
States on January 20, 1981. Instead of a surprise that would help
Carter win re-election, the October Surprise turned out to be a Bush
surprise that cost Carter the election. True to their agreement with
Bush, the Iranians released American embassy hostages they very moment
Ronald Reagan was sworn in as president. A few weeks later, Reagan
appeared at the National Prayer Breakfast at the Washington Hilton
Hotel along with Vice President Bush. Longtime Fellowship leader Albert
Quie, then Governor of Minnesota, gave the keynote message.
A little over two months later, John W. Hinckley, Jr., stepped from a
crowd gathered outside the very same hotel where Reagan had prayed in
February with the Fellowship. Hinckley fired six shots from his Rohm
R6-14 handgun in the direction of Reagan. One struck the president in
his left chest, the bullet lodging an inch from Reagan's heart.
George H. W. Bush was literally one inch from the presidency. But the
Bush dynasty's total seizure of the White House would have to wait.
At George Washington Hospital, Reagan was erroneously given a cold
blood transfusion, something that a number of medical experts later saw
as contributing to the onset of Alzheimer's Disease. White House
Press Secretary James Brady, a Secret Service agent, and a Washington
police officer were also wounded - Brady so severely he became an
invalid. Ironically, the next evening, Neil was to have hosted
Hinckley's brother Scott at a dinner party at his Colorado home.
Immediately, the media began to concentrate on the connections between
Reagan's attempted assassin and the Bush family. NBC's John
Chancellor was particularly interested in the connection between Bush
and Hinckley. According to the Houston Post, Bush spokeswoman Shirley
Green called the connection "a bizarre happenstance, a weird
occurrence." For a family whose imprimatur is connected to so many
American scandals, bizarre and weird should have been replaced with
commonplace and expected.
John Hinckley and Neil Bush both lived in Lubbock, Texas during 1978.
Neil was in Lubbock to work as manager for his brother George's 1978
congressional campaign. Also in Lubbock was John Hinckley, Jr., who
lived there since 1974. Rove was also a frequent visitor to Lubbock as
a campaign strategist for the Bush campaign. It was yet another nexus
between the Bush Family and other nefarious events. After all, George
H. W. Bush's address and phone number ("Bush, George H.W. [Poppy]
1412 W. Ohio also Zapata Petroleum Midland 4-6355") were found in the
address book of George de Mohrenschildt, a Texan and Russian émigré
with a fascist past in Europe who befriended Lee Harvey and Marina
Oswald after the future accused assassin of President Kennedy returned
from the Soviet Union. The pro-Nazi Allen Dulles was appointed by
President Johnson to serve on the Warren Commission, which ensured the
investigation of President Kennedy's assassination never went beyond
the self-described "patsy," Oswald, to include his right-wing
friends and associates.
And the Nazi thread was also strong with both Oswald and Hinckley.
Oswald had the Arlington, Virginia Nazi Party headquarters address of
George Lincoln Rockwell in his address book when he was arrested
following Kennedy's assassination. Hinckley was a member of the
National Socialist Party of America, which continued to function after
Rockwell's assassination in Arlington in 1967. According to the San
Francisco Chronicle, Hinckley, Jr. had participated in a march honoring
Rockwell.
The senior Hinckley had been involved with World Vision, a Christian
evangelical association involved with a number of covert U.S.
intelligence operations abroad. Like the Fellowship, World Vision acted
as a Trojan horse for U.S. intelligence and business interests in
Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War and Central America during the
illegal U.S. support for the Nicaraguan contras. In fact, a number of
World Vision officials, including two of its presidents, have been core
members of the Fellowship. World Vision continues to involve itself in
such hot spots as Iraq and Congo. According to Jeff Sharlet's 2003
article in Harper's, Coe admitted to having a close relationship with
Nicaraguan President Anastasio Somoza Debayle, the dictator the
Sandinistas overthrew in 1979. While the senior Hinckley headed up
World Vision, one of its youthful volunteers was Mark David Chapman,
also a native of Texas. He would later assassinated ex-Beatle John
Lennon on a New York City street. Like John W. Hinckley, Jr., another
right-wing would-be assassin and busboy was Arthur Herman Bremer from
Milwaukee.
An ultra-rightist who shaved his head in the Nazi style, Bremer
despised George McGovern and stalked him during the 1972 presidential
election. But McGovern would not ultimately be his target. On May 15,
1972, Bremer, sporting a "Wallace for President" button, approached
Alabama Democratic Governor and presidential candidate George C.
Wallace at a campaign stop at a Laurel, Maryland shopping center.
Bremer fired five bullets into Wallace, who was paralyzed for the rest
of his life. Wallace, of course, was not what the new right-wing
Republicans wanted to see grab the Democratic nomination. After all,
Republican Winton Blount's senatorial campaign in Alabama against
veteran Democrat John Sparkman was intended to help wrest control of
the South from the Democratic Party. It was a campaign that George W.
Bush participated in by making cameo appearances between Christian drug
rehab sessions in San Diego. Wallace stood to derail the Republican's
"Southern Strategy." By sidelining Wallace, Bremer helped propel
the GOP's new Southern Strategy. The strategy would be refined in
1973 by the new chairman of the Republican National Committee -
George H. W. Bush, -- who would have two young and ruthless assistants
to help him - Karl Rove and Lee Atwater. With the help of Pat
Robertson, Jerry Falwell, Bob Jones, and other fundamentalist
Christians, the South would eventually fall under almost complete
control of a Republican Party that emphasized intolerance and a de
facto return to Jim Crow laws. Ironically, Wallace, a former
segregationist, would later win back the Governorship of Alabama with a
majority of the African-American vote.
The world would not hear the last of Rockwell and his disciples. His
Nazi Party would change its name to the National Socialist White
People's Party and remain in Arlington. Eventually, it would change
its name to "The Order" and move to the West where it became even
more violent. One former Rockwell assistant, William Pierce, would form
the neo-Nazi National Alliance. Pierce had worked with Rockwell in
Arlington in the 1960s. He later joined the National Youth Alliance,
headed up by another neo-Nazi, Willis Carto, who also led the Liberty
Lobby. Using the pseudonym Andrew MacDonald, Pierce would pen "The
Turner Diaries," a neo-Nazi rant that called for the overthrow of the
U.S. government and the extermination of non-whites and Jews. Pierce
was the inspiration behind the founding of the Aryan "Christian
Identity" movement. One of Pierce's fans was Timothy McVeigh, found
guilty of bombing the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 1995,
killing 168 people, including a number of children. According to Jersey
City Police sources, when arrested, McVeigh had the business card of a
Jersey City social services worker in his possession.
Jersey City was a major base of operations for Ramzi Yousef, who
masterminded the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, and Mohammed
Atta and Marwan al Shehhi, who piloted two passenger jet liners into
the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. This would not be the
only connection between right-wing Nazis and radical Islamists. The
Fellowship and Doug Coe reached out to the most radical elements in the
Islamic world, including members of the Saudi royal elite who
bankrolled Osama Bin Laden and his Al Qaeda followers. According to the
Los Angeles Times, as early as 1979, Coe had a special relationship
with the Saudis when he arranged a meeting between a Pentagon official
and the Saudi Minister of Commerce. In 1988, Saudi ambassador to the
United States, Prince Bandar bin Saud, read passages from the Koran at
the National Prayer Breakfast. This was at a time the Afghan mujaheddin
was coming under the radical influences of Saudi Wahhabis through the
"good offices" of Osama bin Laden and other radicals. Coe and his
Cedars members also kept in close touch with such Muslim leaders as
Presidents Suharto and Megawati Sukarnaputri of Indonesia, General
Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan, Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan, Mohammed
Siad Barre of Somalia (who offered Coe that he would convert to
Christianity from Islam if he could be assured of U.S. weapons sales to
combat aggression from Soviet-armed Ethiopia), Kuwaiti officials, and
even Saddam Hussein. At the same time, Coe heaped praise on the
"covenants" Bin Laden, as well as Hitler, established with their
respective followers.
In 1990, just prior to George H. W. Bush launch of Desert Storm against
Iraq in response to Saddam's invasion of Kuwait, Fellowship core
member Senator David Durenberger (R-MN) led a Fellowship delegation to
Baghdad. That same year, the Senate Ethics Committee ordered
Durenberger to pay over $124,000 in restitution for shady book and real
estate deals. Such ethical lapses were the rule rather than the
exception with many politician members of the Fellowship.
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[Note: If you really want to understand the peaceful message of Jesus
Christ -as even paid homage by people such as Mahatma Gandhi- do not
look to the Southern Baptists who do things like kick people out for
not swearing allegiance to BUSH...
Here is a site with the a good tips in the search for the meaning of
www.spirituality.com ... the key is understanding not blind fear and
hatred]
The Cedars of Arlington
In 1976, the Fellowship began looking for a permanent headquarters in
Arlington. It set its sights on the estate of George Mason IV, The
Cedars, located at 2301 North Uhle Street. Mason was one of the
drafters of the Bill of Rights. The Fellowship, also known as the
International Foundation, bought the property from Charles Piluso.
Although not much is known about Piluso, the Los Angeles Times reported
that Howard Hughes, the man with whom Fellowship Senator Ralph Owen
Brewster once sparred, also lived there. According to a senior Pentagon
official, the Cedars had been used as a CIA safe house prior to the
Fellowship's purchase of the estate. The Fellowship paid $1.5 million
for the Cedars, the money coming from Tom Phillips, the CEO of
Raytheon, and Ken Olsen, the CEO of Digital Equipment Corporation.
Sanford McDonnell of McDonnell Douglas Corporation was another
deep-pocketed supporter of the Fellowship through Full Gospel Business
Men's Fellowship International, an activity linked to Fellowship core
member Pat Robertson.
According to the Los Angeles Times, other wealthy contributors to the
Fellowship and its adjunct International Foundation include Republican
donor Michael Timmis, a conservative Catholic Detroit lawyer who
replaced Colson as chairman of Prison Fellowship International (Colson
remained as Chairman Emeritus) and who also served on the board of the
Promise Keepers, another evangelical group; Jerome A. Lewis, the
Denver-based oilman who is chairman of Petro-Lewis, one of the largest
oil and natural gas partnership firms in the world; and Maryland oilman
Paul N. Temple. The Fellowship has also received support from the Eli
Lilly and Pew Foundations, contributors to a number of right-wing
causes.
In 1991, according to the New York Times, Fellowship member Mark
Hatfield came under a Senate ethics investigation and a Federal grand
jury probe after he made $300,000 from real estate deals since 1981
involving the sale and purchase of properties from Temple. The
investigation of Hatfield followed years of reports that he had
received additional largesse from the Fellowship in loans and other
favors. It should be noted that Hatfield's son, Mark Hatfield, is
currently the Director of Communications for the Department of Homeland
Security. The Fellowship and its members know good real estate deals
when they see them. For example, the Cedars is now valued at $4.4
million - and Arlington County received zero in taxes from it because
it is tax-exempts a "church."
