There have been many religious responses to the news of the killing of Osama bin Laden by US forces in Pakistan.
The Vatican said bin Laden “bore the most serious responsibility for spreading divisions and hatred among populations, causing the deaths of innumerable people, and manipulating religions to this end,” and said his killing should prompt serious reflection about our own responsibility before God.
Theologian Michael Horton said, “We may take satisfaction that temporal justice has been served, but Christians should display a sober restraint … The events of 9/11 did not change everything in the way that the events of 33 A.D. did. Nor will the death of Osama bin Laden … satisfy the final justice that awaits him – and all of us – on the Last Day.”
The Rev Fred Nile congratulated the United States, and observed that bin Laden was a “fundamentalist Muslim” who had sought to literally follow the Qur’an.
But I leave the final word to World Trade Center survivor Harry Waizer, who said, “I just can’t find it in me to be glad one more person is dead, even if it is Osama bin Laden.
Broadcast on 2CH Sydney, Sunday 8 May 2011.
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