Despite urging from government watchdog CREW to skip the event, the NYTimes reports that President Obama as well as some cabinet officials plan to attend the Family's "National Prayer Breakfast" this morning.

The objections are focused on the sponsor of the breakfast, a secretive evangelical Christian network called The Fellowship, also known as The Family, and accusations that it has ties to legislation in Uganda that calls for the imprisonment and execution of homosexuals.

Beyond this Ugandan connection, The Family is known for its desire to use government roles to "open the doors to power" and spread their particular Christian vision around the world. As for the breakfast itself, even the name ("National…") misleadingly suggests it is an official government expression, when it is in fact a decidedly religious event.

[UPDATE: You can read the President's remarks here. A highlight? "Surely you can question my policies without questioning my faith…"]