A letter from the Fellowship Foundation's lawyers, Barman, Radigan,
Suiters & Brown, to Van Caffo, Zoning Administrator for Arlington
County, dated September 9, 1976, requested permission to house
"overnight guests" at the Fellowship's recently-purchased estate,
known as "The Cedars." The letter stated, "no more than ten
individuals could be accommodated at any one time." The letter also
affirmed, "that no [emphasis in original] person not involved in the
Fellowship would ever be invited to spend the night at the House."
That statement would later prove embarrassing to a number of
politicians who stayed at Fellowship group homes while insisting they
were not members of the group.
The Fellowship's attorneys stressed that "anyone staying at the
House will have prior involvement with the activities of Fellowship
Foundation." The letter continued, "According to Mr. Coe, these
1. Those who come to the Washington area for the sole [emphasis in
original] purpose of participating in the worship activities of
Fellowship Foundation. I understand that you have no problem with this
category.
2. Those who come to the Washington area for a dual purpose, one of
which is participation in the worship activities of Fellowship
Foundation. It is this category of individuals, which apparently gives
you pause."
For Arlington County, the mere presence of yet another right-wing
group, in addition to the Nazis who had already given the county a
black eye in the national media, was more than reason to be concerned.
However, the Fellowship's attorneys, using double-speak, convinced
the Arlington authorities to grant the group the necessary permits. The
Fellowship's attorneys also made it clear that "the Foundation
works quietly but extremely effectively in accomplishing its singular
purpose."
A letter from Arlington County's Department of Inspection Services to
Coe's attorneys, dated September 20, 1976, granted the Fellowship use
of the Cedars as a "place of worship." The Fellowship would provide
more than just a place of worship at the Cedars. The estate would
become the site for international intrigue and charges from neighbors
that troubled young people staying at the home were being subjected to
mind control.
In 1984, the Fellowship achieved a record at its National Prayer
Breakfast. The 34th such gathering attracted representatives from over
100 nations. Similar prayer breakfasts were held in over 500 American
cities. Conservative politicians were being tapped as never before for
future service to the goals of the Fellowship and its affiliates.
Moreover, the Christian fundamentalists were gaining influence in the
media. Pat Robertson's 700 Club began the Christian Broadcasting
Network (CBN), which cleverly combined news broadcasts with religious
programming. In 1983, Moon started the Washington Times, a paper that
was built on the remains of the William F. Buckley's defunct
Washington Evening Star. Ronald Reagan called the money-losing
Washington Times his favorite newspaper. It did not matter that Moon
was named as a central player in the Koreagate scandal that rocked
Washington politics from 1976 to 1978. Moon, an operative named Bo Hi
Pak (who was president of the Washington Times), and the Korean Central
Intelligence Agency were accused of bribing politicians. Ford's Vice
Presidential running mate in 1976, Senator Bob Dole of Kansas, was one
of those who called for a full investigation of Moon.
Representative Donald Fraser (D-MN) launched a House investigation of
the Korean political influence peddler. Fraser's committee concluded
that Moon was a central to an "international network of organizations
engaged in economic and political activities" and that Moon's
organization "had systematically violated U.S. tax, immigration,
banking, currency, and Foreign Agents Registration Act laws." The New
York Daily News' Lars Erik Nelson called for the Justice Department
to investigate the Washington Times for violation of the Foreign
Agents' Registration Act. The Fraser Report also proved the
connection between Moon and the Korean CIA. For his efforts, Moon's
propaganda machine branded Fraser an "agent of Moscow" and began a
vicious character assassination campaign against him. Undaunted, Fraser
went on to become Mayor of Minneapolis. But for the Christian Right,
Moon's personal attack template would serve as a blueprint for future
Christian fundamentalist candidates. One recommendation of the Fraser
Committee went unheeded by the incoming Reagan administration: a White
House Task Force to investigate Moon and his operations. George H. W.
Bush's hat trick with the Iranian hostage takers ensured that Moon
would not have to worry about White House interference.
Nor did it matter that U.S. counter-narcotics investigators were
uncovering evidence that Moon supplemented his various enterprises
around the world with money from drugs from Latin America and Asia -
proceeds that partially wound up in the coffers of Jerry Falwell. The
Fascist thread that Moon inherited from Buchman's Moral Rearmament
was evident in one of Moon's richest supporters, Ryoichi Sasakawa,
one of Japan's richest businessmen and a self-described
"fascist." According to PBS's Frontline, Sasakawa, who met Benito
Mussolini in 1939 and called him the perfect "fascist," was
imprisoned by U.S. forces after World War II as a war criminal. In
1967, Sasakawa and Moon formed the Japanese chapter of the right-wing
World Anti Communist League, a right-wing group that would help Moon
gain an entrée to Latin American military dictators and other
right-wing groups around the world. It was the same network that was
used by the Fellowship Foundation and World Vision. Moon and Sasakawa
were also connected to the Japanese "Yakuza," the Mafia that
controlled gambling and the illegal narcotics market in the country.
But while he thought he had a free pass from Reagan and the
conservatives in his administration, Moon miscalculated the IRS and its
enforcement of tax laws. In 1982, Moon was convicted in a federal court
for income tax evasion. He was sentenced to 13 months imprisonment at
the Danbury Federal Correctional Facility in Connecticut. Immediately,
Falwell called for a presidential pardon from Reagan. The pardon
initiative for Moon was championed by former Senator Paul Laxalt (R-NV)
and Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT). When Fellowship core member Richard
Thornburgh, the former Governor of Pennsylvania, became Attorney
General under George H. W. Bush, the Fellowship network no longer had
to worry about running afoul of tax laws. Thornburgh would later serve
on a committee that investigated CBS anchor Dan Rather and 60 Minutes
for their use of Texas Air National Guard documents that pointed to
George W. Bush's absent without leave (AWOL) status in 1972. The
original documents had been scanned thus giving them the appearance of
being forged. However, 60 Minutes, which had exposed past government,
business, and religious wrongdoing, had been largely neutered and
Rather announced his retirement. One former Justice Department Criminal
Division attorney said he was not surprised to hear that former
Attorneys General Ed Meese, Thornburgh, and John Ashcroft were core
members of the Fellowship. He said they were "the three worst
Attorneys General my division ever worked for."
One other prominent Christian reconstructionist member of Reagan's
cabinet was Interior Secretary James Watt. He actually once told a
congressional panel that the environment was not important in light of
the imminent return of Jesus. Under oath, he told a congressional
committee that believed that Jesus would return "after the last tree
is felled."
At the same time Moon was on his rise, another Christian dominionist
began to put his stamp on Republican right-wing policies. His name was
Rousas John Rushdoony, the son of Armenian refugees from the
anti-Armenian Turkish pogroms of the early 20th century. Rushdoony ran
a Christian Right think tank in Los Angeles called the Chalcedon
Foundation. Chalcedon became the source for much of the philosophical
underpinnings of the Fellowship's political platform - a platform
that would provide much of the political and religious propaganda
spread by Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell on their respective
television programs. Robertson had been very much like George W. Bush
in his earlier years. The son of Senator A. Willis Robertson (D-VA),
Robertson was known as a playboy with a questionable military service
record during the Korean War. But like George W. Bush, Robertson
"found God." Converted by Vereide's close associate Harold
Bredesen who spoke in "tongues." In a bizarre display, Bredesen
reportedly once spoke in ancient Arabic to a wealthy Egyptian heiress
during a Fellowship meeting. Robertson, in addition to running his 700
Club television program, decided to invest in diamond mines in Africa.
He became close to three of Africa's most infamous despots - Mobutu
Sese Seko and Laurent D. Kabila of Zaire/Congo and Charles Taylor of
Liberia. It was discovered that Robertson was using his "Operation
Blessing" aircraft, not to provide aid to African victims of famine,
war, and disease, but to transport equipment and supplies for his
various diamond mining ventures on the continent. It would not be the
only criminal activity engaged in by the Fellowship in Africa's
affairs.
Rushdoony became a Presbyterian minister in California during the
mid-1940s, the same time Vereide and Buchman were extending their
influence in Washington and around the world. Rushdoony's writings
attacked the Unitarian religion and what he considered its
contrivances, which included the United Nations. He was also an early
proponent of home schooling (an important part of the Fellowship's
agenda) and a charter member of the secretive Council for National
Policy (CNP) - a right-wing version of the Council on Foreign
Relations whose first head was Christian Right leader Tim LaHaye, the
one-time head of the Moon-funded Coalition for Religious Freedom whose
advisory board members included such Christian Right luminaries as Don
Wildmon, the pro-censorship head of the American Family Association;
Pat Crouch, the founder of the Trinity Broadcast Network; and James
Kennedy, the televangelist head of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in
Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Another important CNP member was Baptist deacon and former Senator
Jesse Helms (R-NC), who also championed right-wing fascist Latin
American leaders favored and supported by the Fellowship. These
included El Salvadorean death squad leaders Roberto d'Aubisson and
General Carlos Eugenios Vides Casanova (now living in South Florida
under the protection of Jeb Bush and the right-wing Cuban community),
El Salvador's right-wing President Alfredo Cristiani (in 1990,
President George H. W. Bush reportedly held a special prayer with
Cristiani and death squad leader d'Aubisson in a side room at the
National Prayer Breakfast with Coe officiating), Honduran evangelical
Christian death squad leader General Gustavo Alvarez Martinez, Chilean
dictator General Augusto Pinochet, Brazilian dictator Artur da Costa e
Silva, Guatemalan dictator and evangelist Efrain Rios Montt (in 2004,
Montt's daughter, Guatemalan Senator Zury Rios Sosa married
Fellowship adherent Representative Jerry Weller (R-IL), Guatemala's
evangelist President Jorge Serrano Elias (his George W. Bush-like quote
upon election in 1991: "We have won the election with the support of
the people and God. I have no commitment to any political power base;
my only commitment is to God, to whom I've committed myself to govern
the best I can`. . ."); and Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza
(also one of Coe's friends). The Fellowship had been on very good
terms with Panamanian dictator and drug runner Manuel Noriega who the
first Bush ousted in a 1989 military invasion. Other CNP initiatives
included supporting apartheid in South Africa (Jerry Falwell called
South Africa's Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu a "phony" and Pat
Robertson's 700 Club provided a convenient propaganda outlet for
South Africa's apartheid regime) and opposing Corazon Aquino's
attempt to depose Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos. The looted gold
bullion and gems from the deposed Philippine dictator's coffers and
other ill-gotten foreign funds would eventually be used to fatten the
off-shore Bush bank accounts (artifices with various Bush family
corporate code names - Five Star Companies, Lone Star Companies,
Phoenix Group, Winston Partners, Cosmos Corporation, Hamilton Trust,
InterFirst Bank, European Pacific Group, Mongoose Enterprises, Equity
Trust, Interfax Gold Corporation, etc.) and serve as the source for the
money used in the future to "fix" elections in favor of George W.
