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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

CAUSE CELEBRE

Another one bites the dust
-Queen

When the US government announced that Osama Bin Laden was dead on television, there were groups of people outside the White House already celebrating. That suggests to me that the Obama team told specific people, perhaps those already outside the white house, knowing that they'd cheer to get the proper backdrop for their announcement. Just a little theater by a politician, hardly the first time and certainly not the last.

The celebrations were genuine, I believe. Most people met the news with at least some sense of satisfaction, and often cheering. Readers may have noticed this blog has a different tone. Part of that is due to the fact that I suspect that he was dead long ago and they picked this moment to finally reveal it, but there is another reason.

One of the people who has done the best from the announcement is a young man named Maurice Harary. He set up Osamadeadtees.com within minutes of hearing the news and sold more than ten thousand tee shirts at around 12 bucks each. Then he started feeling guilty, according to Alex Silverman at WCBS:
But today, Maurice says he did some soul searching.

“I will now be refunding all orders on Osama dead tees,” he says. “Celebrating over the death of someone, whoever it is, is evil in my eyes.”

“I feel it’s not a positive way to be making money,” he says. “I don’t want my success to come at the expense of anyone else.

He says he wants to make money the right way.
Maurice attends New York University so you have to wonder what his profs were telling him when they found out about this new business, what pressures he faced. But at the same time I sympathizer with him. He pulled down over a hundred grand, net, using pictures and words to celebrate the death of a fellow human being.

As a Christian, I believe that all humanity are made in the image of God, that all human life is sacred. When someone is such a reprehensible criminal or monster that they violate God's (and man's) laws to a certain point, they have to be removed, and the punishment for some deeds is death, but that's not a cause for celebration. It is a cause for sadness and self reflection for the Christian whenever someone dies - death is not supposed to happen, its a result of sin.

That said, I did celebrate a little. I celebrated in deliverance from evil by God, through the hands of valiant soldiers who put their lives on the line to bring justice to an evil, horrible man. That's the difference, I believe: celebration in God's work versus celebration in the death of a fellow human being.

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