Church Violence: Constantine’s Sword

The documentary Constantine’s Sword came out earlier this year. And while I find some of it questionable (on a technical level), or perhaps one sided (again, on a technical level), but in general, the movie brings a much needed critical eye on Christian history and practice, especially in relationship to antisemitism. Oh, and even Daniel Berrigan shows up briefly. I would recommend people give it a watch, especially lay Christians. Here is the trailer:

In response to a collusion between Christianity and Military power, I think a nice protest song about the state’s true eschatological hope will work:

English lyrics to 99 Luft Balons (99 Red Balloons above):

You and I in a little toy shop
Buy a bag of balloons
With the money we’ve got
Set them free at the break of dawn
Till one by one they were gone
Back at base, bugs in the software
Flash the message “Something’s out there”
Floating in the summer sky
99 red balloons go by

99 red balloons floating in the summer sky
Panicked birds, it’s red alert
There’s something there from somewhere else
The war machine springs to life
Opens up one eager eye
Focuses it on the sky
99 red balloons go by

99 decisions treaty, 99 ministers meets
To worry-worry, super scurry
Call the troops out in a hurry
This is what we’ve waited for
This is it boys, this is war
The president is on the line
As 99 red balloons go by

99 knights of the air ride
Super hi-tech jet fighters
Everyone’s a super hero
Everyone’s a captain kirk
With orders to identify
To clarify and classify
Scramble in the summer sky
99 red balloons go by

99 dreams I have had
And every one a red balloon
It’s all over and I’m standing pretty
In this dust that was a city
I could find a souvenier
Just to prove the world was here
And here is a red balloon
I think of you and let it go…


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