Bush and his political allies.
Rushdoony developed his own network of right-wing fundamentalist
Christians, including Oklahoma State Representative Bill Graves, an
ardent Christian dominionist, and John Whitehead, the director of the
Rutherford Institute, the right-wing outfit funded by Rushdoony that
propelled Paula Jones to national stardom as Bill Clinton's chief
accuser and involved itself in the 2000 Florida election recount fiasco
on behalf of George W. Bush. Rushdoony's son-in-law, Gary North, is a
very active Christian dominionist in right-wing politics and the
proponent of "Christian economics," which is based on the Austrian
(Fredrich von Hayek) or Mount Pelerin Society schools of economics. The
precepts of this economic school are based on Fascist economic theories
of the 1920s and 30s. The umbrella organization for Rushdoony and
North's activities was the William Volker Fund, which also funded the
conservative Hoover Institution.
North also founded the Aaron Burr Society. The group's emblem has a
drawing of Burr shooting Alexander Hamilton in their infamous duel. The
emblem bears the motto: "Not soon enough," referring to the notion
that Hamilton's assassination should have occurred much sooner.
The Fellowship also made inroads within the U.S. military, particularly
the officers' ranks. Through an entity known as the Officers
Christian Fellowship (OCF), the Fellowship tapped officers in all the
services and future officers in the service academies to become
"ambassadors for Christ in uniform." The motto of the OCF is
"Pray, Discover, Obey." The Christian Military Fellowship served as
the OCF's counterpart among the enlisted ranks. Adjunct Fellowship
organizations targeted foreign officers and enlisted men, particularly
in Great Britain and Australia; service spouses; and service mothers.
The international military fellowship is known as the Association of
Military Christian Fellowships (AMCF). One person close to the AMCF is
Arthur E. ("Gene") Dewey, a retired Army officer who served as
Colin Powell's Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees,
and Migration. Dewey was also a personal consultant to Douglas Coe. In
his State Department position, Dewey was an ardent foe of international
family planning programs, including the denial of reproductive health
care to refugee women.
Eventually, the Fellowship would count some of the military's top
leaders among its members. They include former Joint Chiefs Chairman
General David Jones, current Joint Chiefs chairman General Richard
Myers, former Marine Corps Commandant and current NATO commander
General James L. Jones, Iran-contra figure Marine Lt. Col. Oliver
North, and, perhaps even more controversial than North, Army Lt. Gen.
William "Jerry" Boykin, the military head of Defense Secretary
Rumsfeld's intelligence branch. In 2003, Boykin, in a speech to the
First Baptist Church in Daytona Beach, Florida, referred to the United
States as a "Christian nation" and, that in reference to a Somali
warlord, he stated, " I knew that my God was bigger than his. I knew
that my God was a real God and his was an idol." The reverberations
of Boykin's comments were felt around the world. But his allies and
Fellowship compatriots, Rumsfeld, Myers, Kansas Representative Todd
Tiahrt, and most important, George W. Bush, refused to condemn him.
Calls for Boykin's reassignment when unheeded. Soon afterwards,
Boykin's Pentagon intelligence group was discovered to have been
involved with the torture and sexual molestation of prisoners in Iraq,
Afghanistan, and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The sexual molestation of
prisoners included male and female teens being held in Iraq. Also of
note is the current head executive director of the OCF. He is retired
Lt. Gen. Bruce Fister, the former head of the U.S. Air Force Special
Operations Command.
One of the larger OCF chapters is at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, the home
of the U.S. military's disciplinary barracks and a prime recruiting
and mentoring center for Fellowship members. All sorts of military
members who have been sentenced by courts martial around the world have
served their prison terms at Leavenworth. In 1982, a key member of the
OCF began his four-year sentence at hard labor at Leavenworth after he
was convicted of over 19 counts of lewd and lascivious acts with
minors, including the dependents of naval personnel under his command.
He was Lieutenant Commander Larry W. (Bill) Frawley, Jr., U.S. Naval
Academy graduate, P-3 Orion pilot, and the one-time Commanding Officer
of the Coos Head, Oregon Naval Facility, a classified Sound
Surveillance System (SOSUS) station that mainly monitored Soviet
submarines on missile patrol and maneuvers in the Pacific. Frawley was
heavily involved in a child pornography ring before FBI agents
discovered his name after a major bust of a kiddie porn kingpin in
Chicago. The Operations Officer assigned to Coos Head was requested by
the Naval Investigative Service and the FBI to set up a "sting"
against Frawley. Duly sworn in as a temporary special agent of the FBI,
the Operations Officer gained Frawley's trust, gathered incriminating
evidence against him, handed it to federal and local law enforcement
agents from Coos Bay, Oregon; Portland, and Seattle, and testified as
the government's star witness at Frawley's court martial at the
Navy's Sand Point Base in Seattle. It was later discovered by NIS and
the FBI that Frawley and other members of the OCF used the Christian
organization as a cover for their child pornography business. And one
other tidbit had been discovered by the FBI. Frawley had traveled
secretly to the Soviet Union while he held a Top Secret nuclear weapons
and cryptographic security clearance.
That discovery led to the reassignment of the Operations Officer, the
Portland-based and Seattle-based NIS agents, and the Coos Bay-based FBI
agent to relatively insignificant desk jobs in Washington, DC. While he
held his confidence and trust, Frawley revealed to the Operations
Officer that those involved with his ring included other top-ranking
military officers, lawyers, and members of the clergy. Later, the two
NIS agents revealed that the Coos Bay scandal "went to the very
top" of the Reagan administration. Frawley's prison term at
Leavenworth was anything but "hard labor." Navy insiders reported
that he attended therapy sessions. If the sessions involved the OCF, it
is easy to ascertain how they operated. Jeff Sharlet's Harper's
article provides a unique insight into the Fellowship's thinking
about sex perverts. Sharlet recounted a discussion Douglas Coe's son,
David, was having with one recruit named Beau at the Ivanwald compound.
Coe asked Beau, "Beau, let's say I hear you raped three little
girls. And now here you are at Ivanwald. What would I think of you,
Beau?" Embarrassed, Beau replied, "Probably that I'm pretty
bad!" Coe responded, "No, Beau, I wouldn't. Because I'm not
here to judge you. That's not my job. I'm here for only one
thing." Beau's answer was, "Jesus!"
The Fellowship certainly did not mind when singer Michael Jackson
stayed with his children at the Cedars in October 2001 when he was in
Washington for a benefit concert for the 911 victims. In a lawsuit
filed in 1993, Jackson was accused of sexually molesting a 13-year-old
boy. According to a September 27, 2002 Los Angeles Times article by
Lisa Getter, Jackson's stay at the Cedars was arranged through David
Kuo, George W. Bush's White House director of the Office of
Faith-based Initiatives. Kuo, a former CIA employee who co-wrote a book
with Ralph Reed, had been Executive Director of the Center for
Effective Compassion, founded in 1995 by Arianna Huffington and Marvin
Olasky. Olasky is a Jewish convert to evangelical Christianity, a major
Christian reconstructionist proponent, and an ardent supporter of
George W. Bush. Kuo also previously worked for the Christian Coalition
and Senator John Ashcroft.
After the Navy's cover-up of the Frawley and other related criminal
cases, the Operations Officer used his Washington, DC base to expose
the matter to the public. He received warnings from other active duty
and retired Navy personnel that his activities were "embarrassing"
to the Navy and that there would be professional and "other
consequences" if he did not desist. The cover-up went to the highest
echelons of the Navy's command structure and included Secretary of
the Navy John Lehman, the man whose obfuscation abilities would be used
to cover-up the gun turret explosion on board the USS Iowa battleship,
the tail hook scandal involving naval aviators, and, ultimately, the
911 attacks when he was named as a member of the 911 Commission by
George W. Bush. In the interest of full disclosure, it must be stated
that this author was the Operations Officer referenced above.
Another organization affiliated with the Fellowship is the Campus
Crusade for Christ, which, in turn, runs something called the Christian
Embassy, its outreach arm in Washington. There is also an
"International Christian Embassy" in Jerusalem that also houses the
studios of Pat Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network. Through
the Campus Crusade, the Fellowship and its affiliates seek converts
among college students in the United States and abroad. An additional
Fellowship activity is the National Student Leadership Program and the
associated Navigators, which seek converts among college and high
school-aged young people. The Fellowship's network can also reach out
to other evangelicals for the purpose of political marches on
Washington. Whether they are called "Jesus Marches," Promise Keeper
rallies, or anti-abortion gatherings, the fundamentalists have been
able to tap the support of Falwell; Richard Roberts, the son of
Oklahoma-based evangelist Oral Roberts; and Florida-based evangelist
Benny Hinn. In addition, the Fellowship has its own aggressive "Youth
Corps," which is active seeking converts, according to Jeff
Sharlet's Harper's article, in countries as diverse as Russia,
Ukraine, Romania, India, Pakistan, Uganda, Nepal, Bhutan, Ecuador,
Honduras, and Peru. The Fellowship seeks to groom young leaders for
future positions of leadership in countries around the world. According
to Sharlet, the goal of the Fellowship is "two hundred national and
international world leaders bound together relationally by a mutual
love for God and the family." In Fellowship-speak, the "family"
is synonymous with the Fellowship. The strategy of placing Fellowship
"moles" in foreign governments would pay off nicely when George W.
Bush and his advisers had to cobble together a "Coalition of the
Willing" to support the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
The Christian Right, having cleverly hidden its Nazi and Fascist past,
was on the march. The movement would soon tap ambitious conservative
politicians eager to use its vast resources to achieve political power.
Newt Gingrich, Dennis Hastert, John Ashcroft, Tom DeLay, Dan Quayle ---
and, after a concordat with failed 1988 Republican presidential
candidate Pat Robertson -- George H. W. Bush, would all become
followers, some for truly religious reasons, but most for political
opportunism. But the biggest prize of all was yet to be heard from. The
failed businessman and politician from west Texas, George W. Bush, was
now a firm believer in the Fellowship agenda. In his father's 1988
race against Michael Dukakis, the junior Bush was his father's
liaison to the fundamentalist right. Junior Bush would help channel
advice and money from the Christian Right to his father's campaign.
In a sign of things to come, the Bush campaign savaged Michael Dukakis
over a convicted murderer and prison parolee in Massachusetts named
Willie Horton, who, after he was released from prison, held a Maryland
couple hostage, raping the wife and stabbing her husband. The strategy
was based on the Bush campaign notion that Dukakis, if elected, would
pardon African American prisoners who would rape white women. An attack
ad ran on television by a Republican group insinuated that Dukakis
would release blacks who would threaten whites. For the junior Bush and
the Christian Right, it was a campaign position that would pay off
handsomely in the future when dealing with John McCain and John Kerry.
One of the architects of the 1988 "Willie Horton was Lee Atwater, the
close associate of Karl Rove. In 1990, Atwater would move into the
Cedars after he discovered he was dying from brain cancer.
