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The Council for National Policy (CNP), is an umbrella organization and networking group for social conservative activists in the United States. The New York Times has described it as a "little-known group of a few hundred of the most powerful conservatives in the country," who meet three times yearly behind closed doors at undisclosed locations for a confidential conference.[1] It was founded in 1981 by Tim LaHaye as a forum for conservative Christians seeking to strengthen the political right in the United States.[2] Social conservatism is a belief in traditional morality and social mores and the desire to preserve these in present day society, often through civil law or regulation. ... Activism, in a general sense, can be described as involvement in action to bring about change, be it social, political, environmental, or other change. ... The New York Times is a daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed internationally. ... A panel from Tim LaHaye’s multi-million selling ‘’Left Behind’’ series, depicting the fate LaHaye anticipates for those who do not follow Jesus Christ. ... “Right wing” redirects here. ...

The CNP describes itself as "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 over 600 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."

As of February 2007, the organization was planning involvement in the 2008 presidential election campaign, and actively looking for a candidate to represent their views.[2] U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney[3] and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney[4] spoke at a four day conference they held in Salt Lake City, Utah during the last week of September 2007. February 2007 is the second month of the year. ... Dick Cheney 46th and current Vice President (2001- ) The Vice President of the United States is the second-highest executive official of the United States government, the person who is a heartbeat from the presidency. ... Richard Bruce Dick Cheney (born January 30, 1941), is the 46th and current Vice President of the United States, serving under President George W. Bush. ... Willard Mitt Romney (born March 12, 1947) was the 70th Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. ... Salt Lake City is the capital and the most populous city of the U.S. state of Utah. ... September 2007 is the ninth month of that year. ...


Meetings and membership

Membership is by invitation only. The membership list, previously made public, is now "strictly confidential." Guests may attend "only with the unanimous approval of the executive committee." Members are instructed not to refer to the organization by name, to protect against leaks.[1] David Kirkpatrick suggests secrecy since its founding was intended to insulate the Council from the "liberal bias of the news media".[2] David Gordon Slim Dusty Kirkpatrick, OBE (June 13, 1927—September 19, 2003) was an iconic Australian country music singer and songwriter. ...

CNP's meetings are closed to the general public, reportedly to allow for a free-flowing exchange of ideas. The group meets three times per year. [5]This policy is said to be similar to the long-held policy of the Council on Foreign Relations, to which the CNP has at times been compared. CNP's 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status was revoked by the IRS in 1992 on grounds that it was not an organization run for the public benefit. The group successfully challenged this ruling in federal court. A quarterly journal aimed at educating the public, promised in the wake of this incident, has not substantially materialized. The group has launched a website (www.policycounsel.org), which contains selected speeches from past gatherings. A controversial 1997 address by the current Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper[6], is not among them. The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is an influential and independent, nonpartisan foreign policy membership organization founded in 1921 and based at 58 East 68th Street (corner Park Avenue) in New York City, with an additional office in Washington, D.C. Through its membership, meetings, and studies, it has been... Seal of the Internal Revenue Service Tax rates around the world Tax revenue as % of GDP Part of the Taxation series        IRS redirects here. ... Regions Political culture Foreign relations Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      The Prime Minister of Canada (French: Premier ministre du Canada), is the Minister of the Crown who is head of the Government of Canada. ... Stephen Joseph Harper (born April 30, 1959) is the 22nd and current Prime Minister of Canada and leader of the Conservative Party of Canada. ...

While those involved are almost entirely 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 whom many view as "Christian" leadership.[citation needed] 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, determined to influence society's direction by direct input with children and youth.[citation needed]

