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The Council for National Policy: What It Is

Update: July 5/2001

Update: Feb 7, 2006

Revised/Updated  March 14, 2008

 

John 10: 26-30 

"But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. I and my Father are one."

 

Many Evangelical, Pentecostal, Charismatic, Catholic, Mormon and other ecumenically-minded leaders are members of the Council for National Policy, the 500+ (varies per year) member organization which some suggest plans the strategy of the Religious Right and conservatives in the United States. 

The CNP, according to their 1996 Telephone Directory, was founded in 1981. While those involved are from the United States, their organizations and influence cover the globe, both religiously and politically. Members include corporate executives, television evangelists, legislators, former military or high ranking government officers, leaders of 'think tanks' dedicated to molding society and those who many view as Christian leadership. Members in many cases are owners or leaders from industry such as lumber, oil, mining, commodities, real estate, the media, including owners of radio, television and print, with all aspects of life covered. Many are involved in education, determining to influence society's direction by direct input with children and youth. Many advocate from the arena of right wing politics, conservatives, family friendly, reconstructionists, dominionists, and so on.

CNP members are found in Christian organizations encompassing James Dobson's Focus on the Family, Bill Bright's Campus Crusade for Christ and it's many branches, Robert Weiner's Maranatha shepherding group, Gideons, Youth for Christ, World Vision, Wycliffe Bible Translators, Billy Graham Evangelical Assoc., Intercessors for America, International Charismatic Bible Ministries, National Evangelical Assoc., National Religious Broadcasters Assoc., Promise Keepers and many more. The potential spiritual impact of this organization, which claims educational status, could be unparalleled. 

While many involved in the CNP have denied political activity in their respective organizations, the role of the CNP appears to be that of a policy and funding conduit for the Religious Right projects, both political and religious. Others would suggest they are merely a conservative group of individuals who get together to share ideas, network and hear "exciting speakers." Many non-Christians and deceived Christians would view many involved as representative of born-again Christians. However, one of the intents of the CNP seems to be that of appearing to be a mouthpiece of true Believers, which cannot be. Many are simply not Christian and others would make a claim, rather, to being conservative, holding 'traditional values' and family orientated. Many would also propagate the idea of transforming the United States back to it's 'godly' heritage, to which there is no supporting Scripture. 

While the majority of the research for this website topic was assembled in the beginning of 2001, although information was being archived since 1998, it is obvious by the dating on the various biographies, that much has become historical in nature---allow me to reiterate--the dates noted on each biography show known dates of involvement, based on documented research. This is really no different than entering a library with books published one, ten or more years ago. The information becomes historical, but that does not invalidate its accuracy or significance for that time period. That does not mean that historical members have continued in membership unless there is further documentation supplied showing that information. Therefore, if a biography shows the person being a member from 1982 until 1996---then we can assume they were a member for those years and may have discontinued after that, and especially, if shown they are NOT listed in the 1998 membership directory, we can conclude they are no longer members, for whatever reason.  Some members have chosen to list their membership on their own websites and in biographical data. That helps to validate membership dates outside the following lists. Some prefer to remain silent as to when they were members and if and why they discontinued membership.

Membership lists for 1982-983, 1984-1985, 1988, 1996 and 1998 can be viewed at:

Council for National Policy 1982-1983 Members

Council for National Policy 1984-1985 Members

Council for National Policy 1988 Members

Council for National Policy 1996 Members 

Council for National Policy 1998 Members 

Council for National Policy 1998 - Tyson's Corner Meeting

The CNP Selected Member Biographies, found in the http://www.SeekGod.ca/topiccnp.htm or via the selected list Selected CNP Members Biographies: Name Index, are from various years. The CNP Executive and Members Lists includes some of the Board of Governors, Executives and Members List from 1984, 1996, 1998, 2000.  Due to difficulty in obtaining some then current (2001) biographical material,  employment position and current organization position may not be complete. The time span between available CNP Directories and information makes it unknown, in some cases, how long each person had/has been a CNP member, as well as current status of memberships for 2001. In 2008, there has been updates since then to various biographies and other information and it is sometimes noted as being updated, but not always.

One finds the unification with the various members in the following inventory, assembled after compiling the over 450 member or former member biographies: 

CNP Member's Organization/Media/Projects  Index   A - D     E - J    K - Z

In-depth biographies of CNP founders and past/present officers and some members reveal that many are or have been directly affiliated with, or part of, such organizations as the Knights of Malta, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Unification Church of Sun Myung Moon, the Church of Scientology, Freemasonry, the CIA, Nazis, the Church Universal & Triumphant, the Ku Klux Klan, Templeton Foundation, Racists and other cults and organizations.

