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August 16, 2019

The Family: A Start

Filed under: Culture,Politics,Religion — Steve Ruis @ 7:00 am
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I watched the first episode of The Family, a Netflix documentary on a shadowy group called “The Family” or “The Fellowship.” This group is a quasi-religious cult with the stated purpose of, well let one character explain it as he explained why the central character was been proselytized: “You are here to learn how to rule the world.” The first episode is set in a stately mansion near Washington, D.C. and power brokers from there and around the world “stop by” for discussions with the leaders of The Family.

The documentary assumes a pattern that I assume will be carried through. Stitched between statements made by real players in this organization and its investigation are enacted scenes of events as described by an insider who lived through them. I can’t say how much research is behind verifying the claims of the main character, who wrote a book about it, etc.

Ever wonder where is came from in a “separation of church and state” country?

I did get a frisson of anxiety when a leader in the group hands out to our man a copy of their guidebook. It is entitled “Jesus” and consists of the four New Testament gospels and the Acts of the Apostles, that’s it. (To quote Astro, the dog, “Ruh roh.”) Later a female character (all females are quite subservient so far) says “Jesus is a real person, a real person, not some abstract idea and He wants you to know Him.” (Of course the only books of the New Testament which speak of Jesus being a real character and not an abstract idea are the four New Testament gospels and the Acts of the Apostles.)

We are then introduced to Doug Coe, the leader of the Family, whose main contribution (at this early point) is to establish his main point, that of “The more invisible you can make your organization, the more influence you will have.”

In a “dorm room” discussion between the young men (the women are housed elsewhere) the discussion comes around to King David and how he had more than a few character deficits. The point to the Family group, however, was that “God chooses people and whatever you do, God will stick by you.” (Ooh, ooh, ooh, can I be the one to tell them what God wants? Can I, can I?)

I was about to write a piece on the Book of Daniel when this viewing happened. That book is very “prophetic,” but that may be because it was written 400+ years after when it claims to have been written. Events that have already happened are really easy to prophesy. (Try it, you’ll like it.) But the key element of that book and one that is glossed over (and over and over) is that Yahweh’s promise to the Chosen People is that they will have dominion over all of the other peoples of the Earth. That is the end game, that the Hebrews, and now the Christians by inheritance, will be rulers of the world including you, me . . . everybody. This is the core message of Christianity. Christians too often stop short at the coming of Jesus and the creation of the New Paradise on Earth and in Heaven, but the narrative goes on with the entire Earth under Yahweh’s thumb, in the form of a global theocracy. (Power to the Chosen People!) If you haven’t yet found a reason to oppose Christianity, maybe the Family’s clearly stated purpose is that thing. And there are good reasons that Christians don’t emphasize that purpose which, of course, they criticize Islam for. (Only in the movies does the villain take the time to explain that global domination is his goal, bwah, hah, ha! This is because it scares the shit out of the rest of us.)

It seems as if “the Family” is an organization dedicated to that end. And there are clearly no democratic principles behind this organization. It is a “Christian” organization, therefore totalitarian through and through.

To see just how different this theocratic vision of the future is from, say, Greek philosophy, consider Aristotle’s idea of the driving force behind societies. According to him, virtue is the prime focus of a well-lived life (seems Aristotle was a bit of a Stoic). To him, “ethical virtue was a habit disposed toward action by deliberate choice, being at the mean relative to us, and defined by reason as a prudent man would define it.” Virtue is not simply an isolated action but a habit of acting well. For an action to be virtuous a person must do it deliberately, knowing what he is doing, and doing it because it is a noble action. In each specific situation, the virtuous action is a mean between two extremes. Finally, prudence is necessary for ethical virtue because it is the intellectual virtue by which a person is able to determine the mean specific to each situation (from a summary of Nicomachean Ethics, the emphases are mine).

I don’t thin civic virtue is mentioned in the Bible; just submission to the will of Yahweh/Jesus; conform, don’t rebel, etc.

The American Constitutional founders were highly focused upon building a secular government that evoked civic virtue from its citizens, so that they (We the people . . .) were constantly balancing their individual welfare with the welfare of the common good.

I do not know whether I can stomach viewing more episodes of this documentary . . . I probably will . . . in small doses, because, well, know your enemy! These people are clearly not supporters of a democratic future for this country. They are accruing power for a reason. It can’t be good, no matter how much Jesus they slather upon themselves.




  1. I thought about watching this but after reading the blurb decided against it. Your review confirmed it.

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    Comment by Arkenaten — August 16, 2019 @ 7:46 am | Reply

    • I live to serve! :o) I sometimes feel trapped between needing to know about such threats and not wanting to watch something I will have to take a bath after watching .

