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David Ray Griffin

It wasn’t Osama bin Laden who orchestrated the 9-11 attacks, it was George W. Bush, according to a book to be published this month by the Presbyterian Church USA.

Called “Christian Faith and the Truth Behind 9/11: A Call to Reflection and Action,” it is the third book on the conspiracy theory authored by David Ray Griffin, a professor emeritus of theology at Claremont School of Theology.

According to Christianity Today, Griffin argues in his new book that the Bush administration planned the events of Sept. 11, 2001, so they could provide justification for going to war with Afghanistan and Iraq.

“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 the magazine. “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.”

Officials at the 160-year-old Westminster John Knox, the book imprint of the official Presbyterian Church publisher, said they decided to give Griffin a contract and promote his work because of the questions 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,” Jack Keller, vice president of publishing at WJK, told Christianity Today. “Whether or not people were fully persuaded by the arguments, he was certainly raising some interesting issues.”

WJK has published other theology books by Griffin since the 1970s.

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Griffin has another book coming out this month called “9/11 and American Empire: Intellectuals Speaking Out.” That one will be published by Olive Branch Press, the same company that published his first two books about Sept. 11.

In “Christian Faith and the Truth behind 9/11,” Griffin calls the United States the world’s “chief embodiment of demonic power” and says he initially scoffed at 9-11 conspiracy theories.

But after investigating he concluded that the Twin Towers were brought down by controlled demolition, military personnel were given stand-down orders not to intercept hijacked flights and the 9-11 Commission, ostensibly created to uncover the truth behind the events of 9-11, “simply ignored evidence” that the administration was involved in the attacks.

Not all Presbyterians are happy to see their church get behind the work of Griffin.

Jack Adams, editor of the conservative magazine Presbyterian Layman, says the decision by the official church publisher doesn’t reflect the values of most members of the denomination.

“The majority of the members of the Presbyterian Church are members of the Republican Party,” Adams told Agape Press. “Now, I’m not holding that up as a good example of what the church ought to be comprised of, but that’s a fact,” he says, “so I would assume that many in the Republican Party might be very supportive of the policies of George Bush.”



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Next week, WND will introduce the September issue of its acclaimed monthly Whistleblower magazine – titled “9/11: 5 YEARS LATER, A TIME FOR TRUTH.” Along with commemorating the worst domestic terror attack in U.S. history, this provocative and controversial edition will delve into the growing “9/11 truth movement” which holds that the Sept. 11 attacks were an “inside job,” carried out with the blessing and/or participation of the Bush administration. You can be sure you won’t miss this historic, landmark exploration of 9/11 by subscribing now.

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