It needs to be understood that some individuals belong to or are affiliated with the above by choice or by error. It clearly does not mean all CNP members are or were involved in specific groups or beliefs, or that there was/is knowledge of those backgrounds. It means that individuals have been members of the CNP and they have come from a very wide range of beliefs and activities, which collide with those who claim to belong to Jesus Christ. That is the perspective with which this writer analyses the research, but, the documented research stands regardless of what bias the reader has.

The CNP members have made claims to desire to be an alternate to the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), yet, we find that there are members of the CFR within the membership of the CNP. The purpose, according to some, for the CNP is to educate particular individuals, but also to bring together activists with those with the finances in order to promote their chosen agendas. While left wing or liberal adherents are appalled at the unification of these varied individuals in such a select and purposeful group, identified by them as right wing, conservative or radicals, they have similar organizations and gatherings for their own agendas to be propelled forward with.

The Council For National Policy

In a sense, the CNP has become the worst kept secret. According to Group Watch, due to the past secrecy revolving around the CNP, there are conflicting reports about the CNP History and founding Principals. 

"...Principals: The 1982-1983 officers of the Council for National Policy (CNP) were: Thomas F. Ellis, pres; Nelson Bunker Hunt, vice pres, Bob J. Perry sec-tres; Rep. Louis (Woody) Jenkins, exec dir; and Dr. Tim LaHaye, immediate past pres.(1) According to Nelson Bunker Hunt in his deposition in the Iran-Contra hearings, the presidency of the CNP rotates. He has been president, Pat Robertson has been president, and the president at the time of the hearings was Richard DeVos.(2) Hunt also noted that right-wing stalwarts Joseph Coors, Paul Weyrich, and Howard Phillips had served on the executive committee.(2) Woody Jenkins was the original executive director who resigned when the CNP moved from Louisiana to Washington DC.(2) According to the Hunt deposition, Jenkins was succeeded by Margo Carlisle and then Jack Nelson.(2) The CNP has no members who are not principals. It is a gathering of millionaires that covers a full spectrum of the political right: the New Right, neoconservatives, members of former President Reagan's "kitchen cabinet," and fundamentalist preachers and televangelists.(3) ...

...Background: According to one source, the CNP was formed in 1981 by Texas millionaires Nelson Bunker Hunt, Herbert Hunt, and T. Cullen Davis.(5) A second source reports that it was formed by Richard Viguerie to rival the Council on Foreign Relations.(8,26) The council is composed of politically powerful, wealthy individuals. It intentionally maintains a very low profile.(3,5) One of the conditions of membership is not to reveal the names of other members or the substance of the group's meetings.(9) The CNP bills itself as being the Council on Foreign Policy for the Right.(9) But, its importance does not lie in producing and promoting an ultra-conservative foreign policy agenda, many of its affiliates already do that. It is considered by its members as a network that encompasses the entire spectrum of right-wing politics.(3) It provides a "safe" place for representatives of a wide range of ultra- conservative, anticommunist, pro-military organizations--including the executive branch of the White House--to discuss and promote their programs.(3)

...In 1986, it claimed to operate on a budget of $450,000, used for operational and educational purposes.(6)

Activities: ....At the meetings, talks are given by government officials or key figures in current U.S. foreign policy endeavors.(2) Adolfo Calero attended several meetings and spoke to the group about the Nicaraguan contra situation in 1984.(2,3) Col. Oliver North, adviser to the National Security Council and key figure in the Iran-Contra affair, spoke to the group several times before joining it as a member.(2,3)

...The meetings are closed and attendees rarely speak publicly about the proceedings. The agenda of a meeting at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs in 1982 was filled with CNP members talking to the "already committed" about their favorite topics--Phyllis Schlafly on traditional values, Maj. Gen. John Singlaub on special operations in El Salvador, Gen. Albion Knight on national defense, and so on.(35) The list of speakers includes most of the major figures of the Right including: Philip Truluck of the Heritage Foundation; Howard Phillips of the Conservative Caucus; beer baron Joseph Coors; conservative columnist Patrick Buchanan; Frank Shakespeare, chairman of Heritage Foundation; direct mail wizard Richard Viguerie; Jerry Falwell of the Moral Majority; the president of Amway Corp, Richard DeVos; Neal Blair, president of Free the Eagle; John (Terry) Dolan, chairman of the National Conservative Political Action Committee, Jeane Kirkpatrick, U.S. delegate to the United Nations; and from the Christian Broadcasting Network, evangelist Pat Robertson.(35) ..."    1 

