Posted by: Admin | May 3, 2011

Jo Blogs – about a nasty taste in the mouth

So they found Osama Bin Laden at last. Removing the head of the monster of one brand of religious fundamentalism is arguably a necessity, although we all know it is unlikely to make the world a safer place. It was certainly expedient. Americans were shown celebrating in the streets on our TV screens, Obama made a rousing “We are America and we have prevailed” speech that was almost Bush-like in it’s jingoism and there was widespread talk of Bin Laden’s soul being cast into the fires of hell by a vengeful Christian God.

Regular readers will have surmised that I do not subscribe to any religion, although culturally I would describe myself as from the Christian tradition. It’s important in this that you know where I stand, and also to know that I respect your right to peacefully worship however you wish, or not to worship at all.

But please – is the death of a man, no matter how criminal or how violent, really cause for celebration? If you believe in a merciful God, isn’t it more appropriate to pray for his salvation? And for the strength to find forgiveness in our hearts? Isn’t any death a cause for regret and reflection? Osama Bin Laden has caused pain and suffering to thousands, not least to those young minds he has corrupted in his own peaceful faith tradition. But to focus on revenge and satisfaction, to celebrate his death, casts us back into the dark ages and leaves a nasty taste in the mouth. It casts the Western world in the role of religious fundamentalists. Please let us all be better than that.



  1. Great post, Jo! I think that if people could just celebrate justice being done, as if OBL had been captured and not killed, that would be fine but the explicit celebration of his death lowers them to his level. I don’t want to belittle the atrocities that he inspired but justice is a very different thing when compared to revenge.

  2. I couldn’t agree more. We were discussing this only this morning.

  3. I have been thinking exactly the same thing.

  4. Humans are are only a partial step from the jungle and it is not even a good step. Finding joy in the killing of anyone or anything is barbarism that no other animal practices. Celebrating the ending of life of a pest whether it be a cockroach, a mouse, a Hitler or a Bin Laden fills me with despair.

  5. I knew I wouldn’t be alone (phew!) Welcome to the project, Stuart 😉
    Despair sums it up, OF

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