What were you doing this past Saturday night? Hanging out with friends? Watching a movie? Just chilling? In contrast, our hard-working Attorney General was…well, working hard on Saturday night. At 7:59 pm, the following is what Ken Cuccinelli tweeted he was up to:
“About to speak at cnp on 1st principles in the 21st century!”
Wow, “1st principles in the 21st century,” sounds impressive. Personally, I would have paid good money to hear Cooch reconcile his medieval, 12th century, theocratic views with the 21st century. I mean, didn’t we discover that the earth wasn’t flat a few centuries ago? Hasn’t the concept of “science” been around for a while now? What about separation of church and state? Perhaps Cooch just transposed the numbers “2” and “1” when he was writing his tweet?
Anyway, I’m sure Cooch had all kinds of fascinating things to say on Saturday night, as he always does. But what’s this “cnp” Cooch was speaking to? As far as I can determine, that would have been the “Council for National Policy.” What’s that, you ask? According to Source Watch:
The Council for National Policy is a secretive forum that was formed in 1981 by Tim LaHaye as a networking tool for leading US conservative political leaders, financiers and religious right activist leaders…
… Mark Crispin Miller states that the CNP is a “highly secretive… theocratic organization — what they want is basically religious rule” (A Patriot Act). Barry W. Lynn, the executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, told the New York Times about the CNP meeting ahead of the 2004 Republican National Convention, “The real crux of this is that these are the genuine leaders of the Republican Party, but they certainly aren’t going to be visible on television next week.“
Secretive. Theocratic. Far right wing. Sounds perfect for Cooch, huh?
But wait, there’s more.
“The Center for Religion, Ethics and Social Policy at Cornell University considers the Council for National Policy a leading force in the Dominionist movement.”
Dominionism, of course, is the movement seeking “either a nation governed by Christians, or a nation governed by a conservative Christian understanding of biblical law.”
Anyway, that’s what Cooch was up to Saturday night — speaking to a “highly secretive” group that advocates theocracy and Dominionism, among other things. Now, it would be great if we could all hear what Cooch’s idea of “1st principles in the 21st century” happens to be. Unfortunately, since it’s top secret, we can only imagine.
P.S. Jon Stewart’s take on the Council for National Policy is here. Enjoy!
P.P.S. You know what’s funny? That Cooch was tweeting about his speech to a “highly secretive” organization. So much for THAT secret! Heh.