According to Dr. Gary North, "I was present at the creation of the CNP. That was in 1981. ...Rev. Tim LaHaye was the visible organizer." Terry Jeffers, J. Terry Dolan and others were present. See  CNP's Gary North ~ On the CNP

In Group Watch's information, it was stated,

"The 1982-1983 officers of the Council for National Policy (CNP) were: Thomas F. Ellis, pres; Nelson Bunker Hunt, vice pres, Bob J. Perry sec-tres; Rep. Louis (Woody) Jenkins, exec dir; and Dr. Tim LaHaye, immediate past pres. (1)According to Nelson Bunker Hunt in his deposition in the Iran-Contra hearings, the presidency of the CNP rotates. He has been president, Pat Robertson has been president, and the president at the time of the hearings was Richard DeVos. (2) Hunt also noted that right-wing stalwarts Joseph Coors, Paul Weyrich, and Howard Phillips had served on the executive committee. (2)

Woody Jenkins was the original executive director who resigned when the CNP moved from Louisiana to Washington DC. (2) According to the Hunt deposition, Jenkins was succeeded by Margo Carlisle and then Jack Nelson. (2)..." 
"1. List of the board of CNP, 1982-1983.  2. Report of the Congressional Committees Investigating the Iran-Contra Affair, Apprendix B, Vol 14, 1987. "  2   

In 1981, Woody Jenkins, the CNP's first executive director, told Newsweek bluntly, “One day before the end of this century, the Council will be so influential that no president, regardless of party or philosophy, will be able to ignore us or our concerns or shut us out of the highest levels of government.” 3 

That there have been many political leaders involved as members and as invited speakers, cannot be disputed. From President George Bush to now Prime Minister Stephen Harper--who was not prime minister of Canada when he spoke at the June 1997 Montreal meeting of the CNP. In fact, he was a private citizen at the time. In January 2006, he became Prime Minister of Canada and head of the minority Conservative government. The 1997 speech to the CNP, praised American conservatives, "your country, and particularly your conservative movement, is a light and an inspiration to people in this country and across the world." He made mention in his remarks, "knowing that this is a largely Christian organization."

That 1997 speech, which was confirmed by the Conservatives as being his speech, is presented for research purposes. Many speeches made to the CNP memberships by notable and active politicians have not been made available to the public, which is more than a little odd for those who are in the end, public servants, and supposedly, as their positions suggest, are acting in the public interests and with a public salary. 

The withholding of speeches made by various politicians has become common practice and reported in mainstream media. The fact that there were reports of the CNP considering fielding a candidate for the 2008 Primaries in the US, could give reason why some former CNP members wish to eliminate all previous connections with the CNP from the public eye.  However, being a member and having been a member are two different things, just as being a member for one or two meetings, versus ten years, are two different things. It's noteworthy that the CNP's own information states that part of their purpose was to, "know one another on a personal basis, and collaborate in achieving their shared goals." One can presume, then, that members either knew, knew of and/or know each other.

A former CNP member wrote this writer in 2008, and stated,  "I spoke to the group when it was formed up as a  support organization for President Reagan's agenda. I might have attended  one other meeting  with an older friend who may have  been a member. "and "they wanted $5,000 to join". He also stated that as a journalist he could not be viewed as being part of a "an activist organization", although he was a journalist the more than ten years he was a documented member.

That statement an activist organization flies in the face of what Steve Baldwin, current CEO of the CNP has insisted that the CNP is " merely a group that counters liberal policy arguments" 4 , and what is stated on their own website, membership directories and other information. That being, that the CNP does not claim to be an activist organization, but an "educational organization" and the IRS appears to uphold that status, for whatever reason.

In the CNP Directories for 1984-1985 and also 1996, it is stated that:  "The Council for National Policy is an educational foundation registered under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations to the CNP are tax-deductable as charitable contributions, less $10 per year for your subscription to Policy Counsel" 

The CNP itself put up their own website October, 2002, which they have never developed, and their Journal website, called Policy Counsel > policycounsel.org. They have continued with that "educational" organization statement, even on their 2008 Journal website, [bolding added]

"The Council for National Policy ("CNP") is an educational foundation organized under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. We do not lobby Congress, support candidates, or issue public policy statements on controversial issues. Our more than 450 members include many of our nation's leaders from the fields of government, business, the media, religion, and the professions.

