Hillary and The Fellowship

Mother Jones wrote about it last September. I wrote about it in February. And here, The Atlantic‘s Joshua Green reminds us of an important piece he wrote on Clinton, some of which was about it, The Fellowship (a.k.a., The Family), back in November 2006. Green also links to an important Harper’s piece published in March 2003 — written by Jeff Sharlet, who has written a soon-to-be-released book on The Fellowship called The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power. The New Republic‘s Noam Scheiber has more here.

The media have been all over Obama and Wright. Just to be fair, they should be all over Clinton and The Fellowship, the right-wing Washington prayer group led by one Douglas Coe.

Would you care to explain yourself, Mrs. Clinton? In a speech, maybe? Say, on the separation of church and state? Or on how this secretive organization is working to christianize the upper echelons of the political and business worlds?

Or perhaps you’d just care to explain yourself?

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Via Chris Orr at The Plank, I see that Hillary’s pastor, Dean Snyder of the United Methodist Foundry Church, thinks Jeremiah Wright is “an outstanding church leader” and “a profound voice for justice and inclusion in our society.”

Chris: “Does this mean Hillary should ‘choose’ to attend a new church? After all, her pastor is aggressively defending what she has described as ‘hate speech.’”

Good question, good point.

Mrs. Clinton?

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  • Parableman

    I'm wondering what the fuss is supposed to be about. This looks like a typical evangelical group. They study the Bible and believe in influencing those around them (and therefore the indirectly world) through personal relationships infused with godliness and what they as Christians believe to be the truth. I realize that some conspiracy theorists associate any language about influencing the world with conspiracies about controlling people through theonomistic enforcement of Christian beliefs on those who reject such teachings, but anyone remotely familiar with evangelicalism should know that this is simply standard salt and light kind of stuff from the Sermon on the Mount. So what is it exactly that Hillary is supposed to explain? She is a Christian. Is it surprising that she wants to live her beliefs rather than pretending they don't influence her life?