Friday, March 21, 2008

Holy Smoke Hillary's Hubris of Hypocrisy - Religion

As we watch Barack Obama's former church minister be roasted and toasted for speaking the truth about America, the fundamentalist fraud that has America by the throat
is alive and well in Hillary Clinton's place of worship, where it seems that if there is a vast right wing conspiracy, Ms. Clinton is certainly an active part of it.

From Mother Jones, as usual, a well researched article:

News: For 15 years, Hillary Clinton has been part of a secretive religious group that seeks to bring Jesus back to Capitol Hill. Is she triangulating—or living her faith?

By Kathryn Joyce and Jeff Sharlet
Illustration by: Andy Friedman
September 1, 2007
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Mother Jones Nominated for Two National Magazine Awards

It was an elegant example of the Clinton style, a rhetorical maneuver subtle, bold, and banal all at once. During a Democratic candidate forum in June, hosted by the liberal evangelical group Sojourners, Hillary Clinton fielded a softball query about Bill's infidelity: How had her faith gotten her through the Lewinsky scandal?

After a glancing shot at Republican "pharisees," Clinton explained that, of course, her "very serious" grounding in faith had helped her weather the affair. But she had also relied on the "extended faith family" that came to her aid, "people whom I knew who were literally praying for me in prayer chains, who were prayer warriors for me."

When Clinton first came to Washington in 1993, one of her first steps was to join a Bible study group. For the next eight years, she regularly met with a Christian "cell" whose members included Susan Baker, wife of Bush consigliere James Baker; Joanne Kemp, wife of conservative icon Jack Kemp; Eileen Bakke, wife of Dennis Bakke, a leader in the anti-union Christian management movement; and Grace Nelson, the wife of Senator Bill Nelson, a conservative Florida Democrat.
prayer group was part of the Fellowship (or "the Family"), a network of sex-segregated cells of political, business, and military leaders dedicated to "spiritual war" on behalf of Christ, many of them recruited at the Fellowship's only public event, the annual National Prayer Breakfast. (Aside from the breakfast, the group has "made a fetish of being invisible," former Republican Senator William Armstrong has said.) The Fellowship believes that the elite win power by the will of God, who uses them for his purposes. Its mission is to help the powerful understand their role in God's plan.
The Fellowship's ideas are essentially a blend of Calvinism and Norman Vincent Peale, the 1960s preacher of positive thinking. It's a cheery faith in the "elect" chosen by a single voter—God—and a devotion to Romans 13:1: "Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers....The powers that be are ordained of God." Or, as Coe has put it, "we work with power where we can, build new power where we can't."
When Time put together a list of the nation's 25 most powerful evangelicals in 2005, the heading for Coe's entry was "The Stealth Persuader." "You know what I think of when I think of Doug Coe?" the Reverend Schenck (a Coe admirer) asked us. "I think literally of the guy in the smoky back room that you can't even see his face. He sits in the corner, and you see the cigar, and you see the flame, and you hear his voice—but you never see his face. He's that shadowy figure."

...these are just excerpts, the complete article may be found at:

As usual Ms. Clinton has been triangulating to avoid discussing her own religion, her own
staff's call to the Canadian embassy telling them "not to worry about what Hillary Clinton was saying about NAFTA they should "take it with a grain of salt." (Oddly the Canadian embassy then solicited a meeting with the Obama campaign and released written transcript that more readily described the words of the CLINTON campaign.) In Canada a major investigation has been called into the behavior of individuals in the Can. Embassy in Chicago to see if they were working with the Clinton campaign and the House of Parliament in Canada is alive with accusations of election tampering in the USA...none of course covered by US mainstream media.

Let us hear about the religions of ALL the candidates. We have an ultra right wing president supported by a religous right money laundry that can only be called fraud. Enough triangulating, scapegoating and lying. In the meantime let us investigate the hubris of hypocrisy in the holy smoke of Hill's beliefs. Or do we have to listen to Geraldine Ferraro telling us that we should not vote for Barack Obama because in her elite opinon he would not even be a candidate if not for affirmative action and her noble work. Actually Ferraro is classic of Hillary, never apologize, never concede and never deny, just triangulate, project YOUR faults onto someone else then pillory them in the press for your behavior. Bush does it all the time,we are tired of it Hillary. We'd like a REAL change.


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