Our members are united in their belief in a free enterprise system, a strong national defense, and support for traditional western values. They meet to share the best information available on national and world problems, know one another on a personal basis, and collaborate in achieving their shared goals." 5

"Policy Counsel is designed to inform the American public by publishing articles concerning a wide range of topics and expressing a variety of opinions. The views expressed in the articles published in Policy Counsel are those of the authors. These views should not be construed as the views of the Council for National Policy, as an attempt to aid or hinder the enactment of any legislation, or as an intervention in any political campaign for public office." 6

In 1992, the IRS revoked the tax-exempt status of the CNP. The CNP then sued for reinstatement and won back their 501(c)(3) status despite what some would suggest as glaring contradictions to what the tax-exempt status normally encompasses in the way of membership and education.

CNP Action, Inc., a branch of the CNP, a (501)(c)(4), is exempt from taxes, but contributions to it are not deductible. CNP Action, Inc. can lobby and conduct other political activity, which means that one cannot say that the CNP merely meets to discuss problems of the day. They provide education and some would suggest, united solutions to political agendas. The newsletter of CNP Action, Inc., Capitol Hill Report, costs $300 a year and keeps members informed of needed action and political victories.  CNP members who lobby usually do so in their own name, or in the name of the organization they head, or are a part of.

CNP Action Inc. is listed in various directories, such as the yahoo directory: 7

Cnp Action Inc
Address:
  10329 Democracy Ln # A, Fairfax, VA 22030  Phone: (703) 890-0120

A corporation search in the Virginia State Corporation Commission site found 02/08/06 revealed the following concerning CNP Action Inc. It was incorporated 07/28/1993 with the same address as above.

Registering Agent --now > David T Fenner effective since 06/23/04

Prior RA was Trent England effective 07/11/01

Officers/Directors >current at 05/23/05 

Steve Baldwin > President;  Gary Aldrich > Chairman;   Ken Campbell > Director;  Phyllis Schlafly > Director

SourceWatch has updated their CNP information and noted the following:

"...For the year ending December 31, 2002, CNP income was $1,240,377...

"CNP Action re-imbursed CNP $16,563 for the use of its facilities with and $39,457 of staff time."  8

The Institute for First Amendment Studies [IFAS], a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational and research organization, was founded in 1984 by former fundamentalist minister Skipp Porteous and attorney Barbara Simon, to "expose and counter the political activities of the Religious Right."  The IFAS website operated until 2001, where the information has continued to be carried by publiceye.org.   On August 1, 1996, Skipp Porteous announced, "Starting today, The Council for National Policy Unofficial Information Page" went on the Internet through the web site of the Institute for First Amendment Studies (IFAS), publishers of Freedom Writer magazine..." From the Unofficial Council for National Policy web site, published by the Institute for First Amendment Studies.

CNP Action, Inc. also sponsors standing committee workshops at CNP conferences which provide a vehicle for members to work together to influence crucial public policy decisions. According to a CNP memo, attendees at these workshops "formulate strategies and execute plans to make a difference on the issues where we can have real impact." 
 
The six permanent standing committees are:
Family co-chaired by Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family and Phyllis Schlafly of Eagle Forum. 
Law and Justice co-chaired by former Attorney General Edwin Meese III and former Texas Court of Appeals judge Paul Pressler. 
Economics co-chaired by former Office of Management and Budget director Jim Miller and Reed Larson of the National Right to Work Committee. 
Defense and foreign policy co-chaired by Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and Howard Phillips of Conservative Caucus.
 Institutional reform co-chaired by former California state senator H.L. Richardson and direct mail expert Richard Viguerie.
Environment chaired by former Secretary of the Interior and Secretary of Energy Don Hodel."  9 ***

One website discussed the CNP Tax Exempt status from 2005:

Tax Exempt and NonProfit Organizations in FAIRFAX VA 22030 >10

Organization Name Address Classification Reported
Asset
Amount
Reported
Income
Amount
CNP ACTION INC 10329 A DEMOCRACY LN
FAIRFAX, VA 22030-2521
Social Welfare Organization $7,739

 

$76,389

 

COUNCIL FOR NATIONAL POLICY 10329-A DEMOCRACY LANE
FAIRFAX, VA 22030-2521
Charitable Organization $367,977

 

$1,338,745

 

According to Media Transparency, between 1995 and 2003 the CNP received $178,000 in grants from the Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation (Rich DeVos co-founder of Amway), Armstrong Foundation and the Castle Rock Foundation. The Coors' owned Castle Rock Foundation grants totaled $45,000, going to membership specifically for Holly Coors, unspecified membership and general operating. The Armstrong Foundation (owned by CNP member Thomas K. Armstrong) gave a total of $33,000 with the DeVos Foundation supplying the rest as "Unrestricted Grant to General Fund". 11  

The CNP Proper

The CNP proper is composed of an Executive Committee with Officers, the Board of Governors, regular members and a separate Youth Council whose members must be under the age of 30. Membership does not come cheap, which fits with the financial status of those involved.

