Who Hijacked Our Country

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Christian Right: Who's the Man Behind the Curtain?

Wayne Madsen is an investigative journalist based in Washington, D.C. This post is taken from his article entitled “Exposé: The ‘Christian’ Mafia.” The subtitle is “Where Those Who Now Run the U.S. Government Came From and Where They Are Taking Us.”

No matter how jaded or cynical you are, you’ll still be jolted by this exposé (at least I hope so). And thanks to The Lookout for showing me this site.

This article is very long, and Madsen has kind of a rambling, zigzagging style (to put it kindly). But it’s well worth reading; the site should be bookmarked. This post is only a brief summary.

His article begins with: “…I can now report on a criminal conspiracy so vast and monstrous it defies imagination. Using ‘Christian’ groups as tax-exempt and cleverly camouflaged covers, wealthy right-wing businessmen and ‘clergy’ have now assumed firm control over the biggest prize of all — the government of the United States of America.”

Don’t worry, it gets even gloomier.

The entire legislative branch of the U.S. government is controlled by a powerful, very secretive cult known as The Fellowship (they’re also known as The Family among other names). Wayne Madsen says “Jesus is used to justify the Fellowship’s access to the highest levels of government and business in the same way Santa Claus entices children into department stores and malls during the Christmas shopping season.”

The Fellowship has been around since 1935, under various names. To increase the stealth factor, it’s organized into lots of small cells. Sounds kind of like al Qaeda.

Archives of The Fellowship are maintained at the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College in Illinois. The group began in the 1930s with a Methodist Minister named Abraham Vereide. Vereide had a strong anti-Socialist, anti-union, pro-Nazi Germany agenda, but he concealed it behind his ministry. Secrecy was the highest priority. He wanted this movement to “carry out its objective through personal, trusting, informal, unpublicized contact between people.”

Just as James Dobson’s Ph.D. is in psychology rather than Divinity, Abraham Vereide’s main influence was German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. One of Nietzsche’s observations about Christianity was: “When we hear the ancient bells growling on a Sunday morning we ask ourselves: Is it really possible! This, for a Jew, crucified two thousand years ago, who said he was God’s son? The proof of such a claim is lacking.”

Two other influences on Vereide were Nazi philosopher Martin Heidegger and his colleague, Leo Strauss. Strauss is father of American neo-conservatism and the mentor of Paul Wolfowitz and Richard Perle. Strauss had to flee Nazi Germany because of being Jewish. He emigrated to the United States and began teaching political science at the University of Chicago.

Strauss and Vereide formed the bridge that joined secular ultra-rightwing groups with various Christian sects, including the Dominionists.

Prior to World War II, the so-called America First groups were united in their hatred of labor unions and all other forms of Socialism. More than anything, they hated President Franklin Roosevelt. Vereide’s “ministry,” various pro-Nazi groups and a resurgent Ku Klux Klan all had an interlocking leadership and a coordinated political agenda.

Another pre-World War II organization was the Moral Rearmament Group, led by Frank Buchman. They were another alliance of the pro-Nazi and Christian Fundamentalist movements. This group was posing as a pacifist organization, but their real agenda was to persuade political leaders in America, Britain, Norway and South Africa to accept Hitler’s conquest. Then, after Hitler’s victory, everyone would unite and take up arms against all of the Communist and Socialist movements of the world.

There was very tight coordination between Frank Buchman’s Moral Rearmament Group and Abraham Vereide’s ministry.

Shortly after Franklin Roosevelt’s election to the White House in 1932, some wealthy Republican industrialists approached a Marine Corps general about the idea of overthrowing the United States government. Hiding behind a Christian Evangelical façade, the industrialists stirred up the idea of Roosevelt as an anti-Christ. This coup would be financed mostly by Du Pont and J.P. Morgan. The plan was to force Roosevelt to announce that he was too sick from polio to continue as an effective leader. He would create a new cabinet position, the Secretary of General Affairs. This cabinet position would be the real position of power; and the Secretary of General Affairs would abolish all programs connected with the New Deal.

