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Council for National Policy, Michigan Election fraud claims and the role of Conservative Christians in crating a far right agenda

December 14, 2020

One of the best online sources that critiques both the dominant media and centers of power in the US, The Center for Media & Democracy, posted an important document on their website, a document that came from the Conservative Christian group known as the Council for National Policy (CNP). 

The Council for National Policy was founded in 1981, and was welcomed by the Reagan administration as a significant player when it came to influencing US policy. The conservative Christian group was heavily funded by the likes of Joseph Coors and Richard DeVos. Richard DeVos not only contributed millions to the CNP, he was President of the Council for National Policy from 1986-1988 and 1993-1994. Other notable members of the West Michigan religious right, that were members of the CNP were Dick DeVos, Edgar Prince, Peter Cook, Elsa Prince, Rev. Robert Sirico and Billy Zeoli.

Earlier this year, the CNP made their presence known on the national scene once again, since they were facilitating phone conversations with numerous groups across the country, specifically groups involved in anti-lockdown protests that surfaced shortly after the COVID crisis had begun. According to numerous sources, the CNP was co-ordinating and strategizing with many of these anti-lockdown groups with the specific intention of using the pandemic as an opportunity to push a far right political agenda

On December 8th, the Council for National Policy had put out a document entitled, Five States and the Election Irregularities and Issues. This 21 page document begins with a list of bullet points about the so-called election irregularities, ending with the following point:  “There is no constitutional obligation for Congress to accept fraudulent vote and electoral votes.”

The section that focuses on Michigan is four pages long, and provides dozens of bullet points on supposed election fraud. At one point, the document cities a group called the Great Lakes Justice Center, which had filed its own lawsuit claiming election fraud in Michigan. The Great Lakes Justice Center is worth noting, since they filed a lawsuit in early May against Gov. Whitmer on behalf of several faith based groups, saying  the lockdown orders were a violation of religious freedoms. 

The Great Lakes Justice Center has a long history of defending religious groups that actively discriminate against the LGBTQ community. A Lansing-based news source, City Pulse, reported on one example  and the ACLU has documented other cases against the Great Lakes Justice Center.  The Great Lakes Justice Center is part of group Salt & Light Global, which was founded by William Wagner. Salt & Light Global embraces a far right political and religious worldview. The “Resources” section on their homepage is a who’s who of far right religious groups, including the Federalist Society, Hillsdale College, Wall Builders, the Discovery Institute and the Acton Institute.  

This newly revealed document from the Council for National Policy is important, because it once again demonstrates that they play a major role in promoting a far right agenda, which is not only coming from the Republican Party. The 21 page document was also attached to a letter sent out by numerous conservative Christian groups, like the CNP, where these leaders were essentially saying that Donald Trump was the lawful winner of the 2020 election. 

Whatever one thinks about groups like the Council for National Policy, it would be a mistake to be dismissive of them, not only because of the role they play in facilitating and crafting a far right agenda, but also because of their funding sources, which current includes the Koch and DeVos families. For more on the CNP, we highly recommend the book, Shadow Network: Media, Money, and the Secret Hub of the Radical Right, by Anne Nelson. 

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