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sarahlee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-22-05 11:13 PM
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Council for National Policy - Repug Group
Edited on Tue Feb-22-05 11:15 PM by sarahlee
I did a quick search and did not find this mentioned so hope this is not a dupe.

Subtitle: And we thought the PNAC was bad news


Ever wonder how the right always seems so coordinated in the strategy. How all the multitude of organizations they've created all seem to use the same playbook? How they all manage to focus on the same talking points each day, day after day, year after year. Well it's no accident. But how do they do it?

The answer my friends lies in a little known organization with the innocuous sounding name The Council for National Policy. Don't go looking for an official website because you won't find one. In fact this "think tank" goes out of its way to avoid publicity:

When a top U.S. senator receives a major award from a national advocacy organization, it's standard procedure for both the politician and the group to eagerly tell as many people about it as possible.

Press releases spew from fax machines and e-mails clog reporters' in-boxes. The news media are summoned in the hope that favorable stories will appear in the newspapers, on radio and on television.

It was odd, therefore, that when U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) accepted a "Thomas Jefferson Award" from a national group at the Plaza Hotel in New York City in August, the media weren't notified. In fact, they weren't welcome to attend.

"The media should not know when or where we meet or who takes part in our programs, before or after a meeting," reads one of the cardinal rules of the organization that honored Frist. The membership list of this group is "strictly confidential." Guests can attend only with the unanimous approval of the organization's executive committee. The group's leadership is so secretive that members are told not to refer to it by name in e-mail messages. Anyone who breaks the rules can be tossed out.

What is this group, and why is it so determined to avoid the public spotlight?

It is long, so read it all here:

I am going to go make an entry in the Demopedia if nothing on it is there.
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Lone_Wolf_Moderate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-22-05 11:19 PM
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1. Smells like a shadowy far-right den of puppetmasters, with the
disposition of a voodoo cult to me.
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jojo54 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-22-05 11:23 PM
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2. Yea, why is it so secreative?
Is it because they kiss ass and don't want the general public to see their rewards for it? Definately smells like some brown stuff at least!
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OneBlueSky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-23-05 12:51 AM
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3. here's a membership index for the CNP . . .
pretty interesting . . . this is page one of three . . . there are other links as well . . .
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OneBlueSky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-23-05 01:08 AM
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4. and here's something I posted the other day . . .
Edited on Wed Feb-23-05 01:12 AM by OneBlueSky
apparently there's no interest, since there were no responses . . . personally, I found it pretty interesting . . .

on edit: oops . . . forgot the link (must be time to adjust the meds) . . .
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sarahlee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-23-05 03:41 AM
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9. I really did
Edited on Wed Feb-23-05 03:45 AM by sarahlee
use the Search Tool and your post did not show up.

Great info - saved your link to the Demopedia as well.

Also posted the link to the Demopedia page and this thread in your post so they are tied together.
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NAO Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-23-05 01:20 AM
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5. Article on "Council for Nat'l Policy" from NYT at The Yurica Report
Club of the Most Powerful Gathers in Strictest Privacy

The Dominionists are at work on many levels.


Articles Revealing the Rise of Dominionism in America
all these articles are linked at the Yurica Report Page above

NEW: Roman Catholic Bishops
Cut Auditing of Their Child
Protection Measures. Happy
Holidays Little Ones!

NEW: Christian Conservatives
Press Issues in Statehouses
A New York Times article
By Neela Banerjee

America the theocracy
By John Sugg
A band of influential preachers is
praying for the power to rule America.
For those who disagree, they have
a solution -- stoning.

Jimmy Carter Explains
how the Christian right isn't Christian
at all.

The Covert Kingdom:
Thy Will Be Done, On Earth as It Is in Texas
by Joe Bageant
Bageant, an editor and writer, who like Katherine Yurica,
writes from a Pentecostal and Fundamentalist background,
shows why forty percent of the electorate will be supporting
George W. Bush three to one and why their religious beliefs
are hurtling the USA backward to the new Middle Ages
where Dominionism and the Bible reign.

Hung Over in the End Times
If liberal society is to survive the rise
of the Godwacks, we need to start by
calling them what they are
By Joe Bageant Since George Bushs
reelection, the Christian nut-jobs have
mounted an assault on my block. So
begins Bageants latest article on the
immoral religious rights political takeover
of the American government. Hard hitting,
humorous, and filled with the saltiest language
weve published on this web site. But dont
let that stop you! Hung Over in the End Times
is a soul searing essay. Joe Bageant calls
them as he sees them.

