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Rev. Rich Lang's 9/11: Call to Action Freedom From Fear in Seattle

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: 9/11, impeach, iraq, lies, politics, war, healthcare, elections )

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Rich Lang is a Methodist minister from Seattle. He is a passionate and powerful speaker (please watch the enclosed link). He is right in saying that passive protest is not going to change anything. A YouTube video in 3 parts.

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Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Saturday August 25, 2007, 11:30 am
Yes, I am in Seattle and I heard Rev. Lang's Call for Action.
Every Monday at 7 PM, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Ballard {Seattle}, there is a meeting where people break up into groups and discuss actions. Such as surrounding the radio stations {to expose the media irresponsibility in NOT telling the REAL news}; gathering in Westlake Mall on Sept. 11th with booths and flyers on different aspects of the Constitutional Crisis we are in; a march from Victor Steinbreuk park; and other NON-VIOLENT actions.
Please come if you are in Seattle. The newspaper sold by homeless people, "Real Change", will feature articles by Rev. Lang in each issue {weekly}.

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Saturday August 25, 2007, 12:13 pm

Our task is to create direct public actions to drive out the fear that has silenced our voice as a people who affirm the rule of law, and peace and justice for all. We are currently planning a public action for 9/11. Join us and reclaim the power of the people: our Constitutional heritage.

At Trinity United Methodist Church.

Tuesday, September 11, 10:30 a.m.

The Freedom From Fear Campaign will sponsor a funeral march for all that has been lost since the tragic events of September 11, 2001. The silent march will begin at the Space Needle at 10:30 a.m. and proceed to Seattle's major media centers, ending in Westlake Center. All who mourn the loss of innocent life, as well as the subsequent loss of democracy and civil rights, are invited to wear black and join the procession.

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Saturday August 25, 2007, 12:18 pm

"First they came for the terrorists but I wasn't a terrorist so I stayed silent and went about my business. Then they came for those suspected of terrorism, but I certainly wasn't a suspect so I stayed silent and went about my business. Then they came for those who defended those who were suspected of terrorism, but I wasn't defending such people so I stayed silent and went about my business. Then, one day, they came and began to "suspect" me, so I stayed very, very silent and went about my business.
And that is how I lost my soul."

You can feel it in the air: many of us are living in the fear that we are one "bad event" away from this administration seizing power over the people in such a way that we will find ourselves swept up in a nightmare of tyranny such as we've never seen before.

Others before us have also lived in such times. Others before us have also witnessed the tyranny of empire, the fear it unleashes, and the trance it imposes on its population. There is a story in the Gospel of Mark (this Sunday I'll be preaching about it) that has Jesus encountering a man in a graveyard, chained to the tombs and possessed by a powerful demon that has caused the man to become violent, insane, and out of control. The name of the demon is Legion, a military term that symbolizes the occupying army of Rome. In the story Jesus breaks through the silence, the denial, the trance and compels the demon to acknowledge its name. Once named, Jesus "exorcizes the demon", that is, he performs a direct public action that breaks through the denial and the trance while restoring the man to sanity and community.

We are gathered tonight because our nation has fallen into a trance: we've become possessed by a spirit that is causing us great harm. It is a spirit that causes great violence. It is a spirit that destroys community. It turns us against each other. It causes us to distrust each other. And it certainly causes us to question our sanity, our understanding of events and of basic human qualities like honesty, forthrightness, integrity, co-operation. This trance has caused us to lose our voice, we have become silent in the face of great evils. We have learned how to live in denial of the obvious. Indeed, we now know the answer to that old question, "how could good German citizens allow the Nazi Party to rise to power?" We need somehow to awaken from this trance, and find our voice. We need to break through the denial and compel the demon that possess' us to state forth its name, and having done that, then through direct public actions we can restore our citizenry to sanity and community. We need to awaken and reclaim our roots as a democracy.

