Monday, May 02, 2011

Celebrate Bin Laden's Death?

It is alright for people to find closure in Osama Bin Laden's death.  He had been involved in some of recent history's worst terrorist plots.  It is alright for people to be comforted that he can no longer fund terrorism or hurt any more people.

But it is disturbing that people are celebrating his being killed.  He was a truly evil man from what we knew of him and his actions.  And in turn he suffered what could be considered 'natural consequences' of his actions in society for committing the crimes he did.  However, it is good to celebrate the killing of another person?  Even if he was a murderer?  What does such a celebration say about us as a society?

Even further though...I was even more disturbed by Mike Huckabee's statement when he stated that "people have reason to cheer" now that Bin Laden has been killed.  Huckabee, who is a previously a Baptist pastor, had this message for Osama Bin Laden: "Welcome to hell." 

What kind of people are we that we celebrate killing, even if it was one who was an evil person?  Much more, what kind of people are we when we revel in the notion that someone would be tormented in a place like Hell?  Are people like Mike Huckabee demonstrating what a vengeful and calloused people we presently are?  

Certainly we can be relieved that Bin Laden is no longer going to hurt anyone else.  But I simply don't think killing should be celebrated. And certainly someone's eternity of possibly being in Hell should not be celebrated.