Bloggers' qualified celebration of bin Laden's death

The announcement that Osama bin Laden is dead was seen as good news across much of the blogosphere, which has heavy representation from the US.

The Huffington Post's Religion Editor, Baptist pastor Paul Brandeis, reflects that it is a "strange and conflicting emotion" to celebrate a death.

"My professed beliefs include the redemption of evil and the potential good in all humanity. Yet I felt a sense of exhilaration when I read the headline "DEAD" about Osama bin Laden."

He says that tor the last ten years Osama bin Laden has exemplified the absolute worst of religion, and that when he thinks of bin Laden he thinks of evil.

"I was a chaplain at Columbia University during Sept. 11, 2001. Two days after the attacks, some of my students put on an art exhibit in response called Peace Kitchen. In one piece a student had put a film of bin Laden's face over a mirror so we saw our own face staring back at us through his.

"The point was not that there was equivalency between bin Laden and us, but to acknowledge that evil is not something that only exists outside of us that we can point to and kill once and for all."

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