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Osama bin Laden

(RNS) While Americans have debated whether Osama bin Ladenā€™s body belongs at the bottom of the Arabian Sea, most agree on the final destination of his soul: in hell. A new poll released Wednesday (May 11) reports that most Americans (82 percent) believe bin Laden distorted the teachings of Islam to suit his own purposes, […] Read More

It has been over a week now since the 10-year chapter in the much longer story of our human struggle ended with the killing of Osama bin Laden. First reactions of cheering and celebration were soon met by reminders that an isolated event, even of that magnitude, would not be the end of the problem […] Read More

The question I raised last week ā€“ why do people like Osama bin Laden hate the United States so much? ā€“ has generated considerable response, mostly outside of my congregation, but also some from within as well as within my own family of origin. We should welcome the creation of a dialogue on such an […] Read More

When Jewish people escaped from Egypt, they saw the Pharaoh’s army descending upon them. Then the miracle occurred. They saw Pharaoh’s army drown in the sea. It was the seminal moment in the lives of those present and was to become the seminal moment in the lives of our people and the Jewish nation. In […] Read More

The Islamic Society of North America released one of the first statements from the American faith community about the killing of Osama bin Laden. ISNA “joins all Americans in thanking President Obama for fulfilling his promise to bring Osama Bin Laden, leader of al-Qaeda, and perpetrator of the 9/11 attacks, to justice,” read the press […] Read More

I admit that when I read the first Facebook status saying Osama bin Laden had been killed, I was relieved. But my relief faded after reading six or seven of these. As I saw my friends’ joy over bin Laden’s death, I became frightened. I turned on the news and began to watch coverage of […] Read More

Upon receiving word from President Obama that the world’s “most wanted” criminal had been killed by U.S. forces in Pakistan, revelers took to the streets in Washington D.C., New York City and on college campuses throughout the country. Waving flags, shouting chants of American victory and celebrating the death of the man identified as the […] Read More

You’d think it would be so simple. You’d think that I would be able to look at a simple formula like “Osama bin Laden killed thousands of Americans + Now American forces have killed Osama bin Laden = Justice has been done” and feel good about it. I don’t feel good. In saying that, I’m […] Read More

For more than a decade, Osama bin Laden has been Exhibit A in the contemporary manifestations of the lethal mix of religion and politics. As the leading symbol of al-Qaida, he not only facilitated murderous attacks on thousands of Americans and tens of thousands of Muslims worldwide, he encouraged many smaller, clandestine terrorist groups claiming […] Read More

Before President Obama announced late Sunday evening that the United States had killed Osama bin Laden, a crowd gathered outside the White House chanting “USA! USA!” and singing “God Bless America.” As patriotic triumphalism swept the country, ordinary Americans shot off fireworks, political leaders issued victory statements and newspaper headlines announced pride in national success. […] Read More