Tuesday, May 3, 2011

America The....Beautiful (?)

 Warning: This is an opinionated post!
On Sunday, May 1, 2011 America in my opinion changed. I unfortunately was unable to watch the President speak although I was more than tuned in through the amount of status updates on facebook. Many of my friends' status updates were frightening. With such phrases as, "Ding, Dong, Bin Laden's dead" America wasn't behaving in my opinion. Yes there is an incredibly impact made by the death of this man, yet at the same time I don't believe we should celebrate a man's death no matter what the circumstance. I don't believe I can truly explain my thoughts better than to point out the words spoken by Martin Luther King Jr.:

"I will mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that."
-Martin Luther King Jr.

So with that, I hope that you all acknowledge the impact this event has on your country as well as all over the world. Just keep your phrasing in check. We are truly approaching dangerous times. 

In polite words only, what is your opinion of the death of Osama Bin Laden?


Emily said...

I agree with you - I've been thinking about this since I heard the news last night and say the numerous status updates and twitter posts and the fireworks going off in the quad outside my dorm. I don't feel that we should celebrate a man's death no matter how bad he was - I mean doesn't the Bible tell us to love our enemies? And even on the cross Jesus said "Father forgive them for they know not what they do". We need to be careful. Even though Bin Laden is dead how many countless other members of his group are out there - they are going to be out to get us and we are getting cocky. I'm not sure what is going to happen next - and not sure what the dangerous times are going to be but I pray that we as a country can somehow get a better grasp on what is going on. Sorry for the rant but I've been dying for someone to feel the same way about this.

ShortBlonde said...

I absolutely agree with you. I cannot celebrate his death...it's a victory for our country, but it's a violent war victory. Something that should be acknowledged, but not something you should throw a party for in my opinion.

My friend posted a really relevant quote from the Bible that definitely expresses this sentiment:

"Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when he stumbles, do not let your heart rejoice, or the Lord will see and disapprove and turn his wrath away from him." - Proverbs 24

Splenderosa said...

Hi guys, as a woman who is old enough to be your grandmother (probably) here's my opinion. Most of the celebrants who took to the streets were students or very young people. In NYC maybe retired police or firefighters who had lived through the hideousness of 9/11. I think what was being celebrated was that we finally "got him." I really don't think anyone would celebrate a death, just celebrate the victory of ten long years of work by our military & others. Jesus said, "Father, forgive them" because he was a pure spirit sent from our Holy Father, not a world-reknowned criminal. Imagine how you would feel if someone you knew and loved had died on September 11,
2001. All of this is sad. It's sad we have wars at all. But, let us not lie down in front of our enemies or turn the other cheek.
You know I love your blog. xx's Marsha

Anonymous said...

I think his death is absolutely something to be celebrated! Maybe not as much as it has, though, because the war is far from over. I feel like this is a HUGE victory for America and a major boost of morale for our troops. We've finally accomplished one of our biggest and most desired goals in this war (it's not like we just wanted to kill him, though, we asked him to surrender first). Even though I'm only 17, I've never been prouder of my country!

A Simple Southern Life said...

I cannot tell you how happy it made me to see this post. I have been so confused since it happened. I feel the exact same way. I could not join in on the celebration because it felt inhumane to celebrate a man’s death. It is a victory for the United State but I wish the American people could celebrate with a little more class. I have not known how to word my opinion so I have instead kept quiet. The quote by Martin Luther King Jr sums it up perfect however. I am so glad I’m not alone in feeling this way. Thanks for the post!

Sundresses and Smiles said...

I'll be honest, I do think there are people out there who do so much bad that they do not deserve to live. I know it's not my place to judge others and whether or not they deserve life, but that's simply my honest opinion. I do think that the overzealous celebration is a bit much, though, and that people need to realize that just because Bin Laden is dead, terrorism is not over. I think a lot of people see this as an end to terrorism, when it's merely the end of a figurehead. This could spur some to be even more likely to want to attack America.

WhatMissLoves said...

btw I really enjoyed this article: http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2011/05/02/bin_laden