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May 5th, 2011
03:36 PM ET

Is bin Laden pure evil?

HLN's Joy Behar talks with a priest, an imam, and a rabbi about whether or not they think Osama bin Laden is evil.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: 9/11 • Belief • Catholic Church • Christianity • Interfaith issues • Islam • Judaism • TV

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  1. tony

    I honestly believe FOX NEWS is SATAN.

    May 6, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
    • KeninTexas

      tony,,,,, do you honestly believe that? Is so, you have major issues and you see a doctor about it. That's scary to think that someone would think a TV network is the embodiment of evil. Sounds really stupid too.

      May 7, 2011 at 7:43 pm |
  2. Muneef

    See what is being said to bring fear and hatred towards Islam ;
    http://www.projesus.com/pg/articles/arab2.pdf
    See how Islam was conspired against in it's own countries.
    http://www.al-islam.org/al-tawhid/arabnationalism.htm

    May 6, 2011 at 9:58 pm |
    • EvolvedDNA

      Muneef... unfortunately this is the rewards of religion...each one considers it has the truth, and is attacked by all the others who also have the only real truth. This then allows it to claim it is being persecuted and victimized. and on it goes. The last few weeks we have seen the catholics claiming victim status because of their churches failure to live up to the ideals they espouse.

      May 7, 2011 at 12:29 am |
    • Muneef

      E.DNA.

      The issue is no longer about who is having the right religion....the issue is politics under disguise of religion...

      May 7, 2011 at 7:33 am |
    • EvolvedDNA

      Muneef.. the problem with that is that religion drives politics.. how many times have you heard that gods law is above that of man... how can you think that with that mindset rational decisions are going to be made. For instance.. in a muslim country the law is that alcohol cannot be drunk or sold etc... this is based on a religious conviction, penalties are severe..I bet no amount of lobbing by those "opposed" would ever get heard..

      May 7, 2011 at 11:06 am |
  3. Lycidas

    Pure evil? No, he wasn't. Nothing human is pure anything really. We are all different combinations of what we think of as good or evil.
    In my opinion, if you want to get to what could be consider the most evil..it would be one that does not care about anyone. A amoralistic person who feels nothing but the goal at hand at all levels. Oddly, Osama did care about his faith (as he saw it anyway).

    May 6, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
    • EvolvedDNA

      Lycidas..I could care less that Osama cared about his faith..he put it above human beings and that is what drove him...faith before humanity.. Until we consider our selves as human beings first, rather than some superior god creation. people like him will continue to exist.

      May 6, 2011 at 9:20 pm |
  4. RightturnClyde

    Joy Behar is pure evil. Oh gosh she is the measure of it. OBL is gone. Yes he was also evil. Evil isn't hard to be .. Faust knew so well. Out damned spot. Out I say. The perfumes of Arabia will not make it smell better.

    May 6, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
    • RightturnClyde

      Out, damn-ed spot! out, I say!—One: two: why, then ’tis time to do ’t.—H*ll is murky!—Fie, my lord, fie! a soldier, and afeard? What need we fear who knows it, when none can call our power to account?—Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much bl**d in him? ...Here’s the smell of the bl**d still; all the perfumes of Ar*bia will not sweeten this little hand. Oh, oh, oh!

      May 6, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
  5. Muneef

    freedom of speech and human rights ?!

    So it is that you either you write what they would like to hear,read otherwise if you are not a hypocrite as should then better watch it out to what you say if you had any believe of such human rights and freedoms!

    With out you know it, helicopters or thugs landing on your roof top or at your house back yard shooting you dead then throw you in a bag off a helicopter into the Sea with out being heard...!? Any wise family men should be stopping any writing on blogs or just keep your feelings and views for your self to be safe....!! 