According to IFAS, the CNP Rules and Regulations are as follows:

"In order to "allow open, uninhibited remarks" from the speakers, CNP members must adhere to strict rules regarding the meetings. A memorandum from executive director Morton C. Blackwell listed the rules. They are: 

Special guests may attend only with advance unanimous approval of the Executive
Committee. 

The solicitation of funds on a one-to-one basis is prohibited at meetings. 

Council meetings are closed to the media and the general public. The media should not know when or where we meet or who takes part in our programs, before or after a meeting. 

Speakers' remarks at Council meetings are off the record and not for circulation later,
except with special permission.

Members and guests are requested to keep in their personal possession their registration packets and other materials distributed at the meeting. 

Our membership list is strictly confidential and should not be shared outside the Council.

Fundraising from the list is also prohibited. 

Members are asked to avoid organizing and attending formal meetings of other groups or organizations in the same city before, during or immediately after a Council meeting.  
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One doesn't ask to join the CNP. One must be recruited by a CNP member and is contingent on a unanimous vote by the Executive Committee. Referring to their Nomination Process, individuals must be nominated by a member, and it must be seconded in order to begin the process to be accepted into the elite group. A résumé or biographical information must be attached to the Nomination Form. 

In the Post-nomination process, once the above requirements are met, the nominees names are placed on a ballot for a confidential vote by the CNP Executive Committee, which appears to be composed of thirteen or fourteen members, including the Officers. That vote must be unanimous for a nominee to be invited to membership. 

The cost for regular members was $1500 per year, Board of Governors pay $5000 per year, and Youth Council members are required to pay $100 per year.  According to their 1984-1985 Annual Directory, their Board of Governors meets about four times a year. 

According to the 1996 Nomination Form the following information was disclosed:

(Check one)        ___ Board of Governors ($5000 per year)

                         ___ Regular Member ($1500 per year)
                         ___ Youth Council ($100 per year and must be under 30)

...Other organizational affiliations, titles, and background information:

According to the information provided by IFAS and the Nomination Form they obtained, the membership costs went up.

(Check one)
___ Gold Circle ($10,000 per year)
___ Board of Governors ($6,000 per year)
___ Regular Member ($1,750 per year)
___ Youth Council ($100 per year and must be under 30)

And >

E-mail: _______________________________________________

Organizational affiliations, titles, and conservative credentials:    13

That selection process bears a second look when one considers the character and associations of those who have been invited to become members of the CNP. 

Amos 3:3 " Can two walk together, except they be agreed?"

From the Unofficial Council for National Policy web site, which is no longer available, What members say about CNP:

I was a charter member of the Council for National Policy, and it is a great organization. It has all the best people in it.

— Phyllis Schlafly, Eagle Forum

CNP is an organization which has been effective in developing links among people who ought to know one another, who are moving in the same direction. But who, but for the fact that these meetings occurred, would simply by ships passing in the night.

— Howard Phillips, Conservative Caucus, U.S. Taxpayers Party

It isn't often in life that reality is better than the dream. That's the way it is with the Council for National Policy.

— The Rev. Tim LaHaye, CNP co-founder and first president

There are very few organizations left that say 'yes, we believe.' And, we're out to implement that policy in every way we can. We need those people out there who are considering linking hands and arms with us in this battle. I do hope they'll join us.

— Jim Dobson, Focus on the Family

I think the Youth Council for National Policy has been a critical part...because what it has allowed us to do is to sit at the feet of our elders and to learn from them.

— Ralph Reed, Christian Coalition

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Resources: Left Versus Right

Aside from specific membership directories, resources used in the following in-depth Selected Biographies, in many cases although not all, are left-wing or clearly motivated with a bias. For example, Perry Dean Young, himself a homosexual, wrote in God's Bullies, of the hypocrisy found in the lives of many, including those who were strongest adversaries against homosexuals, showing that they were themselves homosexuals. 

