29 May 2011

Bin Laden Dies and Hypocrites Rejoice

So, earlier this month, it has been announced that Osama bin Laden has been killed. Fancy that? Immediately after, people all over the world rejoiced. Governments released statements of praise, and people partied. Funny eh?

See, I don't mind partying. I don't mind rejoicing if one's enemy is dead. Yet at least be consistent. The thing that disturbs me the most is that these people claim that they are Christians, and yet they rejoiced and partied when bin Laden was announced to be dead. Whatever happened to Proverbs 24:17 and Luke 6:35?

If you claim to be Christian, then act like one. Instead of claiming to be one, and yet acting like you're no different from the group that you despise, to the point that you're fine with burning the other group's holy book. Hypocrisy, that's what you're displaying.

See, if you think bin Laden was responsible for the 9-11 attacks in New York City, then go ahead and state that he is your enemy. And when the enemy falls, go ahead and rejoice. But don't claim at the same time that you're this unblemished innocent Christian who loves his neighbor. Because, really, your actions state the contrary.

How easy it would be and how less complicated it would be if you just claim that humans are inherently selfish. Why not embrace selfishness? After all, rejoicing when the enemy falls is a manifestation of selfishness. Just be true to yourself, and stop pretending that you're this morally uptight person, when in fact, it's during the times like these that your true colors reveal themselves.

(Dead End Corridor, from my Ollantaytambo Series)


  1. I personally think it doesn't change anything and I remember having this exact conversation the night of September 11, 2001. The problem is the ideology but the movement is not very well organized. Take down Bin Laden and there are still tons of people scattered around the world who absolutely hate the Western world (sometimes with good reasons...) and would love to destroy it. The problem is pretty deep.

  2. Zhu,

    Yes, I agree. Even with bin Laden dead, there are still people who hate the Western society, and dedicate their lives to obliterating it. Bin Laden is just the figurehead, and yet that's just the tip of the iceberg.

  3. I was in France when I heard about the demise of Ben Laden and did not see the rejoicing here. I agree that there should not have been the type of parties you describe. I am not a Christian so I do not know much about that religion – I feel though that this man was the symbol of evil for many people and so they were happy that he would no longer be a threat. Mass murderers, terrorists, those who brainwash other to make them commit terrible acts against the lives of others should be taken out of the gene pool. A threat to one person is a threat to all of us because we are all connected, so when the threat has been eliminated there should be relief – not rejoicing. Unfortunately I think there are many who have been brought up to believe violence will solve problems – I don’t think so.

  4. Vagabonde,

    I agree. Eliminating a threat from the gene pool is a good thing, and is a source of relief. I suppose my point here is that it is okay to rejoice and be relieved, but it is not okay to rejoice and at the same time claim to be Christians, as that is hypocrisy.