John Sharpe (publisher)

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John Forrest Sharpe is an American publisher and author. He has published of numerous articles and books on the economic theory of distributism. He is chairman of the publishing house IHS Press in Virginia; the vice-chairman is Derek Holland. IHS Press and the Legion of St. Louis (LSL), another publishing entity run by Sharpe that sells books such as Henry Ford's The International Jew and Michael A. Hoffman II's Strange Gods of Judaism,[1] are on the list of hate groups for the nonprofit civil rights organization[2][3][4] Southern Poverty Law Center.[5]

Controversies over alleged racist views[edit]

He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and a former submarine officer and media spokesman for the Atlantic Fleet.

On March 7, 2007, John Sharpe was temporarily relieved of duty pending a Navy inquiry into allegations that he was involved in supremacist activities.[6]

In 2008, the Catholic University of America canceled a lecture series in which Sharpe was to speak after the Southern Poverty Law Center claimed Sharpe is anti-Semitic, though no review of his written opinion had occurred.[7]

Sharpe later filed suit against Landmark Communications, claiming defamation in a news story. The suit sought $5 million in compensatory damages and $350,000 in punitive damages. In April 2009, Norfolk Circuit Court judge Norman A. Thomas issued his opinion. In it, Thomas grants a summary judgment to the defendants on the major issues of the case, concluding that Sharpe’s writings "do espouse anti-Semitic and racist views...No reasonable person can read Sharpe’s individual writings and conclude that he espouses anything other than a deep, abiding and pervasive suspicion of and hostility toward Jews, whether considered as a collective people, religion, nation or ethnic group."[8]

Speaking engagements[edit]

In 2005, Sharpe visited Australia to speak on Catholic social teachings. In conjunction with the Australian Thomas More Centre, he gave a talk entitled The Third Way: Distributism and the New Politics to a breakfast scheduled between the Annual National Civic Council Conference and the Thomas More Summer School. The event was recorded in the journal AD2000.[9]


  1. ^ "Officer denies accusations of anti-Semitism", Navy Times
  2. ^ Ma, Ken (November 24, 2005). "College students' blackface stunt creates backlash". The Orlando Sentinel. Orlando, FL. 
  3. ^ Wiggins, Ovetta (April 26, 2006). "Racial Slurs Make For Ugly Commute; Vandals Deface Bowie Church, Sound Barrier". The Washington Post. Washington, D.C. 
  4. ^ Dininny, Shannon (January 16, 2012). "Civil-rights history gets boost; Whitman College students to teach subject this week". The Seattle Times. Seattle, WA. 
  5. ^ The Dirty Dozen
  6. ^ Carrier PAO relieved pending investigation Navy Times
  7. ^ Catholic University nixes lectures, The Washington Times
  8. ^ Norfolk Circuit Court judge Norman A. Thomas' opinion
  9. ^ Cappello, Anthony (February 2005), Thomas More Centre to host US publisher dedicated to Catholic social teachings, retrieved 2010-06-19 

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