No politician can possibly hope to survive without a firm policy on how to protect our nation against the possibility of an "Islamic" terrorist attack. Any crack perceived in a candidate's dedication to "protect" our country is sheer political suicide.
Yet how do Muslim nations compare in the rise of militant Islam which is broadcast daily in to our homes to remind us all to be afraid, VERY afraid, to the unknown shadowy influence of so called "Christianity" in our own country? Do these Muslim nations have the militaries available to them to destroy and occupy our country like our own country has and has USED to occupy Muslim nations? Should we be listening when scare tactics are used to inflame our fears post 9/11? Is Islam the dire threat to our nation or is "Christianity" as it is practiced by our leaders?
These are all questions which should be asked by rational people. Furthermore, in this primary season, the "faiths" of the major candidates which remain standing are all being questioned, with Obama's faith being questioned most closely by those accusing him of being a "secret Muslim", most SURELY a threat to our own security.
McCain's faith too is being laid bare to the public with the outing of two "ministers" in particular who have thrown their support to him, John Hagee-a right-wing Christian Zionist who's dispensationalist creed seeks to hasten Aramgedon (and who is claiming McCain sought his endorsement) and the "Reverend" Parsley who calls for the destruction of Islam as the answer to all ills.
But what about Hillary? In a recent debate when asked how she would use her faith to handle the presidency should she be elected, she reminded us all that during her years as first lady her faith was truly tested and that many had been praying for her during her tribulation, a reference obviously to her "trial as wife" in her public humiliation as co-dependent in a marriage marred by infidelity.
Just who were these "many people" who were praying for Hillary during this time when the first lady stood by her man?
As it turns out, they were her friends at her prayer group which she has attended regularly since 1993. As the audience oohs and ahs at Hillary's "strength" as a humiliated wife, the media let her statement stand for the time being. But now, the truth is seeping out about Hillary's prayer group in a soon to be published book. From the Nation magazine: (be SURE to link to the first link given-
posted March 19, 2008 (web only)
Hillary's Nasty Pastorate
There's a reason Hillary Clinton has remained relatively silent during the flap over intemperate remarks by Barack Obama's former pastor, Jeremiah Wright. When it comes to unsavory religious affiliations, she's a lot more vulnerable than Obama.
You can find all about it in a widely under-read article in the September 2007 issue of Mother Jones, in which Kathryn Joyce and Jeff Sharlet reported that "through all of her years in Washington, Clinton has been an active participant in conservative Bible study and prayer circles that are part of a secretive Capitol Hill group known as "The "Fellowship," also known as The Family. But it won't be a secret much longer. Jeff Sharlet's shocking exposé The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power will be published in May.
Sean Hannity has called Obama's church a "cult," but that term applies far more aptly to Clinton's "Family," which is organized into "cells"--their term--and operates sex-segregated group homes for young people in northern Virginia. In 2002, Sharlet joined The Family's home for young men, forswearing sex, drugs and alcohol, and participating in endless discussions of Jesus and power. He wasn't undercover; he used his own name and admitted to being a writer. But he wasn't completely out of danger either. When he went outdoors one night to make a cell phone call, he was followed. He still gets calls from Family associates asking him to meet them in diners--alone. (Source)
As a woman, one of my major beefs with Hillary was that she chose to stay with Bill Clinton. While their marriage is none of my personal business, the fact that she chose to stand by her man struck me as a "power marriage" understanding. Even at that time the mumblings of her possible run for the presidency in the future to become America's first female president (made apparent in her carpet-bagging successful run as Senator from New York), it struck me that she would rather hold on to her connections through her husband than become a role model for women who's husbands repeatedly cheat on them. While I do not believe that Bill Clinton should have been impeached for his sexual picadilos and lame attempts at covering them up, I was deeply ashamed of Hillary's choice to perform a most public "Tammy Wynette"
So as the public is in a fury to delve into the "faiths" of the candidates, just what kind of "faith" does Hillary adhere to? The answer can be found HERE
Dysfunction in the Fellowship Family
by Ben Daniel
(in part-excerpted-Doug Coe is the current president of the Fellowship Foundation)
In addition, some Christian leaders are beginning to raise cautious and thoughtful questions about the Fellowship’s attitude toward women. An Evangelical scholar told me of being troubled after a chapel service at the college where she works. Doug Coe’s sister, a Fellowshipadherent, had delivered a message promoting a spirituality that the scholar described as being
“overly prescriptive of men’s and women’s roles and differences in function.”
Such attitudes toward women often are lived out in the Fellowship with painful consequences. Despite the spoken promise that they are to be considered equal partners in the Fellowship's ministry and honored sisters in the Fellowship family, the women of Potomac Point are treated as servants and are reminded that their role, both in life and in the work of the Fellowship, is one of quiet, strong support for the work of the men.
One gets the sense that in the Fellowship’s spiritual geography women are seen as roadblocks on the path to male spiritual enlightenment. One woman told me of her experience dating a manwho was part of a Fellowship cell in Southern California. As her boyfriend’s involvement grew, he pushed her to the margins of his life. “In my life,” he told her “the guys from the Fellowship are at the center, and my wife, whoever that will be, will be somewhere off to the side.”
In the waning days of the relationship she was approached by the wives of older Fellowship members. “Get out while you still can,” one warned. Another described her life as a Fellowship wife: “I’m always third. The Fellowship comes first in my husband’s life. Then our children. Then me.”
Many of the women with whom I spoke reported being treated, at the same time, as children in need of instruction and as sexual deviants worthy of reproach. Such perceptions are not unfounded. One deeply committed Fellowship member spoke of his marriage apologetically, comparing it to the marriage of the Biblical prophet Hosea, who was directed by God to marry a
harlot so that the prophet might learn of the hardships God endures.
Though young women are admonished not to lead the men into temptation and the men are advised to be wary of feminine charms, there exists a strong emphasis on accountability through the absolute disclosure of real or imagined sin, which means the women’s private lives are necessarily exposed. A young woman told me of how, after ending a relationship with a Fellowship member, other men in the ex-boyfriend’s cell began to show up in her life, making her
feel as if they, having been privy to the intimate details of the relationship, were willing and ready to experience temptation for themselves.
As read above, this "faith" to which Hillary turns is a male dominated faith in addition to being the faith of the "powerful" in Washington as witnessed in it's many members as well as the annual White House Prayer Breakfast. May I ask, where does the First Amendment guaranteeing separation of church and state play in to this scenario? Also, may I ask, how does FAITH, so called CHRISTAN faith, play in to US foreign policy via this shadowy relationship between our government and the Fellowship Foundation? Can it without total hypocracy be claimed that so called Christianity is not behind our foreign policy which has used it's military to invade and occupy Iraq, and needless to say guide all of our foreign policy in the Middle East? Just WHO'S military has wrought the most destruction and loss of life? And WHO has been the victim of this marred policy?
So while our country goes through this political process of nominating candidates for the presidency, Hillary Clinton has yet to be scrutinized for her own faith while her campaign has had to fire people for slurring Obama's faith. And who is at the head of this, Hillary Clinton herself, the "little woman" who stood by her man and wants us all to believe that as a woman she would bring a different tone to our country.
To read more about the Fellowship Foundation, read Wayne Madsen's report, "Expose: The Christian Mafia Part 1 and Part 2". This is a VERY long report taking you through the tangled history of this organization, . A report well worth the time taken to read it.