Evangelicals need to clearly understand that the ideological origins
of the CNP are not to be found in the theology of old-line evangelical
Christianity, but in the gloom and shadows which spin and whirl around
belief in the Illuminist Conspiracy and in the reactionary fascist,
racist and anti-Semitic circles of the Political Right. Russ Bellant,
an investigative reporter, traces the conspiracist impulses behind the
Council on National Policy (CNP) [the agency established by Religious
Right leader Tim LaHaye to coordinate the activities between the Political
Right and the Religious Right] back to the murky ideas which surround
Illuminism. He writes, "The view on the Radical Right that an
organization such as the CNP was needed stemmed from their perception
that the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) - closely identified with
the Rockefeller family - was selling out American interests in the pursuit
of a ... left-wing foreign policy agenda." Indeed, there can
be little doubt that the obsession of the CNP towards the activities
of the CFR and the Rockefellers stems in part from the fixation of certain
of its members on the Illuminist Conspiracy [Both the CFR and the Rockefeller
family are main players in the mythology of Illuminism.] - and we don't
have to rely merely on conjecture or Bellant to substantiate such a
conclusion: Pat Robertson clearly makes the connection in his 1991 best
seller, The New World Order.
In addition, the antipathy of CNP members towards the Council on Foreign
Relations has been further fueled by the linkage of many CNP
members to the John Birch Society, specifically to a book the
Society promoted in 1972, None Dare Call it Treason by John
A. Stormer, a publication that identified the CFR as pro-communist.
The significance of this book lay in the fact that it presented
a secularized and somewhat sanitized version of the Illuminist
Conspiracy that could be accepted more readily by people who
were not pre-disposed to accept as real a conspiracy which reached
back into the obscurity of the Dark Ages and encompassed Freemasonry,
the Templars, the Teutonic Knights, the Hospitalers, the Knights
of St. John, etc.; and one which was so openly anti-Semitic
and could so easily be linked to the insanity of Hitler and
Nazi Germany. Nonetheless, Stormer's sanitized conspiracy contained
all the elements dear to the heart of Illuminist enthusiasts:
belief in a world-wide conspiracy (the "Communist Conspiracy")
which aimed at the destruction of Western Civilization (particularly
the United States), Christianity, and the "free enterprise
system." Moreover, once people "bought into"
Stormer's theses, it was but a short step from Stormer's sanitized
None Dare Call it Treason to Robertson's "real McCoy"
The New World Order and Illuminism.
Alan Crawford has written, "The Birchers seem to have wormed
their way back in along the frontier of the New Right. The New Right
leaders seem to welcome them." Bellant writes, "The Birch
influence on the political goals of the CNP is significant. Indeed,
it's probably not too much to say that the links that the Society has
managed to establish with New Right groups in recent years has contributed
mightily to a resurgence not only of the Birch Society, but their ideas
as well. The JBS (i.e., John Birch Society) was with the CNP from the
beginning. Nelson Bunker Hunt, mentioned earlier as a prime mover in
CNP's founding, was on the Birch Society's national council. By 1984,
John Birch Society Chairman A. Clifford Barker and Executive Council
Member William Cies were CNP members. Other JBS leaders also joined
the Council. Five board members of Western Goals, essentially a JBS
intelligence-gathering operation ... joined the CNP as well."
Evangelicals need to pause and ask themselves, is this what Christianity
is all about? - chasing the ghosts and demons that haunt the John Birch
Society. The problem, of course, is that these kinds of demons have
a way of turning on those who "fool around with them." Christians
had better be very careful here - they could end up promoting the very
"conspiracy" they are so afraid of - and in the process, becoming
a part of it themselves!!!
Written By S. R. Shearer
- Russ Bellant's investigative work has been called "well-documented
and reliable" by Allan A. Ryan, the former Director of the Office
of Special Investigations, U.S. Department of Justice.
- Bellant, The Coors Connection, pg. 43.
- Please see Pat Robertson, The New World Order (Dallas: Word Publishing,
- Alan Crawford, Thunder on the Right (New York: Pantheon, 1980),
- Bellant, The Coors Connection, pg. 45-46; see also Harry Hunt, Texas
Rich (New York: Norton, 1981), pg. 369; CNP Board of Governors Meeting,
Dallas, Texas, August 17-18; CNP Executive Committee Meeting, Baltimore,
Maryland, May 12, 1989.
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