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[Note: If you really want to understand the peaceful message of Jesus
Christ -as even paid homage by people such as Mahatma Gandhi- do not
look to the Southern Baptists who do things like kick people out for
not swearing allegiance to BUSH...
Here is a site with the a good tips in the search for the meaning of
www.spirituality.com ... the key is understanding not blind fear and
hatred]
Consolidating Fellowship Power
As with any "army," in this case a Christian army, the Fellowship
lost no time in establishing both physical and political bridgeheads in
the United States and abroad. First, the Fellowship ensured that its
new fortress, "The Cedars," was well protected. Through a variety
of incorporated foundations, the Fellowship masked its various real
estate investments through various entities, including the Fellowship
Foundation, the Wilberforce Foundation, and two used by the Fellowship
in the past: Kresage Foundation and Tregaron Foundation. Kresage, at
one time, appeared to have links to the Billy Graham Evangelical
Association. Tregaron was used in 1975 by the Fellowship and President
Ford to search for a purchase a mansion for the Vice President. Ford
was significantly closer to the Fellowship than was his predecessor,
Nixon. The purchase of a Vice Presidential mansion was no longer
necessary when Vice President Nelson Rockefeller moved into the former
mansion for the Chief of Naval Operations at the Naval Observatory -
it has been the home of the Vice President ever since. According to the
minutes of the District of Columbia's Advisory Neighborhood
Commission 3-C dated January 26, 2004, there is 20 acres of property in
Northwest Washington known as the "Tregaron property." There were
plans to sell the property for the construction of 16 houses, a plan
that was opposed by the Cleveland Park Citizens Association
("CPCA") and Friends of Tregaron that wanted the land preserved as
a national historic site. It isnear this property that the Klingle
Mansion is located. It is noteworthy that records indicate that intern
Chandra Levy may have gone to the mansion to meet someone before she
was murdered.
Foundation
Address
Assets
Liabilities
Wilberforce Foundation
705 Melvin Ave Ste 105
Annapolis, MD 21401
$1,612,691 (end FY 01)
$116,000 (end FY 01)
Tregaron Foundation (sometimes spelled in Fellowship archives as
"Treagon"
Defunct*
Fellowship Foundation
2244 N 24th St
Arlington, VA 22207 (Ivanwald)
$8,479, 884 (end FY 02)
$1,313, 990 (end FY 02)
Kresage Foundation
Defunct
C Street Center
133 C Street SE
Washington, DC 20003
Officially designated a "church" - IRS filing not required
Prison Fellowship Ministries
P.O. Box 17500, Washington, DC 20041
$25,252,541 (end FY 03)
$10,790,975 (end FY 03)
Officers Christian Fellowship
3784 S. Inca St.
Englewood , CO 80110
$4,471,262 (end FY 03)
$824,162 (end FY 03)
Campus Crusade for Christ, Inc.
100 Lake Hart Dr. MC 3900
Orlando , FL 32832
Tax exempt religious organization
www.guidestar.com)
*Worked with President Ford to purchase a mansion for the Vice
President.
One of the first tactics employed by the Fellowship was to expand
outward from the Cedars. The Fellowship purchased two homes in close
proximity to the Cedars that became "group homes" (dormitories) in
violation of county ordinances prohibiting such homes without proper
state and county accreditation. The Fellowship argued that it had
verbal authorization from the county for such homes, a point of
contention with some of the non-Fellowship neighbors. The two homes are
called Ivanwald (a group home for men) and Potomac Point (a group home
for women). It was well known to the neighbors that these group homes
were used to house troubled teens and young adults (a significant
number of them were the children of prominent politicians and
businessmen) but the Fellowship kept the names and home addresses of
these mostly out-of-state "guests" a secret from the county
government and the local Woodmont Civic Association, which began to
complain about the out-of-state traffic as well as certain VIP
limousines constantly speeding through the quiet residential
neighborhood in north Arlington.
Although secrecy was paramount to its operations, the Fellowship saw a
need for a public relations point man. They selected Richard E.
Carver, a former Republican mayor of Peoria, Illinois; a reserve Air
Force colonel, and Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial
Management under Ronald Reagan. In 1982, Carver, a member of Reagan's
Commission on Housing, recommended cutting billions of dollars from the
Department of Housing and Urban Development's Section 8 housing
program. That resulted in thousands of people, including families with
children, going homeless across the nation. According to the Chicago
Tribune, Carver caused waves in the Air Force when he insisted on
purchasing custom made Air Force dinnerware and whiskey glasses from a
West German manufacturer for the use of 65 Air Force attaches in
capital around the world. It turned out that Carver wanted to impress
the top management at Passau, West Germany-based ZF Industries with his
abilities to expedite procurement through the vast Air Force
bureaucracy. There was one problem for Carver - the Pentagon had a
directive prohibiting such purposes except for a very few top flag rank
officers. In 1986, Carver bypassed the Secretary of Defense and went
straight to the Secretary of the Air Force for authorization to spend
$100,000 on the West German dinnerware. When the cost of the dinnerware
increased to $115,000, Air Force purchasing officers began to complain.
Subsequently, the West German china manufacturer went through ZF
Industries to complain that the cost did not cover shipping. Carver
then requested additional money for shipping costs. When that posed a
problem, carver suggested that the dinnerware order be increased to
$1.1 million to cover the original order in addition to custom made
china for 138 commanders, mostly colonels, of Air Force bases and
stations around the world. Lt. Gen. Carl Smith, chief of the Air Staff,
then put his foot down - telling Carver that his china deal was way
out of line. Smith said if colonels received dinnerware, every general
would want it also. The bill could top $6.3 million. Smith told Carver
the money could be used to improve dilapidated housing for officers and
enlisted men in some of the Air Force's residential units. Carver
told General Smith that he should reconsider, whereupon, Smith retorted
with a firm "No." In other words, Smith was not about the follow
such a ludicrous order from a civilian superior.
Carver eventually left the Pentagon. He hooked up with the Fellowship
as its major front man, became a consultant for Smith Barney (it was
reported that Carver actually was retained by Smith Barney as a
consultant while he still worked at the Pentagon at a fee of $920 a
month), and joined ZF Industries as head of its U.S. subsidiary. The
Chicago Tribune referred to Carver as an "Ed Meese of the
Pentagon." The comparison was serendipitous. Meese, Reagan's
ethically-challenged Attorney General, was also a core member of the
Fellowship. One of Carver's deputies at the time was Ernie
Fitzgerald, the whistleblower who, in 1968, identified a $2 billion
overrun with the C5A cargo plane. His reputation as a dogged
whistleblower on government waste and fraud with contractors, Carver
quickly gave Fitzgerald and unfavorable performance report and
transferred Fitzgerald out of his office, which prompted a complaint
from Representative John Dingell (D-MI), a determined watchdog on
contractor overruns. Carver told People magazine, "Ernie has the
capacity to really irritate people . . . He has a kind of antagonistic
way of doing things." Certainly, not the way of the Fellowship, where
people smile, talk about their commitment to "Jesus," and engage in
backroom shady deals. Soon, Carver would turn his attention away from
the likes of Fitzgerald and towards the suspicious neighbors of the
Cedars.
Residents of the Woodmont neighborhood of Arlington noticed something
strange about the Cedars shortly after the Fellowship moved in. One
long time Arlingtonian was hired to do some plumbing at the estate. He
noticed in 1980 that the estate's "carriage house" had been
converted into a group home. Men and women who stayed there were
assigned chores around the complex - women would cook and do the
laundry while the men would tend to the lawn and perform other
maintenance work. In 1980, the Fellowship referred to themselves not
only as "The Family" but also "The Way." The plumber also
noticed that the old "well house," which sat in an extreme corner
of the estate, overlooking Washington, DC, was converted into a
residence. Although that home appears nowhere on Arlington zoning maps,
neighbors have discovered that it serves as the residence for Coe when
he visits the Cedars.
After it became apparent that the Fellowship was establishing much more
than a place of worship in North Arlington, neighbors became more
concerned. The first event that triggered suspicion was when a one-lane
bridge that carried cars, bicycles, and pedestrians on North Uhle
Street over Spout Run Parkway collapsed. The Fellowship saw to it that
without the bridge, it turned its end of what was renamed 24th Street
became a secured cul-de-sac. Even though the very end of 24th Street
remains county property, the Fellowship painted the bridge supports
white to give them the appearance that they were a "gate" onto the
Fellowship's private property. When non-Fellowship neighbors tried to
have the one-lane bridge rebuilt as a pedestrian and bicycle trail, the
Fellowship resorted to a nasty campaign to discredit and harass the
proponents. As a result, a mini-civil war broke out in quiet Woodmont.
Some residents suggested the Fellowship actually sabotaged the original
North Uhle Street bridge to provide permanent secrecy and security.
Similar suspicions surround the purchase by a Fellowship member of the
neighboring 19-acre estate property, which was resold to Arlington
County. The county turned it into a historic site and park - the Fort
C.S. Smith Park. However, a number of residents contend the Fellowship
wanted the park to be a security buffer zone. Originally, there were
plans to build a nursing home on the adjoining property. Although the
park closes at night, it keeps its lights on 24 hours a day. A
government source confided the Fellowship worked out a deal with the
county to keep the lights on so the parking lot can be used as an
emergency heliport in the event the Cedars must evacuate its VIPs.
In August 2003, Ivanwald and the Cedars received the kind of attention
it disdains. The Washington Post ran a couple of stories about James
Hammond, a 21-year-old male resident of Ivanwald, who broke into four
homes in the Woodmont neighborhood looking for prescription drugs.
Although he broke into four homes, he pleaded guilty to breaking into
only two. Rose Kehoe, the past president of the Woodmont Civic
Association, complained about the secrecy associated with the
Fellowship's dormitories for the troubled youth. Some neighbors
argued that criminal background checks should be required for the
residents of the Fellowship homes. In addition, residents of Woodmont,
who referred to the Fellowship as the "pod people," complained that
additional Fellowship youth were being housed in other Fellowship homes
in the neighborhood. Over twenty homes in the Woodmont neighborhood
were purchased by Fellowship members as of the end of 2004. Kehoe told
the Post, "We don't know who is running around. We don't know if
they are criminals or previous sex offenders."
One local resident told the Arlington County Board that the young
people who stay at the Cedars complex appear "abnormally passive."
She said that they wait for "God to tell them what to do."
Passions became inflamed when non-Fellowship residents learned that the
Fellowship never possessed a special permit to run group homes in the
neighborhood, a violation of Arlington County's zoning laws. Carver,
the Fellowship spokesman, insisted the Fellowship had an informal
verbal nod from the county. A number of the young residents who filter
in and out of Ivanwald and Potomac Point are students from Christian
evangelical Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California.
