Christians for Economic Justice

Previously called Christianity Uncut

Christians plan exorcism at London arms fair

The following news release has been issued today (06.09.13):

Christians plan exorcism at London arms fair


A group of Christians, including three Church of England priests, will hold an exorcism ceremony at the site of the London arms fair this Sunday (8 September). The fair, known formally as Defence & Security Equipment International (DSEi), will open at the Excel Centre in east London on Tuesday 10 September.


By exorcising the demons of the arms fair, the Christians will draw attention to the evil of DSEi, while praying for an end to the arms trade. The action will take place at one of the gates to the Excel Centre at 4.00pm on Sunday, which will be marked as Stop the Arms Trade Day of Prayer.


The exorcism, part of an act of worship and protest, is organised by anti-capitalist network Christianity Uncut with support from other groups.


The Christians involved are inspired by Jesus’ exorcisms, which challenged the authorities of the day, drew links between personal suffering and unjust powers and liberated the people involved. The political nature of exorcism has been increasingly recognised in academic biblical studies in recent years.


Earlier in the day, at noon, Christians will join with people of other religions and none for a mass nonviolent protest against the arms fair. Many will also join in with a silent multifaith vigil on the evening of Monday 9 September, as well as events organised by various groups during the week.


Oppressive and aggressive regimes such as Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Colombia and Israel are expected to attend the fair. The government is subsidising DSEi with taxpayers’ money despite the austerity agenda. Last month, six national Christian organisations said that nonviolent direct action would be a moral response to DSEi.


Rev Dr Keith Hebden, a Church of England priest in Mansfield, is one of those who will perform the exorcism. He said:


“We are all caught up in the system but it is manifest so grossly in this place, where states and corporations gather to profit from violence, tyranny and despair. Just as Jesus called the disciples to cast mountains into the sea, by faith, we hope, by the same faith, to bring an end to terror with a price tag.”


ENDS


Notes to editors

  1. Christianity Uncut is an informal network of Christians campaigning against the UK government’s cuts agenda and the wider injustices of capitalism. We are inspired by Jesus, who took nonviolent direct action in the Jerusalem Temple in solidarity with people who are poor, marginalised and exploited. Please see http://www.christianityuncut.wordpress.com.

  2. Christianity Uncut is committed to active nonviolence, rejecting both violence and passivity. We reject personal abuse and seek to act in a spirit of love for humanity rather than hatred for others.

  3. The London arms fair, formally known as Defence & Security Equipment International (DSEi), will take place at the Excel Centre in east London from Tuesday 10 until Friday 13 September. It is organised by Clarion Events with financial and practical support from the UK government’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

  4. Sunday 8 September will be marked as Stop the Arms Trade Day of Prayer by churches and Christians across the UK. The exorcism and related worship will take place at 4.00pm on Sunday 8 September at one of the gates to the Excel Centre. The precise location will be revealed that morning on the Christianity Uncut website. Please contact us if you wish to be informed at that time.

  5. The exorcism follows a protest involving people of all religions and none. This will take place from 12.00 noon on Sunday 8 September. Please see http://www.stopthearmsfair.org.uk/events/occupy-vs-the-arms-fair.

  6. There will be a week of actions opposing the arms fair from Sunday 8 until Friday 13 September, organised by many members of the Stop the Arms Fair Coalition. Please see http://www.stopthearmsfair.org.uk/events.

  7. Six national Christian organisations have said that nonviolent direct action would be a moral response to the London arms fair. Please see https://christianityuncut.wordpress.com/2013/08/20/six-christian-groups-back-direct-action-against-london-arms-fair.
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One thought on “Christians plan exorcism at London arms fair

  1. Mirabai on said:

    How lovely to shake hands and share the peace with police who in some cases so clearly knew where the Spirit lay. We shall overcome. Thank you everyone!
    MirabaiX
    Ps please add me to email contact list – I want to be involved.

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