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  2. Appreciate the review. Like Ark, I was pretty sure it was something I wouldn’t enjoy watching. Hope you’ll be our hero and share your commentary on future episodes. 🙂

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    Comment by Nan — August 16, 2019 @ 12:10 pm | Reply

    • Hey, it is your fault I watched the first one! (She made me do it!) :o)

      After my gorge settles I’ll give it a try. (These are the people behind C Street and myriad other things, I think.)

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  3. I’m afraid it would make my blood pressure sky rocket. Not knowing the story, but I already feel this scenario is either in the works or will be. Frightening.

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    Comment by maryplumbago — August 16, 2019 @ 12:15 pm | Reply

  4. Makes me quite content to not have Netflix. We have Hulu and more other options to watch TV already.
    Doubt I’d make it as far as you did watching this program before I’d have to throw up. Zionists are bad enough, but add in those moronic xtian zionists and I just feel very sick, huge knot in the old stomach, having had a nasty ulcer, I’ll pass on this.

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    Comment by Walter Kronkat — August 16, 2019 @ 2:16 pm | Reply

    • Don’t blame you one bit. Felt a little bit like I was taking one for the community (having cleaning my share of toilets and septic tanks in my life–dirty jobs but someone needs to do them).

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  5. So far it sounds like a documentary about ALEC. Or the modern GOP

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    Comment by grouchyfarmer — August 16, 2019 @ 3:50 pm | Reply

    • Wouldn’t it be nice f the GOP were invisible!?

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — August 17, 2019 @ 11:18 am | Reply

  6. I’m on episode 3 and highly recommend watching ☺

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    Comment by The Pink Agendist — August 16, 2019 @ 5:23 pm | Reply

    • I just looked at some of the episode descriptions of The Family (via my computer) and they remind me of “Zeitgest,” the movie series that was somewhat popular in 2007-2011. Many people criticized and/or condemned it (especially the first of the series), but IMO, in many ways it wasn’t all that far-fetched.

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      Comment by Nan — August 16, 2019 @ 5:58 pm | Reply

    • Okay, now I am encouraged!

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  7. Steve,

    I’ve finished the series, all 5 episodes. I even watched episodes 2, 3, and 4 twice just to make sure I heard what all those politicians in D.C. stated correctly — it was beyond audacious what these Jesus-freaks say and do… on taxpayer dollars and UNSANCTIONED for U.S. diplomacy while over seas growing God’s/Jesus’ world kingdom on Earth! Not only is their conduct unethical, but they go in DIRECT contradiction of our Constitution’s lawful expectations of a Congressional member, i.e. upholding their sworn vows to our nation and its Constitution’s neutrality of any religion… NOT their personal beliefs!!! They have and are STILL breaking their sworn vows to their office and districts they represent! That was the most appalling things for me to watch and listen Steve. 😦

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    Comment by Professor Taboo — August 16, 2019 @ 10:08 pm | Reply

    • Okay, I will continue the series!

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — August 17, 2019 @ 11:19 am | Reply

      • Looking forward to your thoughts, review, and perspectives on the deliberate mixing of religion/personal-beliefs with their Congressional duties TO/FOR all American people and just as importantly under the clear guidelines of our Constitution as well as the proper protocols for foreign affairs/diplomacy!


        Comment by Professor Taboo — August 17, 2019 @ 12:23 pm | Reply

        • Oh, I am in complete agreement. They are indeed in violation of their oaths and, I am sure, quite a few other laws. I have not yet seen in this case the specifics but I have no doubts as to the self-aggrandizing treasonous behaviors of the ilk portrayed.

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  8. These militant so called Christians want to rule the world and lust for power and control. They know how to sucker in the stupid and the gullible. It’s really quite easy, as we have seen.

    And with lack of good education, which is in their design as well, there will even be more to give the koolaid to. And political disunity helps them as well.

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    Comment by maryplumbago — August 17, 2019 @ 12:57 pm | Reply

    • And they aren’t content to wait and let their god take care of business, punish the wicked, etc. This is monumental arrogance and hubris, thinking an all powerful god needs their help.

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  9. OK … so I’m weak. I just finished Episode 3 last night. What a SCARY series!

    Also, very curious. To PT & Pink (since you both are viewing/have viewed the series), am I crazy in that I see a “Family-based” reason why tRumpsky is cozying up to Putin?


    Comment by Nan — August 19, 2019 @ 10:44 am | Reply

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