Another bone of contention between the Fellowship and residents was the
speeding limousines that transported U.S. and international political
VIPs to and from the Cedars. On Tuesday mornings, the Cedars hosts an
"ambassadors breakfast," while on Thursday mornings, former Senator
Charles Percy hosts something called the "International Finance
Meeting" for 25 people. One retired Washington, DC newspaper editor
who has lived in Woodmont for 48 years referred to the Fellowship as
the "rich Christians."
A U.S. State Department bus transports foreign and U.S. diplomats to
and from the Cedars for the Tuesday morning 7:30-9:30 a.m. meeting. Yet
more limousines arrive at the Cedars for a meeting held at 9:30 p.m. on
Sundays. The county placed speed bumps on 24th Street to answer the
concerns about speeding motorcades but they did not deter the speeding.
One neighbor estimated that there are some 80 limousine trips per week
to the Cedars. Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat visited the Cedars in
1999 complete with his automatic weapon-carrying security guards.
Out-of-state license plates abound at the Cedars compound.
To say that the Cedars is wired into American foreign policy would be
an extreme understatement. One of the Fellowship's core members with
significant links to the foreign policy establishment, including the
Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), is Dr. Douglas
Johnston, a veteran of nuclear submarines, Deputy Assistant Secretary
of the Navy and Director of Policy Planning and Management in the
Office of the Secretary of Defense under Jimmy Carter, and the founder
and president of the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy.
Johnston, who was involved in various international conflict resolution
programs, prepared a conflict resolution casebook in which he cites
Buchman's Moral Rearmament post-war reconciliation efforts between
Germany and France. Of course, for Buchman and his friends, those
efforts largely involved nothing more than reintegrating supporters of
the German Nazis and Vichy French back into government and business.
The Cedars have hosted various world leaders - becoming what has
amounted to a shadow State Department. Perhaps its importance as an
international rendezvous point is why several miles of fiber optic
cables have been installed at the Cedars by Verizon and Comcast. In one
instance, the Fellowship requested permission to build an
"underground chapel" on the Cedars premises. Although the facility
was never built, neighbors suspected that it was a bomb shelter.
Local residents, who, as they put it, have not drunk the Fellowship's
"Kool Aid," point to the constantly expanding Fellowship enclave in
Arlington. They claim the Fellowship has taken over two local church
congregations - Falls Church Episcopal and Cherrydale Baptist - as
well as opening their own private school - Rivendell. Two other
northern Virginia churches reportedly have a number of Fellowship
congregants - Potomac Falls Episcopal and McLean Bible Church. In
addition, Arlington skeptics of the Fellowship point to the increasing
political clout of the Fellowship, for example, in placing one of its
members, Michael Foster, on the Arlington Planning Commission as
chairman, successfully buying the votes of four of the five members of
the Arlington County Board (all Democrats), and installing an ally as
president of the Woodmont Civic Association.
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[Note: If you really want to understand the peaceful message of Jesus
Christ -as even paid homage by people such as Mahatma Gandhi- do not
look to the Southern Baptists who do things like kick people out for
not swearing allegiance to BUSH...
Here is a site with the a good tips in the search for the meaning of
www.spirituality.com ... the key is understanding not blind fear and
hatred]
Sometimes, the Fellowship invites members and non-members alike to
special functions at the Cedars. For example, it sent out this
HISTORY UNITES US
Woodmont Neighbors and Friends of the Cedars
Are cordially invited to attend a
Free Lecture on
Oriental Rugs
Safi Kaskas of Beirut, Lebanon
Saturday, May 1, 2004
Hosts: Hon. And Mrs. Don Bonker [former Democratic Representative from
State of Washington]
When non-members attend such functions at the Cedars, they are assigned
one person who follows them everywhere they go. In every room in the
Cedars, they are always under the watchful gaze of a photograph of
Billy Graham. Coe has been referred to as the "shadow Billy
Graham."
According to Arlingtonians who have investigated the Fellowship, Doug
Coe once owned a residence in very liberal Takoma Park, Maryland and
continues to own residences in Annapolis, Maryland (where he and his
followers have similarly taken over a residential area cul-de-sac) and
Seattle, Washington, the one-time hometown of his mentor Vereide. Local
politicians point to the Fellowship's generous political
contributions as a way of buying influence and maintaining their
secrecy in the county.
Another troublesome aspect to the Fellowship's expanding presence in
Arlington is a resurgence of Nazi activity in the county. "White
power" and Nazi groups continue to hold meetings in the same North
Arlington neighborhoods where Rockwell and his Nazis once lived. The
rise of Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke in Louisiana GOP politics
spurred the Nazi movement around the country, including the persistent
cell in Arlington. As late as 1999, these meetings attracted Nazi
skinheads from around the country as well as foreign leaders, like the
leader of the British National Front, a racist, ultra-right party. In
addition, there were very recent cases of anti-Semitism experienced by
members of one of the local American Legion posts. It should be
recalled that the American Legion was to be used as the vanguard of the
1930s right-wing coup against Franklin Roosevelt. In December 2004,
suspected white supremacist arsonists set fire to dozens of expensive
homes under construction in nearby Indian Head, Maryland in a
subdivision called Hunters Brooke. Some of the homes had been purchased
by African Americans. At least ten of 26 homes set ablaze were severely
damaged. Immediately, the right wing media began blaming
"eco-terrorists," but soon the real culprits were soon uncovered.
It emerged that at least five white racists charged with the arson were
members of a group called "The Family," which is, ironically, one
of the names used by the Fellowship.
But the Fellowship has shed much of its former ties to the Nazis and
fascists. Although the fascist ideology is behind the scenes, the
Fellowship has dropped its explicit hatred for other races and
religions. One observer called the Fellowship "Fascism with a smiley
face." For a group with so much power, it is amazing that since the
early 1970s, only a handful of meaningful articles have been written
about it. In the early 1970s, Playboy wrote about Senator Hatfield's
association with the group. The Portland [Maine] Phoenix wrote a story
about Governor Baldacci's ties to the group and the Las Vegas Weekly
looked into Senator Ensign's membership in the group. Two major
exposes were Jeff Sharlet's Harper's article, "Jesus Plus
Nothing," and Lisa Getter's article in the Los Angeles Times. The
Washington Post wrote about the Fellowship after the break-ins of homes
in Arlington by resident of Ivanwald and the resulting problems with
neighbors and county. Perennial Democratic presidential candidate
Lyndon LaRouche's various publications have also focused on the
Fellowship and its influence in government. But aside from those
articles and some mention on a few Weblogs, the Fellowship continued to
maintain its preferred secretive existence.
During the 2004 election campaign, northern Virginia Democratic
congressional candidate James Socas highlighted the membership in the
Fellowship of his opponent, incumbent Republican Frank Wolf. Socas said
his research indicated that Wolf was a member of a religious cult whose
leadership praised the leadership qualities of Hitler, Ho Chi Minh,
Lenin and Osama Bin Laden. The Socas campaign released a report titled,
"Who is Frank Wolf? Moderate Republican or Leader of the Religious
Right?" The Washington Post also reported on Socas's charges that
Wolf was a member of an extremist religious group and Wolf's response
that the charges were "bogus." The Fellowship's public relations
man Carver told the Post that Socas's charges were "ludicrous."
Coe did not return phone calls from the Post. It was the kind of
political donnybrook the Fellowship abhorred but here was a
congressional candidate bringing to light the membership in "the
Family" of one of the House's most powerful Republicans. In yet
another example showing the ties between the Fellowship and the
neo-conservative movement, the Post quoted Michael Horowitz of the
neo-con Hudson Institute defending Wolf. Lamely, and obviously without
researching the history of the Fellowship, Horowitz called Socas's
linking of Wolf to a group that praised Hitler nothing more than
"hate speech" and "McCarthyism."
Turning the "People's House" Into the "People's Temple"
Adding to the Fellowship's perception as a powerful and secretive
organization is its ownership of a boarding house and conference center
around the corner from the U.S. Capitol at 133 C Street, SE,
Washington, DC. At any given time, eight members of the Senate and
House have resided at the C Street Center where they sleep, pray, and
eat for a mere $600 a month. C Street Center resident Representative
Bart Stupak (D-MI) claimed on his Federal Election Commission expense
report that he paid the C Street Foundation $762 on December 11, 2001.
Similar boarding houses have been set up by the Fellowship in London
for Members of Parliament and in Moscow for members of the State Duma.
Past and current residents of the C Street Center have included former
Representatives Steve Largent (R-OK) and Ed Bryant (R-TN), former
Representative and current Democratic Governor of Maine John E.
Baldacci, Senators Sam Brownback (R-KS) (Brownback is also a member of
the right-wing Fascist-oriented Opus Dei sect within the Catholic
Church), Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC), John Ensign (R-NV), and Tom Coburn
(R-OK), Representatives Mike Doyle (R-PA), Bart Stupak (D-MI), Zach
Wamp (R-TN), and former Senator Don Nickles (R-OK).
Other past members included Senators Sam Nunn (D-GA), Lincoln Chaffee
(R-RI), Roger Jepsen (R-IA), Charles Percy (R-IL), Strom Thurmond
(R-SC), David Durenberger (R-MN), Jennings Randolph (D-WV), Paul Trible
(R-VA), Phil Gramm (R-TX), William Armstrong (R-CO), Lawton Chiles
(D-FL), Dan Coats (R-IN), Jeremiah Denton (R-AL), John Stennis (D-MS),
Al Gore, Jr. (D-TN), and Larry Pressler (R-SD), and former
Representatives J. C. Watts (R-OK), Robert Dornan (R-CA), and Tony Hall
(D-OH). George W. Bush named Hall, who purported to be a strong
defender of human rights, to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations
for World Hunger. In typical Fellowship fashion, Hall immediately began
to lobby the UN on behalf of Monsanto to accept genetically-modified
foods.
Other significant members of the Fellowship are Senators Charles
Grassley (R-IA), Pete Domenici (R-NM), Conrad Burns (R-MT), Richard
Lugar (R-IN), James Inhofe (R-OK), Bill Nelson (D-FL) (Nelson's wife
Grace serves on the Fellowship Foundation's Board of Directors), and
Rick Santorum (R-PA), Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN), and
George Allen (R-VA), Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert (R-IL),
Representatives Frank Wolf (R-VA), Tom DeLay (R-TX), Tom Feeney (R-FL),
Curt Weldon (R-PA), Jerry Weller (R-IL), and Joseph Pitts (R-PA).
Friends of the Fellowship, if not outright members, include Senators
Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Rick Santorum (R-PA), Jon Kyl (R-AZ), House
Majority Whip Roy Blunt (R-MO), and former Senator Zell Miller (D-GA).
One of the more interesting affiliates of the Fellowship is Senator and
former First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY). A former "Goldwater
Girl" in the 1964 presidential campaign, Mrs. Clinton seemed to have
partially recovered some of her earlier conservative underpinnings.
