Animal House Redux: Sex, Power, God On Their Side

Abby Zimet










With all the tawdry news of the sexual misadventures of three once-high-and-mighty housemates – Mssrs. Sanford, Ensign
and Pickering, all Repubilcan – attention has focused on C Street, a cross-bedecked residence near the Capitol where conservative Christian lawmakers gather under an always helpful code of silence for Bible study, prayer circles and, evidently, counselling on all the things they're doing that they shouldn't be. The house is run by "The Fellowship," aka "The Family," an evangelical ministry begun by anti-New Deal businessmen who believed unions were Satan's work and wanted to consecrate America to God.

According to Salon, it is also, sexual peccadilloes and massive hypocrisy aside,
"the most powerful lobby in America that
isn't registered as a lobby – and is thus immune from the scrutiny
attending the other powerful organizations like Big Pharma and Big
Insurance that exert pressure on public policy."

"If sexual license was all the Family offered the C Street men, that would merely be seedy and self-serving. But Family men
are more than hypocritical. They're followers of a political religion
that embraces elitism, disdains democracy, and pursues power for its
members the better to 'advance the Kingdom.' They say they're working
for Jesus, but their Christ is a power-hungry, inside-the-Beltway
savior not many churchgoers would recognize."

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