The resource used many times in the CNP Biographies called PIR is also known as Blythe Systems. Blythe Systems maintains a large database called NameBase. Public Information Research PIR was incorporated in 1989 by Daniel Brandt and Steve Badrich. The advisory board consists of Robert Fink, Fred Goff, Ace Hayes, Jim Hougan, John Loftus, Carl Oglesby, L. Fletcher Prouty, Katherine Sciacchitano, and Peter Dale Scott. Many PIR board members are connected to intelligence organizations in one way or another. 15  

PIR utilizes, in their Group Watch section particularly, information from Interhemispheric Resource Center. (IRC) 16 , whose mission is "Working to Make the U.S. a More Responsible Global Leader and Partner. Celebrating 22 Years of Global Activism!." 

They also promote for sale IRC books such as, The New Right Humanitarians, 1986.  IRC is funded through various ecumenical organizations and has trustees from numerous policy think tanks, including the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS). 17

Institute for Policy Studies is a left-wing think tank connected to the Club of Rome, whose function John Coleman describes: "IPS had one main function, that being to sow discord and spread disinformation resulting in chaos." 18

Foreign Policy In Focus 19, "a think tank without walls," is a joint project of the: Interhemispheric Resource Center and Institute for Policy Studies.

Jim Hougan, who wrote Spooks, is an investigative journalist with the pseudonym of John Case. Bob Woodward, who wrote Veil, according to Hougan, "enjoyed a successful career as a Naval Intelligence briefer and liaison to the White House." 

Antony Sutton, who wrote America's Secret Establishment, believes Ludwig von Mises, a CNP/reconstructionist connected libertarian institute which esteems notables such as Friedrich von Hayek, to be straight forward and what grassroots America to be about. Friedrich von Hayek, protégé and colleague of Mises, is one of the founders of the Mont Pelerin Society of which many CNP are members. According to various resources, The Mont Pelerin Society is a relic of the fascist movements of Europe in the 1920s and 1930s, whose own members, such as Professor Milton Friedman, have "emphasized" that its policies are those of Adolf Hitler. [V note* meaning from Hitler's policies in the 1920's and 1930's]. Soon after it was founded in 1947, the Mont Pelerin Society moved to London... Beginning in the mid-1970s, with lavish corporate financing, the Mont Pelerin Society, spawned a series of "think tanks" Von Hayek, the founder, wrote The Road to Serfdom in London in 1944, while teaching at the British Fabian Society's London School of Economics.

"...in London Friedrich Hayek was creating an organization that would later re-form as the Mont Pelerin Society. The early group was formed in 1939 and was known as the Society for the Renovation of Liberalism. Members of the organization included Frank Knight and Henry Simons of the University of Chicago, the slavishly pro-British American Fabian Socialist Walter Lippman, the philosopher Sir Karl Popper, Sir John Clapham of the Bank of England, and of course, Ludwig von Mises, who was a member for at least 13 years.

All of these early members of Hayek's group then met at Mont Pelerin, Switzerland to form the influential, highly-secretive, and elitist Mont Pelerin Society in 1947...From the beginning the Mont Pelerin Society worked hand-in-hand with the Pan European Union..." 43b  See: Footnotes

While one could be concerned with whether bias and in reality, disinformation affected the factual information, this author chose to utilize sources that provided documented sources, or the original resources themselves, or information that was found corroborated through several sites or resources. Analysis and evaluations can be accomplished by that information.

Those who have written about or exposed the Reconstructionist or Dominionist agenda and unseemly alliances of various CNP members, might appear to have done so because of a strong dislike for Christians, or those labeled as the Religious Right, and a desire to disparage those who appear under that name. In fact, many website sources were openly hostile to the religious right. Their presentation of factual information was merely as a watch dog of the 'right.' Their purpose was clearly to further their own agenda. Despite any contrary intent of any who have written about these people, the documented facts are still valid. 

What was observed by this writer in evaluating the CNP "right wing" and also the 'left wing', is that little difference can be seen in the tactics, behaviors, rhetoric, strategies or agenda of either. Both sides appear to desire wealth, control and power of the state to achieve their ideal society. Both tend to, at times, speak evil of dignities and government, violating such Scriptures as 2 Peter 2:10 "But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities." and Jude 16 "These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men's persons in admiration because of advantage.."

Both view the other side as the enemy. Both can be manipulative of those they feel can help them achieve their goals. Both disseminate information about the other to provide the impetus to move the masses in their direction. The conflict between the two would have some suggest the middle of the road is the answer. That middle of the road becomes a compromise into State control. Some call the conflict the Hegelian Dialectic, creating conflict and imposing the solution. Many do not realize the impact or influence that various individuals have over their followers.

