According to Research

Every now and then a reader of my book, The Family, writes with an interesting lead: a Family connection I’d been unaware of, a theological perspective I hadn’t considered. And then there’s this. Someone called MA Jenkins responded to an interview I gave to Seattle’s KOMO 1000 with this video about the “greater threat” that makes Jenkins put his/her “trust level” in line with the Family. It’s called “Muslim demographics a threat to the world” (sic). And it’s ca-razzzy. It begins, “According to research” — you know, research — and gets fuzzier from there to the end, a proposal to counter the alleged Muslim scheme to take over the world with, um, a Christian scheme to take over the world. But you know what’s really crazy? The fact that this fertility-fetish bigotry is actually embraced by mainstream politicians. Here’s a short bit from The Family, featuring Rep. Todd Tiahrt at the Family’s C Street House:

Later that day, I ran into Doug Coe himself, who was tutoring Todd Tiahrt, a Republican representative from Kansas. Tiahrt is a short shot glass of a man, two parts flawless hair and one part teeth. He wanted to know the best way “for the Christian to win the race with the Muslim.” The Muslim, he said, has too many babies, while Americans kill too many of theirs.

To be fair, Tiahrt isn’t really short; he just looked like small beer sitting there ranting about Muslims. Moreover, as he’s taken pains to make clear, he doesn’t live at the C Street House. As for “The Muslim”? Well, “Research” has spoken!

Jeff Sharlet is a founding editor of Killing the Buddha, coauthor with Peter Manseau of Killing the Buddha: A Heretic's Bible (2004) and co-editor of Believer, Beware (2009). Sharlet is also the author of Sweet Heaven When I Die, (2011), C Street, (2010), and the New York Times bestseller The Family (2008).