O’Neill’s ‘No Response’ to the ELCPNG on ESM


Picture: Lutheran followers gather in protest against Experimental Seabed Mining

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The Prime Minister Peter O’Neil has not responded to the appeal made by more than 2 million Lutherans nationwide, to not go ahead with the said Experimental Seabed Mining (ESM) to happen in Papua New Guinea.

A statement signed by the ELCPNG Head Bishop, Rt. Rev. Kiegere Wenge was released right after the Church’s 29thsynod held on Karkar Island last year (2014), directed to the O’Neill government to let them know that the Lutherans are not in favor of mining the seabed, as it is against biblical scriptures that instruct men to take care of nature.

There was no response from the O’Neill government so a letter signed by Reverend Kinim Siloi of the Lutheran church, aimed at the Prime Minister Peter O’Neill was released as a follow up.

The letter basically asked Mr O’Neill, who is a Lutheran Church-goer himself, to clarify why he is supporting the Canadian-based Nautilus company despite the church’s wishes with 1.2 million objections. Despite the letter getting the local and international media’s attention, there was no response from Mr O’Neill.

Nonetheless, the Pacific Conference of Churches (PCC) made a statement, confirming the Pacific churches stand in solidarity with the Lutheran Church of Papua New Guinea against the much rushed ESM. As you might have guessed, there’s still no response from Mr O’Neill, the Prime Minister till today.


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Filed under Environmental impact, Human rights, Papua New Guinea

One response to “O’Neill’s ‘No Response’ to the ELCPNG on ESM

  1. This Announcement is Astonishing in the fact That a So Called Church is speaking unilaterally for the Asia Pacific Region nations. No Churches mandate is to tell any Government what to and what not to do- Mr O’Niel doe not have to answer to You- even your tasid remarks he is one of us- employing pressure for his agreement- You’e had your Democratic statements heard – so leave it at that-. Are they now experts in environmental and undersea mining -No way- you/They don’t know what they are talking about- Let them get back under the umbrella protection of the catholic church and preach the gospel of Tyranny, Fear, Subjugation,False Hope-based on lies and slavery to the people while doing seemingly good for some of the people ( Church History 101- Do your own studies)- another enlightening study- The countries that are most influenced by churches are also the most impoverished nations on the planet- Mmmm is there some correlation here- You’d better believe it.. This is written by a astute former church Pastor who took the time to study further that bible school indoctrination.
    The Pacific Nations have within themselves to rise above the self serving churches and determine their own destinies- and they will -This is a prophecy- comments welcome. GC

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