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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

Sen. Inhofe, C Street, and the "Jesus Thing"

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

my previous posting of this article & video here at DU:

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  - K&R, that lazy do-nothing loser shouldn't have a job.  Deja Q   Aug-27-09 12:02 PM   #1 
  - Non of them voted for the SSA of 1934 either  supernova   Aug-27-09 12:03 PM   #2 
  - Aint' that the truth.  Captain Hilts   Aug-27-09 12:05 PM   #11 
  - From Teddy's 1980 DNC speech  ashling   Aug-27-09 12:24 PM   #28 
  - I didn't know that.  redqueen   Aug-27-09 12:14 PM   #19 
  - I didn't realize that there was a 1934 Social Security Act. Link please?  onenote   Aug-27-09 01:12 PM   #34 
  - How many do you think have  emilyg   Aug-27-09 01:28 PM   #37 
  - Sure am glad that we weakened the bill to compromise with them.  phantom power   Aug-27-09 12:03 PM   #3 
  - Yeah, it's so frickin' wonderful that Obama loves "bipartisanship".  kath   Aug-27-09 12:19 PM   #24 
     - value in the appearance.  donquijoterocket   Aug-27-09 12:57 PM   #32 
  - I hope someone got it on tape  dflprincess   Aug-27-09 12:03 PM   #4 
  - Jim Inhofe (R-OK)  Mr. Blonde   Aug-27-09 12:08 PM   #12 
  - From his previous rhetoric I believe that is how he approaches all votes.  Winterblues   Aug-27-09 12:04 PM   #5 
  - Ain't that just grand! Ignorant and proud of it! nt  Captain Hilts   Aug-27-09 12:04 PM   #6 
  - True karmic justice would involve him losing everything he owns  hobbit709   Aug-27-09 12:04 PM   #7 
  - Perhaps he is unable to read.  Barack_America   Aug-27-09 12:04 PM   #8 
  - +1  Ishoutandscream2   Aug-27-09 12:11 PM   #15 
  - Maybe he's waiting for the picture version to come out?  KansDem   Aug-27-09 12:12 PM   #16 
  - He probably only knows how to read, "payable to"...  Barack_America   Aug-27-09 12:20 PM   #26 
  - well, 20% (at least) of Oklahomans are functionally illiterate...  kath   Aug-27-09 12:20 PM   #27 
  - or Medicare. I want some of whatever Obama is smoking  librechik   Aug-27-09 12:05 PM   #9 
  - That's what parties are for...  Davis_X_Machina   Aug-27-09 12:05 PM   #10 
  - he's proud of his ignorance -  Bluerthanblue   Aug-27-09 12:08 PM   #13 
  - Seems pretty stupid to flaunt your laziness in front of your employers.  Barack_America   Aug-27-09 12:13 PM   #18 
     - not sure if it's simply laziness or arrogance-  Bluerthanblue   Aug-27-09 01:36 PM   #39 
  - Yup - he's talking to his Republican base of voters - and under  JimWis   Aug-27-09 12:09 PM   #14 
  - See? How can we negotiate with that? Go all out.  redqueen   Aug-27-09 12:13 PM   #17 
  - +1  JuniperLea   Aug-27-09 12:14 PM   #20 
  - Yep - no point in bipartisanship with that kind of stupid.  progressoid   Aug-27-09 01:12 PM   #33 
  - Inhofe's quote should forever put to rest GOP complaints about "bipartisanship." nt  quiet.american   Aug-27-09 12:15 PM   #21 
  - Can he read?  malaise   Aug-27-09 12:16 PM   #22 
  - And some DUers are still suggesting we compromise with these  Kermitt Gribble   Aug-27-09 12:18 PM   #23 
  - Has it been established that Inhofe can read?  Uncle Joe   Aug-27-09 12:19 PM   #25 
  - What a useless sack of shit.  City Lights   Aug-27-09 12:25 PM   #29 
  - He loves America. He just hates Americans. nt  valerief   Aug-27-09 12:36 PM   #30 
  - Yay Oklahoma  kwolf68   Aug-27-09 12:38 PM   #31 
  - And this is why I do not plan on going to any town halls in my state.  Okie4Obama   Aug-27-09 01:22 PM   #35 
  - Not surprising for this useless ass hole  HughMoran   Aug-27-09 01:24 PM   #36 
  - Hmmm, isn't this proof positive that the cons' base have absolutely no idea why they do what they do  AuntPatsy   Aug-27-09 01:33 PM   #38 
  - Lazy,  yesphan   Aug-27-09 01:41 PM   #40 
  - He's in The Family. Helping the poor instead of dictators makes Free Market Jesus mad!  Shallah Kali   Aug-27-09 02:40 PM   #41 
  - *Facepalm* My senator...ugh...  Wednesdays   Aug-28-09 10:31 AM   #42 

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