Monday, 2 May 2011

A death in Pakistan

Osama Bin Laden has been killed.

I am neither happy nor sad about this.  His death is simply a verification of Jesus' teaching that "they who live by the sword will die by the sword"

His death will not add an iota of "security" to our western world.  

Truly, truly I ask:

(1) "will you sleep sounder tonight because Osama Bin Laden is dead?" 

(2) "will those of you who gloated over his death (and maybe "partied" in the streets), do all in your power to work for justice and peace in all places?"

(3) will you listen to the following "alternative voices"?

A.Via my friend Bob G.  

Religious wisdom always has us look at ourselves and what opportunities we have to be makers of peace.  As Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn once said, “Gradually it was disclosed to me that the line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either, but right through every human heart, and through all human hearts.”

B. From the Vatican.

"In front of the death of man, a Christian never rejoices but rather reflects on the grave responsibility of each one in front of God and men, and hopes and commits himself so that every moment not be an occasion for hatred to grow but for peace." Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman.

C.  From America's prophet and martyr, Martin Luther King, Jr.

 I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that." 

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