Wycliffe Bible Translators
Ed McAteer was also a member of the board of Wycliffe Bible Associates, a lay ministry which was created to support the work of Wycliffe Bible Translators, an evangelical organization that raises funds and recruits missionaries to do the work of the Summer Institute of Linguistics. Bill Bright serves on the board of the International Linguistics Center in Dallas, which is an associate group of SIL. The Summer Institute of Linguistics was established in 1936 by William Cameron Townsend as a scientific, nonsectarian organization specializing in language studies, literacy work and "other services." 32.
An expose of SIL's corruption by Rockefeller money mentions Cam Townsend's role in founding the Religious Roundtable with Ed McAteer.
"In 1979, after Nelson Rockefeller had passed from living humanity into history, Cam had gathered with other members of Christian Fundamentalism to form the Religious Roundtable. . . Cam was one of those who followed McAteer into the founding meeting of the Religious Roundtable. If he had any reservations about where this would lead SIL and how it would play in Latin America . . ., Cam's base of support in the homeland and his top financial backers left him little choice. He was, at the end of his career, trapped by the Far Right Fundamentalist base on which he had built Wycliffe's success at home." 33.
In this massive volume, Thy Will Be Done: The Conquest of the Amazon: Nelson Rockefeller and Evangelism in the Age of Oil, authors Gerard Colby and Charlotte Dennett present the disturbing evidence of Rockefeller's use of American missionaries, and in particular, the Summer Institute of Linguistics, who cooperated in conducting surveys, transporting CIA agents and indirectly assisting in the genocide of tribes in the Amazon basin.
"At the heart of this story are two intensely ambitious and ultimately tragic figures: Nelson Rockefeller, scion of the liberal Standard Oil family, and William Cameron Townsend, founder of the ultraconservative Wycliffe Bible Translators. Although leaders of opposing camps, both found common cause against fascism and the communism, with ironic, fateful results."
We see Rockefeller gathering political power and building a vast business empire in Latin America, working with the CIA, developing close friendships with famous Latin American politicians and businessmen, and increasingly advocating military dictatorships, while Townsend's missionaries are used to pacify native populations in frontiers rich in oil and rare minerals or subject to guerrilla insurgencies. Seeking to hasten the prophesied Second Coming, Townsend pursues a fanatical effort to reach every Bibleless tribe with the Word, even to the point of saving their souls by destroying their culture and allying with the dictators who oppress them.
"Rockefeller and Townsend contributed more than any other Americans to the conquest of the Amazon that now threatens to destroy the 'lungs of the planet,' the rain forests. Their systematic campaign of colonization was a chilling foretaste of American intervention in the Third World that has become so common today we take for granted repeated forays in the name of democracy and the securing of valuable resources." 34.
Colby and Dennett also describe the vital role of Ed McAteer in bringing together wealthy liberal and conservative patrons to fund and direct the Wycliffe organization which, in the name of Christ, was assisting Nelson Rockefeller in the conquest of Latin America:
"Yet, of all the principles building the Religious Right into a cohesive political force, the most important was perhaps the least known. Edward McAteer was the Colgate-Palmolive salesman who was the real organizing force behind the politicized Fundamentalist movement. McAteer had the glib tongue of his profession, substituting Christ for soap in his market analysis. He was more than a friend to Cam Townsend; he was a major figure on the board of Wycliffe Associates, which was now a powerhouse of resources for SIL, providing it and [Jungle Aviation and Radio Services] with construction skills, money, promotion, and overnight stays for furloughed translators on fund-raising tours. In return, testimonies from returned translators, films, books, and slide shows parlayed surrogate travels around the world for suburban believers. Special trips to jungle bases allowed the more affluent faithful actually to partake in adventure for God. The sheer human energy amassed by Wycliffe Associates was impressive, but the financial core was fueled by reliable wealthy SIL backers like North Carolina's James A. Jones, one of the largest contractors for military bases in Vietnam, and oilman Nelson Bunker Hunt of Texas. 'Bunker Hunt had helped me considerably,' McAteer freely offered.