George Bush and the Rise of Christian Fascism
by Rev. Rich Lang
Since December 2000 the Rev. Rich Lang writes, "we have
witnessed and have been unable to prevent the emergence
of an Imperial Presidency that has the unrestricted power
to declare war against any country he chooses."
What we need is a movement of spiritual justice.

Heartland Morality, American Politics
by Gregory Stephens.
Can America survive? Millions of honest, hard-working,
moral people in mid-America are hearing, reading, and
believing that their messiah can only return to earth
under certain conditions--which they are told must
be aided by their political participation.

A Turn to the (Religious) Right
By Dr. Robert Abele
If John Kerry has anything going for him that
separates him from George W. Bush, it is the
fact that he is not involved in the so-called
"religious right" of America. This is the name
given by the media to a well-organized band
of fanatic biblical fundamentalists who are
hell-bent on turning our democracy over to
(their concept of) God.

'We Could Control This Country':
33 Extreme Reasons to Give Bush
the Boot by Maureen Farrell

Wobbly Wall Between Church and State
By Maureen Farrell
In a brilliant article, Maureen Farrell brings all of the Yurica
Report articles together plus a few others not reported here.
This is a must read.

Marriage On The Rocks By Chuck Muth.
The folks supporting the Federal Marriage Amendment want
people to think it's just a measure to protect marriage. But if
that's the case, why not a constitutional amendment banning
divorce and adultery, as well? Any reasonable person would
have to admit those two have been historically far more harmful
to the institution of marriage than gay unions ever could be, right?

Hurricane Sent By God to Smite Florida?
Secret Religious Right Political Meeting In
South Interrupted by Message From God.
A biblical prophecy says the hard line Christian
"Right" are biblically wrong! A call for repentance!
Florida's hurricanes were no accident!

Republican Operative's Secret
Talk to Pastors By George Beres
In a secret meeting, David Barton, Deputy Chairman
of the Texas Republican Party met with pastors.

Christians In Iraq
"It is obvious to observers on the
ground that Washington would prefer
if the whole messy problem of Iraqi
Christians would just go away..."

Churches Begin Election Role for Bush
By David D. Kirkpatrick
The Bush campaign is seeking to rally conservative
churches and their members to help turn out sympathetic
voters this fall, and West County Assembly of God, a
600-member evangelical congregation in a Republican
district of a pivotal swing state, is on the
ront lines of the effort.

House Passes HR 3313, the
Marriage Protection Act
With Two More Dominionist
Bills to Go By Katherine Yurica
By a vote of 233 to 194, the House of
Representatives took the first step in U.S.
history, to change the system of checks
and balances built into the U.S. Constitution.
And read the New York Times editorial that
calls the passage of this bill by even one
house of congress an "outrage."

Pointing out the different planks
in party platforms

By Phyllis Schlafly

Discusses HR 3313. President Bush is quoted by
Schlafly: "We will not stand for judges who undermine
democracy by legislating from the bench and try to
remake America by court order." The platform followed
up by asserting: "The Republican House of Representatives
has responded to this challenge by passing H.R. 3313, a
bill to withdraw jurisdiction from the federal courts over the
Defense of Marriage Act. We urge Congress to use its
Article III power to enact this into law, so that activist federal
judges cannot force 49 other states to approve and recognize
Massachusetts' attempt to redefine marriage."

On Being a Liberal:
The Bible says Christians must strive to be liberal,
so when Bush-Supporters call the Kerry/Edwards'
ticket 'liberal,' aren't they praising and blessing them?
A surprise analysis By Dennis Crews

The U.S. Senate Rejects Bid to
Ban Same-Sex Marriage

Two short articles show the defeat of the
Constitutional issue against Same-Sex
Marriages: Bill Frist, Senate Majority Leader
vowed, "This is the start. And it's not going
to be over...We'll be back in the future."
Senator Edward M. Kennedy said,
"Trying to write discrimination into
the Constitution is bad enough..."

Politicking on Marriage
a New York Times must read editorial.

Hug an Evangelical
by Nicholas D. Kristof

Onward G.O.P. Soldiers
A New York Times must read editorial.

Jesus and Jihad
by Nicholas D. Kristof

If the latest in the Left Behind
series of evangelical thrillers is to be believed,
Jesus will return to Earth, gather non-Christians
to his left and toss them into everlasting fire:

Bush White House checked with rapture
Christians before latest move. The Jesus
Landing Pad by Rick Perlstein. Members of the
United Pentecostal Church have direct access to the
Bush White House. Read this Village Voice
reakthrough article. Click on the box.