Conferences and political plans

Leading members of the CNP voted in a meeting at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City, on September 29, 2007, to consider launching a third party candidate if the 2008 Republican nominee is a pro-choice candidate. (This was an implicit reference to Rudy Giuliani, whose liberal opinions on several social issues, such as abortion, gay rights and gun ownership have disturbed the Christian right.) The CNP's statement read, "If the Republican Party nominates a pro-abortion candidate, we will consider running a third-party candidate." Attending the meeting were notable social conservatives, including James Dobson, Richard Viguerie, Tony Perkins and Morton Blackwell. [7][8] The Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Salt Lake Citys top tourist draw. ... In any two-party system of politics, a third party is a party other than the two dominant ones. ... Issues of discussion Pro-choice describes the political and ethical view that a woman should have complete control over her fertility and pregnancy. ... Rudolph William Louis Giuliani III, (born May 28, 1944) is an American lawyer, prosecutor, businessman, and Republican politician from the state of New York. ... James Clayton Jim Dobson, Ph. ... Please wikify (format) this article or section as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... Tony Perkins (born March 20, 1963) is the President of the Family Research Council, a conservative Christian think-tank and public policy foundation. ... Morton C. Blackwell (Born November 16, 1939) in La Jara, Colorado) is a high profile conservative activist. ...

The Council for National Policy is scheduled to have a conference in late October 2007. Most Republican presidential candidates have pledged to appear, with the exception of Giuliani.[9]


CNP was founded in 1981 by Tim LaHaye, author of the Left Behind series of books. Other early participants included Cleon Skousen, a prominent theologian and law enforcement expert; Paul Weyrich; Phyllis Schlafly; Robert Grant; Howard Phillips, a former Republican affiliated with the Constitution Party; Richard Viguerie, the direct-mail specialist; and Morton Blackwell, a Louisiana and Virginia activist who is considered a specialist on the rules of the Republican Party. [10][11][12] A panel from Tim LaHaye’s multi-million selling ‘’Left Behind’’ series, depicting the fate LaHaye anticipates for those who do not follow Jesus Christ. ... Left Behind is a series of novels by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, dealing with Christian dispensationalist End Times: pretribulation, premillennial, Christian eschatology viewpoint of the end of the world. ... Willard Cleon Skousen (January 20, 1913 - January 9, 2006) was a noted author, political commentator, and religious scholar. ... Theology is literally rational discourse concerning God (Greek θεος, theos, God, + λογος, logos, rational discourse). By extension, it also refers to the study of other religious topics. ... Paul M. Weyrich (born October 7, 1942, in Racine, Wisconsin) is a US conservative political activist and commentator. ... Phyllis Schlafly (born on August 15, 1924, in St. ... Dr. Robert Grant is often called the father of the modern Christian right in America. ... Howard Phillips (born February 6, 1941 in Boston, Massachusetts) is an American conservative political figure. ... The Constitution Party is a conservative United States political party. ... Please wikify (format) this article or section as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... Morton C. Blackwell (Born November 16, 1939) in La Jara, Colorado) is a high profile conservative activist. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ...

The council employs about eight people. Its first executive director was Woody Jenkins; later, Morton Blackwell served in this role, which is currently held by Steve Baldwin. Presidents have included Nelson Bunker Hunt of Dallas, Amway co-founder Richard DeVos of Michigan, Pat Robertson of Virginia Beach, Paul Pressler of Houston, and former Reagan Cabinet secretaries Ed Meese and Donald Hodel, as well as current president Kenneth Cribb. [13][14][15] Louis Elwood Woody Jenkins (born January 3, 1947) is a former broadcasting executive in Baton Rouge who was a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1972-2000. ... Morton C. Blackwell (Born November 16, 1939) in La Jara, Colorado) is a high profile conservative activist. ... Nelson Bunker Hunt (born February 22, 1926, in El Dorado, Arkansas) is an American businessman. ... Dallas redirects here. ... Richard DeVos, Sr. ... Official language(s) None (English, de-facto) Capital Lansing Largest city Detroit Largest metro area Metro Detroit Area  Ranked 11th  - Total 97,990 sq mi (253,793 km²)  - Width 239 miles (385 km)  - Length 491 miles (790 km)  - % water 41. ... Marion Gordon Pat Robertson (born March 22, 1930) is a televangelist from the United States. ... Location in the Commonwealth of Virginia. ... Houston redirects here. ... Edwin Meese III (born December 2, 1931) served as the seventy-fifth Attorney General of the United States (1985 - 1988). ... Categories: 1935 births | U.S. Secretaries of Energy | U.S. Secretaries of the Interior | People stubs ... T. Kenneth Cribb Jr. ...


