The answer is "The Family," the right-wing Christian organization with a terrifying idea about power and an ideology as far right as can be.
Fans of the Rachel Maddow show have been hearing about The Family for months, as she exposes the hypocrisy and power mongering of some of the men behind the sex scandals headlines of the last several months. Her frequent guest, Jeff Sharlet, is the author of The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power. He is the person who publicized the "C Street" house, so named because it is located on near the US Capitol on C Street in Washington, DC.
Residents of "C Street" are a long list of some of the most conservative politicians in America. Until last week, the building was tax-exempt as a church. Really. But all the attention from Maddow and Sharlet caused the DC Office of Tax and Revenue to investigate and to revoke 66% of the exemption.
Now comes the news that The Family is behind the push for the death penalty for "aggravated homosexuality" in Uganda. A recent post on Alternet ties this proposal to the American Christian right. And in an interview on NPR's Fresh Air this week, Jeff Sharlet specifically ties the proposed law to The Family. Among the grounds for finding "aggravated" homosexuality are being a repeat offender and having sex after consuming alcohol. Gay rights organizations are also outlawed in the proposal.
Unlike any other group, The Family keeps a low profile. Sharlet has video of the group's leader, Doug Coe, saying they can do more from behind the scenes than from having an up-front presence. And lest anyone think this is a fringe organization, Sharlet reminds us that The Family is the group behind the annual National Prayer Breakfast, which the President always attends. In his Fresh Air interview, Sharlet reports that Bart Stupak lives at "C Street" and Joe Pitts is in the inner circle of core members of The Family. These are the people who want to guarantee that no one buying a health insurance policy made available by "health reform" will have coverage for abortions.
The reach of this group is truly terrifying. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to Jeff Sharlet for relentless reporting that at least sheds light on this secretive society. Sharlet hopes that exposure will reduce their influence and is especially heartened that the Christian Right itself is investigating the group's emphasis on power and tenuous connection to theology. Sharlet also reports that local news media are now questioning Congressmembers and Senators who live at C Street and investigating their sources of funding.
We can't afford to ignore these guys. Today they're out for gay people in Uganda. Tomorrow, well, you get the drift.