One of the planners of the coup, a Wall Street bond salesman, told the Marine general “You know the American people will swallow that. We have got the newspapers. We will start a campaign that the President’s health is failing. Everyone can tell that by looking at him, and the dumb American people will fall for it in a second.”

The Marine general rejected the idea. He reported this plot to Congress, but he was dismissed as a crackpot; no investigation was ever held.

Harry Truman had some vague past connections with Frank Buchman. He frantically downplayed these connections in 1944 when he was selected as FDR’s Vice President.

In 1942 Vereide began holding discreet prayer breakfast meetings for the House of Representatives; he began making further inroads into Congress from there.

When Harry Truman took over the White House after FDR’s death, he announced that the New Deal would remain intact (although he renamed it the Fair Deal). The religious Fundamentalist / anti-Communist coalition pulled out all the stops in their attacks against Truman. They accused Truman of having Communists embedded in his administration. This gave Senator Joseph McCarthy a vehicle for his demagoguery, which became the infamous McCarthyism of the 1950s.

It was because of pressure from this rightwing coalition that Truman consolidated already-existing agencies to form the Central Intelligence Agency. Ironically, many Republicans at that time were appalled at the idea of a federal government agency having so much power and secrecy.

By this time the civil rights movement was starting to take hold, and Buchman and Vereide fought it with every “Christian” gimmick they could come up with. They became experts at finding Biblical passages to prove that God was the original segregationist.

Another major player was a Republican senator from Maine, Ralph Owen Brewster. Brewster was a Ku Klux Klan member, and the KKK played a large role in getting him into the Senate. (Brewster was played by Alan Alda in the movie “The Aviator.”)

Prescott Bush (father of George Herbert Walker Bush; grandfather of W) and his father-in-law, George Herbert Walker, were a bridge between Nazi Germany and several large American banks and investment companies. (What is it about bluebloods and recycling the same five names over and over and over?) Close ties were formed between the Bush family, several oil companies and the CIA.

In 1968, a powerful coalition of Big Business and Christian Fundamentalists pushed for the presidential nomination of Ronald Reagan over the more liberal Richard Nixon. They suffered a temporary setback, but came back with a vengeance in 1980.

Beginning in the late 1940s, Vereide worked closely with Senator Strom Thurmond. Their strategy was to Evangelize large numbers of poor whites all across the South. For Vereide, this was a chance to spread his brand of Christianity-meets-Big Business. For Thurmond, it provided power and a “Christian” camouflage for his pro-segregation anti-civil-rights agenda.

In the 1950s Frank Buchman tried to play down his past Nazi ties, and turned his attention toward Asia in general, and Korea in particular. He began working with a Korean Presbyterian minister, Sun Myung Moon. They quickly became allies, realizing that they both dreamed of a worldwide rightwing government with a Christian façade. He helped the Reverend Moon establish the Unification Church. And the Moonies were born!

By the late 1950s Vereide had established hundreds of “ministries” all over the U.S., Europe, Latin America and Asia. For some reason, the countries where his “ministries” were the most active were the same countries where the CIA was the busiest with their espionage and “destabilizing” activities. Coincidence?

The CIA became very skillful at recruiting ministers and businessmen to do the tasks that the CIA itself was barred from by international law.

During the late 1950s and early ‘60s, most of the colonies in Asia and Africa achieved independence from their European colonizers. This created millions of potential converts for Abraham Vereide’s brand of “Christianity.”

The Presidential Prayer Breakfast has been an annual event since 1953. (At some point it got renamed the National Prayer Breakfast.) Billy Graham became a regular fixture at this event. But the event was established by Vereide; it gave his movement a cloak of legitimacy and an even stronger foothold in the highest circles of American government, business and the “church” establishment.

