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Monday, March 12, 2007
An Open Letter to Clarence Page
Dear Mr. Page,
You are a very talented and highly-regarded journalist. It is for that reason that I am asking you to reconsider your relationship with the Washington Times, a newspaper that carries your syndicated column. There are several reasons that I believe a reconsideration is in order:
1. The Washington Times is a vehicle for the Reverend Sun Myung Moon to gain power and prestige with the American political elite in order to advance his theocratic agenda. As Moon told his followers: "Through the Washington Times, Insight magazine, and The World and I, I have been preparing the foundation for you to influence America. . . I am building up a media center, including a television studio and a wire service. Why? Because I want to be rich? No--to educate Americans in God's truth."
2. Having respected journalists writing for the Times advances Moon's antidemocratic and fascist agenda in which dissenters will be "digested" and "will perish." Former Washington Times editor James Whelan pointed out, ". . .the Moonies are a political movement in religious clothing. Moon seeks power, not the salvation of souls. To achieve that, he needs religious fanatics as his palace guard and shock troops. But more importantly, he needs secular conscripts--seduced by money, free trips, free services, seemingly endless bounty and booty--in order to give him respectability and, with it, that image of influence which translates as power."
3. There is reason to believe that much of the money that Moon has used to fund the Times--an estimated $3 billion--has been obtained through charity fraud and swindling people out of their life savings through the "spiritual sales" scams.
4. The Times is a journalistic monstrosity whose editorial page is controlled by white supremacists.
I could give many other strong reasons for you to reconsider your relationship with the Washington Times, but I believe the reasons I gave are more than sufficient.