West Virginia's "Huntington News" reviews Griffin's "Christian Faith"

(Thanks, anonymous.)

Controversial David Ray Griffin Book on 9/11 and ‘American Imperialism’ Puts ‘Christian’ Perspective on Attacks, Which Author Says Were ‘False-Flag’ Plot by Bush Administration

Oct. 11, 2006

By David M. Kinchen
Huntington News Network Book Critic

Hinton, WV (HNN) – When Venezuela’s president Hugo Chavez addressed the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 20, 2006 he flourished a copy of the Spanish translation of a book by Noam Chomsky while denouncing the “imperialism” of the United States.

He’s on the same page as theologian David Ray Griffin, whose “Christian Faith and the Truth Behind 9/11: A Call to Reflection and Action” (Westminster John Knox Press, Louisville, KY, paperbound, index, notes, 246 pages, $17.95) was published on July 1, 2006, citing the same Chomsky book, “Hegemony or Survival: America’s Quest for Global Domination” (2003, Basic Books).

As a friend and occasional contributor to Huntington News Network points out, the reference to Chomsky won’t resonate with Joe or Josephine Sixpack, the average voter who may or may not support the foreign policies of the Bush Administration. My point is that Griffin is reaching out to an audience that already believes that 9/11 is a “false-flag” operation of the Bush Administration – a point Griffin has made in earlier books and ampliflied with what he calls “Christian” philosophy and theology in the latest tome.

My friend has a master’s in theology on top of a law degree and I’m sure he’d be the first to agree that there is widespread disagreement about what constitutes “Christian philosophy and theology.” Christians agree about as much about Christian theology --from fundamentalist Christians to the most far left Episcopalians and Presbyterians, not to mention Roman Catholics who are a league of their own – as do Muslims and Jews. The so-called “Abrahamic Faiths” – Judaism, Christianity, Islam – are riven by sectarian conflicts, as Griffin would be the first to acknowledge. In Islam, the conflict between the Shiites and the Sunnis produces corpses on a daily basis. Sunnis and Shiites agree on hating the Kurds, who are fellow Muslims, and they all hate the Jews and Christians.

By the way, the publisher of Griffin’s new book is the publishing arm of the Presbyterian Church, which has stealthily morphed into a left-wing church almost as radical as the Unitarian-Universalists.

Griffin shows a good grasp of history in his mention of previous “false-flag” operations – staged acts of “aggression” to justify retaliation by the imperial power – be it the Roman Empire or the American Empire. A cluster of false-flag operations were used by Germany in late August 1939 to “justify” the invasion of Poland, which officially kicked off World War II. The Germans used convicts dressed up in Polish army uniforms who were shot and killed at a border radio station outpost in the so-called Gleiwitz incident (Page 5).

The U.S. has used false-flag operations at least as early as the Mexican-American War of 1846-48 (Page 6) to justify the seizure of half of Mexico (today’s New Mexico, Arizona, California, Nevada and parts of Utah and Colorado, as well as the annexation of the Republic of Texas) in a war that both Abraham Lincoln and Henry David Thoreau protested and called American aggression...



sorry be being off topic, but with the upcomming south park episode, i thought it would be a good idea to start posting 9/11 information on south park blog sites. i've been trying to post to say to go to http://www.truth911.net to learn the truth about september 11th. the topic of the episode will spark people's interest, even if the episode doesn't reveal any real information.

improbable collapse

this is amazing. he knew what was up REAL fast.

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My reply to Huntington News

In case anyone cares....

Dear Mr. Kinchen:

I read your review, posted online, of Griffin's latest 9/11 book, "Christian Faith and the Truth Behind 9/11". I am glad you covered this. Griffin is an outstanding philosopher and scholar, and yes, a Christian. A prophetic Christian in the tradition of King, John Brown, the Berrigans, and many other fiercely faithful people, known or unknown, humbly or more vocally, yesterday and today. Why not mention this as a starting point, rather than implicitly demean, or so it seemed to me, "what he calls Christian philosophy and theology"? Or perhaps I misheard the tone. Given your mention of the great diversity of 'Christian' and other standpoints, why not simply (as a matter of full respect) take the sober Professor on his word that, in fact, he IS doing Christian theology, a commitment of faith and reason, empowered by imagination and compassion. In light of that, it most certainly would have been helpful to highlight the constructive-theological approach that Griffin is using, and why the values and questions therein are applicable to the political and spiritual realities of life with 9/11.

At some threshold, certainly, and one which I think we have passed, giving up the labels and seeing our human unity and community is the only important thing, in light of these dire times for all of humanity. Outside of the classroom or the board meeting, we'd be best not to quibble much over the packaging, and go about the business of doing justice, loving mercy, and walking humbly with thy God. Besides, Griffin, from my reading, is first and foremost a truth-seeker, compelled by his faith to pursue the truth as best he can about this horrific crime of 9/11, and the universally downward turn since then. Like many of us, he simply wants to wake others up. I'm grateful he and others in the Truth Movement have done a good job at that so far, against great odds.



good points



Could have written more, but.... anyway, never heard back yet.