"Wycliffe Associates '500 Club' was designed to offer the richer members a way out of service through cash; $500 or more each year was all it took to get a special certificate of membership. Some gave much more. Texas's corporate leaders were prominent in helping Cam build SIL's International Linguistics Center near Dallas; the Linguistics Center's board meeting was one of those special occasions where a Rockefeller business partner like Trammel Crow could rub shoulders with an ultrarightist like Nelson Bunker Hunt. But they were the old core of supporters. The real power in Wycliffe Associates was its thousands of newer members, spreading the influence of SIL across the country, and the influence of Wycliffe Associates in Cam's organization." 35.
As Ed McAteer's applied his advertising and public relations skills to finance the Summer Institute of Linguistics, these techniques would serve him well in organizing a base of support for the election of Ronald Reagan: "Promoting and leading this base of support into politics was McAteer's forte. During the Carter administration, his name began to appear among New Right circles in Washington, D.C., connected with North Carolina's Senator Jesse Helms. It was McAteer who brought Jerry Falwell into this crowd, helping Falwell build the Moral Majority. Then, in 1979, McAteer organized the Religious Roundtable. Well funded, McAteer pulled together many of the Fundamentalists leaders of the nation to back the candidacy of Ronald Reagan. 36.
The Council for National Policy Nelson Bunker Hunt and Bill Bright were board members of the SIL associate, International Linguistics Center in Dallas, in which board meetings "a Rockefeller business partner like Trammel Crow could rub shoulders with an ultrarightist like Nelson Bunker Hunt." Bunker Hunt was/is also a trustee of ILC, a board member and leading financier of the John Birch Society, a major supporter of the Campus Crusade for Christ and third president of the Council for National Policy.
The board of directors and early membership of Ed McAteer's Religious Roundtable reads like Who's Who in the future Council for National Policy. 37. In 1981, the CNP was founded as a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization by Tim LaHaye of the Religious Roundtable, who was also the first CNP president, with funding from Nelson Bunker Hunt who served as third CNP president from 1983-84. Bunker Hunt was also among several principals of the Western Goals Foundation, the domestic surveillance arm of the John Birch Society, who also served on the newly-formed CNP Board of Governors.
In 1972, the JBS promoted the book, None Dare Call It Treason by John Stormer, which identified the Council on Foreign Relations as a pro-Communist Rockefeller-funded Trojan Horse on American soil. The Council for National Policy was formed ostensibly to be the conservative alternative to the Council on Foreign Relations and John Stormer is currently a member.
Since its inception, CNP membership directories have been 'confidential,' CNP meetings are closed to the public and media and the very existence of the Council for National Policy is denied by high profile Evangelical leaders who publicly clamour for conservative policies in government. Responding to an inquiry by researcher K.E. Barr regarding the nature of the CNP and the reason that meetings are closed even to Christian media, a vice president of Focus on the Family presented the confused image of a Christian organization that is not involved in policy-making [only education] and yet cannot risk media exposure:
"[Paul] Hetrick repeatedly described the organization as a 'meeting of like-minded people.' He claimed that the CNP is a group of conservatives concerned about the direction of the country, who felt the need for an organization to counter the liberal agenda. He told me the network of leaders across the country meet two to three times a year to discuss issues involving '1) free enterprise, 2.) defense, and 3.) traditional western values.' "In response to being asked how the CNP implements their policies, he said the title of the group may be misleading, and doesn't properly describe their activities. He claimed that they don't actually develop policies. They are, according to Hetrick, 'strictly educational' in nature. Regarding the secrecy of their organization's purpose and membership, he stated that the only reason Christian media is not allowed in their meetings is that: 'you can never tell if they are really Christians or not." 38.
Early CNP membership directories were obtained by enterprising researchers, however, and these revealed that the early leadership of the CNP was, in fact, also represented in the Council on Foreign Relations -- the very organization of globalists to which the CNP was to be the conservative alternative! On the first CNP Governing Board there were no less than three, and possibly more, members of the CFR: George F. Gilder - CNP Board of Governors (1982) ; Dr. Edward Teller - CNP Board of Governors (1982); and Guy Vander Jagt - CNP Board of Governors (1982). 39.
Robert Waring Stoddard who also served on the 1982 CNP Board of Governors was affiliated with the CFR through his Boston newspaper. 40.
