Bishop Says Violence Denigrates Terror Victims
Continuing violence in the U.S.-led war on terrorism is denigrating the memory of the victims of Sept. 11, says a New York-based bishop who conducted memorial services recently for firefighters, flight crews and other victims of the terrorist attacks.
Bishop Stephen P. Bouman of the Metropolitan New York synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America participated in an August World Council of Churches meeting of 40 churches from around the world to reflect on the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
"The emotions (of survivors and family members) are still raw and it sometimes amazes me how close to the surface it still is," Bishop Bouman said.
Participants in the meeting also expressed a growing concern that the war on terrorism and bloody retaliations between Israelis and Palestinians will only lead to more terrorism and violence.
"At Ground Zero, the victims and people who lost loved ones were not crying out for revenge," Bishop Bouman said. …