Thursday, August 13, 2009

The Family

The Family is a secretive international movement founded in 1935 most often referred to as The Fellowship. Other names by which the organization is known include The Fellowship Foundation, The International Foundation, Fellowship Ministries, Fellowship House, and C Street Center. In the past, the organization has conducted its activities as:
  • National Fellowship Council,
  • National Leadership Council,
  • National Committee for Christian Leadership or NCCL,
  • International Christian Leadership or ICL, and
  • National Leadership Council.

The Family claims to be centered on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ as the common ground across all religious and political divisions. It is led by Doug Coe and most widely known for organizing the National Prayer Breakfast, at which every President of the United States since President Dwight D. Eisenhower, including President Barack Obama in 2009, has spoken.

The Family believes that the elite win power by the will of God, who uses them for his purposes. Its mission is to help individuals who the Family believes were "chosen" by God to understand their role in his plan. As a result, the Family is associated with many influential leaders, including scores of Senators and members of Congress, executive branch officials, military officers, including several Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, corporate executives, the heads of religious and humanitarian aid organizations, foreign leaders and ambassadors. According to David Kuo, former Special Assistant to President George W. Bush and Deputy Director of the White House Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives, "The Fellowship's reach into governments around the world is almost impossible to overstate or even grasp."

Core members and associates deny that the Family even exists. The Family has been the subject of controversy and the press for its secrecy as well as its involvement in covering up extramarital affairs and other scandals involving its members, ties to third-world dictators and oppressive regimes, and approving references to the Mafia, Adolf Hitler, terrorist and 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden, and despots Siad Barre, and most notably Suharto and Cambodian despot Pol Pot.

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