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Jul 29 2009
Another reason to distrust Governor Sanford

I heard a very interesting interview on Fresh Air ( with the author of a book called The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power by Jeff Sharlet.

Apparently The Family is a secretive conservative Protestant Christian organization that brought the U.S. such great things as the annual National Prayer Breakfast starting in the 1950's, but they've been around since 1935. It was all news to me. Here is a brief description of their beliefs:

The group's approach to religion, Sharlet says, is based on "a sort of trickle-down fundamentalism," which holds that the wealthy and powerful, if they "can get their hearts right with God ... will dispense blessings to those underneath them."

Members of the group ardently support free markets, in which, they believe, God's will operates directly through Adam Smith's "invisible hand."

I highly recommend the podcast

Gov. Sanford is a member, and the author explains why the last thing Sanford felt he needed to do after being discovered as an adulterer was resign....

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