A church is more than just timber and stone
And freedom is a dark road when you’re walking it alone
But the future is now, and it’s time to take a stand
Simon & Garfunkel ‘A Church is Burning’
It was mentioned early on the in the Occupy LSX campaign that the protesters were in the wrong place, it wasn’t the church that was the ‘target’ it was supposed to be the London Stock Exchange, as I watch the Police evict the occupiers I am beginning to wonder if inadvertently they hadn’t just been right all along
Seeing the above picture of a man praying whilst Police demolish his tent, in front of the Sunday Church, weekly State Monument, I think St Pauls was exactly the right place, the 99% movement is not about so much about corporate greed and immorality – that will always be with us – but it has been about our souls, it has been about who the 99% are, not the 1%.
The evictions, like the crucifixation, are outwardly a failure, but they are a beginning and all credit to the occupiers who stayed there, they have shown a sense of community that is sadly lacking within society, and they have made us think of what we believe in, what we want from our lives and have underpinned the Leveson enqiry to the rottenness of the ‘system;.
In the scheme of history the protests have not been on a grand scale, but they have been a silent witness, a mirror, reflection what society has become, and more importantly what it can be. The Camp as encompassed anyone wishing to be a part of it, just like the Cathedral they are in front of.
The visuals are not good, Police against people praying, clearing the way for the pomp and circumstances of the Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics, because we cannot be seen as a country that allows honest, peaceful, protest and capital. It has become an eyesore not on St Pauls, but on this Government that is steadily eroding freedoms for the sake of big business.
Reader, reflect on how you stand in relation to the events of the evening of 28 February, make your choice – do you accept the unbridled power of capital, or do you accept that protest against the machine, even if fruitless, is the nobler cause in that we retain our souls?
You can burn down my churches But I shall be free.”