This interview transcript has been broken into three parts.
This is Part 1.
Thanks to Don Caldarazzo for help editing the transcript.
Here's the link to the audio interview: Frederick Clarkson, on Rev. Moon, the Moonies and Something New and Worse
The reach and depth of Reverend Sun Myung Moon into the US is incredible. We learn about it, and a new, very scary religious organizaiton that we really need to keep an eye on.
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Interview Date: September 5, 2012
Rob: Welcome to the Rob Kall Bottom Up Radio Show, WNJC 1360 AM out of Washington
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name, "Rob Kall," K-a-l-l.
My guest tonight is Frederick
Clarkson. He's a senior fellow at Political Research Associates in Somerville,
Massachusetts. He's a longtime observer of the religious right. including
Reverend Moon, and that's what we're going to be talking about--at least
starting the conversation tonight.
Reverend Moon passed away and Frederick
Clarkson had this to say about him. "Reverend Sun Myung Moon was the most
pernicious, anti-Democratic figures in the United States in the latter half of
the 20th century. Moon hated America. He hated our tradition of
individual rights and independent thought. He hated democracy and said he
wanted to replace it with a theocracy under his own rule." Pretty tough stuff.
It goes on, "Although many would be loathe to admit it, Moon has been a central
figure in the development of the modern American Conservative Movement since
the 1960s; from Richard Viguerie's direct mail operation, to the religious and
political empire of Jerry Falwell."
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Welcome to the show.
Frederick: Thank you. Thank you for
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