    May 6, 2011 at 12:07 pm |
  6. Robert Landbeck

    One needs to start with definitions. Before one we call anything pure evil, it is necessary to know what pure good is? Should humanity ever realize such moral insight, pure evil can then be understood as the denial of that perfect goodness. As human understanding does not yet reach that far, one can only see bin Laden as nasty piece of work the world is best rid of!

    May 6, 2011 at 12:03 pm |
    • Elmo

      You are on to something here. "OBL is pure evil" is a human cognitive/neurological linguistic construct that some people find useful to "think" for themselves, and maybe others, and which helps them explain and place into this "category", their observations of their surrounding environment, including this other human. Talking this way may or may not be useful, and making this statement does not actually make him "evil". Maybe there are other categorization systems that are more useful ? His behavior was certainly not productive for the larger groups, but it seemed to be valuable for himself and his own smaller group. He was acting logically for himself. Slapping these "loaded" "theological" labels on to his behaviors is perhaps not useful in an attempt to get to the bottom of his development and motivational patterns.

      May 9, 2011 at 10:04 am |
  7. Faux Paws

    Oh great. I see Joy Behar has 3 GUYS on her show to figure out what evil iis. Well, Joy, you are pandering. As long as all your fans know about that subject is contained in the Twilight series, your rating are not in trouble.

    May 6, 2011 at 1:02 am |
    • Finger Puppet

      ROTFL. Exactly. Remember it's about that talking snake. LOL

      May 6, 2011 at 1:09 am |
  8. Reality

    Is bin Laden pure evil? Yes, pure koranic-driven evil!!! And that is why no male Muslim can be trusted!!!

    May 6, 2011 at 12:05 am |
  9. Enoch2000

    "As the old saying goes, 'From evild**** come evil deeds,' so my hand will not touch you." (1 Samuel 24:13)

    May 5, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
  10. Peter F

    I really don't get this string of pointless CNN articles. Is bin Laden pure evil? Americans think he is in hell. Who did or didn't celebrate after his death. How much are we going to milk out of this single idea???

    May 5, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
    • Rogue

      @Peter F – If I say you appear ignorant of something, like the various psychological techniques used by CNN, would you say I'm just calling you names again? Probably. *sigh*

      May 5, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
    • Peter F

      No...? I mean I'm aware CNN likes to touch on the hot-button ideas that appeal to the masses, but it doesn't mean I'm not tired of it and awaiting something new and refreshing. 8 articles in a row on Osama is just as stupid as 8 articles in a row on the beatification of John Paul

      May 5, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
    • Rogue

      @Peter F – Sorry I am so slow to respond. Sorry also that this might sound like a cheap shot, but are you really that ignorant to the parallels between indoctrination in the media and religious indoctrination?
      I know it isn't really what we were talking about, but this sort of thing always bothers me. A religious person pointing out the propaganda and other tricks used to get people to believe and do certain things in anything but their religion. A dichotomy of epic proportions. A hypocrisy and a cognitive dissonance all in one.
      You know such things are done by others, but what about those around you in your religion? And your religious materials? Really, I could go on for hours about all the little errors in thinking that have so bound your mind into a little religious box, but no one likes hearing they've been made a fool of, so I will understand if you sidestep my post with some sort of stuff of your own...you've done it so often before...(trolling) 😛

      May 6, 2011 at 1:32 am |
    • Peter F

      @Rogue

      I needed that laugh. Thanks! 😀

      But I am legitimately curious... what religious propaganda am I a victim or user of? As usual, you make a lot of claims without supporting a' one – while I on the other hand have pointed out all this evidence for God that you sidestepped.

      God – 1
      Atheism – 0

      May 6, 2011 at 9:54 am |
    • The Bobinator

      > But I am legitimately curious... what religious propaganda am I a victim or user of?

      > while I on the other hand have pointed out all this evidence for God that you sidestepped.

      You have just answered your own question. There is no evidence for God.

      May 6, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
    • Lycidas

      @The Bobinator- Correction, no evidence that you would accept.

