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Anti-Bush book stays on market

By Melanie B. Smith
msmith@decaturdaily.com 340-2468

Citing editorial freedom, a Presbyterian (U.S.A.) publishing house is not withdrawing a book that accuses the Bush-Cheney administration of orchestrating the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

The board of directors of Presbyterian Publishing Corp. reviewed the decision of its Westminster John Knox Press to publish "Christian Faith and the Truth Behind 9/11" by David Ray Griffin. The board criticized the book, but the Louisville, Ky.-based publisher will keep selling it.

Like other books published by WJK, Griffin's book is the work of an independent author and doesn't represent views of the denomination, said Kenneth Godshall, chairman.

Godshall also said the volume isn't up to the press' standards although he described Griffin as a "distinguished theologian" who has published other books with the corporation.

"Griffin's theological reflections are helpful and timely," Godshall said. "The board believes, however, the conspiracy theory is spurious and based on questionable research."

Griffin is an ordained Disciples of Christ minister and taught at United Methodists' Clarement School of Theology in California.The AP reported sales of 8,500 copies by mid-November.

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