Why 9/11 Truth?
A long time ago and in a faraway land, a pastor teased a philosopher: “a philosopher spends his life in a completely dark room, looking for a black cat that is not there.” The philosopher, after a moment of reflection, calmly answered: “yes, and only a pastor can find it.”
This old joke has some truth to it. The highly variegated religious doctrines the same scriptures have inspired attest the difficulty of extracting true information out of ambiguous data.
The Orange Coast Unitarian Universalist Church appears to be Southern California’s only religious institution with its own affiliated 9/11 Truth group. This places it in an awkward position, even within its sister Unitarian Universalist congregations. Yet few secular issues are more germane to people of faith than 9/11 Truth. Indeed, like religion, 9/11 is primarily a matter of epistemology, namely a challenge to extract true information out of overabundant and confusing data.
In its ultimate conclusions, 9/11 Truth, contrary to what many still believe, deals less with the specifics of the 9/11 terror attacks than with how “we the people of the world” acquire correct information as opposed to incorrect beliefs. If, for whatever reason, you still give any credibility to the official 9/11 narrative according to which large hijacked airplanes ended up disintegrating the twin towers, kindly spend some time reviewing straightforward information that you are probably not aware of, perhaps starting here, before reading further.
This easy entry into 9/11 concludes with questions less about how Building 7 disintegrated in 7 seconds 7 hours after the twin towers than about why not a single television network anywhere in the world produced an inexpensive, informative and sensational documentary on it. A progression through the specifics of Building 7’s structural failure also raises mostly epistemological questions, this time about the concerted censorship of the cover-up of the largest controlled demolition in history. The next logical step, the review of the twin towers’ morbidly spectacular destruction before their evacuation was complete, also yields primarily epistemological questions. Why did so many leaders and organizations turn a blind eye to the amateurish U.S. cover-up of their terrorist demolitions? Worse, why did they allow, by their failure to question the official 9/11 narrative, the decade of war, fear, intrusive security, economic meltdown and neglect of pressing problems that 9/11 directly engendered? These epistemological questions dwarf the numerous enigmas related to the specifics of the 9/11 events themselves.
The remarkably effective conspiracy of silence by watchdogs of very different—and often opposite—persuasions is a call to action by all people whose faith call them to work for justice, irrespective of their particular vision of the Divine existence. And a critical analysis of the worldwide, persisting, cross-disciplinary and self-healing 9/11 censorship is arguably a highly valuable exercise to scholars, ministers and lay people who strive to correctly interpret their Holy Scriptures and the subtle spiritual teachings they receive.
Going back to this page’s title, the pertinent question is not why this church should have its 9/11 Truth group, but rather why any religious outfit should not have its own.
coordinator, 9/11 Truth, OCUUC