      May 6, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
    • EvolvedDNA

      Lycidas..what evidence have we rejected then?

      May 6, 2011 at 9:08 pm |
    • UnEv0lvedApe

      "Lycidas..what evidence have we rejected then?"

      @EvolvedDNA.. It's the bible, It's the evidence that you've been rejecting. And I know why, it speaks about you and Ahteists like you and your coming. See the book of Revelations.

      May 7, 2011 at 6:02 am |
    • EvolvedDNA

      UnEv0lvedApe
      "Lycidas. The bible is no more evidence for god than Harry Potter is for the existence of magic wands. Then of course we come to your some what uneducated understanding of evolution, which again you appear to not understand...to bad.. it is far more interesting and beautiful than your version of events. just think, the atoms in your body could have been part of a dinosaur or volcano.. and the iron in your blood was once forged in the heart of dieing suns eons ago...so you have one part right.. a sun died for us to have life on earth.

      May 7, 2011 at 11:00 am |
  11. T-party

    I am agnostic towards all religions, Bin laden is an evil person. I think he was selfish,a control freak,but worse he was very very very devout in his faith.

    May 5, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
  12. Jeremy Puttersfield

    Miley Cyrus' cover of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" is pure evil.

    May 5, 2011 at 8:52 pm |
    • Bob Henderson

      If I send her a lot of smack and a shotgun, will she do some more of her Kirk Cobain imitation?

      May 5, 2011 at 9:48 pm |
  13. Pubert Addams

    What a stupid topic ! They may have well discussed whether bin Laden was pure peanut butter.

    May 5, 2011 at 8:41 pm |
    • Dyslexic Atheist

      Sorry. I respectfully disagree. This is a site where many believe that the source of evil is seriously, actually a guy in a red suit with pointy ears and a pitch fork. Stupid I know, but relevant nonetheless.

      May 6, 2011 at 9:11 am |
  14. ScottK

    Who cares about how "Pure" the evil is? What, is this like gold or something? This is such a non-debate.

    May 5, 2011 at 7:31 pm |
    • Rogue

      Maybe he watched "Time Bandits" and thinks "pure evil" is a black crusty substance that should not be touched?

      May 5, 2011 at 8:20 pm |
  15. Muneef

    Understand your feelings of grief just as you supposed to understand the same for all innocents that suffer due the same old game that has been played for many years now by the war lords at all ends..

    Assure you that Islam did not attack you but rather a certain group or groups that have chosen to use the name of Islam in their plots...for a far reason exceeding our short sights of their intentions... What has Islam gained since this event was pulled? How many Arabs and Muslims had to pay life and blood since then? How many countries invaded since then?

    Before events America never stood beside Islam when Muslims were being killed Globally but rather stood by their killers side....how about Israelies vs Palestinians...? Maybe that only made some Arabian and Islamic cheer the event with out true understanding but rather in their mind that the tyrant got hurt in his Ego rather than any thing else... But never they did know that the same country who calls for freedom and human rights for the good of all beings to become a beast who did all that is against he was calling for just because some group was using a population as a human shield?!

    Well killing a man with out being taken and heard at court before he is condemned to death, but such act could easily make of the man a martyr that was unjustly treated and killed with out the slightest human rights.
    Wonder what secrets he had or what was the truth he was holding back that has driven his relation with America to such disputes ??
     Must have been some thing that is not supposed to be heard otherwise why he was shut out and thrown out to sea...as a man that never existed...!?

    We as Muslims would have been happier to see him in court and to question him as why he had done all his crimes in the name of Islam? and whether he felt happy now that Islam is mistreated this way after his or followers acts...!? But seems the still waters run deeper than we thought...!

    Another thing that make me wonder is that why would a man who had inherited alone more than few Hundreds of Millions of U.S Dollars and shares in Multimillion family businesses....why would he leave all that back and go to live by the sword running hiding in the mountains chased by the world and to die waste in the end?? Would have understood if had nothing but with all that he had why chose this hard short life over riches ?? That is a secret I would want to know! 