The Center for Religion, Ethics and Social Policy at Cornell University considers the Council for National Policy a leading force in the Dominionist movement. TheocracyWatch, a CRESP project, describes it as "an umbrella organization of right-wing leaders who gather regularly to plot strategy, share ideas and fund causes and candidates to advance the theocratic agenda."[16] Southeastern Louisiana University philosophy professor Barbara Forrest says of the Council for National Policy "The CNP membership also includes a sizeable segment of Christian Reconstructionists: "Reconstructionists espouse a radical theology that calls for trashing the U.S. Constitution and replacing it with the harsh legal code of the Old Testament. They advocate the death penalty for adulterers, blasphemers, incorrigible teen-agers, gay people, 'witches' and those who worship 'false gods'."[17] Center for Religion, Ethics and Social Policy (CRESP) is a non-profit, nonsectarian, educational organization affiliated with Cornell University. ... Cornell redirects here. ... This article is on the political-religious concept of dominionism. ... TheocracyWatch is a project run by the Center for Religion, Ethics and Social Policy (CRESP), located at Cornell University. ... Forms of government Part of the Politics series Politics Portal This box:      For the metal band, refer to Theocracy (band). ... Southeastern Louisiana University is a state-funded public university that is located in the city of Hammond, Louisiana. ... Barbara Carroll Forrest, PhD. is a professor of philosophy at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana. ... Christian Reconstructionism is a religious and theological movement within Protestant Christianity that calls for Christians to put their faith into action in all areas of life. ...

Limited media access

The media were barred from late September 2007 meetings of the organization. However, Deseret News was afforded access to the meeting. The Salt Lake Tribune criticized the journalistic ethics of the "Deseret News." [18] The Deseret Morning News is a newspaper published in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Utahs oldest continually published daily newspaper. ... Marquis of the Salt Lake Tribune on the Tribune Building in Downtown Salt Lake City The Salt Lake Tribune is Salt Lake City, Utahs largest-circulated local daily newspaper. ...


  1. ^ a b David D. Kirkpatrick, "The 2004 Campaign: The Conservatives: Club of the Most Powerful Gathers in Strictest Privacy", New York Times, August 28, 2004
  2. ^ a b c David D. Kirkpatrick, "Christian Right Labors to Find '08 Candidate", New York Times, February 24, 2007
  3. ^ Gonzalez, Nathan C. (2007-09-28). VP Cheney makes quick trip to Utah to address secretive conservative policy group. The Salt Lake Tribune.
  4. ^ Gibbs, Nancy (2007-10-05). Still Looking For Mr. Right. Time Magazine.
  5. ^ Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy, "Still Looking for Mr. Right." "Time" October 4, 2007 http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1668472,00.html
  6. ^ Full text of Stephen Harper's 1997 speech, CTV.ca, 14 December 2005
  7. ^ "Christian Conservatives Vow To Back Third Party Candidate If Giuliani Wins GOP Nomination," Bismarck, SD CBS affiliate, http://www.kxmb.com/News/Nation/167321.asp
  8. ^ Michael Scherer, "Religious Right May Blackball Giuliani," http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2007/09/30/giuliani/
  9. ^ "Christian Conservatives Vow To Back Third Party Candidate If Giuliani Wins GOP Nomination," Bismarck, SD CBS affiliate, http://www.kxmb.com/News/Nation/167321.asp
  10. ^ http://www.au.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=6949&abbr=cs_
  11. ^ http://www.nndb.com/org/700/000051547/
  12. ^ http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Behind+closed+doors:+who+is+the+council+for+national+policy+and+what...-a0123708159
  13. ^ http://www.seekgod.ca/cnp.ijk.htm
  14. ^ http://www.seekgod.ca/cnpexecutives.htm
  15. ^ http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Behind+closed+doors:+who+is+the+council+for+national+policy+and+what...-a0123708159
  16. ^ "The Rise of the Religious Right in the Republican Party: Taking Over the Republican Party", TheocracyWatch, Last updated: February 2005; URL accessed May 8, 2006.
  17. ^ Understanding the Intelligent Design Creationist Movement: Its True Nature and Goals. A Position Paper from the Center for Inquiry, Office of Public Policy Barbara Forrest. May, 2007.
  18. ^ "Salt Lake City Papers Differ in Coverage of Editor's Conference Appearance" Editor and Publisher http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003649341

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