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Response to Osama’s Death

‎One of the best things about my life is the variety of people in it. I am reminded each and every day that not everyone thinks, feels and believes as I do.  This became very apparent this morning as I read my Facebook Newsfeed. Everyone had something to say about the death of Osama Bin Laden:  

  • I feel like waking up all my neighbors and dancing in the street! Good riddance!
  • One friend posted a prayer “Lord, Bless My Enemies” A Prayer of St. Nikolai of Ochrid, which begins “Bless my enemies, O Lord. Even I bless them and do not curse them.”
  • Bin Laden ‘now’ believes in Jesus.
  • I have mixed feelings about celebrating hearing that someone is dead.
  • Thank you to all who spent the past 10 years hunting down the sub human who commanded the 9-11 slaughter of American civilians. His penance was a decade of living in fear, and I am glad we will not spend one minute more dealing with him. Justice has been served. God Bless America, God Bless our Troops and those who are still healing. May we one day feel safe again.
  • Guess who is getting picked first for the next game of team hide and seek in hell?
  • RIH Osama Bin Laden
  • Ding dong, Bin Laden’s dead! (This one was repeated by a number of people.)
  • OK, so Bin Laden is dead. Here’s my thought on the subject: Pray for him. Matthew 5: 44 “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you…”
  • “The righteous shall rejoice when he sees the vengeance” Ps. 58:10
  • How them virgins lookin now bin laden?
  • One friend quoted Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “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…….The chain reaction of evil — hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars — must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.” –Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968)
  • Congratulations and thank you to the brave soldiers who were ready and willing.
  • When I got off the subway that day the streets were already full of people heading away from it. I walked with strangers to 3 different hospitals to give blood but they didn’t have injured, didn’t need it. My sister had a friend who was killed. A couple of months later, I returned to active duty. That was not a good day. Today, a very very good day.

It is abundantly clear that everyone has strong feelings on the subject and it is a strong-feeling kind of event. Different parts of me agree with different friends. I am so glad that our country can have some sort of closure–I still feel like falling to the ground sobbing when I remember 9/11/01–but, at the same time, feeling hatred and revenge–and celebrating a death–seems somehow wrong to me. I don’t know.


Do you know?

  • To read about the death of a Christian Pakistani in retaliation CLICK HERECLICK HERE to read how Christians in Nigeria and Pakistan are worriedHow should Christians react to bin Laden’s death? CLICK HERE to read several thoughtsTo watch the video of the President’s statement, CLICK HEREREAD HERE as Beliefnet’s Jim Fletcher asks if all Muslims are evilTo consider the heart-felt thoughts of Debbie Lee, mom of the first Navy SEAL killed in Iraq, CLICK HERECLICK HERE to read bestselling author Linda Howard’s reactionCLICK HERE to watch the reaction of New Yorkers at Ground ZeroCLICK HERE for photos and the text of the President’s statementTo read the reaction of Beliefnet’s Ryan Gaffney CLICK HERECLICK HERE to read Beliefnet writer Donna Calvin’s reaction
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    posted May 8, 2011 at 2:07 am

    I know that in the Bible God want’s to handle people like him and wants them sent directly to him not rot in jail. So I think he got his just reward right where he belongs.

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    posted May 5, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    good riddence

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    Laura Thorne

    posted May 5, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    I am a Catholic Christian… have been a cradle catholic and will never change that… but the point is…I really understand what everyone is saying. But… I have someone serving in military, my daughter deployed 2 times. Can you imagine that??!!?? Never in a million years never.. would I be the mother of a daughter who went to war. And she went the first time when Danny Pearl was being decapitated alive, with his wife knowing what was happening and pregnant. These murderers are not politically correct, are not out in this world to make peace, they are not here to gather in unison. They are coming to America to keep the job up that Bin Laden was killed for. In truth, I don’t want me, I don’t want my daughter, I don’t want anyone an instant martyr. No..I’m not on the fence about not wanting Bin Ladin dead or viewing pictures. I have been sent pictures of our captured military butchered, and afterwards dragged thru the streets.. with their heads being held up. That enough?? I keep my walk peacable… but I keep my objectives clear. I’m not a murderer. They are.

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    Rosalie Louie

    posted May 5, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    I dont beleive he is dead if he was there would be a picture out there. I dont trust this goverment at all . It will sure help his realation. Thing the gop should just go home and not waste there money . How can anyone win when he is going to have a billon dollars and says he had ubl killed.

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    posted May 5, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    It was hard for me to watch the celebrations. I’m of two minds about it, but in the end, Osama bin Laden, a horrendously evil man who brought untold suffering to this world, his soul is lost for eternity. He is facing eternity without the presence of God, and that is something should never be celebrated. 2 Peter 3:9 said “The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.” Osama has perished without repentance (that we know of) and God weeps over that lost soul. All we can do is pray for the team that did this mission, that they would have peace in their own hearts over their actions.

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    posted May 5, 2011 at 10:26 am

    It is quite sad to see how so many individuals feel actual hatred and satisfaction for the death of this Bin Laden. Nevertheless, of what he did or reportedly supposed to have done–he is still a human being: a father, brother, son, uncle, etc. For the individuals reading my response you may say she is stupid and she does not understand our pain especially if a love one has been killed. Nevertheless, when individual enlists in the service with the understanding there is a possibility of war–that is a choice of that individual. We all read to ‘jump’ on the victory bandwagon for this event. As scriptures states we know not the time or hour of our departure. I could understand why God is so disappointment in man and such destruction is happening in the world.

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