DVD208 - 9/11, American Empire, and Christian Faith DVD
- David Ray Griffin's speech from Trinity Episcopal Church of Santa Barbara, CA on March 25, 2006, plus the speech given by Rev. Dr. George Regas
- Part One:
"9/11 and the American Empire: A Christian Critique" Professor of Theology (emeritus) David Ray Griffin offers a Christian critique of the American empire in light of 9/11, and of 9/11 in light of the American empire. This critique presupposes a discussion of 9/11 itself, especially the question of who was responsible for the attacks. The official theory is that the attacks were planned and carried out entirely by Arab Muslims. The main alternative theory is that 9/11 was a 'false flag' operation, orchestrated by forces within the US government who made it appear to be the work of Arab Muslims.
Originally, a false flag attack was one in which the attackers, perhaps in ships, literally showed the flag of an enemy country, so that it would be blamed. But the expression has come to be used for any attack made to appear to be the work of some country, party, or group other than that to which the attackers themselves belong.
Griffin argues that the attacks of 9/11 were false flag attacks, orchestrated to marshal support for a so-called war on terror against Muslim and Arab states as the next stage in creating a global Pax Americana, an all-inclusive empire. He concludes with the question: How should Christians in America respond to the realization that we are living in an empire similar to the Roman Empire at the time of Jesus?
- Part two:
Rev. Dr. George Regas discusses "The Essential Place of Preemptive War in the American Empire: A Christian Critique"
Dr. Regas is Rector Emeritus of All Saints Episcopal Church, Pasadena, where he led the congregation in its opposition to the Vietnam War, the arms race, the covert US wars in Central America, and the two Gulf Wars. He is now Executive Director of the Regas Institute, which is dedicated to the study and examination of Progressive Religion that seeks to counter the dominance of the Religious Right.
- Run time: 99 minutes
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