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We should all always remember this and this is why we will never and should never have any anti-blasphemy laws in this country. This whole controversy has been a tragedy with so many lives lost but that does not mean that we should surrender our freedom of speech, our freedom to criticize, and our freedom to blaspheme.
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I’ve spent a lot of today trying to flesh out my thoughts on the entire situation. I feel like sharing a few opinions. Chances are many people may disagree with some or all of these but I’ve tried to consider the situation as best I can.
- The world is a better place for him not being part of it but I don’t feel as if any measure of justice was served. I don’t think he should of been able to die like the coward that he is cowering in a million dollar facility. Hiding behind his wife, using her as a human shield, perhaps only a few moments of terrorizing thoughts flashing through his mind. He should of been made to stand trial, he should of been forced to face many of the people he hurt, not tortured, but I think many people may feel rightfully robbed on any sense of justice.
- I don’t think people should celebrate his death. As I said the world is probably a better place with him gone from it but we don’t need to take to the street cheering and chanting. We shouldn’t celebrate death. The first images that came to my mind was imagines of mainly Islamic countries throughout the world celebrating the disaster of 9/11. Do we really want to celebrate a death the same way those we attempt to condemn did? There is certainly no reason to morn, but there is no reason to cheer. This is, if anything, a very minor victory in the “war” to overcome theocratic tyranny.
- I realize virtually no one outside of Osama’s followers prescribe to his particular view of Islam. With that said, he did use Islam as a tool of his own devices. He was able to feed on young impressionable people using religion as a tool for his purposes. His view certainly does not reflect the view of all Muslims but it serves as a perfect example of the evils and atrocities religion can breed. It serves as a reminder of how people can be trained and indoctrinated into believing the most ridiculous claims imaginable. It does not reflect all religion but it would be foolish to dismiss it without looking at the lesson it can provide us.
- Is he really dead? Any crazy conspiracy theories? I think overall he is very likely dead. Even his own people have confirmed his death. I understand why they did a quick burial at sea, to hopefully minimize any martyrdom. It will deter turning his grave site into some sort of holy shrine for his delusional followers. Just because he is gone doesn’t mean there won’t be others that seek to fill his roll. It doesn’t mean that we can drop our guard and claim and absolute victory. It means we’re just one small step closer to making the world a slightly better place.