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Tuesday, March 04, 2003  

Well CRAP. I've made a liar out of myself. More religious content ahead. (Though I swear to God--err, ah, just swear that is--I have nothing against religion.) Actually, you can blame it on Listening, who got me digging around on the Family to see what I could find on this whole disclosure issue. I found nothing to address that, but I found some interesting stuff.

The Family's one publicized gathering (according to Sharlet) is the National Prayer Breakfast. This is an event well-attended by politicians, including in 2002, the President. His remarks at the breakfast are available online, and include innocuous language like this:

"Every religion is welcomed in our country; all are practiced here. Many of our good citizens profess no religion at all. Our country has never had an official faith. Yet we have all been witnesses these past 21 weeks to the power of faith to see us through the hurt and loss that has come to our country."



Also innocuous is Tennessee Representative Zach Wamp's comments on his congress website about the breakfast:

"In 1953, President Eisenhower attended the first combined Prayer Breakfast, and Presidents have participated every year since. The National Prayer Breakfast was President George W. Bush's first major appearance since being sworn in on January 20th."



But it's not all quite so ecumenical as that. Cruising around the official sponsor's website, you find some interesting commentary:

"The acceptability of Prayer Breakfasts is one of the most viable strategies for reaching into community life and impacting business and governmental leaders. Leaders desire to come, get involved, and experience a fresh new reminder of our country’s Spiritual Heritage.

• The GOAL of Prayer Breakfast Network is to reach every city possible across the USA through a well-planned Prayer Breakfast.

• Our PURPOSE is to reach leaders for Jesus Christ.

• Our OBJECTIVE is “Pray for all in authority, that we might lead Godly lives.”

• Our STRATEGY is to use Prayer Breakfasts. The acceptance of Prayer Breakfasts is one of the most viable strategies for reaching into community life and impacting business and governmental leaders. Leaders desire to come, get involved, and experience a fresh new reminder of our country’s Spiritual Heritage."



And just to bring it all back home, Rep. Wamp mentions a little bit more that hints at the Family (in nice, separation-of-church-and-state prose):

"The Senate and the House of Representatives each continue to hold their own weekly breakfast to discuss problems, both personal and national, in the spirit of fellowship and prayer. Members meet in the spirit of peace and in the Spirit of Christ, but they need not be Christians. All members are welcome, regardless of their political or religious affiliation; sincere seekers, as well as the deeply devoted, all on a common journey to understand the place of faith in their lives and to discover how to love God and one’s fellow man."



And no more promises about not printing anything anymore.

posted by Jeff | 7:31 PM |
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