According to her autobiography, Living History, after her husband
became president, Clinton paid a visit to a women's meeting at the
Cedars on February 24, 1993. Present were Susan Baker (wife of the
first Bush's Secretary of State, James Baker III), Grace Nelson (wife
of Florida's Bill Nelson), Joanne Kemp (wife of former HUD Secretary
Jack Kemp), Linda LeSourd Lader (wife of Clinton ambassador to Britain
and founder of the Renaissance Weekend Phil Lader - the Renaissance
Weekend in Charleston, South Carolina is billed by Lader as a
"spiritual" event[3]), and Holly Leachman of the Falls Church
Episcopal Church (one of the churches taken over by the Fellowship).
Leachman and her husband Jerry had been involved in 1997 with a
Cleveland, Ohio Fellowship adjunct called the Family Forum. The
Leachmans were interviewed by ABC's Nightline on February 25, 2004.
They extolled the virtues of Mel Gibson's controversial film, The
Passion of the Christ, along with other evangelicals, including some
Jewish converts to Christianity.
Senator Clinton admits to having a continuing close relationship with
Susan Baker, through Baker's visits to Capitol Hill and the letters
she and other Fellowship wives wrote her during the impeachment
proceedings against President Clinton. Even Bill Clinton seemed to have
been taken in by the Fellowship. In his autobiography, My Life, Clinton
brags that he never missed a National Prayer Breakfast. In his
autobiography, Bill Clinton erroneously writes that it was not until
2000 that Coe invited the first Jew, Senator Joseph Lieberman (D-CT),
to speak at the breakfast. However, New York Mayor Ed Koch spoke at the
National Prayer Breakfast in 1981 Senator Jacob Javits in 1984, and
Arthur Burns in 1986.
Ironically, it was Susan Baker's husband who served as the political
fix-it man for Clinton's Vice President Al Gore in delivering
Florida's 25 electoral votes to George W. Bush in 2000, costing Gore
the White House. In fact, Senator Clinton wrote that all of her
relationships with the Fellowship began with the luncheon she attended
in 1993. In her biography, Senator Clinton writes of Douglas Coe,
"[he] is a genuinely loving spiritual mentor . . . Doug Coe became a
source of strength and friendship." Of course, Clinton is referring
to the period of time when her husband was being harassed by
conservative Republicans out for blood - the Whitewater investigation
and impeachment hearings brought about by what she called the "vast
right-wing conspiracy" against her husband. It is amazing that Mrs.
Clinton would have established such a trusting relationship with people
who were the "vast right-wing conspiracy" that she complained about
so vociferously.
Nevertheless, Mrs. Clinton remained close to Coe, who she invited to
accompany her as a member of the U.S. delegation that attended Mother
Theresa's state funeral in Calcutta in 1997. Mother Theresa had
spoken at Coe's National Prayer Breakfast meeting in Washington in
1994. From that platform, Mother Theresa launched a verbal broadside
against President Clinton's pro-abortion policy. For Coe, being at
Mother Theresa's state funeral was a strange juxtaposition from his
reported attendance at Bohemian Grove meetings of San Francisco's
elite Bohemian Club - festivities that are replete with pagan rites.
But as one senior Pentagon official said, "the Fellowship has nothing
to do with God or Jesus, it is a capitalist cult." One of the major
members of the Bohemian Club is former NASA administrator Sean
O'Keefe, who is also close to conservative Christian Representative
Tom Feeney (R-FL), the former Lieutenant Governor running mate of Jeb
Bush in the 1994 Florida gubernatorial election, a major political
operative in 2000's fixed presidential election when he was Speaker
of the Florida House of Representatives, attorney and registered
lobbyist for Yang Enterprises - the NASA contractor accused of
creating rigged election software and spying for China, and the
politician accused of helping to launder large sums of money through
the Florida Department of Transportation - the agency that controls
one of Florida's biggest cash cows - the toll turnpikes.
Other important women members of the Fellowship are Interior Secretary
Gale Norton, former Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman, Secretary of
State Condoleezza Rice, and Eileen Bakke, the wife of former Advanced
Energy Systems (AES) CEO Dennis Bakke. Dennis Bakke, who was succeeded
at AES by former George H. W. Bush Budget director and current Carlyle
Group official Richard Darman, resigned after allegations that Bakke
funneled AES revenues into the Fellowship. AES became infamous when it
took over the Republic of Georgia's electrical distribution system
and began cutting off electricity to those who never paid for it under
Soviet rule. Affected were elderly people on fixed pensions, young
couples, and even the Tbilisi airport and an important military base.
Dennis Bakke is a resident of the Cedars neighborhood where he owns an
estate called Dogwood Rise.
Entertainers and sports figures have also been featured at the
Fellowship's political prayer meetings over the years. They have
included Jim Nabors, Dallas Cowboy coach Tom Landry, and the Washington
Redskins coach Joe Gibbs and fullback Charlie Harraway.
Not every member of Congress thought the Fellowship's activities on
Capitol Hill were appropriate. Former Senator Lowell Weicker (R-CT)
told The Washington Post in 1981 that the Christian evangelicals
"want to proselytize the whole country . . . That's what I'm
fighting against." Former Senator and Democratic presidential
candidate George McGovern (D-SD), the son of a minister, told the Post,
"those guys have such a personal view of religion that it isn't
reflected on the Senate floor -- if anything, they lean over backwards
to avoid social issues . . . one of my criticisms is that they don't
see the social implication of moral and religious faith." Former
South Carolina Senator Fritz Hollings (D-SC), a devout Lutheran, never
went to a Fellowship meeting. According to long-time investigative
journalist Robert Parry, in 1983, Representative Jim Leach (R-IA),
speaking at a meeting of the moderate Republican Ripon Society, warned
that the College National Republican Committee, once headed by Karl
Rove, had solicited and received money from Moon's Unification
Church. Rove's successor, Grover Norquist, disrupted Leach's
presentation. Norquist is now an unofficial adviser to both Rove and
George W. Bush. And like the Fellowship, also had links to the
Similarly, for those who question or criticize the Fellowship, Coe has
a patent response, "They are enemies of Jesus."
A senator who incurred the wrath of the Fellowship and its allies was
the man who challenged George W. Bush for the Republican presidential
nomination in 2000 - John McCain. After McCain beat Bush in New
Hampshire, the right-wing evangelicals pulled out all the stops to nail
McCain on their home turf - South Carolina. Christian operatives
associated with Karl Rove, Ralph Reed, and South Carolina's Bob Jones
University began spreading rumors - through "push polls," e-mail,
sermons, and word-of-mouth that McCain fathered an illegitimate
"black girl" out of wed lock (a reference to his adopted
Bangladeshi daughter), that he was a traitor while a prisoner of war in
North Vietnam, that his wife Cindy was a druggie, and that he was gay.
The gambit paid off. McCain was trounced by Bush in South Carolina and
Bush went on to win the Republican nomination. For the Christian mafia,
Bush was their best hope for total control since the founding of the
United States. Next, the fundamentalists turned their attention to the
Democratic nominee - Al Gore, a former theological seminary student.
Although Gore won the popular vote for President, a phalanx of
right-wing GOP operatives descended on the pivotal state of Florida to
engage in judicial subterfuge after widespread voter suppression took
place at the polling places. Two fundamentalists on the U.S. Supreme
Court - Antonin Scalia (an Opus Dei member) and Clarence Thomas -
voted with three other members to stop the Florida vote recount,
ensuring that Bush won the White House. Nevertheless, Gore has always
admired Doug Coe, even calling him his "personal hero."
The Moon organization also gained immense influence in the George W.
Bush administration. Not only had Bush's father taken Moon's money
to give speeches after he left office, but the junior Bush appointed
Unification Church members to sensitive posts in his administration.
David Caprara, head of Moon's American Family Coalition, was
appointed to head the AmericCorps's anti-poverty program, VISTA
(Volunteers in Service to America). Moon's rhetoric would track with
the right-wing policies of Bush - Moon called gays "dung eating
dogs" and American women "prostitutes." And hearkening back to
the days of Vereide and Buchman and their Nazi friends, Moon said the
Holocaust was God's revenge for the crucifixion of Christ.
robin hood
2005-07-19 00:33:44 UTC
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[Note: If you really want to understand the peaceful message of Jesus
Christ -as even paid homage by people such as Mahatma Gandhi- do not
look to the Southern Baptists who do things like kick people out for
not swearing allegiance to BUSH...
Here is a site with the a good tips in the search for the meaning of
www.spirituality.com ... the key is understanding not blind fear and
hatred]
The Fellowship's Very Own Foreign Policy
Perhaps one of the most important aspects of the Fellowship is their
involvement in international affairs at the highest levels. Ever since
Vereide sent emissaries abroad to further the aims of the Fellowship,
the group had sought access at the highest levels of governments
abroad. A significant Fellowship presence was established in various
English-speaking countries - Britain, Canada, Australia, and South
Africa - as well as the Netherlands, Germany, France, India, Hong
Kong, Japan, South Korea, and countries in Scandinavia, Latin America,
and Africa. Thanks to the support of two ministers in General
Franco's Fascist Spanish government, Vereide and Coe were able to
penetrate Spain and obtain adherents, mostly through the offices of the
neo-Fascist Catholic Opus Dei sect. Vereide was also able to convince
Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie to be a major supporter of the
Fellowship. Chiang Kai-Shek's Nationalist Chinese government was also
a supporter and remains one to this day. Every year, the Fellowship's
C Street Center receives a $10,000 check from the head of Taiwan's
mission in Washington. The Fellowship also established close links to
Liberia's autocratic President William Tubman. Today, Fellowship
adherents are even found in the leftist government of Brazil's
President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva. Fijian dictator Sitiveni Rabuka is
a Fellowship member. He also overthrew his nation's
democratically-elected government. In Canada, a Fellowship ally, the
extreme conservative Stockwell Day of the Canadian Alliance, calls for
the establishment of a Christian state. He wants to overturn the
Canadian Supreme Court's decision to legalize gay marriage, wants
public funding of private religious schools, and outlaw abortion. Day
hopes to one day become Canada's Prime Minister. One Fellowship
denomination in Toronto, the Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship, was
expelled from its parent denomination, the Vineyard Churches of
Anaheim, California. The parent body cited the Toronto church's
prayer and Scripture interpretation practices. Another one of those who
the Fellowship counts as a friend is French far-right leader Jean Marie
Le Pen. The French leader has created a firestorm of protests in France
and elsewhere by claiming the Nazi occupiers of France were not so
brutal and that the Nazis were not inhumane. It is the same rhetoric
once espoused by Vereide, Buchman, and Gedat.
The Fellowship's involvement in foreign countries is documented in
archived files held at the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College in
Illinois. Organized in a manner similar to how the National Archives
and Records Administration (NARA) stores and segregates files, the
Fellowship's archives consist of 592 boxes of documents, photos,
audiotapes, film, and negatives. The documents are have an automatic
declassification schedule, in the same manner that NARA handles
classified files. The Fellowship's new policy, adopted in 2003,
states "All folders with paper records less than twenty-five years
old are closed to users until January 1st of the year following the
25th anniversary of the creation of the youngest document in that file,
except to those users with the written permission of the President of
the Fellowship Foundation. This restriction applies to everyone,
including Foundation staff and associates. Example: A folder containing
material dated no later 1977 would be open January 1, 2003."