    May 5, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
    • Rogue

      @Muneef – Hey man! Osama was rejected by his family for the things he had done. That is why he was living in Pakistan and not Saudi Arabia. Plus he knew we wanted to see him dead or captured and so went into hiding.
      Why is this such a mystery to you? He was a criminal hiding from the angry justice of his victims.
      Why question a madman? What could you expect to hear from his lips but insanity? If he had had any "secret" knowledge that could have been used to bring other Muslims into his circle of madness, would he not have shared it freely and widely to anyone he could talk to?
      He had nothing but a twisted mind. The Q'uran does that to people for it is filled with twisted insanity masquerading as holiness.
      Free your mind from the chains of madness, Muneef! Realize that your so-called "prophet" was nothing but an evil man who enjoyed lying to the people around him.
      Don't you know of liars in your neighborhood? And what if someone thought their lies were also holy? What would you think of all that?

      May 5, 2011 at 7:02 pm |
    • Ed

      @Muneef,

      It seems easy to place all the bame on the US. Then to imply a conspriacy to first what he did and why, then why we killed him and did not bring him to justice. It ignores his responsibility for his acts and the acts of his followers. It ignores the cheering and dancing in the streets by millions after he attacked us. we owed this man much less then he recieved and much more the has been afforded to non muslims in muslim nations for far less. Their bodies paraded through the streets and disacrated. Their heads sawed of with knifes in live internet feeds. Their arrest close to the border just because. The palestinings with the help of the surronding arab nations attacked israel in the 1960's years after the land had been granted to them after WWII (granted it should not have ben granted). The arab nations were not our allies at the time israel was so we came to our allies aid. Since that time we have tried to broker peace neither side was interested. Then this man you speak of as if you think he was a hero attacked defensless women and children for not reason. He did not declare war or even ask for anything he just attack without warning or reason. Has it been a christian or a jew or any nonmuslim I find it difficult to believe you would even try to defend the actions. But he was a muslim so he is good. Had it been a nonmuslim the doing it to anyone you would condemn the act. Had it been a nonmuslim doing it to a muslim the muslim nations would have tried to kill them and been far less careful to not kille those around him and showed the bidy far less respect. WE have had this conversation before. You can not kill us acttack us hurt us and berate us and expect us to say thank you. We have made our mistakes too we have our radicals but we condemn them no one danced in the street in suport of Terry Jones. There is much work to be down to repair the relationship but not all of the fault lies with us. Bin Laden got what he deserved and was treated better them more then one US serviceman captured by muslims. Prehaps muslim need to show some of the same tolerance and respect they want from everyone else.

      May 5, 2011 at 7:05 pm |
    • Rogue

      @Ed – Good grief, Ed, can't you hit the Enter button once in a while?
      I can't even read your post. It's just a huge unbroken blob of stuff.

      May 5, 2011 at 8:18 pm |
    • Eric G

      As a non-believer, I am glad he is dead. He was a threat to the safety of my family.

      The problem was he actually believed that he was doing his god's will in killing others. That cannot be tolerated from anyone of any religious belief.

      Countries have gone to war for thousands of years and justified it with some kind of "holy significance". Countries go to war for resources or influence or land. They use religion to sell the idea of war to the public, who buy it all because they do not know any better.

      May 5, 2011 at 8:48 pm |
    • Muneef

      Just wonder who have given him the authority to represent Islam and Muslims and to declare war against to west on it's behalf? Was it the same source that gave him the authority in the name of Islam to fight and drive the Russians out of Afghanistan?  

      Not that I agree with his actions nor Islam did agree with his actions but can say not all Muslims are perfect to realize what is right or what is wrong rather for few to follow blindly taking innocents along their mislead way...