One of the 1972 Watergate tapes contained this conversation between Richard Nixon, Billy Graham and Nixon’s Chief of Staff H.R. Haldeman:

Graham: “This [Jewish] stranglehold has got to be broken or the country’s going down the drain.”
Nixon: “You believe that?”
Graham: “Yes, sir.”
Nixon: “Oh, boy. So do I. I can’t ever say that but I believe it.”
Graham: “No, but if you get elected a second time, then we might be able to do something.”

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Graham: “By the way, Hedley Donovan has invited me to have lunch with [the Time Magazine] editors.”
Haldeman: “You better take your Jewish beanie.”
Graham: “Is that right? I don’t know any of them now . . .A lot of Jews are great friends of mine . . .They swarm around me and are friendly with me because they know that I’m friendly with Israel. But they don’t know how I really feel about what they are doing to this country.”
Nixon: “You must not let them know.”

Another Watergate conspirator and Nixon’s all-around dirty trickster, Charles Colson, was an active member of the Fellowship. Colson hasn’t been in the news much since Watergate, but his work was just beginning. I’ll let Wayne Madsen show you how the Watergate era is connected to our present situation:

“Although Nixon would later come to distrust the Fellowship, one of his closest confidants, Charles Colson, would become one of the key figures in the group. Colson served time in jail as a result of his involvement in the Watergate scandal. He would later re-emerge ‘born again’ and serve as a covert adviser to the very same elements who would propel George W. Bush into office as President. No longer would the Fellowship have a paranoid, moderate Republican like Nixon or corny, superficially Christians like Reagan or George H. W. Bush in the White House. For the Fellowship, Nixon, Reagan and the first Bush served their purposes but they were not true believers. In their minds, after an unsuccessful coup against Roosevelt and war with their brethren in Germany; the uncooperative and “left leaning” administrations of Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy and Johnson; a paranoid administration in Nixon; a transitional Gerald Ford; a born again Christian anomaly in Jimmy Carter; partial entrees to power with Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush; and absolute disgust with Bill Clinton, the Fellowship believed it was God’s will that they would have one of their very own core members wielding power in the Oval Office and carrying out God’s (the Fellowship’s) dictates. In George W. Bush, who had been indoctrinated into the total submission to Jesus (the Fellowship) after his involvement with alcohol and drugs, fundamentalists would not only be able to remake the United States but, indeed, the entire world.”

Whew! And here we are. Don’t miss the next exciting episode! Coming in November of 2008: The Sequel.


Cross-posted at Bring It On!

24 Comments:

Blogger ~jay said...

Excellent post, as per your norm.

I'm just waiting for that morning when all the fundies wake up and realize that their culture of fear is in bed with money and power that the Republicans use in order to retain the control they desire, and if their religion weren't so manipulative and wrongfully used it would be a whole different world out there.

(I think I'm gonna be here a while...)



Will take me some time to digest everything you've got here, but none of it is totally surprising to me, other than the amount of time and effort exerted here to tie all the pieces together and how creepily they all fit together.

as I think I've said before on here, Tom Clancy couldn't write a novel this convoluted; the critics would pan it as too farfetched.

~j

June 15, 2005 at 12:27 AM  
Anonymous Tom Harper said...

~jay: Thanks. I don't know if that morning after when they all wake up is gonna happen or not. I've been waiting for that for over twenty years.

When I first read that article by Wayne Madsen, at first I kept thinking "oh my God," or "no way." And then eventually I was thinking "yeah, it figures."

It's all making sense; and yeah, Tom Clancy wouldn't have thought of this (or if he did he'd be dragged away in a white straightjacket).

June 15, 2005 at 2:28 AM  
Blogger halcyon67 said...

I believe it. I call their movement a Christian Jihad.

Everyone should check out the Southern Povery Law Center. There is some really good information on Christian-based hate groups.

June 15, 2005 at 10:36 AM  
Anonymous Tom Harper said...