Although we lack confirmation of this, Ron Miller, author of Distant Drums, stated that "sources in high places" have identified Jesse Helms, who served on the original CNP Board of Governors, as a CFR member in 1972. 41. Later CNP directories list CFR members J. Peter Grace (CNP, 1984-85; 1988) and Arnaud deBorchgrave (CNP, 1988).
The 1984-85 membership directories advertised the CNP Board of Governors quarterly meetings at the following world class resort hotels: The Breakers [Palm Beach, FL], Marriott Rancho Las Palmas Resort [Palm Springs, CA], Camelback Inn Marriott Resort [Scottsdale, AZ], The Broadmoor Hotel & Resort [Colorado Springs], The Homestead [Hot Springs, VA], Le Bonaventure Hilton [Montreal], Colonial Williamsburg [Williamsburg, VA], The Westin [Dallas]. 42.
After CNP membership directories were obtained by researchers and copied for distribution to Christians who support CNP organizations, venues of future meetings were not included in their directories. However, researchers were made privy to a 1998 CNP meeting that was held at the luxury Ritz-Carleton Tysons Corner hotel in McLean, Virginia. [See IFAS: News Reports for information on this meeting.] 43.
Profiles of other prominent CNP officers and members reveal a shocking number of CFR connections, such as the aforementioned William Rusher who was editor of CFR member William F. Buckley's National Review. Even so, these revelations should not be surprising since the CNP was an extension of the John Birch Society whose early leadership consisted of members either directly or indirectly associated with the CFR. In 1976, The Belmont Brotherhood 44., an expose published by former JBS officers, identified the following glaring conflicts of interest:
William Grede - Founding JBS Council Member and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Council was also director of the CFR-created and controlled 7th Federal Reserve Bank.
William Benton McMillan - First Life Member of the JBS was also a member of the St. Louis Committee of the Council on Foreign Relations
Robert Waring Stoddard - JBS Council Member and Chairman of the Board of the Worcester Telegram and Gazette whose editors belonged to the local Committee of the Council on Foreign Relations. Stoddard was also on the Board of Directors of the National Center for Privatization.
J. Nelson Shepherd - JBS Council Member and a member of the Newcomen Society, whose president Charles Penrose, Jr. was also a member of the Pilgrim Society and the English-Speaking Union, whose elite membership -- Paul Warburg, J. P. Morgan, John W. Davis, Bernard Baruch, Otto Kahn, Jacob Schiff, and John D. Rockefeller, to name a few -- founded and financed the Council on Foreign Relations. 45.
Spruille Braden - JBS Council Member and a resident member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a director of the W. Averell Harriman Securities Corporation, and an advisor to Paul Warburg, a principal architect of the Federal Reserve System.
Louis Ruthenberg - JBS Council Member and Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.
Cola Godden Parker - JBS Council Member and a member of the Newcomen Society, whose president, Charles Penrose, Jr., belonged to the Pilgrim Society and the English-Speaking Union.
Martin J. Condon, III - JBS non-Council member who was on the Editorial Advisory Committee of American Opinion magazine and also a member of the Newcomen Society.
Charles Edison - JBS non-Council member who served on the Editorial Advisory Committee of American Opinion and was a member of the Pilgrim-connected Newcomen Society. Additionally, the youth organization of the John Birch Society, Young Americans for Freedom [YAF], was founded by William F. Buckley, who is also a Skull & Bonesman and Knight of Malta. Various JBS and CNP members have been involved with YAF, including Lynn Bouchey, Connaught Marshner and William Rusher. 46.
Howard Phillips, head of the U.S. Taxpayers Party (U.S.T.P.) and The Conservative Caucus (TCC) appointed many YAF members while acting director of the Office of Economic Opportunity under Richard Nixon. 47.