      May 5, 2011 at 9:52 pm |
    • Dyslexic Atheist

      @Rogue
      Agree. One day he's going to pull one out, and his whole giant house of cards will come smashing down.

      May 6, 2011 at 2:17 am |
    • Muneef

      Rogue.

      Ease with your comments about Islam ,Quran and Muslims....we always thought that people with out faith or a holy book are the ones with twisted minds or into madness.... Don't attempt to acc-use all Muslims for few ones acts.
      You see now that this case is similar to the killing one of the Hamas leaders in Dxb by Israel.
      Should point out that by such acts teaches the masses and the few to change their strategy into a similar killings of individuals in similar ways ? 
      Should expect signs to show in the near future... But now if the MidEast countries do not settle down into peaceful living from their present troubles...sadly I expect that west will be facing many copiers  of the late, attacking all western interests in the west or abroad....

      May 6, 2011 at 8:47 am |
    • Ed

      @Muneef,
      You said "Should expect signs to show in the near future... But now if the MidEast countries do not settle down into peaceful living from their present troubles...sadly I expect that west will be facing many copiers of the late, attacking all western interests in the west or abroad"

      I hope you're wrong but expect you may be right that the problem will continue. The real problem is its getting harder to reign the people in the west that feel it would be appropriate to respond in kind. What I mean is that if the terorist attacks continue against the west we may have some radiclas in the west start using similar methods against people in the east. The really sadi part is the people being hurt now and the people who will get hurt the most in the furture are not the radicals on either side. So lets hop both groups can get and keep their radicals in line.

      May 6, 2011 at 9:07 am |
    • Muneef

      Ed.
      How can ordinary men keep Radicals on line? Who has the weapons here ordinary men or radicals? Radicals were planted among us to give an excuse for some to invade...

      May 6, 2011 at 12:12 pm |
    • Peace2All

      @Eric G.

      Well said.

      Peace...

      May 6, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
    • Reality

      Was bin Laden pure evil? Yes, pure koranic-driven evil!!! And that is why no male Muslim to include Muneef can be trusted!!!

      May 6, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
    • Muneef

      Reality.

      Trusted, trusted with what? Who said am here to beg your trust ? Respecting your age I would not carry out with words that might turn to hurt...
      But honestly tell me do you at this age feel as having a big rock laid on your chest,or your breathing is blocked? Well if you do and only relieve it in this way of your writing...?

      [6:125] Whomever GOD wills to guide, He renders his chest wide open to Submission. And whomever He wills to send astray, He renders his chest intolerant and straitened, like one who climbs towards the sky*. GOD thus places a curse upon those who refuse to believe.

      May 6, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
    • Reality

      And yet again we come to Muneef's rescue:

      Saving Muslims like Muneef is quite easy assuming he understands English!!!

      The Five Steps To Deprogram 1400 Years of Islamic Myths:

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      The First Five of the 77 Branches:

      "1. Belief in Allah"

      aka as God, Yahweh, Zeus, Jehovah, Mother Nature, etc. should be added to your cleansing neurons.

      "2. To believe that everything other than Allah was non-existent. Thereafter, Allah Most High created these things and subsequently they came into existence."

      Evolution and the Big Bang or the "Gi-b G-nab" (when the universe starts to recycle) are more plausible and the "akas" for Allah should be included if you continue to be a "crea-tionist".

      "3. To believe in the existence of angels."

      A major item for neuron cleansing. Angels/de-vils are the mythical creations of ancient civilizations, e.g. Hitt-ites, to explain/define natural events, contacts with their gods, big birds, sudden winds, protectors during the dark nights, etc. No "pretty/ug-ly wingy thingies" ever visited or talked to Mohammed, Jesus, Mary or Joseph or Joe Smith. Today we would classify angels as f–airies and "tin–ker be-lls". Modern de-vils are classified as the de-mons of the de-mented.

      "4. To believe that all the heavenly books that were sent to the different prophets are true. However, apart from the Quran, all other books are not valid anymore."

