I am writing to address omissions and inaccuracies in the Viewpoint (TNT, 8-17) by Jeff Rhodes in which he continues his political attack on JZ Knight and local Democrats.
The most glaring omission is Rhodes’ failure to respond to comparisons that the Freedom Foundation is a direct descendant of the John Birch Society, using the same methods to achieve the same goals.
Rhodes omits any explanation of the Freedom Foundation’s strong political advocacy positions and how it can maintain 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity status when its educational works are one-sided. It benefits from a virtual government subsidy of paying no income tax while denouncing government subsidies for other social programs.
Regarding the Freedom Foundation’s effort to “educate” public officials by disseminating copies of a pirated video from one of Knight’s events, Thurston County Superior Court Judge Christine Schaller recently ruled that the video excerpts the foundation gave to the County Commissioners were not public records and ordered the county to not disclose them.
Rhodes concluded his Sunday sermon by stating he would criticize local Republicans if they were supported by bigots. Will he criticize his own organization for inviting Ted Nugent to town for a fund-raiser if Nugent accepts?