Thanks to a reader, Aether, and, no doubt, countless other internet users, I have located and corresponded with the person whom I believe to have actually coined the words.
“I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy.” Her name is Jessica Dovey. She is a young American woman and an English teacher currently working in Kobe Japan, and presently visiting Tokyo.
Her original post is editorially correct and reads as follows.
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.” MLK jr
It is derived from the following source
It is quoted from page 53 of the 1963 book The Strength to Love in the chapter entitled “Loving Your Enemies”
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. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction. So when Jesus says “Love your enemies,” he is setting forth a profound and ultimately inescapable admonition. Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world that we must love our enemies– or else? The chain reaction of evil–hate begetting hate, wars producing wars–must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.
Follow this link for the full text of The Strength to Love from Google Books
Jessica states that she is “humbled” by her sudden notoriety.
I just felt incredibly uneasy after reading the news and watching my newsfeed fill up with shouts of, “Hooray! The witch is dead!” I think we should begin thinking about why we are at war in the first place. Is it for revenge? For many, yes. That won’t solve the problem, though, for reasons that were so eloquently stated by MLK himself. What we are looking for is an end to terrorism, right? I don’t know how to create peace, or hope, but I know in my heart that hate isn’t going to get us anywhere. I know that this terrorist is dead, but I know that his ideas are not dead, and that the lies and hatred that fuel them are fires that are fanned by our approach to the situation.
For a link to my original post and ample discussion and other MLKjr quotes Follow this link
In the interest of full disclosure it should be noted that “the witch is dead” may be attributed to the fictional “munchkins” of the Frank Baum children’s fantasy novel and subsequent classic American film The Wizard of Oz. Jessica’s use of the the word “hooray” is, I believe, a paraphrase of general sentiment; )
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