      Another major item to delete. There are no books written in the spirit state of Heaven (if there is one) just as there are no angels to write/publish/distribute them. The Koran, OT, NT etc. are simply books written by humans for humans.

      Prophets were invented by ancient scribes typically to keep the un-educated masses in line. Today we call them for-tune tellers.

      Prophecies are also invali-dated by the natural/God/Allah gifts of Free Will and Future.

      "5. To believe that all the prophets are true. However, we are commanded to follow the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) alone."

      Mohammed spent thirty days "fasting" (the Ramadan legend) in a hot cave before his first contact with Allah aka God etc. via a "pretty wingy thingy". Common sense demands a neuron deletion of #5. #5 is also the major source of Islamic vi-olence i.e. turning Mohammed's "fast, hunger-driven" hallu-cinations into horrible reality for unbelievers.
      Walk these Five Steps and we guarantee a complete recovery from your Islamic ways!!!!

      Unfortunately, there are not many Muslim commentators/readers on this blog so the "two-minute" cure is not getting to those who need it. If you have a Muslim friend, send him a copy and help save the world.

      Analogous steps are available at your request for deprogramming the myths of Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Paganism at your request.

      May 6, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
    • Muneef

      @Reality.

      Read this for your additional information might it pleases you;
      See what is being said to bring fear and hatred towards Islam ;
      http://www.projesus.com/pg/articles/arab2.pdf
      See how Islam was conspired against in it's own countries.
      http://www.al-islam.org/al-tawhid/arabnationalism.htm

      May 7, 2011 at 7:00 am |
  16. Daniel

    Even if Bin Laden is evil, should we greet his death with joy? Perhaps we should be thankful no more lives will be lost due to his plans or commands but is it morally correct to celebrate the death of a person? Some more thoughts and discussion about this here: http://www.theology21.com/2011/05/02/killing-justice/

    May 5, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
    • Robert

      You bet we rejoice that this guy is dead. He was evil and now that evil is wiped out of the world, just like all evil will be wiped out. Then we all rejoice.

      May 5, 2011 at 7:41 pm |
  17. DaLe

    If the premise would be that the world is black and white only, if we put "good" and "evil" as being opposed to each other, and if remember the quote of Jesus saying that "No one is good but God", then we are all each evil, or at least always tempted to do evil more or less on Satan's behalf. And many thoughts, emotions and actions might seem being justified for whatever reason ego or Satan is whispering to us.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
    • DaLe

      And many thoughts, emotions and actions might seem being justified for whatever reason ego or Satan is whispering to us, while they in fact are not justified.

      May 5, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      DaLe,
      This is why Baptism is so important to us….once Baptized, it is Jesus Christ working through us…so that we are capable of doing good works. On our own, we can do nothing that merits anything in Heaven. Baptism causes us to do the will of the Father whereas before Baptism we cannot please the Father; we become members of Jesus Christ’s body due to Baptism…we become true children of God, real members of His Family, the Communion of Saints.

      May 8, 2011 at 8:20 am |
    • DaLe

      I was baptized too (Catholic, not that it would matter that much regarding baptizing I guess), did (not sure about the proper term in English) communion at age 9-10, served as ministrant, probably been Catholic past life (if it isn't genetical memory or such playing tricks on me), had 'stress' in teenage years and being aimless later on, not really been true to myself, being frustrated, putting high expectations/standarts on myself, making financial debts, blaming myself for other things, swallowing sadness, feeling or actually being slightly abused, being at times kind of inclined to whip myself until unconscious (or ask eg. Rihanna to whip me) – my point being that just because I was baptised and might be classified eg. as Catholic doesn't mean that every of my actions would be 'perfect' and 'in the name of God' (similarly regarding priests who are more or less supposed to be role models being slaves to their bodies and causing harm), it doesn't mean that I would be better than other persons, in fact I was also thinking and a bit acting as kind of anti-hero to offer in the long run morale lessons to others helping to recognize what actually matters, the problem of that being that probably many persons would just imitate appearances if there is no authority to put things into context. Of course, this is just a bit of mish-mash. Also, eg. if there is no kind of suffering and no hardship, persons tend to turn decadent quickly, partially justifying themselves as being better than others, despite the phrase 'being tested' making sense in many aspects.
      And of course, rhetoric regarding 'demons fighting to gain control of souls' and similar can be scary to many and should probably be kept to proper 'school/monastery-classes' where things can be put more into context.