Al Gore gave a speech that
will resound in the halls of
American courage for as
long as men will be here to
read it. "An American policy of
dominance is as repugnant to the rest of
the world as the ugly dominance of the
helpless, naked Iraqi prisoners has been
to the American people. Dominance is
as dominance does."

RICO: It's time to prosecute the Catholic
church under the Racketeer Influenced
Corrupt Organization (RICO) law.
A sharp and readable article by Marci
Hamilton, who holds the Paul R. Verkuil
Chair in Public Law at Benjamin
N. Cardozo School of Law. Hamilton
explains why the law meant for criminal
organizations, is applicable to an institution
founded for benign purposes.

What is and What Should Never Be
by Dennis Crews, a review of The Despoiling
of America by Katherine Yurica from a man
who sat on the board of a Christian ministry
and watched it all happen.

Also by Dennis Crews, Strange Bedfellows.
Read his prescient article written in 1984
during the Reagan administration.

Evangelical Leaders Affirm the
Need for Government to Aid the
Needy by Larry B. Stammer

Bush Asked the Vatican to
Pressure U.S. Bishops to
Help Get Bush Re-Elected
by David Kirkpatrick of the
New York Times

Rev. Moon Crowned
King in a Senate Office
Building. From

Read a review of "Despoiling" from
a different perspective
by J. A. Bartlett who brings a convincing
sophistication to the subject including
comments from other readers.

House Republicans Drop
Provision to Give Religious Leaders the Right to
Engage in Political Partisanship Without Losing
Tax Exempt Status Dominionism droops a little.

How Dominionist Charles Colson
Brought Catholics and Evangelicals
Together to Become America's Most
Potent Political Power by Laurie Goodstein.
Father Neuhaus said the alliance is "an extraordinary
realignment that if it continues is going to create a
very different kind of configuration of Christianity in America.

Dominionists Seek to Split
Protestant Churches
Presbyterians, United Methodists and
Episcopalians have beome insurrection
targets of the Institute on Religion and
Democracy funded by the Scaife family,
the Ahmanson's, and the Bradley and
Olin Foundations in an effort to separate
the liberal churches from the conservative
churches in the same denomination.

A Matter of Faith
by David Brooks
Bill Clinton knew what John
Kerry doesn't: in order to win
election, a candidate must
be religious.

A Vicious Attack:
The Jesus Thing by Ann Coulter
The only Democrats who go to church
regularly are the ones who plan to run
for president someday and are preparing
in advance to fake a belief in God.

If you missed Frontline's special on
PBS on April 29, 2004, it can be seen
on-line. See George Bush and
"The Jesus Factor" Click on the gray box below:

A Catholic Nun
Discusses John Kerry's faith
and the Bishops' direction.

Bishop Denies
Communion to Catholics
Who Vote for Kerry
Step by step, day by day the
militant churches of America,
both Catholic and Evangelical
unleash their power.

Fundamentalist General Boykin
was assigned the job of making
Abu Ghraib like Guantanamo.
by Sidney Blumenthal

Pentecostal Chaplain
Takes the Fifth.
Lt. Col. Steven L. Jordan was
in charge of interrogation at
Abu Ghraib acording to an L.A. Times
article. He was also a Pentecostal
Chaplain according to an Assemblies
of God article.

A Review of the PBS TV
Show: "The Jesus Factor"
aired on PBS (Bush
and his God) by Alessandra Stanley

Walk the Walk
Who is allowed to quote from the
scriptures? Democrats or

The Christian Taliban
by Stephen Pizzo, Alter Net

College for the Home-Schooled
Is Shaping Leaders for the Right
Of the nearly 100 interns working in the
White House, seven are from the roughly
240 students enrolled in the new Patrick
Henry College in Virginia.

Christian Fundamentalists
Are Driving U.S. Middle East Policy
by George Monbiot

Rabbis Criticise Evangelical
Support for Israel
The rabbis fear the Christians' real
intent is to convert Jews.

Putting Bias Into the
The N.Y. Times implores President
Bush to refrain from injecting mean-
spiritedness and exclusion into the

Reader's Choice: Dr. Laura
gets an answer from a U.S. Citizen
When Dr. Laura told her radio
audience that she was duty bound to
follow the Holy Scriptures' prohibitions
against homosexuals, she was
not expecting to receive an
hilarious letter from a perplexed
educator. Funny but raises serious

And See Also these Documents:

Paul Weyrich's
"Teaching Manual" on how to
defeat the Democrats by
intimidation and how to
destroy the American
Culture. It's a moral battle
between good and evil! But
guess who's evil!

