Healthy, prayerful ways to deal with a tragedy

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Last Thursday’s shootings at Fort Hood, Tex., have been met with everything from fear and anger, to disbelief, shock and sadness. Every day we are learning more about Nidal Malik Hasan, the alleged gunman, and his motivations behind the attack that killed 13 last week.

This week for In Theory, we ask of our panel about healthy ways we can deal with this tragic event.

Here is a sample of what our panel had to say:

Rabbi Simcha Backman: “Obviously, we should not blame the entire American Muslim community for this offense, and we must take their word seriously when they condemn this barbaric act in the strongest terms. It’s important to recognize that there wasn’t one single factor that triggered this massacre; to say that Mr. Hasan’s religion alone led him down this violent path would be unfair.”

Rev. Kimberlie Zakarian: “Praying and verbal processing of our emotions can bring some relief. Spiritual and psychological counsel can take it a step further. We need to process this on two levels: alone (internally) and in community (in relationship).”

Levent Akbarut: “We should console, pray for, and support the grieving families in every way possible. As a nation we should put politics aside and unite with a single purpose to heal and further advance the values of our country. America is unique among all nations in its ability to respond to tragedy in healthy ways.”

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Written by Michael J. Arvizu

November 12, 2009 at 1:13 pm

Posted in Religion

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