SBC Takeover Leaders and the CNP
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Wed Nov 30, 2005 at 10:05:54 AM EST

If anyone doubts that an organization exists that coordinates strategic objectives for Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) takeover leaders, Christian Reconstructionists, Dominionists and other Religious Right leaders, they ought to do some research on the Council for National Policy (CNP).

John Sugg talks about the CNP a little in his article on A Nation Under God in the Dec. 2005 issue of Mother Jones magazine (The printed copy also has a sidebar on the CNP entitled "The Fountainhead" on page 50)

The first time I heard about the CNP was when I watched a documentary by Bill Moyers entitled The Battle for the Bible that was about the fundamentalist takeover of the Southern Baptist Convention.  In the broadcast Moyers asked Paul Pressler, architect of the takeover of the SBC, about his involvement in the CNP.  Pressler did not want to talk about it.  Moyers pressed him about it.

[To hear a 6.12 minute podcast (mp3) of Bill Moyers trying to get Paul Pressler to talk to him about his involvement in the Council for National Policy (along with Falwell, Robertson, North, Rushdoony and others), click here and wait for it to download.]

A good resource for further research on the CNP is a little known book by Russ Bellent called The Coors Connection. Bellent himself says little about Paige Patterson and Paul Pressler, but he provides early lists of CNP members. His lists reveal the prominence that Pressler had within the group. As though he were being rewarded for a job well-done, Pressler was elected President of the organization in 1989 -- the year the takeover of the SBC was complete.

Online lists of CNP membership can be found here. Besides Pressler and Patterson, other Southern Baptist CNP members include Jerry Falwell, Ed McAteer and Rick Scarborough. Scarborough was formerly pastor in Pearland, Texas and once was the Fundamentalist's approved candidate for President of the Baptist General Convention of Texas (soundly defeated by Mainstream Baptists in Texas).   For the last two years, he has been working for Vision America preaching "revivals" around the country in Southern Baptist churches, mustering votes for "Christian values," promoting ten commandments rally's for Judge Roy Moore, and organizing speaking events for Jerry Falwell.

Next, I'll write about Reconstructionism, Southern Baptists & Education

This is the sixth of six essays. Here are the links to the other essays in the series:

On Restoring America
Learning to be Patient Revolutionaries
From Reconstructionism to Dominonism, Part 1
From Reconstructionism to Dominionism, Part 2
SBC Takeover Leaders and the CNP
Reconstructionism, Southern Baptists & Education

You do a service to those who come to this site and aren't familiar with the wider narrative you're sketching out - that is to say almost everyone but a select few.

by Bruce Wilson on Wed Nov 30, 2005 at 11:07:43 PM EST
and that will be a perennial issue. How to advance the conversation, and help people newer to the conversation to enter it at the same time.

I think everyone is going to need to be prepared to do a lot of reading. And not just on this site.

The books on the recommended reading list, are all good places to start.

by Frederick Clarkson on Wed Nov 30, 2005 at 11:27:25 PM EST

Of an in-site resource of articles. People probably read those before they advance to books, that's my guess.

by Bruce Wilson on Wed Nov 30, 2005 at 11:43:41 PM EST

for an interesting post. It's great that you've decided to cover this subject since there is a lot to learn about it. Keep up the good work!
Gordon, Programmer currently working on the how to loose 15 pounds project.
by Gordon S on Mon Mar 10, 2008 at 08:46:31 AM EST

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