by Jeff Woods
on Mon, Jul 13, 2009 at 5:37 AM
Well, it turns out our very own Zach Wamp lives in a house near Capitol Hill with other Christian congressmen. Isn't that nice? The only thing is, this house is registered to an apparently fictitious outfit called "Youth With a Mission of Washington DC." Its real owner, according to news reports, seems to be an obsessively secretive organization called the Fellowship, or just the Family, whose leader makes admiring comments about the mind-control powers of Hitler and Pol Pot and espouses worldwide dominion for rich white guys--"a kind of totalitarian idea of Christianity." It's all detailed in the above video from the Rachel Maddow Show in which she interviews a guy who wrote a book about the Family.
All this is making the news lately because one resident of the house is John Ensign, the philandering Nevada senator. Another is the wacky Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn who arranged a meeting in the prayer house between Ensign and the husband of his mistress. And none other than South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford went to the house for help when he faced his own little emotional crisis.
The Washington Post reports: "The house's residents mostly adhere to a code of silence about the place, seldom discussing it publicly, lending an aura of mystery to what happens inside and a hint of conspiratorial speculation."
Yes, Pith is certainly feeling all tingly. But the Wampster himself tells us not to worry: It's all innocent. (That's what those guys in the Illuminati said too.) Wamp makes it sound like he's living at the downtown Y.
"In the state of Tennessee, if you are an elected official and you are involved in a Christian fellowship, it ain't gonna hurt you. There ain't nobody perfect."