That's the assumption of this call to meeting. We face a multitude, a whole legion of evils that are silencing us, chaining us to fears and denial, possessing us with a spirit contrary to our nature. You have probably come here because you have seen this possession and have become restless and frustrated in "casting it out" of the body politic. Some of you are here because you think electing Democrats in 2008 will bring a new birth of hope. Some of you are here because you think our governing system has fallen into disrepair and needs a few tweaks and adjustments. Some of you want to fix our broken elections, or stop the impending war in Iran, Syria and Lebanon. Some of you want to get to the bottom of the 9/11 contradictions, and some of you are worried sick about the house of cards that is our economy. Many of you are greatly concerned about the growing power of the executive and the military. Many of you worry about the corruption of our political process through Corporate money. The urgency of multiple crisis (legion) is certainly before our nation this evening. But tonight the focus is really on one part of the crisis: breaking the trance, breaking through the denial and finding our voice.

This year, for the first time since 2001, 9/11 falls on a Tuesday. Tonight I want to call us to participate in a creative direct action goaled towards naming the demon and therefore awakening our people from their trance. Tonight I want to invite us into a city wide series of direct actions that will put thousands of people into the streets to perform, what might be called a Day of Democracy, but what I would call, a public exorcism of the tyranny of fear. Like Jesus, I want to invite us to "unchain" the possessed and let them go free.* Unchain the possessed and help them find their voice.


Mara G (411)
Saturday August 25, 2007, 1:54 pm
Thank you for this inspiring video and promoting our "Call To Action" as citizens of an America which is being taken by tyrants with absolutely NO regard for human life or the people of our country. I wish "every" town, city, capitol, would join in the peaceful fight for our nation, and if that does not bring needed change, we will have "NO CHOICE" but to do "WHATEVER" it takes to "STOP" it. For our children, our future, OUR COUNTRY!!

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Saturday August 25, 2007, 2:50 pm
CNN news item:
9/11: GENERAL STRIKE visit site
US Politics & Gov't (tags: US general strike, 9/11 protest, activism, general strike )
from Cate G.

and this site for a transcript of his talk, and more by Rev. Lang:

[A PROGRESSIVE Christian site for ALL faiths]

Thomas Panto (364)
Sunday August 26, 2007, 12:47 pm
If we can not save America from the Deregulated Military Monopoly currently occupying our capitol, then the 6 billion people of the free world will have to do it, to save themselves, the earth, and us.

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Sunday August 26, 2007, 12:50 pm

Ola H (27)
Sunday August 26, 2007, 12:55 pm
Your powerful arguments and rhetoric might really blew me away, Tru! I agree with your views now (oh, what were those again, apart from "bull"??)

Thomas Panto (364)
Sunday August 26, 2007, 3:43 pm
Where's the ''bull''.... here is the beef...
The seekers of Truth, like Lang, do not depend on the words invented by ancient illiterate humans.
There were only 12,621 words in the Latin Language.
Latin is the language used by the Roman Empire to translate their stolen texts, to fabricate their version of a religion USING the name of God and the NAME of Christ ( In Vain ).

The meanings, the definitions of words, can be changed to alter a human child's interpretation of reality to suit the needs of the greedy rulers of territories and the greedy priests of congregations.
But the Reality that created Life on this planet remains unchanged, regardless of what we do to, and with our words.

When you LOOK at Creation ( Truth ), and trust your eyes, then you can make SENSE with YOUR words, and also correct the words, and definitions, issued by the Roman Empire.

Like Christ, you must oppose the ''money changers'.
Like Christ, teach children to AVOID religions, and to ''listen'' instead to teachings of this Creation... which is the Language of God, written by the Hand of God, and is NOT the embellished lies issued by the slave owning, flat earth barbarians of the Roman Empire who were hell bent on slaughtering Creation and gaining dominion over Life, using MURDER.


Past Member (0)
Monday August 27, 2007, 6:32 pm
Thank you so much. I totally far a s "bull" goes.I think you are afraid to open your eyes and see the TRUTH....thanks again..NOTED
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