Rev. Rich Lang
If the world feels more oppressive, perhaps the way to ensure social justice is to practice heresy
As a liberal pastor it’s almost impossible to become a heretic, even though Christianity has its own orthodoxy, with a virgin birth, resurrection, incarnation and so forth. Nevertheless, ever since the Enlightenment Christians have redefined the core symbols of the faith. We speak primarily in poetic metaphor, not in the cold, hard dogma of scientific fact.
Realistically about the only place to actually be a heretic — as evidenced by the tortured and now jailed Chelsea Manning, who, as Private Bradley Manning, released the largest cache of classified documents in U.S. history, and the exiled Eric Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who received asylum from Russia after he disclosed thousands of classified documents on global surveillance programs — is in the realm of politics. Try going to a chamber of commerce meeting in order to make the case for socialism. Try convincing your friends that America is becoming a police state ruled by a psychopathic oligarchy. Try organizing your local faith community, or yoga class, to renounce war, abolish the military and expose our great nation as the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today. You know what will happen. Most will simply ignore you and consider you an idiot. Others will laugh at you for being so naïve. And some will take you seriously enough to get mad.
In the next two weeks the Common Good Café will host a couple of heretic-friendly sessions. In the first, on April 24, investigative reporter Russ Baker and author of “Family of Secrets,” an exposé of the dark history of the Bush family dynasty, will bring his latest work to light, an investigation into the story of a man who was allegedly carjacked by the brothers suspected of bombing last year’s Boston Marathon. Baker roots around inside the sewers of American empire and reveals the rot at work there. Seriously, do you want to take the blue or red pill?
The following week, May 1, I’ll be hosting an evening of film and conversation called “The Unspeakable and 9/11.” We’ll look at the unbelievable orthodoxy of the official story that a few Saudi Arabians, who could not fly airplanes, outwitted the entire national security state, destroying three buildings in Manhattan with two aircraft. It all took place on a most fortunate day when, for the first time in history, the U.S. Air Force could not get interceptor fighters off the ground and into the sky, the Air Traffic Control lost airliners for up to an hour but did not report it, and low temperature, short-lived fires on a few floors caused massive steel structures to weaken and collapse. For the first time in history, three skyscrapers fell at essentially free-fall acceleration without the benefit of controlled demolition removing resistance from below.
As Rep. Jim McDermott said earlier this month on a C-SPAN broadcast of Washington Journal: “The questions about World Trade Center Building 7 are legitimate ... and one day we will have a further investigation into that issue. ... I think the sooner the better.”
So why not join me on both April 24 and May 1 at 7 p.m. at 1415 43rd St. NE for the Common Good Cafe? I know it’s heretical, but didn’t someone, somewhere once say, “The truth will set you free”?
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