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Domino's CEO uses company funds to finance cult

We are a group of students concerned about MIT's association with Domino's Pizza.

Tom Monaghan, Domino's sole owner, supports both economically and ideologically anti-choice campaigns and anti-union hiring practices. He also is actively involved in at least two politically charged religious groups, Word of God and Legatus.

Monaghan has given over $110,000 to anti-choice groups including Operation Rescue, an organization which blocks entrance to abortion clinics and women's health care facilities.

He also donated $100,000 to back a law which affected Medicaid funding, limiting reproductive freedom for low and moderate income women in Michigan. He has been known to pay employees for time spent participating in anti-choice activities.

Word of God, a Christian cult, appoints "shepherds" to control large aspects of its members' lives, such as who they marry and where they live. Word of God supports Operation Rescue and preaches (among other things) that women are "the handmaidens of men."

Rites such as "deliverances" to exorcise demons (including deliverance from "spirits of independence, rebellion, feminism, isolation, etc." for new members) are practiced by Word of God members. Word of God is a chapter of Sword of the Spirits, a worldwide organization holding the same views. Monaghan has donated at least $100,000 to Word of God and a million dollars to the Sword of the Spirits chapter in Honduras.

In addition to being an active member in Word of God, Monaghan founded Legatus, a club for Catholic CEOs of companies earning more than $4 million per year.

Its stated purpose is "promoting and supporting moral ethics in business in conformity with the teachings of the Roman Catholic church so that the lives of all can be enhanced." This club discriminates both on the basis of religion and economic status.

Legatus is affiliated with groups such as Spirit of the Sword, Opus Dei, and the Knights of Malta (a group supporting the Contras in Honduras). Legatus includes powerful members of the Republican Party and the New Right.

Monaghan is anti-union and has been quoted as saying that "unions are the cause for the federal deficit." He refuses to hire union laborers and will not allow his employees to organize.

Employees are expected to conform to Monaghan's personal tastes; he has strict dress and hair codes that he defends as reflecting "family values."

Monaghan is the sole stockholder of Domino's, and therefore Domino's "corporate money" is not distinguishable from his "personal money." Domino's gets 3-5 percent of the profits that each franchise brings in.

It is clear that Monaghan is not planning on changing his views or his monetary allocations. We don't care what he does with his personal money, but when we buy Domino's Pizza we contribute directly to his personal ideals.

We do not support Domino's, and we ask that MIT, as an institution and as a community of individuals, reevaluate its patronage of Domino's.

Deborah Birnby '91->

and 20 others->