      May 9, 2011 at 5:50 am |
    • DaLe

      "my point being..."

      Not being a native English speaker, writing too often over-long sentences which can be confusing to readers and apparently here to myself too, and such as today, hurrying since about to get going to employment, all can lead to mishaps. My point about the aforementioned point is that i do not consider myself and i am not better than anyone else in overall terms. Perhaps i have a mediocre skill or two, but such would have to be proved in contest and/or by authority, both which involve measurement. In relation to the topic of the article and the person, as we all know, talked about, he was part of the 'warrior caste' (using the term used in an interview by a member of US military talking about themselves) and was certainly effective at it, to say at least. And, if we take a measurement approach to 'evilness', and determine him to be evil, aside of a criterion of 'evil' being that the subject is someone's enemy, then the likely overall outcome would be that commanders in eg. US military are evil as well.
      Furthermore and in somewhat other context, if we consider al-Qaeda and US being at war together as two sides (especially if al-Qaeda is considered 'terror' as in 'war on, terror' eh without that comma of course), then the US killed the Commander in Chief of the other side, as5ault style, albeit the definition could also be seen that al-Qaeda is a criminal organization, or a so-called sect, or a PR gag, or others, or a combination thereof.

      May 9, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  18. Ed

    We can not know if he was evil for sure e cause we can not see his soul or thoughts or emmotions. We know what he dd and what he said. We don't really know why he did it. As for is he in heaven or he-ll I don't know its not my call.

    May 5, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
    • Steve (the real one)

      Hi Ed, I hope you are well. I just have one comment on your comment. Evil does exist, my friend! The bible is clear. While you are correct, we cannot see inside a soul we certainly tell what is evil by action. The bible states "out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks". In short, what we speak and do reveals what is in our hearts! We certainly can judge action.

      May 5, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
    • Ed

      @Steve How have you been? I agree evil exists and we can judge an action or even words, but we all do and say things we should not(not of the same level as Bin Laden for sure). We have all lied in our lives or goten in to a fight we could have avoided. Some people might call so of the things we have done evil. But what is not enough we need to know why for us to know if its evil. In the case of Bin Laden he did much evil he said much evil, this is a sign he was evil, but we do not know what was in is heart mind and soul so we can not know for sure if he was evil. Based on his actions and words I would guess yes he was evil so was Hitler, Stalin, and many others. But we can not know for sure since we can not see his heart mind and soul. God can and when he is judge by God, God will then Bin Ladne will get his true deserved reward.

      May 5, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
    • Robert

      Sure we know why he did it. He was possessed by evil spirits. That's in the bible too, if you opened it to read it.

      May 5, 2011 at 7:38 pm |
    • Sam

      Don't force your religious beliefs onto others. Who are you to preach down to another? You have no proof your right and no proof anyone else is wrong. How would you like it if I gave your religion some condescending comment or diss?

      May 5, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
    • Ed

      @Sam, I gave my answer to the question of the blog. I said nothing about anyones religion or other belief. I don't see were I made a comment "dissing" anyone ele's belief or opinon. Im my second comment I responded to a comment made to me. I did not force my beliefs on anyone. I have even suggested that you follow my beliefs. I stated them but did not ask you to agree or change anything abiout your beliefs. By telling me I am forcing my belief on you, you are basically telling me I can't state my belief in a public forum in short you are forcing your belief on me, since you are allowed to state yours and I'm am not. Follow what ever belief you choose that is your right. Feel free to state your belief in any public forum but please allow me to do the same.