Coe has been one of the Fellowship's most frequent travelers. A
review of international wire service stories reveal Coe globe hopping
with congressional Fellowship members for a number of years. From
Pakistan Newswire, Islamabad, on November 29, 2000 (a little less than
"A five-member US business delegation headed by Mr. Douglas Coe,
Special envoy of Congressman Mr. Joseph Pitts, called on Federal
Minister for Commerce, Industries and Production Mr. Abdul Razak Dawood
at Ministry of Industries and Production here on Wednesday." From the
Polish Press Agency, Warsaw, December 17, 1997: "Former deputy Sejm
speaker Aleksander Malachowski was granted Wednesday the St. Brother
Albert award for his concern for 'the weak and those in need' and
his 'social journalism characterised by humanistic values.' In the
scope of ecumenical activity the awards went to priest Waldemar
Chrostowski and Stanislaw Krajewski for creating the foundations of
Christian-Jewish dialogue and Douglas Coe from the United States for
organizing annual meetings of politicians in Washington for furthering
communication regardless of political divisions."
From Xinhua News Agency, Havana, November 27, 1990: "Two U.S.
congressmen arrived here Monday on the first stage of a 10-day visit to
the Caribbean to seek ways of understanding between the united states
and the region, the official news agency Prensa Latina informed.
Republican senator for Minnesota and Tony Hall, the Democrat
representative for Ohio, are traveling as members of the 'National
Prayer Breakfast' religious organization, which aims to promote
friendship between peoples. Upon his arrival, Durenberger told the
press, 'we are visiting Cuba with the goal to make new friends on a
personal basis.' Political relations reflect personal ties and in the
case of Cuba, and the United States 'there are no political or
personal ties,' he said. Hall affirmed that their visit, which will
last little more than 24 hours, aims to 'build bridges between
political and personal lines,' and help create 'ways of
communication' between the two countries. The two congressmen
expressed their hope that the relations between the two nations, which
were suspended in 1961, can improve in the near future. Durenberger was
a member of the Senate Select Intelligence Committee for eight years
and severely criticized former President Ronald Reagan's policy of
force against Nicaragua. The delegation which also includes Douglas
Coe, a member of the 'National Prayer Breakfast' Executive Board,
and other businessmen will also visit the Grand Cayman Island, Belize,
Aruba and Venezuela."
The trip to off-shore banking havens by the Fellowship delegation is of
note. These were the same islands noted by former U.S. intelligence
operatives as the location of billion dollar money tranches and
corporate artifices used by the Bush family to engage in various
illegal activities, including drug money laundering, corporate fraud,
and funding the fixing of elections. The Fellowship not only had an
interest in Caribbean off-shore banking havens but made special
invitations to Cook Islands Prime Minister Geoffrey Henry and Fiji
Prime Minister Sir Ratu Kamisese Mara. Both island nations are
off-shore banking havens and the Cook Islands featured prominently in
the transfer of money and gold looted from the Philippines and placed
in Bush-controlled secret accounts following Marcos's overthrow in
the 1980s. Henry and Mara were guests at the National Prayer Breakfast
in 1991 where George H. W. Bush was also present.
In 1987, Coe was in Mongolia, officially as a tourist (Mongolia was
still Communist). However, shortly after Communism fell, the Fellowship
and the Moon organization set up shop in the largely Buddhist country.
Fellowship missionaries fanned out across to other Buddhist regions
that had been close for years to outsiders: the Russian Buddhist
Republics of Tuva, Kalmykia, Buryatia, and Evenkia. The Fellowship
called them "unreached peoples." Similarly, after the recent
tsunamis that killed over a quarter million people in South and
Southeast Asia, fundamentalist Christian aid workers arrived with more
than relief in mind. Local officials in Sri Lanka and Indonesia
complained about the relief workers using the disaster to proselytize
and adopt orphans into Christian homes. The people of the worst
affected area, Aceh in Sumatra, were also referred to as "unreached
people," meaning they had not yet been subject to conversion
outreach.
The Fellowship also had a keen interest in intelligence matters,
especially when they involved Fellowship members. For example, one of
the tape reels held by the Fellowship at the Billy Graham Center
concerns the use by the CIA of journalists as informants. The tape is
described: "Reel-to-reel, 7 ½ ips. 1 side only. January 23, 1976.
Radio program Panorama, broadcast on station WTTG in Washington, DC,
hosted by Maury Povich, with commentator Ms. Bonnie Angelo. The guest
on the show is correspondent and informant for the Central Intelligence
Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The conversation is
about contacts between U.S. intelligence agencies and journalists.
Chuck Colson is referred to very briefly during the interview, in
reference to knowledge of a list in the Nixon White House of
journalists who were intelligence informants."
The Fellowship's influence in Vereide's native country of Norway
was revealed in late 2004 when the Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet
exposed Norway's Lutheran minister and Christian Democratic Prime
Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik as a secret member of the Fellowship.
Although Bondevik at first downplayed his role in the Fellowship,
Bondevik later was forced to admit that in December 2001 he met at a
dinner at the Cedars with then-Attorney General Ashcroft and that the
meeting involved his official role as Prime Minister. Apparently,
Bondevik and Ashcroft discussed the U.S. military tribunals. Ashcroft
referred to Bondevik as his "brother in Christ" and he serenaded
Bondevik Norwegian folk songs after dinner. Bondevik had previously
argued that his involvement with the Fellowship was a personal matter.
In addition, it was revealed that Norway's ambassador to the United
States, Knut Vollebuk, was a frequent visitor to the Cedars as were a
number of members of Norway's Christian Democratic Party. As the
scandal deepened, Coe's involvement in Norwegian politics came to the
fore. Torkel Brekke, a Norwegian religious researcher, revealed in his
book Gud i norsk politkk (God in Norwegian Politics) that Coe provided
advice and money to Christian Democrat politician Lars Rise. During a
campaign in 1997, Coe told Rise to target voters in the heavily Muslim
eastern part of Oslo. Coe emphasized that Christians and Muslims shared
common views on the evils of pornography, alcohol, abortion, and same
sex marriages. For Rise, the strategy was successful although a
subsequent election saw him dropped as a Christian Democratic
candidate. The Coe-Rise affair points to the alliance the Fellowship
has formed over the years with Muslims, particularly more radical
Islamists. For example, in 1988, the first Muslim, Saudi Prince Bandar,
spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast.
Norway's opposition political leaders, from the right to the left,
demanded an explanation from Bondevik about the role of the Fellowship
in Norwegian politics. Socialist Left leader Kristin Halvorsen told the
Oslo daily Aftenposten, "seen with Norwegian eyes, this is a
reactionary association." The Labor Party and right-wing Progress
Party also raised concerns about Bondevik and the Fellowship. For many
Norwegians, Bondevik was tied with George W. Bush through a secret and
right-wing fundamentalist group.
It has also been reported that under the Bush administration, U.S.
embassies have held prayer breakfast meetings as a way of buying access
to U.S. officials, particularly those involved in important trade and
defense issues. Such meetings have been reported taking place in U.S.
embassies in Copenhagen; Oslo; Stockholm; Helsinki; Tallinn, Estonia;
Vilnius, Lithuania; Bern, Switzerland; Luxembourg; The Hague; Rome;
Brussels; Canberra; Port Louis, Mauritius; New Delhi; Mexico City;
Belize; Warsaw; Vienna; Berlin; and Prague.
Fellowship members are found in governments throughout the world. This
is not surprising considering the country-by-country files the
Fellowship has on its worldwide activities. There are files on such
hotspots as Afghanistan, Algeria, Cuba, Greece (with a special file on
1967 -- the year of the nation's military coup), Grenada, Guyana,
Haiti, Indonesia, Israel, Korea, Kuwait, Northern Ireland, Pakistan,
Panama and the Canal Zone, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Vietnam, and
Zimbabwe. The files also cover the Fellowship's activities in the
more obscure Sao Tome and Principe, Upper Volta, Mali, and Aruba. One
country that is missing from the Fellowship files is Chile, where on
September 11, 1973, a bloody U.S.-inspired coup was launched against
the socialist government. That coup resulted in the assassination of
President Salvador Allende and years of suppression that saw the murder
of thousands of opponents of fascism.
The National Prayer Breakfasts serve as important opportunities for
foreign leaders to meet with American presidents. Leaders like former
Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi, South African Zulu leader Mangosuthu
Buthelezi, Hungarian President Arpad Goncz, Rwandan President Paul
Kagame, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and his wife Janet, King
Taufa'ahau Tupuo IV of Tonga, the late Macedonian President (and
Methodist minister) Boris Trajkovski, and leaders of Lithuania,
Slovakia, Albania, and Romania have all sought the offices of Coe and
the Fellowship to meet the President of the United States. The 2003
National Prayer Breakfast drew 3 heads of government, 21 Cabinet
ministers, 11 Members of Parliament, 54 ambassadors, 56 U.S. senators,
245 U.S. House members, and a majority of Bush's Cabinet secretaries.
In 2001, the unlikely joint appearance of Congo's new President
Joseph Kabila and his arch-enemy (but one-time mentor) Kagame at the
2001 Prayer Breakfast just after Bush's inauguration raised eyebrows.
Although they could not arrange a separate meeting with Bush, the two
leaders did meet at the Cedars. What was unusual is that on January 16,
2001, just four days before Bush's swearing in, Kabila's father,
the former Marxist rebel Laurent Kabila, was assassinated in the
Congolese capital Kinshasa. Observers suspected Rwandan influence
behind the assassination. The elder Kabila was battling Rwandan army
units in the eastern Congo. Forty years earlier, almost to the hour,
Congo's first Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba, was executed by
U.S.-backed mercenaries working for the CIA. It was also four days
before President Kennedy was sworn in as President.
Coe's invitations to various leaders would pay off for George W.
Bush. When he had to cobble together a "Coalition of the Willing"
to support his invasion of Iraq, Bush was able to call on Fellowship
leaders to sign on. It was through their Fellowship connections that
the leaders of Albania, Palau, Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Uganda,
Rwanda, Tonga, Romania, Lithuania, Solomon Islands, El Salvador, and
other countries signed on to the "coalition."
Senator Paul Sarbanes (D-MD) told the Los Angeles Times he did not
think much of the Fellowship's backdoor diplomacy, "Well, if I
might observe, I'm not sure a head of state ought to be able to
wander over here for the prayer breakfast and, in effect, compel the
president of the United States to meet with him as a consequence . . .
I mean, getting these meetings with the president is a process that's
usually very carefully vetted and worked up. Now sort of this back door
has sort of evolved."
Coe's son David apparently did not think much of Bush's war against
Afghanistan. According to a Fellowship insider, the younger Coe spoke
derisively of Bush's Afghan campaign, asking rhetorically, "this is
his vision?" David Coe indicated that Afghanistan was small potatoes
and that if one wanted to see a real military campaign, the exploits of
Genghis Khan and his invasion of Afghanistan should be studied.