Richard Viguerie, who with Weyrich, Phillips, Blackwell, Falwell and McAteer founded the Moral Majority, was the Executive Secretary of YAF from 1961-64. 48. Besides CFR and Religious Roundtable members, the upper echelon of the Council for National Policy were basically refugees from the defunct Western Goals Foundation, the domestic surveillance outfit of the John Birch Society which included high-ranking members of the fascist World Anti-Communist League, Knights of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, the Unification Church of Sun Myung Moon and Freemasonry. 49. There is some overlapping of Western Goals operatives who formed the early CNP Governing Board who were also CFR and/or Religious Roundtable members:
John Singlaub [CNP Board of Governors 1982-83]. Member of national policy board of the American Freedom Coalition [AFC], a front for Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church.
Daniel O. Graham [CNP Board of Governors 1982-83]. Member of national policy board of AFC.
Mildred Faye Jefferson [CNP Board of Governors 1982-83]. Member of national policy board of AFC. Sherman Unkefer [CNP Board of Governors 1982-83]. Served as an adviser to Chile's regime under Augusto Pinochet and reportedly worked closely with Chile's secret police organization, DINA.
Hans Sennholz [CNP Board of Governors 1982-83]. A decorated pilot in the Luftwaffe, Adolf Hitler's elite air corps. Robert Stoddard [CNP Board of Governors 1982-83]. Listed in The Belmont Brotherhood, as Chairman of the Board of the Worcester Telegram and Gazette, whose editors belonged to the local Committee of the CFR. Board of Directors of Willard Garvey's National Center for Privatization.
Larry McDonald [CNP Board of Governors 1982-83]. President of the John Birch Society; Chairman of the Board of Directors of Western Goals Foundation, and served on the Congressional Board of Christian Voice, a front for the Unification Church.
Nelson Bunker Hunt [CNP President 1982-83, Executive Committee 1984-85, 1988]. Knight of the Order of Malta. Member of a racial eugenics organization, the International Association for the Advancement of Eugenics and Ethnology, that was headquartered in Scotland. IAAEE was established in the U.S. by Lord Malcolm Douglas, a member of the British Cliveden Set which supported Hitler during World War II.
Oliver North [CNP Governing Board 1984-85] Formed the Military Assistance Group-Special Operations Group (MAG-SOG), a political murder unit, and participated in Operation Phoenix which killed about 100,000 civilians in Southeast Asia. North received aid from the Unification Church and Knights of Malta for Contra operations in Latin America.
Howard Phillips [CNP Executive Committee 1984-85, 1988] Director of The Conservative Caucus, served on advisory board of the United States Council for World Freedom (USCWF) of the World Anti-Communist League, a multinational network of Nazi war criminals, Latin American death squad leaders and North American neo-fascists. Conservative Caucus board member and funder, Richard Shoff, is a former Grand Kilgrapp of the Indiana Ku Klux Klan.
Major F. Andy Messing, Jr. USAR (Ret.). Former chairman of The Conservative Caucus; Board of USWCF; Director of the National Defense Council Foundation. Collaborated with Linda Guell of CAUSA (a political arm of the Unification Church) and its head, Bo Hi Pak. to provide funds for Oliver North's operation in Latin America.
J. Peter Grace [CNP Board of Governors 1986] Council on Foreign Relations; Head of Order of Knights of Malta in the U.S.; Chairman of W.R. Grace Co which focuses its business activities in Latin America and assisted the Contra operation in Latin America.
William E. Simon [CFR; Knight of Malta]. Secretary of the Treasury under Richard Nixon; Chairman of the Nicaraguan Freedom Fund (NFF), a fundraising organization set up in 1985 by the Washington Times, a newspaper owned by the Unification Church. Trustee of the Heritage Foundation. According to Sidney Blumenthal, Simon is or was a member of the CNP. [IRC: Americares]
Frank Shakespeare, [Knight of Malta]. Council U.S. Information Agency director and director of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty, a Nazi front established by Hitler's espionage officer, Reinhard Gehlen. Trustee of the Heritage Foundation.
Dr. Edward Teller [CNP Board of Governors 1982] Council on Foreign Relations. Hungarian-born American physicist who became the architect of the hydrogen bomb. During World War II he was a member of the Manhattan Project for the development of the atomic bomb. Teller was a member of the Citizens Legal Defense Fund for the FBI, Ad Hoc, and advisor to the Western Goals Foundation.