      May 6, 2011 at 7:31 am |
  19. Rogue

    Nah, he's dead. Dead people are dead. Evil is in the intent of living persons, not in dead ones.
    And he was brainwashed by his religion to think in ways that many would call evil. But now he's gone. His body is a soggy mess of corruption.
    Where is he now? No one alive knows what happens after death.
    No one has returned to tell us what it's like. Not even Jesus.

    May 5, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
    • Robert

      God told us all things. You'd know that if you read the bible.

      May 5, 2011 at 7:37 pm |
    • Rogue

      @Robert – If you were smart you wouldn't lie like that to me. God told you nothing. Words in a book are not a form of supernatural communications.
      And I've read the bible many times. It now resides in the local landfill where it belongs...

      May 5, 2011 at 8:16 pm |
    • Tom

      That's because you are a reprobate.

      May 5, 2011 at 8:38 pm |
    • Amanda

      he was brainwashed by his religion (the religion he claimed to practice)? You are brainwashed by the crap you read a religion you know nothing about.

      May 5, 2011 at 9:38 pm |
    • Rogue

      @Tom – Bored again. Ok, "sinner", how do you call me a reprobate when you have no such knowledge based in fact?
      Your ad hominem attack is a sad attempt on your part, I'm afraid. Care to say something worth listening to? Or shall I delegate your idiomatic response to the trash heap of history?

      May 5, 2011 at 9:40 pm |
    • Finger Puppet

      @Robert
      Could you point out for us where, (chapter and verse), he told us how to make a vaccine for a retro virus ? (You DID say he told us all things).
      On second thought never mind. This is a waste of time. Your brain cells, (neurochemistry) REQUIRE that you explain to yourself the world you observe around you in that way you do, and there is pretty much no way anything can change that. It's just bad genes. Sorry 'bout that. "Thank goodness" there are some humaniods that don't labor under those deficient conditions, and whose brain chemistry allows them to think openly and "follow the money", wherever the actual evidence leads them. I would be willing to bet quite a lot of money, given the choice, you would go to a heart surgeon trained in a modern scientific medical facility, as opposed to one who has on her door, "MD, PhD Bible Study".

      May 5, 2011 at 9:42 pm |
    • Rogue

      @Amanda* – You have no reason to accuse me of ignorance when I always try to avoid speaking from my ignorance. I do my best to not profess knowledge I do not possess. I made no errors in my post that I can see. Perhaps you'd like to spell them out for me? Thanks.

      May 5, 2011 at 9:45 pm |
    • mystic

      rogue
      Ok, you're a dolt!

      May 7, 2011 at 5:50 am |
    • CatholicMom

      Robert,

      This is what Jesus said in the Bible

      Jesus told His Apostles:

      "I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now. But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth. He will not speak on his own, but he will speak what he hears, and will declare to you the things that are coming. He will glorify me, because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you. (John 16:12-14)

      May 8, 2011 at 7:52 am |
  20. Jared

    Absolutely. Anyone with that much hate is pure evil

    May 5, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
    • YaThink

      "Anyone with that much hate is pure evil"

      All the people who show action of hate towards gays is pure evil.
      Those that hate African Americans are pure evil.
      Those that hate Hispanics are pure evil.

      Intolerance of those different from you is pure evil.

      May 5, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
    • yagottado

      matthew 12 tells all to rejoice

      May 5, 2011 at 9:25 pm |
    • doctore0

      If Bin Laden is evil.. what is god then; According to the bible god killed millions, toddlers and all.

      Disclaimer
      Evil does not exist, per se

      May 6, 2011 at 5:13 am |
    • EvolvedDNA

      yagottado....that why you should never listen to a kid!

      May 6, 2011 at 8:53 pm |
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