It will be shown that many CNP members, while advocating for the 'right' are members of or connected to left-wing groups. While many say they are 'anti-communist' and wanting freedom, democracy has been used to take away freedoms. In Canada and the United States, socialist party supporters and socialist thinkers abound. Socialist is simply a polite way of saying communist. So, for those on the left or right who postulate that Communism is dead or that by being part of the many CNP related organizations that are using global anti-communism reasons for their agendas, the rhetoric is merely there for the naive.

Galatians 3:22 " But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe."

Personal Analysis From Christian Beliefs

From a personal perspective, we were temporarily drawn into the world of politics when confronted with what was taking place in public schools. Research eventually lead us to the U.N. initiatives on education and Robert Muller and his influence with the World Core Curriculum. Being naive and not understanding how the political arena worked, I believed for a short time that by speaking up, saying what was wrong with the curriculum, the desired change would be accomplished. Rather, it elicited anger, rejection and isolation from parents and educators who believed all was well and good in the public school system. 

For Dr. Robert G. Muller See: World Vision: Global Education; Letter

Having been brought up in the public school system, we were much saddened to realize that no pastor we knew of ever spoke about that influence on our children and our parental responsibility before God. Speaking to parents around our province, I originally urged them to speak up and get involved. I went so far as to run for school board. I worked alongside those claiming to be Conservative and tried to influence liberal/socialist and socialist New Democrats. Some of the Conservatives claimed to be Christians. Invariably I saw deception and Biblical compromise, manipulation and ungodly tactics used by all. To have remained involved would have meant Scriptural compromise in some way. 

We can understand why it is fruitless to determine for non-Christians to live under rules and understandings which govern someone who loves Jesus Christ. It simply is not Biblical. 1 Corinthians 2:12-15.  We cannot expect to change society to our beliefs, because the majority accept the societal standard for their lives, which is not in sync with our Biblical standard. Mathew 7:13-16

There are most likely sincere Christians who have been invited to become a part of this ecumenical group. The lure of building a Theocracy, which many desire, is simply part of the deception. It's easy to believe that uniting with various groups to find a common ground will result in turning  what many view as a morally deficient society into a more "conservative minded" society. However, politically conservative minded, family friendly or "religious right" does not make one Biblically obedient or belonging to Jesus Christ. No where in Scripture do we see that society should loves Christians or accepts their beliefs, nor should we require that of others. John 15:18-21

From a Christian perspective, How does a theocracy ushering in Christ's return fit with the Scriptures that speak of the anti-christ, the taking of the mark of the beast, the coming wrath of God upon those who reject Jesus Christ and judgment that is His alone, which many Christians within the CNP would say they believe?  Jude 14, Matthew 24:44

Is the reconstructionist/dominionist agenda, permeating many beliefs of the CNP membership, of establishing Christ's kingdom on earth, a Biblically valid goal for Christians? 

John 18:36 "Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence."

Hebrews 13:13-14 "Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.
For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come."

Were Christ and the apostles, our examples, politically motivated? 

Luke 20:25 "And he said unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar's, and unto God the things which be God's."

2 Timothy 2:3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.

How does creating a Theocracy with Old Testament judgments, wielded against dissenters, which many CNP reconstructionist's and dominionists desire, line up with Biblical truth? Old Testament law was written for the Jews and was wonderful and valid, but, Are those who claim to want Old Testament rule established going to want the whole deal, such as killing their own unruly children and stoning adulterers etc.? In the CNP itself, that would mean eliminating some members. 

While we advocate respect for government and obedience to laws that do not cause us to sin or become Biblically disobedient, to attempt to change a society is to attempt to change what God Himself has purposed for mankind. We are not to be a "despiser of government" (II Peter 2:10 ) but wise to the machinations of politicians and policies that "corrupt good manners." 1Cor. 15:33. 

Romans 13:1-2,7 "Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. 7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour."

1 Peter 2:13-16 "Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well. For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God."

This does not mean we have to agree with things done, nor do we have to not discuss why we agree or disagree concerning events surrounding us. But, strictly from a Christian and Biblical perspective, our role is to point people to Christ, first and foremost.

Is it not true, that while many CNP members and others are saying that the End times are here and the return of Christ imminent, the Last Day[s] are discussed in the Scriptures in a way that would suggest that those in control of government will be enemies of Christ?  Revelation 17:12-14; Revelation 13:4-8

Scripture reminds of the mind set and spirituality of those in the Last Days--which is negated in the desired Theocracy and ushering in of Christ by many CNP members.

