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Christianity and the 9/11 Truth

Posted in Uncategorized by Scott Sommers on October 6, 2012

In the article I published in Skeptic last year,

http://content.ebscohost.com/pdf25_26/pdf/2011/SKP/01Mar11/58478720.pdf

I documented the relationship between right-wing political beliefs and conspiracy beliefs, particularly the 9/11 conspiracy. In addition, many of these people are right-wing Christians who believe that President Obama is somehow associated with a secret global government that is trying to murder millions of people. It’s complicated and the details are not so important. The best way to describe the beliefs of these people is that they are unaffiliated Christians. Most do not attend church regularly and are not affiliated with a church or denomination. But there is no question about their Christianity. Some are members of the right-wing Constitution Party that wants American law to reflect the Bible. Others are pro-life advocates.

I have always had trouble dealing with another aspect of 9/11 conspiracy beliefs. Prior to the election of President Obama, the most visible segment of 9/11 conspiracy beliefs refereed to themselves as professional groups for 9/11 Truth. This includes,

Lawyers for 9/11 Truth http://l911t.com/ – whom I have tried to contact and have been told they no longer function.

Pilots for 9/11 Truth http://pilotsfor911truth.org/ – run by some people who call themselves the Citizens Investigation Team who have, among other things, accused a 70-year-old Washington DC taxi driver of being a key player in a global conspiracy.

There’s a bunch of them, but the most active of these is

Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth http://www.ae911truth.org/

AE9/11T is the brainchild of architect Richard Gage.

Groups like this I have always discarded as left over from the time when 9/11 conspiracy was seen as an anti-Bush statement or something about the war in Iraq. But I have recently discovered that Richard Gage is in fact a devoutly religious man. Over on the James Randi Forum, a member describes the conclusions of his research into the background of Richard Gage
http://forums.randi.org/showthread.php?postid=7959847#post7959847

He links to other posts he has made on this point

http://forums.randi.org/showthread.php?p=7948648#post7948648

http://forums.randi.org/showthread.php?t=130827

In summary, he found that Gage is a member of a group called the Union Church which is a sort of New Age liberal type Christian church which I do not clearly understand. I have since found that several people who appear in Gage produced 9/11 conspiracy videos are affiliated with these sorts of New Age Christian beliefs.

In this context, this post from the JREF should not be missed
http://forums.randi.org/showthread.php?postid=7956647#post7956647

This quote from the post is significant. Brainster is absolutely correct, as he is in the post, linking 9/11 Truth leaders to other quasi-Christian cults
http://forums.randi.org/showthread.php?postid=3335888#post3335888

This is all made even more significant by the role of David Ray Griffin. Griffin is quoted frequently by these people, including Gage, as their inspiration. Griffin is a former faculty member of the Claremont Graduate University School of Theology and a major figure in a type of theology called Process Theology. And, in the strange world that my life has become, he is the doctoral supervisor of George Hermanson, whose services conducted at the University of British Columbia for the United Church of Canada I used to attend,

http://www.georgehermanson.com/madawaska_institute.html

Strangely, their liberal church background has not stopped them from associating with an increasingly dark crowd. So Gage speaks at events hosted by groups that fit in well with the American Patriot Movement and Griffin deals with racist organizations and Japanese fascist groups.

More recently, I discovered that one of the solid 9/11 conspiracy groups is Religious Leaders for 9/11 Truth

http://rl911truth.org/

Check out the names on their petition. You may be surprised about whose name is up there.

Anyway, my point is that activists promoting 9/11 conspiracy and related beliefs appear to almost all be devoutly religious Christians of some sort, either affiliated with churches, practicing in an unaffiliated manner or in a quasi-Christian group.

So dominant has Christianity become among the existing activists for a 9/11 Truth that I currently describe the conspiracy beliefs as an internal struggle between different kinds of American Christians.

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