The involvement of the Fellowship in central Africa's woes may be
deeper than in organizing meetings at prayer breakfasts. On April 6,
1994, the executive jet carrying the Hutu Presidents of Rwanda and
Burundi from a peace summit in Tanzania with Kagame's U.S.-backed
guerrilla army in Uganda was shot down by Soviet made surface-to-air
missiles captured by U.S. forces from Iraq in Desert Storm. All aboard
the presidential aircraft were killed, including the French crew. That
prompted a terrorism investigation by a special French anti-terrorism
court. The author's book, Genocide and Covert Operations in Africa
1993-1999 prompted an invitation by the chief judge to testify as an
expert witness about the shooting down of the Rwandan plane.
It was during that testimony, the author was asked to investigate a
secretive group made up of right-wing Republicans, current and former
intelligence agents, U.S. oil interests and particularly associates of
then Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage. Evidence indicated
that the group was involved in the terror attack on the Rwandan
aircraft. One ad hoc name for the group uncovered by French
intelligence and law enforcement was the "International Strategic and
Tactical Organization" or "ISTO." In fact, the description
provided of the group by the French and the Fellowship match almost
completely. The location of Armitage's consulting firm, Armitage &
Associates LC (AALC) in the Kellogg, Brown & Root/Halliburton building
in Rosslyn (Arlington), Virginia, just around the corner from Advanced
Energy Systems and a few miles from the Cedars pointed to the
Fellowship as the secretive and dangerous group the French
counter-terrorism investigators had discovered during their five year
investigation. The results of the downing of the aircraft were
staggering: 800,000 people died in Rwanda in Hutu-Tutsi ethnic warfare
after the attack, tens of thousands died in similar ethnic strife in
Burundi. But in Congo, some 4 million died after successive
U.S.-supported Ugandan and Rwandan invasions of the country. The deaths
resulted from warfare, famine, and disease brought about by the
invasions. However, U.S. gem, mining, and oil companies made handsome
profits in central Africa amidst the war and ethnic turmoil. Richard
Sezibera, Rwanda's ambassador to the United States and Kagame's
special envoy for Africa's Great Lakes region, is a frequent guest at
the Cedars. One interesting footnote - a senior U.S. government
official ran into Doug Coe during the height of the inter-ethnic
warfare in central Africa. Coe was in Burundi.
If Islamist fundamentalists can embrace terrorism, can fundamentalist
"End Time" Christians? The FBI thinks so. Prior to 2000, the FBI,
in a report titled "Project Megiddo" warned that Christian
millenialist sects might use the beginning of the 21st century to pull
of a grand terrorist act. The report stated, "The volatile mix of
apocalyptic religious and [New World Order] conspiracy theories may
produce violent acts aimed at precipitating the end of the world as
prophesied in the Bible." The name Meggido refers to a hill in
northern Israel that was the site of a number of Biblical battles.
"Armageddon" is Hebrew for Megiddo Hill. The FBI report warned that
Christian millenialists might strike military installations and
buildings in New York City such as the UN headquarters.
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[Note: If you really want to understand the peaceful message of Jesus
Christ -as even paid homage by people such as Mahatma Gandhi- do not
look to the Southern Baptists who do things like kick people out for
not swearing allegiance to BUSH...
Here is a site with the a good tips in the search for the meaning of
www.spirituality.com ... the key is understanding not blind fear and
hatred]
Final part (part 8)
Stealing an Election for Christ
According to Time magazine, after Bush's re-election, a group of
evangelicals, not surprisingly known as "The Arlington Group,"
wrote Karl Rove a letter signed by former presidential candidate Gary
Bauer, Don Wildmon, Focus on the Family's James Dobson, Paul Weyrich
and Jerry Falwell demanding that Bush not waver and support a
constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. Rove is a key Fellowship
asset in the White House. Often whistling "Onward Christian
Soldiers" in the halls of the White House, Rove was credited with
turning out millions of fundamentalist voters in the 2004 presidential
election. Rove also managed to turn out hundreds, if not thousands, of
evangelical and fundamentalist election "fixers," who ensured that
Democratic votes were suppressed, miscounted, undercounted, discounted,
and not counted.
The Fellowship's network of fundamentalists would never be as
important as it was in the 2004 presidential election. With polls
showing the race either tied or with Democratic candidate John Kerry
ahead in key "swing" states, the alert to very zealous Christian
activist went out across the nation.
The prime target was Ohio, where the Fellowship and its fundamentalist
allies had built up a vast network of operatives in state and local
government, including state agencies and county election boards. But
more importantly, the Fellowship had links to the election machine
companies that would be crucial to fixing election results in Ohio,
Florida, New Mexico, Nevada, and other states - ensuring that
Fellowship core member George W. Bush had four more years to put a
practically indelible fundamentalist stamp on the United States. The
money invested over the years by Lennon, Armington, Lindner, and other
right-wing Ohio captains of industry in fundamentalist Christian causes
and think tanks like the Ashbrook Center finally paid off. The Ohio
Secretary of State, Kenneth Blackwell, who, copying Katherine
Harris's antics in Florida's fraudulent 2000 election, used his
government position and his co-chairmanship of Bush's state election
campaign to suppress the vote, especially in largely Democratic
African-American districts.
Blackwell, who, as a former Deputy Undersecretary of HUD, was well
versed in the art of distributing Bush political slush fund money and
ensured that this was distributed far and wide in Ohio. This money is
what Republican strategist Ed Rollins once called "walking around
money" - money used by Republicans in New Jersey's elections to
pay off African American preachers to turn out the vote for their
candidates. In Ohio, this tactic paid off in polling places in
churches. Instead of turning out the vote, some local preachers, white
and black, aided and abetted in suppressing the vote. One of
Blackwell's closest friends is fundamentalist preacher Ron Parsley of
World Harvest Church. At the New Life fundamentalist church in the
Gahanna District of Columbus, machines tallied 4258 votes for Bush when
only a total of 628 votes were cast. Similar chicanery and racketeering
occurred throughout Ohio and in other states during the vote tabulation
and recounting processes. Two of the voting machine companies
contracted by Ohio are headed by people who are conservative Republican
partisans - Walden O'Dell, the CEO of Diebold of Columbus and the
Rapp family that runs Triad Government Systems of Xenia, Ohio. Both
brand of machines caused election problems in Ohio and elsewhere.
For example, several churches in Mahoning County, Ohio were the scenes
Price Memorial Zion Church, Precinct 2E, Youngstown (voters were given
confusing information and many elderly voters were told their polling
place had changed, also voters voting for Kerry had their votes
switched to Bush).
Spanish Evangelical Church, Precinct 2A, Youngstown, machines
inoperative and switched votes from Kerry to Bush.
Elizabeth Baptist Church, Precinct 2C, Youngstown, one voting machine
failed to record votes properly.
Tabernacle Baptist Church, Precinct 3C, Youngstown, one machine failed
to record votes.
Martin Luther Lutheran Church, Precinct 5F, Youngstown, one touch
screen machine broken the other erased votes.
St. John's Greek Orthodox Church, Boardman, first two attempts to
vote for Kerry go to Bush, third attempt records vote for Kerry. Poll
worker brushes off complaints.
St. Nicholas Byzantine Church, Youngstown, machine records Kerry votes
for Bush.
The skimming of votes in Mahoning County was replicated across the
state. Ohio's 20 electoral votes were delivered to George W. Bush
just like manna from the heavens. For the fundamentalists who took part
in the fraud, the "Christian" ends were definitely justified by the
Machiavellian ways.
Waiting for God
Journalist, columnist, and television commentator Bill Moyers recently
wrote that "for the first time in our history, ideology and theology
hold a monopoly of power in Washington." Ever since Abraham Vereide,
a misguided immigrant to this country who brought very un-American
ideas of Nazism and Fascism with him in his steamer trunk, the
so-called "Christian" Right has long waited to take the biggest
prize of all - the White House. Moyers correctly sees the
Dominionists or "End Timers" as being behind the invasion of Iraq.
He cites the Book of Revelation that states, "four angels which are
bound in the great river Euphrates will be released to slay the third
part of man." Such words may have their place in Sunday School and in
church halls but using such thinking to launch wars of convenience or
religious prophecy have no place in our federal and democratic
republic. Moyers also rightly sees fundamentalist thought behind
Bush's "faith-based initiatives" and the rolling back of
environmental regulations.
Hundreds of millions of people around the world no longer feel the
United States is a country that can be trusted. They feel the people
who run the affairs of state are out of control and dangerous.
Considering the hold the Fellowship and their like-minded ilk have on
the United States (and some of its allies) they are correct in their
fears.
The political and religious dynasties who have embraced the Fellowship,
Vereide, Fascism, Moon, Buchman, Moral Rearmament and all of their
current and past manifestations, hatreds, and phobias show no sign of
ceding power any time soon. There are many such father-son dynasties
that hope to ensure a continuation of their shameful racketeering and
political chicanery under the corporate "logo" of Jesus: George H.
W. Bush to George W. Bush; Douglas Coe to David Coe; Billy Graham to
Franklin Graham; Oral Roberts to Richard Roberts, Pat Robertson to
Gordon Robertson; Jerry Falwell to Jonathan Falwell; Jeb Bush to George
P. Bush; Robert Schuller Sr. to Robert Schuller, Jr., and Sun Myung
Moon to at least nine sons (who are known about).
For them and their followers, they should keep in mind something Jesus
said, "Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree
bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its
fruit."
Amen.
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[1] William A. H. Birnie, "Hitler or Any Fascist Leader Controlled By
God Could Cure All Ills of World, Buchman Believes," New York World
Telegram August 26, 1936.
[2] One conservative Christian picked up similar notions from George W.
Bush's second inaugural speech. Christian commentator John Lofton
questioned Bush's praise of the Koran during his speech and his
giving the Islamic text equal weight to the Old and New Testaments.
Lofton also questioned Bush's failure to mention Jesus Christ in his
Christmas address a few weeks earlier. Lofton noted, "Bush failed to
mention the name of Christ -- yet he honored Ramadan and an Indian
holiday that features an eight-legged elephant god." What many
evangelical Christians fail to understand is that as a "one world
religion" adherent of Vereide and Buchman, Bush only pays lip service
to Jesus while advancing a Dominionist ("fascist") plan for global
control. Ref: http://headlines.agapepress.org/archive/1/242005h.asp
[3] Although billed as non-political, the last "Weekend" drew such
conservatives as Richard Viguerie, GOP pollster Frank Luntz, and
Fellowship members Senator Bill Nelson and his wife Grace (Grace Nelson
is a member of the board of the Fellowship Foundation). It was at the
Renaissance Weekend functions that Bill Clinton's and Tony Blair's
idea of a "Third Way" between capitalism and socialism was
developed.
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