Our take: Rev. Sun Myung Moon, the Korean-born founder of the Unification Church, died Sunday in Korea. In 1982, he founded The Washington Times newspaper. In this editorial, The Washington Times reviews the impacts Moon had on the paper and its mission statement with his encouragement to promote principles of faith and freedom.
The Rev. Sun Myung Moon died in Korea on Sunday at the age of 92. He founded The Washington Times in 1982, and through it maintained a strong voice at the highest levels of national and international affairs. Over 30 years, the preeminent challenges of the day have changed, from the Communist threat during the Cold War to the contemporary dangers posed by suffocating debt. Throughout it all, The Washington Times has remained constant in articulating the importance of the values of faith, family, freedom and service to serve as guiding lights to help the country and world navigate the rough waters. These were the guiding lights ignited by Rev. Moon.
Rev. Moon put not only his treasure — but his heart — into this newspaper. Reflecting on this commitment and the central role The Washington Times plays in the nations capital, many curious observers asked and some critics speculated on his motivation. All the while, the simple answer was standing there for everyone to see in those four guiding principles. As the summer of 2012 turns into autumn, the newspaper founded by Rev. Moon sits on the cusp of its fourth decade. Its raison detre is relevant now more than ever, and this institution stands as a monumental legacy to its founder. Because of the timelessness of this message to the future, and to honor the man responsible for it, this is an opportune time to review the mission and how it developed over the passing days.
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