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Shallah Kali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-27-09 02:40 PM
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41. He's in The Family. Helping the poor instead of dictators makes Free Market Jesus mad!
The Family: power, politics and fundamentalism's shadow elite
By Jeff Sharlet
http://books.google.com/books?id=NVmcx-8zdGEC&q=Inhofe

Sen. Inhofe, C Street, and the "Jesus Thing"
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/sen-inhofe-c-stre...



The entire thing is fascinating and worth reading, but I was particularly interested in Sharlet's explanation of how the organization regularly funds junkets overseas for its members that are, in essence, missionary trips:

Most of the trips sponsored by the Family aren't pleasure junkets. They're missionary work. Only the Family missionaries aren't representing the United States. They're representing "Jesus plus nothing," as Doug Coe puts it ... when they arrive in other countries, on trips paid for by the Family, at the behest of the Family, they are still traveling under official government auspices, on official business, with the pomp and circumstance -- and access -- of their taxpayer-funded, elected positions.

Considering that Sen. Jim Inhofe is reportedly a member of the organization as well, this goes a long way toward explaining this video we posted earlier this year in which he bragged to Faith and Action's Rob Schenck about this missionary trips through which he uses his standing as a US Senator to bring people to Jesus:

In fact, in this video posted today by Faith and Actions Rob Schenck, it sounds an awful like Inhofe is using these trips for exactly that purpose, as he relates how, before his first trip to Africa, he found out that his daughter was also going to be there doing missionary work and told her that if you go with me, its free. He also explains that the trips are part of the politics of Jesus whereby Christians are instructed to take the name of Jesus to the kings. Being a US Senator, Inhofe says, means Africans think he is important and so he can always get in to see the kings, where he can tell them that he has come in the spirit of Jesus. Inhofe even holds up a copy of the Oklahoman featuring the above-mentioned article to defend himself, saying the article is an example of persecution and insisting that he is doing this work as a private citizen before trumpeting the fact that, through his work, he has managed to bring entire African villages to Jesus.


Senator Inhofe takes love of Jesus to Africa
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89tb3rBDvoU

my previous posting of this article & video here at DU:
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

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