Dancing on the grave of the enemy--a human impulse, perhaps, but not one that we want to encourage if our spirituality is rooted in interconnection and compassion. Death is one aspect of the Goddess, but death in service of the regeneration of life.
By Starhawk | May 4, 2011; 06:59 PM ET | Comments (1)
Pumping our fists in victory or celebrating in the streets is probably not the best Christian response to anyone's death, even the death of a dangerous and violent enemy. The world can be relieved that a leader as evil as bin Laden can no longer plot the death of innocents. We can be grateful that his cynical manipulation and distortion of Islam into a message of division and hate is finally ended. Even if we sharply dissented from the moral logic or wisdom of the failed wars in Iraq and Afghanistan of the last decade, we can be glad that a mass murderer has been stopped and brought to justice. And we can be hopeful that the face of the Arab world might now become the young non-violent activists for democracy rather than a self-righteous smirk of a self-promoting video character who tells us he is going to kill our children if we don't submit to his hateful agenda.
By Jim Wallis | May 3, 2011; 03:13 PM ET | Comments (0)
Can we now say, "Enough, enough!" -- refuse to drink the intoxicating triumphalist wine of celebration, and turn our attention and commitment to end these wars that take on a deadly "life" of their own?
By Arthur Waskow | May 2, 2011; 02:58 PM ET | Comments (0)
Any effort to preserve order and justice by military means alone will learn sooner or later that in and of itself, violence - whether that of guns and bombs or that of the gloved fist - will produce one thing only: more violence. So from a perspective of sheer human wisdom, the United States should withdraw from Afghanistan immediately.
By Gene Davenport | July 1, 2010; 03:44 PM ET | Comments (3)
Military occupation is no way to win hearts and minds. The Karzai government is corrupt, and our support for it undermines trust. There is no moral justification for occupation, nor is it strategic: our continued presence inflames hatred and creates a climate that furthers violence.
By Starhawk | June 30, 2010; 12:40 PM ET | Comments (4)