The Conflicted Morality of Celebrating Bin Laden's Death

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Osama bin Laden's death sparked crowds to gather at ground zero in New York City, as well as Times Square, and in front of the White House in Washington, D.C. Cheers and chants of  "USA, USA, USA," were heard. These scenes of exaltation have some Americans wondering if celebrating death, even that of a terrorist, is actually the moral and American thing to do.

Rev. Paul Raushenbush, is the associate dean of Religious Life and the Chapel at Princeton University, and is the senior religion editor for The Huffington Post. He was also a chaplain at Columbia University during the September 11, 2001 attacks. He reflects on the conflicting emotions surrounding the death of the terrorist leader.

Below: Video of Times Square, following announcement of Bin Laden's death, Sunday


Rev. Paul Raushenbush

Produced by:

David J Fazekas

Comments [4]


Eliminating a terrorist figure head like OBL is justice but pouring distilled water into the face of his chief of operations to obtain information that leads to OBL and foils attacks is immoral and illegal?

May. 03 2011 06:29 PM
Audrey Washington

Well, good grief....the celebrated in OZ didn't they. Are we better than the Lilliputians?

May. 03 2011 11:26 AM
Ed from Larchmont

I see no problem with rejoicing at his death, we have a responsibility to resist evil.

What a contrast this weekend: a million people in Rome and countless around the world celebrating the beatification of John Paul II, remembering his life, and then the whole world rejoicing at the death of Bin Laden. The world does still have a sense of good and evil.

May. 03 2011 08:23 AM
Brian Shube from Smithtown, NY

I don't understand the unbridled jubilation we are seeing. The greatest power in the world finally caught up with a bad guy whose very existence was a huge embarrassment. But, his death changes little. We are still fighting terrorism. Our liberties are still curtailed. Our troops are still in Afghanistan and many still return home in a box.

May. 03 2011 07:49 AM

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