Putin’s ties to right-wing Christian fundamentalism
Researcher says ‘not surprised’
July 21, 2018
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(NATIONAL) – The National Prayer Breakfast and the alleged Russian spy.
A new report on Salon.com notes:
“Alleged Russian spy Maria Butina was spotted on a C-SPAN video feed of the National Prayer Breakfast, but an expert in right-wing fundamentalism isn’t shocked that a Russian spy might be at that event.
That man is Jeff Sharlet. He’s a researcher on American religious fundamentalism and author of "The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power."
Here is what Sharlet says:
“What people don’t understand about the National Prayer Breakfast, is it’s not a government event. It’s run by a private, sectarian, fundamentalist organization called The Fellowship and The Family that believes in precisely this kind of action. In fact, the long-time leader of the organization has called it quiet diplomacy, back channel, back door interactions between international leaders, that they use the prayer breakfast to bring them together. As recently as a year ago, the current leader, Doug Burleigh, was predicting alliance between [President Donald] Trump and [Russian President Vladimir] Putin. He predicted that at a Russian prayer breakfast.”
More on the story here .
Prior to spy suspect Butina being in America on a student visa, she was allowed to come into this country as a guest of the NRA (National Rifle Association) sponsored through their “partnership” with a Russian pro-gun organization, according to former Department of Homeland Security Official Juliette Kayyem.
She notes that, “The Fellowship, that organizes the National Prayer Breakfast, particularly admire him (Vladimir Putin) because they’re theology, their religious view, is built around their understanding of Jesus, the strong man. They believe Christianity gets it wrong when speaking to every day people. They’re called to administer to elites like Trump and Putin, who can bring peace together. That’s their vision. That’s what they created the prayer breakfast for.”