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The death of Osama bin Laden

President Obama Announces Osama Bin Laden's Death

Two days ago we woke up to the three inch headlines of Osama bin Laden's death. Today all I can feel is grief. This is not a time for jubilation, no matter what the news media may be stirring up. Particularly for those of us who are called to love our enemies, to pray for peace, to do justice, this is a time for prayer and contemplation. Daniel Moran says it better than I can.

Several religious communities have released statements, including the the Vatican and the United Church of Christ. There is also a lot of discussion debating whether torture led to the capture of Osama bin Laden. While June is actually torture awareness month, it's worth pulling out all of the resources ahead of time. They are excellent, and come courtesy of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture. There are a video study guide, worship resources, sample sermons, and so on.

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