It is significant that Nelson Bunker Hunt, the founder and main funder of the Wycliffe Bible Associates and Council for National Policy, like many founding CNP members, is a Knight of the Order of Malta. According to Russ Bellant,
"Although it poses as a Catholic organization, the Order of St. John of Jerusalem is a Masonic group that claims to be the real Knights of Malta. It's Grand Master for fifty years until his death several years ago was Charles Pichel, and adviser . . .to Hitler aide Ernst Hanfstaengl." 50.
Occupying a position in McAteer's Religious Roundtable, 33º Mason Jesse Helms was also a key figure in founding the CNP. With his top aide, attorney Tom Ellis, Helms had put together a national political machine that was unprecedented for the ultra-right. Tom Ellis -- who directed the agency which funded racial science for the purpose of eliminating inferior races -- was president of the CNP after Tim LaHaye.
"Tom Ellis was former director of the Pioneer Fund, a foundation which finances efforts to prove that African-Americans are genetically inferior to whites. Recipients of Pioneer grants have included William Shockley, Arthur Jensen and Roger Pearson, who has written that 'inferior races' should be 'exterminated.' All three and others were funded during Ellis' directorship on the Pioneer board. Yet Ellis served on the CNP's thirteen-member executive committee with Holly Coors, Paul Weyrich, and Heritage Foundation president, Edwin Feulner until June 1989. Oliver North and Reed Larson recently joined the executive committee." 5
With the help of the Viguerie Company, Helms and Ellis' organization, the Congressional Club, funded candidates and solicited support on favorite issues through direct-mail campaigns. Helms' popularity increased during the Reagan era, when ideological conservatism experienced a resurgence at the same time traditional values of fundamental Christians were under siege. "The National Congressional Club is Jesse Helms' PAC based in Raleigh and directed by Helms' senior advisor, attorney Tom Ellis. The Congressional Club began after the 1972 Senate campaign, when Ellis retained Richard Viguerie to help pay off the Helms campaign debt. Ellis and Viguerie built the Congressional Club mailing list to more than 300,000 regular contributors -- a constituency for Helms and a major financial resource within the conservative movement. . .Helms has used his political organization to build connections with New Right and conservative political activists. Besides Viguerie, Phillips, and Dolan connections, Helms is actively represented in Weyrich's coordinating groups. Helms is the chief legislative strategist for the conservative social agenda. . .Helms also occupies a central position in the religious right as a member of the Religious Roundtable, a lay preacher, and a former radio and television evangelist." 52.
1. The Center for the Improvement of Human Functioning International, Inc.:
2. Masonic Foundations of the United States: http://watch-unto-prayer.org/mason.html
3. David Harris, New Age Adversary Bulletin & Old Time Gospel Advocate, Oct. 1993, P.O. Box 298, Arcadia, OK 73007; DHarris173@aol.com
*Author's note: I am indebted to David Harris for allowing me to use a portion of his 1993 newsletter on the Council for National Policy as an introduction to the following report. David's report, which was published in the New Age Adversary Bulletin (October 1993), provided valuable information on the Willard Garvey Center for the Improvement for Human Functioning. Willard Garvey, a member of the highly secretive Council for National Policy, also founded another organization which is mentioned in this report -- The National Center for Privatization. I have added to David Harris' work information on the National Center for Privatization and the Council for National Policy. Mr. Harris' 1993 report also contained a list of members from the 1988 and 1993 CNP directories. Updating this list has resulted in an extensive database of past and present CNP officers and prominent members. ~ Barbara Aho
4. The Belmont Brotherhood: http://watch-unto-prayer.org/belmont.html
5. Brochure for International Conference On Family Choice/Educational Vouchers, National Center for Privatization, 1983.
6. Lynn Jacobs, Waste of the West: Public Lands Ranching, Introduction:
7. Ibid., Chapter 1: http://www.apnm.org/waste_of_west/Chapter1.html
8. Ibid., Chapter 7: http://www.apnm.org/waste_of_west/Chapter7.html
. *AUM = Animal Unit Months - defined by the federal government as the amount of forage and/or browse required to feed a cow and her calf, a horse, or 5 sheep or goats for a month.
