I only have a little time, so this is very brief and mostly taken from the Facebook group of the same name I created this morning (http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_219622861381775).
While not condoning, and actively working against, all acts of violence and terror, we recognise that hate breeds hate and the glorification of any killing diminishes humanity as whole.
This is from the blog post ‘Bin Laden’s Death Weapons Destroys Christians‘:
“He’s won,” I thought. One of bin Laden’s primary goals was to cause terror in the US and he has. Not buildings collapsing terror. Not dirty bombs exploding terror. What happened was more diabolical than that. We lost our humanity…or we lived vengefully into it, whichever way you care to see it. We gave into our primal instinct. We answered blood-lust with blood-lust, vengeance with vengeance. We solved the problem of murder with murder. As Dr. King once noted, “I will 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.
We recognise that only love is stronger than death, only compassion greater than hate. We acknowledge that all authentic religious and spiritual traditions teach these virtues and verities. We pray for the soul of Osama so he, like all, may be redeemed in the infinite love of the One.
Many traditions recognise the immediate post mortem period as a time where prayers and practices are effective to transform the deceased’s soul. Following a suggestion from my Beloved M, for the next seven weeks I will undertake the traditional esoteric Christian practices for Osama bin Laden’s soul. I invite you to do the same, in whatever manner your tradition teaches you to assist the newly dead.
We pray for Osama as a symbol and focal point of prayers for all who are twisted with hate and violence. We pray for him as an antidote to the glorification of hatred his death has unleashed. Naturally, our prayers and practices do not hinder or lessen our love, prayers and compassion for those killed and damaged by his actions and ideology.
For those unable or unwilling to undertake full traditional death practice for Osama, I offer this prayer as an example of a simple act of love and compassion.
Mother-Father-Birther of the Cosmos,
You create All that moves in Light
And you are present in every heart.
Teach us to hold fast to love and let go hate
As we pray for this man, Osama, this man of violence and war.
Straighten his crooked soul and repair his humanity.
Draw from his depths your own presence
So that he too will be redeemed and made new in your infinite grace and love
In your name and presence,