Tuesday, August 01, 2006

The Bush Admin Planned 9-11

... no, not another fevered conspiracy theory floating out there on the Arab street or preached in mosques from Lutton to Dearborn ... but a Christian theologian who's written a book (in fact several) on the topic. And it's being published by Westminster John Knox, the official publisher of the Presbyterian Church (USA), according to this Christianity Today story.

"I became more convinced that if the truth about 9/11 was going to be exposed, the churches were probably going to have to be involved," Griffin told CT. "If we become convinced that the so-called war on terror is simply a pretext for enlarging the American empire, we have every reason as Christians to try and expose the truth behind 9/11."

Westminster John Knox (WJK) officials said they published Griffin because of the questions that he raised in his previous books, The New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions About the Bush Administration and 9/11, and The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions And Distortions.

"We have a long tradition of being a publisher of somewhat progressive stances on theological and social issues, so it is not out of character for us to do this," said Jack Keller, vice president of publishing at WJK. "Whether or not people were fully persuaded by the arguments, he was certainly raising some interesting issues."
So, "it's all our fault -- literally," is then a solid,'progressive' perspective? Well give me some regression, then! And to all those who keep whining about how "there's no toleration of dissent" in the US ... just shut up. Go to Iran ... yes, there'll be a lot of toleration of dissent there.

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Napoleon said...

Wow, there a certain amount of passion in that last paragraph.

Gashwin said...

Well, what did you expect? It's ok that people have these ideas and express them in the public forum (where they can be scrutinzed, debated, rejected, etc.). It bothers me a bit that Westminster John Knox, a well-respected publisher is lending their name to this enterprise. Would they publish, say, a book that denied the Holcaust in the name of encouragin discussion? I think not. (No, 9-11 wasn't the Holocaust. Just saying that there are some limits when it comes to giving respectability to marginal conspiracy theories ...)

assiniboine said...

Precisely. Or as jurisprudence on guaranteed freedom of expression puts it, it must be subject to such limits as are justified in a civilised society. There are also those, of course, who hold that President Roosevelt organised the Admiral Yamamoto's bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941 in order to persuade isolationists to allow him to enter the Second World War. Westminster really ought to have applied Mr Justice Potter Stewart's definition of pornography when considering whether to publish the sound and fury of cranks: I can't explain what it is but I know it when I see it.