2 Timothy 3:-5 " This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away."  Revelation 9:20; Revelation 13:13-16; Revelation 20:4 

While Biblically obedient Christians would not wish to be joined with many individuals and groups linked with the following "Christian" ventures, others would suggest the end justifies the means. The claim is God uses non-Christians to achieve his purposes. That would be so. Pharaoh would be a good example. However, uniting in a spiritual venture with not only non-Christians, that is, those who reject Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, but those who are openly speaking against Him does not stand the test of Scripture for Christians. 2 Corinthians 6:14-15

This research is presented to shed light on activities by those who could possibly deceive the elect by methods and systematic plans, which involves political activity and networking with unbelievers, rather than the focus of spiritual and Biblical obedience, which all Christians are called to. Some of the CNP members are overtly "Christian" which, according to some, is used as a cover to deceive the gullible. Some would suggest they have the "form of godliness" and are somewhat "ministers of righteousness", but deny the true power thereof by a carefully contrived doctrine based on the worlds ideas, which assiduously avoids the Scriptures which would expose their works for what they are. Through their individual organizations' propaganda, they may provoke visceral reactions from Christians to fight, become angry, to get involved in the political arena, to join and support their organizations through many monetary contributions which is seen by some as making "merchandise of the saints." That is not to say that those involved are also not sincere Christians or sincere in what they believe. But being sincere does not necessarily mean being Biblically sound or obedient. Many are so focused on what they call 'the culture war', that they miss the spiritual battle we are to be actually involved in.

Can any Christian really believe that someone who loves Jesus Christ will knowingly join with and have the same beliefs or goals as a Nazi, a Mormon or a follower of Sun Myung Moon--who believes himself to be Messiah. I don't believe any would intentionally. But many do under the guise of politics, being conservative or family minded, and fighting the culture war.

The culture is part of the world and cannot be "reclaimed" with the Lord's blessing as many of the CNP members proclaim through their respective organizations. This is one of the wiles of Satan to divert Christians from their true mission which is to walk in love....to walk worthy of their calling as small lamps in a dark world, holding forth the word of life (not reforming and transforming that which cannot be changed.)  1 John 2:15,16 , Romans 3:9-10 , Galatians 3:22, Luke 16:15

Footnotes

1. Group Watch:CNP >http://www.pir.org/gw/cnp.txt
2. http://www.rightweb.irc-online.org/groupwatch/cnp_body.html
3. http://www.au.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=6949&abbr=cs; Behind Closed Doors Who is the Council for National Policy and What Are They Up To? And Why Don't They Want You to Know by Jeremy Leaming and Rob Boston
4. http://www.au.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=6949&abbr=cs; Behind Closed Doors Who is the Council for National Policy and What Are They Up To? And Why Don't They Want You to Know by Jeremy Leaming and Rob Boston]
5. http://www.policycounsel.org/24508.html
6. http://www.policycounsel.org/4436.html
7. http://yp.yahoo.com/yp/Fairfax_VA/Community_Government_Social_Services/8104740.html
8. http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Council_for_National_Policy
9. www.ifas.org/cnp/index.html 
10. http://www.taxexemptworld.com/organizations/fairfax_va_22030.asp
11. http://www.mediatransparency.org/recipientgrants.php?recipientID=2119
12. www.ifas.org/cnp/index.html  rules> http://www.berkshire.net/~ifas/cnp/rules.html 

Please note: The Institute for First Amendment Studies (IFAS) www.ifas.org/ operated from 1989 to 2001 as a progressive pro-democracy research group, tracking Christian right activities.  The IFAS published a newsletter called "Freedom Writer.". (http://www.buildingequality.us/ifas/)(http://www.buildingequality.us/ifas/fw/index.html) (http://www.publiceye.org/lnk_dem.html) The Florida chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of White People, a white supremacist organization, also sponsors a page called Institute for First Amendment Studies (http://www.naawpflch.org/index/studies.html)>. The page contains broken links to the IFAS former website.  [http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Institute_for_First_Amendment_Studies]
13. Source: www.berkshire.net/~ifas/cnp/nomination.html
14. www.ifas.org/cnp/index.html  what members say http://www.berkshire.net/~ifas/cnp/members.html
15. CFRBlythe >http://www.mega.nu:8080/ampp/roundtable/CFRBlythe.html
16. http://www.irc-online.org/
17. >http://www.ips-dc.org/
18. Coleman, Committee of 300
19. >http://www.fpif.org/ 

         

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