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@McFaul When will people wake up & realize that the Republican party is a christofascist party now? They have no desire to play fair or lose power. This is 50 plus years of consorting with the religious right. The religious right is tight with Russia.
@McFaul Why doesn't the #MSM report on all the members of Council for National Policy in this administration? Their goal is theocracy by 2020. They're no different than ISIS or Al-Qaeda. Religious extremists are dangerous.
@McFaul Read the books #DemocracyInChains, #DarkMoney, and watch the series about #TheFamily. Wake up people!!!
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THREAD: #TheFamily in Australia

Anyone watching the Netflix series called 'The Family' would have been shocked to learn about the political influence a secret fundamentalist christian sect were able to have on American policy for over 50 years.

netflix.com/au/title/80063…
Jeff Sharlet who featured in the series has deeply researched these people, and describes how their leader, Doug Coe, told people they need to “emulate” totalitarian regimes in which children kill or inform on their parents in order to build a new society. #TheFamily in Australia
While this seems a repudiation of Christian principles, those acting for God have different rules to follow than the rest of us. Doug Coe’s son and The Family’s heir apparent, David, explained what it meant to be a divinely chosen leader.

#TheFamily in Australia
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Tweeting again for emphasis: Documentary proof of collaboration between CIA, #DougCoe, leader of #TheFamily & GOP Sen. @ChuckGrassley in propping up the murderous regime of Somalian dictator Siad Barre, who laid utter ruin to his nation with American help, thru #TheFamily.
@ChuckGrassley @lisa_getter did tremendous work on #TheFamily's brutal overseas adventurism. Somalia was the last case study I examined in their archives before they began closing them. What the facts add up to is bleak and broken...
@ChuckGrassley @lisa_getter Once a member of #TheFamily, an oilman named Greg Unumb, called me from Angola to challenge me: Did the dictators supported by #DougCoe do their killing before or after his interventions? In the case of Somalia's Siad Barre, the answer is easy: Before, after, during. Throughout.
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We keep trying to explain away American fundamentalism. That is, those of us not engaged in one of the biggest political and cultural movement of our times keep trying to come up with theories to discredit the evident allure of this punishing yet oddly comforting god. (a thread.)
His invisible hand is everywhere, say His citizen-theologians, caressing & fixing every outcome: Little League games, job searches, the spread of STDs, the success or failure of terrorists, victory or defeat in battle, at the ballot box, in bed. #TheFamily
This God's followers, we try to reassure ourselves, must be dupes, or saps, or fools, their faith illiterate or misinformed, their strength fleeting, hollow, an aberration. We don’t like to consider the possibility that they are not newcomers to power but returnees... #TheFamily
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"Dictators, murderers, & thieves": a brief (& very incomplete) thread on #TheFamily's theology of more power for the powerful, with specific reference to generals, American and Brazilian...
This story starts at #TheFamily's 1966 National Prayer Breakfast, at which Billy Graham, making a case for war in Vietnam (3 yrs later he'd urge Nixon to follow a bombing campaign that wld've killed 1 million), cites a warrior-Christ:
“There are those,” Billy Graham preached with reference to Jesus and Vietnam, “who have tried to reduce Christ to a genial and innocuous appeaser; but Jesus said, ‘You are wrong—I have come as a fire-setter and a sword-wielder.’” #TheFamily
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“The Bible stay,” trumpets Pence, boasting of church *in* state at Manchester, NH VA. Neither he nor news mentions what what *won’t* stay: 24 hr urgent care. Hours slashed, replaced w/ an *app,* said to direct veterans to private options, if they can find them.
It’s worth noting that the challenge to the Bible display at the Manchester VA comes from a Christian veteran working with the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, outraged that the “missing man” table has been hijacked for evangelism, at the expense of non-Christian veterans.
“Bible stays” / urgent care hours slashed, is the decades-long story of “biblical capitalism,” privatization, and #TheFamily of which Pence is longtime associate — a story of faith as moral cover, “Jesus + nothing” literally — Jesus, no health care.
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There’s a certain kind of know-it-all response to investigative reporting too common on the left. “Who didn’t know that?” one says to detailed work on police brutality, say, or corporate corruption. It’s as corrosive of investigative journalism as rightwing denialism.
Yes, we know about police brutality, we know about the religious right and corporate corruption. Stop there & you yield the day to those forces. Investigative journalism gives us the specifics of how, what & why — which in turn become the foundation of resistance & struggle.
There’s a centrist response to investigative journalism that disqualifies work if “advocacy” is involved — as if there could be investigative journalism without a sense of right and wrong. One exposes wrongdoing because one thinks it is, you know, *wrong.*
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Ohio Sec of State @FrankLaRose also hired infamous Council for National Policy member Ken Blackwell to lead his transition team. Blackwell was Ohio Sec of State in 04 when he hired Paul Manafort’s partners to re-route election totals to a Republican owned backup server in TN. 1/
3/ CNP directory listing Ken Blackwell: splcenter.org/sites/default/…
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#TheFamily is a new Netflix documentary about a secretive, international network of the Christian Right that has profoundly influenced governments in the US and around the world for decades.

