Thursday, August 5, 2010

Group Seeks to Stop Baptisms in Jordan River; Area Where Jesus Was Baptized Now Polluted

The Ecumenical News International (ENI) website reports today (August 5, 2010) that health concerns relating to water quality have triggered an environmental advocacy group to call for the banning of baptisms in the lower Jordan River, where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist.

"For reasons of public health as well as religious integrity, baptism should be banned from taking place in the river," said Gidon Bromberg, the Israeli director of Eco Peace/ Friends of the Earth Middle East.

The environmental group called for an urgent meeting of government representatives from Israel, Jordan, and the Palestinian Authority, to discuss the rehabilitation of the river.

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