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9/11 & American Empire: Christians, Jews, and Muslims Speak Out Vol. 2 Paperback – October 15, 2006

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Olive Branch Press (October 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566566606
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566566605
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,080,257 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John B. Cobb, Jr., is professor emeritus of the Claremont School of Theology. He is founding director of the Center for Process Studies and co-founder of Progressive Christians Uniting, for which he edited Progressive Christians Speak. He is an ordained minister of the United Methodist Church. Among his books are The Liberation of Life with Charles Birch (1984) and For the Common Good with Herman Daly (1997) as well as Christ in a Pluralistic Age (1999) and Postmodernism and Public Policy (2001).

Sandra Lubarsky is director of Northern Arizona University's Master of Liberal Studies program, which focuses on "Good and Sustainable Societies." She is co-author, with David Ray Griffin, of Jewish Theology and Process Thought.

Kevin Barrett has taught English, French, Arabic, American civilization, humanities, African literature, folklore, and Islam at colleges and universities in the San Francisco Bay area, Paris, and Madison, Wisconsin. His Ph.D. dissertation on Moroccan legend compares contemporary legends to classic saints' legends. He is serving as president of Khidria, a nonprofit corporation dedicated to Islamic socio-environmental awareness, writing and editing for the Muslim magazine al-Jumuah, and spearheading MUJCA-NET, the Muslim-Jewish-Christian Alliance for 9/11 Truth.

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Kevin Barrett, Ph.D., is an Arabist-Islamologist scholar and one of America's best-known critics of the War on Terror.

From 1991 through 2006 Dr. Barrett taught at colleges and universities in San Francisco, Paris and Wisconsin. In summer 2006 Dr. Barrett was attacked by a group of Republican state legislators who called for him to be fired from his job at the University of Wisconsin-Madison due to his political opinions. Since 2007 Dr. Barrett has been informally blacklisted from teaching in American colleges and universities.

Dr. Barrett ran for Congress in Wisconsin in 2008, and currently works as a nonprofit organizer, public speaker, author and talk radio host. He lives in rural western Wisconsin with his wife, two sons, and a dog named after Salman Rushdie. His website is http://www.truthjihad.com

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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By reprehensor on October 28, 2006
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Following hot on the heels of 9/11 and American Empire Vol. I: Intellectuals Speak Out comes Vol. II: Christians, Jews and Muslims Speak Out.

Co-edited by Kevin Barrett, John B. Cobb Jr., and Sandra Lubarsky, Vol. II succeeds on several levels.

First, the quality of writing and serious contemplative nature of each essay builds on what has been an amazing year for written output about 9/11. Second, apart from Griffin's volume, Christian Faith and the Truth Behind 9/11, Vol. II sets a standard for frank discussion of morality in the shadow of the US hegemon (in the wake of 9/11). Third, for someone who is devoutly or moderately religious, but has not examined the events of 9/11 in a critical light, Vol. II packs a powerful punch. Informed by Griffin's informative rundown of False Flag terrorism, and Nafeez Ahmed's thoroughly documented reinterpretation of "international terrorism", one cannot walk away from this book without being a little bit wiser about the Machiavellian nature of the War on Terror and the historical roots of state-sponsored terrorism.

With Barrett's name on the lips of Wisconsin politicians and attack dogs on FOX News, his notoriety is assured. Cobb is known and respected as a pioneer in the fusion of Process Thought and Christianity. Lubarsky seems to have come on board with the other two editors via her association with David Ray Griffin; she co-edited a volume with him called Jewish Theology and Process Thought. Griffin is also a Process Theologian, so we can say that Alfred North Whitehead is well represented here.

Other notable authors also contribute to Vol.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Luc REYNAERT on March 10, 2007
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This is in any case a very courageous book, even though the contributions vary in the extreme. Some authors accept the official 9/11 version. Most, however, see 9/11 as an inside job, a mantra for permitting preemptive war, disregarding human rights and personal freedom (S. Lubarsky).

One big chasm between the contributors is the fact that some see religion as an end, not as a means.

Religion is the institutionalization of people's irrational beliefs by the rulers to consolidate, enhance or justify their power and policies (J. Diamond). Fundamentalist followers are their best foot folk.

In the 9/11 case, R. Ruether speaks of `misuse of religious language'.

C. Heyward defines it more perfectly: `the problem with 9/11 is how religion was used to exploit the violence. The leaders of the US are justifying their behavior by faith in a god who is a concoction of their own lust of power.'

Nearly all the authors stress that Muslim fundamentalist terrorism with its symbol Al Qaeda and `its legend Osama Bin Laden' (R. Griffin), together with `the axis of evil' is the focal point. By creating terrorism as the main global enemy a screenplay of endless war (R. Ruether) should justify endless defense budgets.

But, there is not only Muslim fundamentalism. C. Keller exposes bitterly the Christian Right. She quotes one version of it: `war-making is precisely the work of killing people, and there is nothing wrong with enjoying one's work.' As Dante did already in the Renaissance, she pleads for a strong distinction between Religion and State.

More, N.M. Ahmed in `Interrogating Terrorism' explains clearly that the link between Muslim fundamentalism and Western intelligence is in no way cut.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By gerald on July 17, 2011
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When will the Bush crowd be brought to justice. That is my lasting concern. It is so obvious to me that 9/11 played into the Republican right wingnut crowds' need to invade Iraq and grab oil. Unfortunately we don't even seem to get oil out of this deal. Only lost lives or messed up kids plus lots of civilian casualties! And now, a new book out this Tues. called "The 11th Day" by Anthony Summers. Exposes the funding of 9/11 by Saudi Arabia and the suppression by Bush of the 28 pgs of the 9/11 report about Saudi Arabia to avoid impeachment. Apparently the definitive 10 yr research project into 9/11. I just read an excerpt of the book in Vanity Fair mag.

One last comment: Does anyone really believe that a bunch of Saudis were able to attack the most heavily defended building the world without some form of assistance from the far right in the country!!! Remember that there was a "Stand Down Order!"
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6 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jill Malter on August 18, 2007
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Many years ago, someone said that if there were some smart aliens out there in space, their first knowledge of our civilization might come from capturing a few "I Love Lucy" shows, as they were some of the earlier television shows to be broadcast. And while that would confirm the presence of life on Earth, it might leave the aliens wondering about the possible presence of intelligent life here.

Well, I think they were wrong about Lucy. Sure, that was a mindless show. But I think our aliens would quickly guess that the characters might just be actors and actresses, rather than Important Leaders of Society. And they might even guess that the show was some sort of comedy or satire. I doubt that we'd have much to fear in this regard.

I wish I could say the same for this book.

I favor human rights for all. I value truth. I'm a Pagan and a Polytheist, and in my opinion, this book makes the monotheists look worse than any other book I have ever seen. It makes even "I Love Lucy" look honest, scholarly and sophisticated by comparison, and I'm not a fan of that show at all. If the monotheists do eventually become an insignificant minority and the Pagans become the majority, maybe some day, people will look at this book and say "Golly, no wonder the monotheists lost so badly." The contempt for facts and logic shown by the contributors to this book is incredible.

I was sorry to see that a book such as "Debunking 9/11 Myths" by Popular Mechanics was needed. But I guess some of you folks out there ought to read it.

By the way, I'm a liberal, and I do not like the present administration at all, and I think the war in Iraq has been a mistake. But books such as this one sure do not help those of us who say so.
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