Samantha: I think it really is a Christian Jihad. I've heard of the Southern Poverty Law Center; I don't know much about them. I'll check it out.

June 15, 2005 at 12:00 PM  
Blogger Just Wandering said...

Wow...that's some crazy, disturbing stuff.

June 15, 2005 at 8:01 PM  
Blogger OTTMANN said...

Your post is hilarious, especially if you believe any of it.

The conspiracy nuts are on the job!

June 15, 2005 at 8:13 PM  
Anonymous Tom Harper said...

Just Wandering: Yup, some weird wild stuff.

I was just checking through your blog -- very interesting pictures and adventures.

Ottman: I did quite a few web searches on the names in this article; most of the information checks out. This author might be a little over-the-top, but I think his article was pretty valid.

But I don't expect the Far Right to believe any of it. If Bush went on National TV and confessed that he started planning the Iraqi war in 1999, you people would still make excuses (it would be Clinton's fault).

June 15, 2005 at 8:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, all you have missed is the aliens in Area 51.

June 16, 2005 at 6:20 AM  
Blogger Unadulterated Underdog said...

In all honesty, I don't need a report like this to convince me that Republicans pull the Jesus-hood over voters' eyes to gain their support. However, the report may help some few to see the light. I suspect the problem here will be what it always is. Republicans will use Christianity's vision of "infidels persecuting Christians" to stir the masses against such a report. In effect, most won't believe any amount of evidence because the Republicans keep fooling them.

June 16, 2005 at 10:03 AM  
Blogger Sar said...

Wow. You know what will be interesting to see is if there will be relevant subtle overtones in The DaVinci Code (movie - due out in 2006) as they did with Bush & Co in SW Sith.

June 16, 2005 at 10:25 AM  
Blogger Kitchen Window Woman said...

Tom - Wow - a real heavy post and very important! It goes along with somethings that I have been looking into lately. I just finished the book, "On Hitler's Mountain" by Irmgard A. Hunt and found some more pieces of the puzzle fell into place. Something that has bothered me for a long time...Where did Hitler get the money to mount a war when Germans were out of work and starving? ....I believe that certain members of the US establishment were responsible for financing Hitler on a huge scale. Then regular working guys like my Dad had to put on a uniform and go fight (the Battle of the Bulge) to clean up the mess....and we call WWII "the Good War!" The same elite US families show up everywhere, the Rockefellers, the Dulles',and the Bushes to name just a few. What you have posted and the rest of the article will probably shed some more light on this. I bookmarked the link to the full article and will print it and read it slowly when I have more time.

I am also very interested in the Zionist Neo-cons who planned the Iraq war years in advance, and their alliance with the Christian Right.

Morality is certainly a usefull plastic term. We can be sure that these "religious folk" lack not only morality but basic humanity.

June 16, 2005 at 10:35 AM  
Anonymous Tom Harper said...

Anonymous: Oh yeah, the aliens. Stay tuned for the sequel.

OK Democrat: This report probably won't change too many people's minds, even though the information itself is fascinating. For me it just confirmed what I was already pretty sure of. For people on the Right, it'll probably just be a bunch of gullible moonbats who'll believe anything. But this information needs to be brought out and examined and debated. The Nazis and Communists both played a large role in our history from the early to mid 1900s. Cao and her groupies have already covered the Communist part thoroughly; there were some very powerful worldwide organizations (of all political stripes) vying for our government.

Sar: Yeah, that'll be interesting to see. I'll have to read the book before the movie comes out. (I read one of the author's earlier books, "Digital Fortress.")

Kitchen Window Woman: That's an interesting question -- where did Hitler's money come from. And like you say, the same names keep turning up. I used to have a very conservative coworker who told me that there are a few very powerful families in America who control everything; nothing gets done without their approval. I didn't give it much credence at the time, but it makes a lot more sense now.

And I'm sure WWII and the Iraqi war (and most of our other wars) were created by Big Business working with clandestine worldwide political cults; and then the working man had to go fight and die in order to clean up the mess.

