14 December 2011

Minister says Seattle police assaulted him at Occupy

Raw video: Minister says Seattle police assaulted him at Occupy...

Yeah. I was standing about 15 feet from this guy when the cops grabbed him. He didn't attack anybody. He was trying to keep everybody calm. I didn't see the punches - the flashbangs going off and the pepper spray being used after he was taken down effectively diverted my attention - but the things he says here are worth hearing. The bruises on his face are worth seeing.

The video's about 20 minutes long, but, if you consider yourself interested at all in the relationship between Christianity and current politics, you should watch it. This guy (John Helmiere) is an ordained Methodist minister with a MA from Yale Divinity. He's articulate, he's intelligent, and he's somebody you should listen to.

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