Review: Netflix’s The Family | Political Research Associates
politicalresearch.org/2019/08/14/rev…
”A hair-raising story backed up by photos, internal documents, and first-hand experiences” revealed in @JeffSharlet’s books:
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Fans of #TheFamilyNetflix have been asking why there's not more mainstream media coverage. Director @djessemoss & I've done CNN, MSNBC, PBS. But no question less coverage than 2009, when story was 2 political sex scandals. Sex="news"; real power is too complicated.
@djessemoss So here's a short history of #TheFamily & press (non)coverage... From The Family's POV, its secrecy is not conspiracy but efficiency. "The more invisible you can make yr org," sez #DougCoe, "the more influence it'll have." True; that's why we have lobbying & disclosure laws.
@djessemoss It's also theoretically why we have the Fourth Estate, the press, to hold the powerful accountable. If the press can't comfort the afflicted, as the saying goes, it may, on occasion, afflict the comfortable. Theoretically...
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I'd respectfully argue that the entire series is about patriarchy.
I wrote a thread last week on why there aren't more women representing #TheFamily in #TheFamilyNetflix -- that was the choice of this patriarchal organization, the self-declared "core" of which subscribes to variations of the misogynist concept of "male headship."
What we attempted to show in #TheFamilyNetflix was how the *men* of #TheFamily's "brotherhood" understand their influence, justify it, deny it, wield it, hurt one another with it, excuse it, eroticize it, and claim it as God-given. That, to me, is patriarchy on display.
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I’m thrilled people are watching #TheFamilyNetflix & asking tough questions. But please remember that what’s there requires no exaggeration. The Family is 1 power center among many. The work is understand how power converges & diverges - not to imagine a grand conspiracy.
Please don’t claim #TheFamilyNetflix explains more than it does. That allows those who’d like to dismiss it to do so. If you don’t have verifiable facts to back up a claim, don’t make it. That will make your arguments stronger.
Remember Occam’s Razor — the principle that the explanation that requires least speculation is most likely. Trump didn’t call himself “the chosen one” because #TheFamily told him to. He did so because he’s a grotesque narcissist who #TheFamily mostly supports.
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So. I was born in 1976. I started school in August 1980, just before I turned 5, at home - my older brother had attended an ACE kindergarten, and it was deemed too liberal by my parents (his teacher wore PANTS when she wasn't teaching!) #thread CW: Abuse
I was literally part of the first wave of Christian Right-wing Homeschoolers; my parents had planned to homeschool us illegally, and it became legal that month in Louisiana because a legislator's relative wanted to homeschool.
I learned to read when I was 4. I also was acutely observant and aware - because by that time I'd already survived broken bones in my arm and neck, at least one rape, and an STD. This made me hypervigilant, and also primed me to be skeptical of everything around me.
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"In the mid-1990s, Ross led a group of investors who bought a large stake in News Communications, a publicly traded media co that owned 23 weekly newspapers in...NY and D.C."

salon.com/2019/03/23/the…

News Communications Inc. publishes The Hill - was Wilbur Ross involved in this?
"...unbelievable emails in this same evidence pile that...get into communications w/ a US Senator..."

Inhofe?

9/19/12 "Resolution - Calling for the release from prison of former Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko"

congress.gov/bill/112th-con…

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Week after our show #TheFamilyNetflix drops Trump confirms our conclusion about the Christian nationalism, declaring himself “the chosen one.” Nice timing! But of course he was “joking.” Sort of. Here’s how it works...
Trump, as we show in #TheFamilyNetflix, isn’t *exactly* as irreligious as he seems. Rather, he takes the biblical capitalism of his childhood pastor, Norman Vincent Peale, seriously. Money+power = God’s anointing - & that’s all that’s required...
So on one hand, let’s be real — Trump was joking when called himself “the chosen one.” On the other, for him “God” is simply the name for the forces of the universe that he believes bless him. It’s a joke, but he means it, too.
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OK dear friend I have done a full thread to that in Arabic
I'll try to make it in English
First major similarity is the refusal to be organised with official presence. The founder and up tell now calling it "Al-gama'a"... And they call each other "Brother"..
The founder insisted on not considering the group a party nor a NGO just a unique structure that collects Salfism, Sofi and with good relations to Shiite in same time
The founder issued "The Letters" and "the 20 rules" which has the same importance to the members as Jesus booklet
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Maybe now is a good time to mention that Netflix had to shut down comments on the trailer for #TheFamilyNetflix because it was overwhelmed by anti-Semitic trolls.
When I published THE FAMILY in 2008, anti-Semitism was a fringe element of the pushback. Now, in response to #TheFamilyNetflix, it began like a tsunami and has continued as a strong current.
The anti-Semitic swarm against #TheFamilyNetflix continued here on twitter against me & in my email inbox. To be clear this wasn’t #TheFamily, the anti-Semitism of which tends toward the genteel; it was a new wave of anti-Semites looking for anything to hate at all.
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The Family Research Council is abhorrent. It’s President, Tony Perkins, is also president of the Council for National Policy (to which Bannon, KA, the Mercer’s & Wayne LaLierre of the NRA belong). FRC is attacking @splcenter, which exposed both groups for what they are. 1/
2/ The Council for National Policy (CNP), a secretive networking group for the Religious Right & billionaires, has ties to:

* The NRA
* Russia
* Voting machine vendor ES&S,
* Cambridge Analytica
* Massive recent voter data leaks

It has a 2020 deadline... link.medium.com/u2TotqLDjZ
Like the Family Research Council, the Council for National Policy is virulently anti-LGBTQ, and Trump does their bidding. 3/ link.medium.com/zxMT7X4DjZ
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Me, too, and you’re right. I’m able to write more about gender in my books, but not enough. #TheFamily leader #DougCoe’s wife, for instance, appears only once in 40 yrs of correspondence I read: praise for her ability to wait in car. They erase women.
That said, there are women involved w/ #thefamily. For instance, Janet Museveni, wife of Ugandan dictator Yoweri Museveni whom we see in #TheFamilyNetflix, is more involved than her husband, & even more dedicated to #TheFamily’s misogynist & homophonic “family values.”
Then there are the women who work with #TheFamily not as members but as “realists” who recognize the group’s grip on Washington religion. Most noticeably self-proclaimed friend of The Family Hillary Clinton, as @kathrynajoyce & I reported for @MotherJones: motherjones.com/politics/2007/…
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To write #TheFamily, I made a massive timeline based on years of work with their archival documents.*Their* documents, their own account of their work to transform American democracy into "government by God," through "totalitarianism for Christ." This is a thread of some finds.
Among influences,for #TheFamily founder Abraham Vereide was preacher William Bell Riley."Today in our land many of the biggest trusts, banks and manufacturing interests are controlled by Jews. Most of our department stores they own. The motion pictures..."
Abram, as Vereide was called, didn't absorb Riley's anti-Semitism--he disliked Catholics more than Jews--so much as Riley's anti-communism. Riley saw reds, AKA Jews, everywhere. Abram just saw red. That's why he started #TheFamily.
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There's quite a bit, throughout Latin America. I wanted to write about Brazil--General Costa e Silva agreed to a secret cell organized by #DougCoe in return for help w/ the U.S. congressmen who poured billions into the long dictatorship of the generals. But I couldn't get to it.
Coe also worked with Edward Korry, the U.S. ambassador to Chile whose support for the overthrow of democratically-elected Allende opened the door to the murderous regime of Pinochet, which #TheFamily welcomed: "The sun is just now beginning to shine again."
To be fair, Pinochet wasn't #TheFamily's first choice. They favored overthrowing Allende w/ a rightwing civilian group called The Officialists, the leader of which, Hector Valenzuela Valderrama, Coe & Ambassador Korry shopped around Washington as an alternative.
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“‘The more you can make your organization invisible, the more influence it will have,’ [Religious Right leader] Coe says in old video footage that appears in the Netflix series [about #TheFamily].”

The Religious Right is America’s Taliban. 1/ esquire.com/entertainment/…
The Council for National Policy (CNP), a secretive networking group for the Religious Right & billionaires, has ties to:

* Voting machine vendor ES&S,
* Cambridge Analytica
* Massive recent voter data leaks
* The NRA
* Russia

It has a 2020 deadline... link.medium.com/buJ5fiBagZ 2/
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In the final minutes of Ep. 5 of #TheFamilyNetflix, we see a photo of founder Abraham Vereide with a very large bald man. That's Gustav Adolf-Gedat, a German perhaps second only to Vereide in the 50s despite what Vereide was warned were Gedat's "former Nazi connections."
Gedat was a towering man, his shoulders sharp and so broad that his hairless head looked like a boiled egg made to stand on its narrow end between them. His face was made for sternness and his soul for discipline.
At war’s end, Gedat was a "staatsfiend," declared an enemy of the Nazi regime, and on this basis he built a brilliant postwar career, not to mention a castle in the Black Forest, built w/ funds from the Americans, eager to support "good Germans." #TheFamilyNetflix
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Ep 1 of #TheFamilyNetflix we see #TheFamily leader David Coe (dramatized) give an unusual take on King David. "Why do we revere this man?" he asks. "Here’s this guy who slept with another man’s wife—Bathsheba, right?—and then basically murdered her husband"... 1/
David Coe continues that we revere King David not because he was good--he was an adulterer, by many interpretations a rapist (he sent armed men to seize Bathsheba, the married woman he coveted) & a murderer--but because he was chosen by God...
As, David Coe believes, members of #TheFamily are "chosen" by God. This is the justification by which they're able to support & strengthen those they acknowledge as "dictators, murderers, & thieves." Mark Sanford invokes the King David story to justify remaining in power...
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