June 16, 2005 at 11:30 AM  
Blogger Dr. Forbush said...

Great post.

It interesting that one of the tactics the Radical Right uses is to laugh at the possibility of a vast Right Wing conspiricy. Maybe their laugh is hiding the fact that they are thinking:
"They don't know the half of it."

June 16, 2005 at 1:09 PM  
Anonymous Tom Harper said...

Dr. Forbush: Thanks. I think you have a point. The Watergate hearings confirmed what a lot of people had suspected all along (massive spying, etc.) But before these fears were confirmed, the standard conservative response would be "yeah, right, the CIA is spying on college students. The FBI is listening in on your phone calls. Sheesh!"

June 16, 2005 at 1:51 PM  
Blogger Kevin said...

Wow Tom---very interesting post sir. Lol---but I dont wanna see the 08 sequel--lmao

June 16, 2005 at 4:36 PM  
Blogger Nariel said...

Tom--once again you floor me with your ability to present things in the way that you did. I did read the expose and find that I agreed with a great lot of it.

It is sad that Jesus is being "peddled" in the name of Government big business. A person that was so intimately acquainted with poverty really deserved more than that in his honor.

I will be using this for a blog post as well, very soon.
Thanks so much

June 16, 2005 at 4:39 PM  
Anonymous Tom Harper said...

Kevin: Yeah, it's scary wondering what the sequel is gonna bring. I'm hoping some of the cast members will be replaced before we get to the sequel.

Patricia: Thanks. Yeah, there's so much irony here. Jesus -- who drove the money lenders from the temple, and said "let he among you that is without sin cast the first stone" -- has been hijacked by Big Business and the Far Right.

June 16, 2005 at 4:59 PM  
Blogger Kevin said...

Sometimes when I hear those "wont you please give" preachers---and then see the WWJD bumperstickers----I think to myself, "you probably REALLY dont want to know"-lol
A lyric from an old Queensryche song:
"religion and sex are powerplays, manipulate the people for the money they pay, selling skin, selling God, the numbers are the same on the credit card"
always liked that one*smirk*

June 16, 2005 at 6:57 PM  
Anonymous Tom Harper said...

Kevin: I like those lyrics; I don't think I've heard the song (but I like the Queensryche songs I've heard). And those WWJD bumperstickers always remind me of that Ray Stevens song "Would Jesus Wear a Rolex."

June 16, 2005 at 7:17 PM  
Blogger Fred said...

I saw a sticker here in Sugar Land that read...Jesus voted for Bush...no shit...I just love my area...very comical.

June 16, 2005 at 11:06 PM  
Anonymous Tom Harper said...

Fred Villarreal: Jesus voted for Bush, huh? Maybe in Texas :)

I've been through Texas a few times. I liked it; especially the Eastern and Western extremes. Once we got east of Houston it looked more like Louisiana; and I liked El Paso and some of the small towns just east of it.

I like northern Washington a lot better than California (where I lived until 10 months ago), even though there's a lot less political correctness here. There are a lot of great people (and political awareness) everywhere.

June 16, 2005 at 11:51 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

I saw a bumper sticker today in Portland that said "I'm a Republican but I hate Bush!"

Now that was a refreshing thing to see. I hope more and more Republicans start to see the light as that person has. The longer Bush is in office, the more of them will be likely to come over from the Dark Side!

June 17, 2005 at 12:36 AM  
Anonymous Tom Harper said...

Snave: That's the kind of bumpersticker I like. Like you say, the longer Bush stays in office the more of those slogans we're likely to be seeing.

June 17, 2005 at 1:56 AM  
Blogger Kevin said...

I seem to be able to find a lot more common sense in bumper stickers and song lyrics than I find coming from our fine legislators in DC---sad but true---wait----oops I did it again----arrrgh---another one bites the dust----help---stop me----Im on a roll-lol

June 18, 2005 at 6:49 AM  

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