June 15th, 2010
05:09 PM ET

How much was bin Laden hunter motivated by Christianity?

A few details from today's story of an American detained in Pakistan after apparently hunting for Osama bin Laden suggests the man, Gary Brooks Faulkner, was at least partly motivated by his Christian faith:

1. Faulkner's brother, Scott Faulkner, told CNN: "Osama had made some references to our God, the God of the Bible, in a poor light, and the fact that he was taunting America and getting away with killing thousands of Americans, my brother took that very personally."

2. Faulkner "felt that he was, as a Christian, not afraid - that he could boldly step out and that doors would be opened for him," his brother said.

3. Faulkner was found carrying a pistol, a sword, night-vision equipment and Christian religious books, said Mumtaz Ahmed, a Pakistani police chief.

We'll keep an eye on this angle as more details from the story emerge.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Christianity

soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Yo-

    Finally someone who is actually hunting Bin Laden..... why isn't the USA doing this???? It's been almost 9 years since the attack and your telling me that the USA is so incompetent that they can't find a little rat in a hole? I think that the only reason this guy was arrested and made news is because he is doing USA's, Pakistan's, UN's, basically everyones job in finding Bin Laden.

    June 19, 2010 at 3:35 pm |
  2. Shawn

    As to the question of the posting (wh/ few comments answered), how much was he motivated by Christianity?, it depends. From what little we know, he may not even be a Christian (many people claim religious or political affiliation that they should not). And if a Christian, perhaps very confused. The bulk of confessional Christianity forbids vigilantism.

    June 17, 2010 at 2:54 pm |
  3. Gil T

    These words by Jesus speak point by point from scripture to Faulker's motivation.
    Bin Laden may not be a brother in Christ, but the principle Jesus taught applies as well. The principle was extended to those non-believers who stoned to death the first martyr for the faith, Stephen. (see Acts 7) The church did not take any action to avenge her brother in the faith.
    1 They will put you out of the synagogues. Yes, the time comes that whoever kills you will think that he offers service to God. (John 16:2)
    The early disciples' response to the threats by non-believers to stop proclaiming the message of Jesus was to pray for boldness, _ to go out and proclaim the message.
    2 Now, Lord, look at their threats, and grant to your servants to speak your word with all boldness, (Peter in Acts 4:29)
    Peter's intent was not to cut off the man's ear. He was likely aiming to remove his head. Jesus was modeling on his way to the cross what his disciples are to do when someone strikes you, spits on you, blasphemes God.
    3 Jesus therefore said to Peter, “Put the sword into its sheath. The cup which the Father has given me, shall I not surely drink it?” (John 18:11)
    These things are not difficult to be misunderstood or compromised by disciples with the best of intentions, but that does not change what the scriptures testify concerning Jesus and the early church.

    June 17, 2010 at 12:33 am |
  4. Jeff

    Aharown has it right.

    June 16, 2010 at 6:00 pm |
  5. Jake Imder

    In light of the $20 million reward, I'm surprised more people haven't gone after the criminal.

    June 16, 2010 at 12:55 pm |
    • John D

      He's almost certainly dead already, and even if he isn't, he's obviously well-protected.

      I imagine the reward would be difficult to collect in any case.
      How could you actually prove you had the "real" Osama?

      It's probable, after all, that at least a couple people have impersonated him in video and audio tapes.

      June 16, 2010 at 1:03 pm |
  6. Reality

    I believe there is a five million dollar reward for getting bin Laden dead or alive so maybe there was an economic incentive involved.

    June 16, 2010 at 12:37 pm |
  7. Reality

    Any follower of Mohammed, the long dead, illiterate, womanizing, warmongering Arab, cannot be trusted.

    June 16, 2010 at 9:41 am |
  8. ybs

    Islam kids: blow yourself up & receive the fruits of 72 virgins
    Christian kids: bend over & receive the fruits of god's love

    a tough choice! 🙂

    June 16, 2010 at 6:28 am |
    • Joe

      I'm going with the Virgins

      June 17, 2010 at 3:02 pm |
  9. Aharown

    "Love your enemy, do good to those who hate you" this guy is not a representative of christianity, nor is most of America.

    June 15, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
    • Wesley

      You said it all Aharown.

      June 15, 2010 at 11:53 pm |
    • Noble9

      How do you know capturing Osama wouldn't be good for him? He's an old man living in a cave...a prison cell with good medical treatment might be just what he needs.

      June 16, 2010 at 12:40 am |
    • Mark G.

      We are done with turning the other cheek. Time to annihilate the enemy like General George Patton would do.

      Or maybe we could all just draw Muhammad and get Fatwas. Are you scared into submission?

      June 16, 2010 at 12:40 am |
  10. Noble9

    This guy is awesome!

    June 15, 2010 at 9:48 pm |
  11. Atheist

    Yes....go my religious freaks! Go fight the religious battle across the world and cleanse this earth and humanity. Fight and die for your fake gods! Darwinism at its epoch

    June 15, 2010 at 8:05 pm |
    • Richard Dawkins


      June 18, 2010 at 3:37 am |
  12. Pockets

    Another nut bar from the religious right no doubt. Frightening to say the least. But as we all know, religion poisons everything doesn't it.

    June 15, 2010 at 7:42 pm |
    • Mark G.

      Onward Christian Soldiers – Islam Radicals are going to suffer at the almighty hand.

      June 16, 2010 at 12:44 am |
  13. Somniferous

    Vigilantism is the enemy of justice, despite what Hollywood preaches; go watch The Ox-bow Incident.

    June 15, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
    • Mark G.

      Time to NAIL BIN LADEN TO A CROSS!!!

      June 16, 2010 at 12:40 am |
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