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Religious Leaders for 911 Truth Formed

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Introductory text at Religious Leaders for 911 Truth:

The religions of the world share universal values of love, truth, and justice,
and believe in helping those who are oppressed or otherwise in need. Many religious
persons try to engage in activities to make the world a better place, and they
trust in a Higher Power to assist them.

When faced with actions that conflict with the universal moral principle that
we should not do to others what we would not want done to ourselves or our loved
ones, members of faith communities have a responsibility to voice their opposition
to those actions. Many religious leaders throughout history have publicly challenged
morally unacceptable practices—recently, for example, in the civil rights
and anti-apartheid movements.

A significant moral challenge has emerged due to glaring discrepancies between
the official version of the events of September 11, 2001, and the results of
extensive independent research by individuals with relevant scientific or professional
expertise.

“Independent” here means independent from the U.S. administration
that was in power at the time of the 9/11 attacks. The official reports about
9/11 were not independent in this sense. The 9/11 Commission was run by its
executive director, Philip Zelikow, who was closely associated with the Bush
administration. The official reports on the World Trade Center were produced
by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, which, as an agency of
the U.S. Commerce Department, was run by people employed by the Bush administration.

The independent research, which has led to conclusions that differ radically
from the official account, has been carried out by scientists and professionals
in many relevant fields. It has led to the creation of several professional
organizations, including Veterans for 9/11 Truth, S.P.I.N.E.: The Scientific
Panel for the Investigation of Nine-Eleven, Pilots for 9/11 Truth, Scholars
for 9/11 Truth and Justice, Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, Firefighters
for 9/11 Truth, Lawyers for 9/11 Truth, Healthcare Professionals for 9/11 Truth,
and Political Leaders for 9/11 Truth.

As a result of this extensive research carried out by scientists and professionals,
it can now be seen that the official account of 9/11 is false beyond any reasonable
doubt.

This conclusion presents a significant moral challenge because this false account
has been used as the pretext for the so-called War on Terror, which has had
enormous negative consequences, including:

  • the killing and maiming of millions of innocent people;
  • the portrayal of Islam as an inherently violent religion, of Muslims as especially
    likely to be terrorists, and of Muslim nations as devoid of any right not to
    be attacked;
  • the employment of torture, extraordinary rendition, and other practices—including
    curtailment of the civil liberties of American citizens—that violate the US
    Constitution, international law, and the moral conscience of the world;
  • the expenditure of hundreds of billions of dollars for militaristic, imperialistic
    purposes; and
  • the acceleration of the ecological destruction of our planet, including widespread
    radioactive poisoning caused by depleted uranium munitions.
  • Because the false account of 9/11, besides being an enormous lie told to the
    American public and the world as a whole, has led to all these evils, it is
    incumbent on religious leaders, once they realize that the official account
    is a lie, to speak out, because to fail to speak out is to acquiesce to the
    cover-up.

    Religious leaders from every tradition are encouraged to sign the petition
    and thereby become members of Religious Leaders for 9/11 Truth. “Religious
    Leaders” are here defined as people who exercise (or have exercised) a
    leadership role, whether in a lay or professional capacity, in or on behalf
    of some religious community or organization, or who teach (or have taught) religion
    from a faith perspective.

    Becoming a member of Religious Leaders for 9/11 Truth will not necessitate
    any further action other than signing the petition—although further action
    to spread 9/11 truth is certainly encouraged.

    If you are ready to join Religious Leaders for 9/11 Truth and would like to
    sign the petition, go to the Sign the Petition page and state your name, religious
    affiliation, and leadership role, along with (optional) anything you would like
    to say about your reason for signing.

    PETITION

    WHEREAS religious leaders seek to promote various universal values, including
    love, justice, and truth; and

    WHEREAS religious leaders throughout history have spoken out on moral issues;
    and

    WHEREAS the official account of 9/11 has been shown by scientists and professionals
    in relevant fields to be false beyond a reasonable doubt; and

    WHEREAS the official account of 9/11 has been used as a pretext for wars that
    have killed and maimed millions of innocent people and caused enormous ecological
    damage to our planet; and

    WHEREAS the official account of 9/11 has been used to increase military spending
    and thereby to withhold needed spending for health, education, welfare, infrastructure,
    and the environment; and

    WHEREAS the official account of 9/11 has been used to indict Islam as an inherently
    violent religion and to justify discrimination against Muslims and attacks on
    Muslim countries; and

    WHEREAS the official reports about 9/11 have been produced by individuals closely
    affiliated with, or even employed by, the Bush administration;

    THEREFORE we, the members of Religious Leaders for 9/11 Truth, ask President
    Obama to authorize a new, truly independent, investigation into the attacks
    of 9/11 immediately, because such an investigation is long overdue, being owed
    to the 9/11 families, the American people, and the peoples of the world—especially
    the peoples of Afghanistan and Iraq.

    Individual statements and endorsements follow here.