You Should Know what Tom
Delay plans for America and you can
read the Texas Republican Party's
incredible hatefilled document
here at the 2002 Platform.

Pat Robertson warned against
reckless spending: "Congress is buying
votes with your money. It's time to clean
out congress." Reported by Katherine Yurica

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cosmicdot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-23-05 01:47 AM
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6. wonder if that little affair at the Plaza is tax-deductible?
Edited on Wed Feb-23-05 02:20 AM by cosmicdot
Frist given a Thomas Jefferson award ... that's rich :D

Would it affect groups like this if the 501(c)(3) regulations were 'reformed'? I wish I knew.

Was rambling some stuff about them earlier at this thread:
"We gave rove too much credit. Please read!"


Morton C. Blackwell, Leadership Institute /

American Conservative Union Board Member
College Republicans
Council for National Policy Executive Director, 1991-2000
Council for National Policy Board of Governors, 1982-91

Emergency Committee to Defeat Al Gore Chairman
Emergency Committee to Stop Hillary Rodham Clinton Chairman
Free Congress Foundation Board Member
Moral Majority Cofounder
Republican National Committee

Found this thread, too:
"Act against the Council for National Policy"

the CNP seems to be 'the' meeting ground for various radicals from Jerry Falwell to Ollie North ... imo, conspiring to overthrow the Republic ... and, they, are secretive yet benefit from tax exempt/non-profit status?!

I conjecture that most of the right-wing think tanks have a dotted line to the CNP. Everyone from neocons to the funder of Diebold/ES&S e-voting Howard Ahmanson to Gary Bauer.

"The Shadowy CNP + Who's Who"

"Council for National Policy"
from hyperlink at link ~snip~
"In a 2000 filing with the Internal Revenue Service, the CNP says it holds 'educational conferences and seminars for national leaders in the field of business, government, religion and academia.' It says it produces a weekly newsletter keeping members abreast of developments, and a biyearly collection of speeches. Executive Director Morton Blackwell was paid a little more than $70,000. The organization took in more than $732,000." ~snip~

"Roadmap of Hell -- guide to right-wing scammers and dirty tricksters" (with chart) **Note this thread began 10/24/2004 ... since then, some names have become more familiar:
Bruce Eberle, Morton Blackwell, Leadership Institute

everyone should be familiar with this group
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sarahlee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-23-05 03:36 AM
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8. Great Info!
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sarahlee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-23-05 03:35 AM
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7. demopedia
Added the info here:

Just a quick cut and paste until I have time to go in and write it up.
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KingoftheJungle Donating Member (355 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-23-05 05:23 AM
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Also look into Opus Dei, The Knights of Malta/Templar, and other "arms" of the same body. Convanent house, fellowship house, etc. "Charities" that operate primarily in ghetto neighborhoods, south america, and africa. Its like a plague, and they have successfully stolen our government right under our nose.
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KingoftheJungle Donating Member (355 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-23-05 05:31 AM
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11. I have a lot of info on these groups, PM me with your email
And I'll start sending you stuff of interest
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texastoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-24-05 04:16 PM
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12. More on LaHaye et al. (creepizoidal)
From Texas Freedom Network (go TFN!! :hi:)

"Sarah Posner delivers a thorough investigation of the Council for National Policy, the little-known but high-powered conservative organization founded by Left Behind author Tim LaHaye in 1981. CNP's membership roster (past and present), as Posner notes, reads like a "who's who of the radical right," including James Dobson, Grover Norquist, Paul Weyrich, Gary Bauer, Brent Bozell, Holland and Jeffrey Coors, Pat Robertson, Phyllis Schlafly and Oliver North."


Just who is the Council for National Policy, and why aren't they paying taxes?

snip . . .

"Most Americans even many self-professed political junkies probably have never heard of CNP or would confuse it with countless other groups with similarly unremarkable names (including the Center for National Policy, a liberal group). But conservative activists would know what Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has referred to as "the heart of a great conservative movement that helped to make America strong and prosperous in the 20th century and is now helping to ensure she remains free and secure in the 21st century," or what Indiana Republican Congressman Mike Pence has called "the most influential gathering of conservatives in America." But because CNP has been so successful at maintaining its secrecy flouting the law for more than two decades it has managed to obscure the depth of its reach in conservative political organizations, political fundraising, the conservative media, and even the Bush Administration itself."

more . . .

:hi: :hi:
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