9. The Council for Government Reform:
10. Reason Foundation Privatization How-To Guides: http://www.reason.org/htg.html
11. Jack Kemp, "Building a Shareholder Democracy in America: Personalizing Social Security"
12. The Mont Pelerin Society: http://www.montpelerin.org
13. Council for National Policy Membership Directory, 1984-85; The Bohemian Club: http://www.mt.net/~watcher/bohemiangrove.html
14. United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (NGLS):
15. United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (NGLS):
16. Russ Bellant, Old Nazis, the New Right, and the Republican Party, South End Press, 1988, pp. 63-4.
17. Steve Kangas, "The Origins of the Overclass," http://www.aliveness.com/kangaroo/L-overclass.html
18. GroupWatch. Interhemispheric Resource Center, Gospel Outreach/Verbo Ministries:
19. Covert Action Information Bulletin, Winter 1983, p. 17. http://www.covertaction.org/
20. Plinio Correa de Oliveira, Nobility and Analogous Traditional Elites in the Allocutions of Pius XII, Hamilton Press, 1993, Foreward by Morton Blackwell.
21. Plinio Correa de Oliveira, op.cit.,1993, cover.
22. Miguel Martinez, The Secret Story of a Cult Apologist: Introvigne, T.F.P. and the US "New Right":
23. Duncan Green, The Silent Revolution, p. 216, Noam Chomsky, Deterring Democracy, p. 231, as cited in "Doesn't Chile prove that the free market benefits everyone?"
24. Tom Burghardt, "A Small Circle of Friends: Larry Pratt, the Council for Inter-American Security and International Fascist Networks,"
25. La Mafia Sects (The Sect Mafia): The Sects, Powerful Tool of the Secret Services, Burn Fouchereau, translated by Suzanne Rini.
26. "Robespierre of the Right: What I ate at the revolution," David Grann, The New Republic, Oct. 27, 1997:
27. Perry Deane Young, God's Bullies: Power Politics and Religious Tyranny, NY: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1982, p. 59.
28. Perry Deane Young, op.cit., p. 89.
29. "How Rev. Moon Got Ensconced with the New Right: His Aid is Varied and Plentiful," Seattle Times, Dec. 31, 1987.
30. Interhemispheric Resource Center: Christian Freedom Foundation:
31. Interhemispheric Resource Center: Religious Roundtable
32. Interhemispheric Resource Center: Summer Institute of Linguistics:
33. Gerard Colby and Charlotte Dennett, Gerard Colby and Charlotte Dennett, Thy Will Be Done: The Conquest of the Amazon: Nelson Rockefeller and Evangelism in the Age of Oil, HarperCollins Publishers, 1995, pp. 803, 805.
34. Colby and Dennett, cover.
35. Colby and Dennett, pp. 804-5.
36. Colby and Dennett, p. 805.
37. Interhemispheric Resource Center: Religious Roundtable:
38. K.E. Barr, Unholy Alliances 2000, p. 25.
39. Council for National Policy Index: http://watch-unto-prayer.org/cnpdbase.html
40. The Belmont Brotherhood: http://watch-unto-prayer.org/belmont.html
41. Ronald Miller, Distant Drums, "Thinking Globally and Acting Locally: The Politics of Transformation," Vol. 5. No. 2., May, 1983.
42. Council for National Policy Annual Directory, 1984-1985, Edited by Jefferson M. Angers, Schedule of Events.
43. Institute for First Amendment Studies, Council for National Policy Unofficial Information Page:
44. The Belmont Brotherhood: http://watch-unto-prayer.org/belmont.html
45. Eric Samuelson, "The Pilgrim Society and the English-Speaking Union": http://watch-unto-prayer.org/pilgrim.html
46. John S. Saloma III, Ominous Politics: The New Labyrinth, NY: Hill & Wang, 1984, pp. 39-40.
47. Perry Deane Young, op.cit., pp. 110, 67.
48. Perry Deane Young, op.cit.pp. 84-5.
49. The John Birch Society & Council for National Policy: http://watch-unto-prayer.org/jbs-cnp.html
50. Russ Bellant, The Coors Connection, South End Press, 1988, p. 45.
51. Russ Bellant, op.cit., pp.37-38.
52. John S. Saloma, op.cit., pp. 90-92.