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Blaming the Victims: An Ecumenical Disaster

Jordan Ballor

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While the death tolls are still mounting from last week's catastrophe in the Indian Ocean, some prominent religious leaders haven't wasted any time engaging in politicking and opportunism. Last Thursday, Rev. Sam Kobia, general secretary of the World Council of Churches, and Rev. Ishmael Noko, general secretary of the Lutheran World Federation, issued statements rebuking the United States, among other nations, for not signing on to the Kyoto protocol.

Don't see the link between a massive earthquake and global warming? Kobia and Noko certainly do. The results of the disaster are "a clear warning on what climate change could to do the world," said Kobia. Noko agrees, finding the earthquake and resulting tsunami to be "a reminder that we would do well to heed, at a time when even the relatively inadequate efforts by the international community to address climate change continue to be subverted and undermined by some of those most responsible."

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Posted: 1/10/05



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