Monday, November 01, 2010

WBAI Radio's Building Bridges: Jeff Sharlet on "C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy"

WBAI Radio's Building Bridges: Your Community & Labor Report
Produced & Hosted by Mimi Rosenberg & Ken Nash
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Monday, November 1, 7 pm - 9 pm EST, over 99.5 FM
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A 2-hour special:

C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy
with Dartmouth Prof. Jeff Sharlet, national bestselling author of The Family,
contributing editor for Harper’s, Rolling Stone, and contributing writer
to the Nation, Mother Jones, the New Republic and numerous other
newspapers and magazines.

Even after the sexual affairs of several congressmen brought the Fellowship
(and its D.C. residence on C Street) into the light, most Americans have
still never heard of the elitist, fundamentalist organization the Family, or
the Fellowship, a mostly faceless organization whose goal is to convert the
world to a trickle-down Christianity, where God has chosen the leaders
(them) to lead and everyone else follows. The Fellowship, for example,
had no problem working with heads of state like Haiti’s Papa Doc Duvalier
and those in present-day Uganda, who advocate the death penalty for
homosexuals. This heavily financed, multilayered organization has been
operating for decades—and today is actively implanted within the Congress
as well as the U.S. military. The Fellowship is a convergence of piety and
corruption of democracy. Prof. Sharlet explains why, after the collapse of the
Christian Right, the C Street Washington address and those who cohere
around it in the Fellowship are more dangerous than ever. Sharlet’s analysis
of the growing fault lines in American democracy are brilliant and terrifying.
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