George Graham

So What Does Hillary’s Pastor Stand For?

O.K. We’ve heard from Pastor Wright over and over and over. And we’ve heard from Hillary Clinton that she would never belong to a church where the pastor said the things Pastor Wright said. So, once again, “shame on you, Barack Obama!” (At least that’s the implication we are invited to get.)

So isn’t it time we heard from Hillary’s pastor?

But we’re not likely to hear much from that quarter. Clinton belongs to a secretive Capitol Hill group known as “The “Fellowship,” also known as The Family. The Family’s American branch includes such powerful right-wing politicos as Sam Brownback, Ed Meese, John Ashcroft, James Inhofe and Rick Santorum.

Clinton fell in with The Family in 1993, when she joined a Bible study group composed of wives of conservative leaders like Jack Kemp and James Baker. When she ascended to the Senate, she was promoted to the Family’s “most elite cell.”

Clinton has written of Doug Coe, The Family’s leader, that he is “a unique presence in Washington: a genuinely loving spiritual mentor and guide to anyone, regardless of party or faith, who wants to deepen his or her relationship with God.”

According to an article in The Nation, “The Family’s most visible activity is its blandly innocuous National Prayer Breakfast, held every February in Washington. But almost all its real work goes on behind the scenes–knitting together international networks of right-wing leaders, most of them ostensibly Christian. In the 1940s, The Family reached out to former and not-so-former Nazis, and its fascination with that exemplary leader, Adolf Hitler, has continued, along with ties to a whole bestiary of murderous thugs.”

The Nation quotes a piece that appeared in Harper’s in 2003:

“During the 1960s the Family forged relationships between the U.S. government and some of the most anti-Communist (and dictatorial) elements within Africa’s postcolonial leadership. The Brazilian dictator General Costa e Silva, with Family support, was overseeing regular fellowship groups for Latin American leaders, while, in Indonesia, General Suharto (whose tally of several hundred thousand “Communists” killed marks him as one of the century’s most murderous dictators) was presiding over a group of fifty Indonesian legislators. During the Reagan Administration the Family helped build friendships between the U.S. government and men such as Salvadoran general Carlos Eugenios Vides Casanova, convicted by a Florida jury of the torture of thousands, and Honduran general Gustavo Alvarez Martinez, himself an evangelical minister, who was linked to both the CIA and death squads before his own demise.”

Get the picture?

Now, do you understand why Hillary is so complimentary to John McCain? And why she hates Barack Obama with such ferocity?

About the author

gwgraeme

I am a Jamaican-born writer who has lived and worked in Canada and the United States. I live in Lakeland, Florida with my wife, Sandra, our three cats and two dogs. I like to play golf and enjoy our garden, even though it's a lot of work. Since retiring from newspaper reporting I've written a few books. I also write a monthly column for Jamaicans.com