Iona College President Discusses Morality Of Celebrating The Death Of Osama Bin Laden

NEW ROCHELLE, NY (WCBS 880) – Since Osama Bin Laden’s death, many have resorted to celebration – even dancing in the streets and chanting “U.S.A. U.S.A.”

But celebrating a death goes against many religious beliefs.

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Iona College president Brother James Liguori says celebration in this case, though, is almost understandable.

“This has been pent up energy, sadness, anger, frustration for almost ten years,” he tells WCBS 880 reporter Catherine Cioffi.

But he does say that it conflicts with morality, though, “On the moral side, I don’t know necessarily whether we should be jumping for joy. On the side of justice, that is certainly talked about in the scriptures constantly, I would suspect a little exuberance is understandable at this time,” he says.

“I don’t fault them in the sense that we’ve had no good news on this subject for almost ten years and we finally got what people perceived to be good news,” he also says. “People were responding the way people respond always when they receive what they perceive to be good news that someone who did them in has been brought to justice.”

But he would rather have people focus on the positive in this country.

“This should be a moment of gratitude and patriotism, not in any triumphalistic way, but simply a way of saying that we are a people who believe in freedom,” he says. “I think we should be focusing on our gratitude as a nation for our perseverance.”

He adds that we should also focus on being grateful for our troops.

This debate has been raging on Facebook, where a quote, alleging to be from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has been making the rounds. It turns out that only part of the quote came from King, but The Atlantic reported that it appeared that there was no malice involved in the compilation of the quote.

Do you think it is right to celebrate the death of a human being, even Osama Bin Laden? Share your comments below.

  • KPMc

    but you still wouldn’t know the proper use of than and then.

    • holy bananas

      May I push in your stool?

  • Black Pride

    Bush (white man) couldn’t do it….. Obama finally did it….4 more years!!

  • p8nt

    By celebrating and rejoicing someone’s death, makes us no better than them. If any, it only serves as more ammunition for extremists against the US. Once we learn to the better person, and view things in an unbiased way, then the world can start to work together.

  • Kevin the former Catholic

    He did a great job hiring Sister Suzie the Iona embezzler. Could’nt you find anyone else to interview?

    • KPMc

      So… it was embezzlement that finally made you renounce your Catholicism?

  • Steve

    Gee– I’m confused then. What exactly then does Mr. Ivory Tower Liberal Academic President think that the celebrations for V-J and V-E day, at the end of WW II, were about? The end of rationing?

    • Matt

      They were celebrating that sovereign nations surrendered to bring an official end to a war that cost millions of lives across the globe, not the death of any individual or group. Their boys were coming home. Ours are still are not as this battle wages, so I do think that those situations are completely disparate and we should consider if there should be such jubilation over one person’s death.

    • KPMc

      They were about the end of a war and the sacrifices that so many Americans made even here at home.

      This war is still going on and except for those that actually joined the military none of us have made any sacrifices in the past ten years. It’s just painless patriotism when the entire sum of your contribution is putting a magnetic yellow ribbon that was made in china on your gas-guzzling SUV!

  • Mercy

    Okay, Sola Scriptura, so what your saying is GOD is glad that we murder each other? I don’t know what kind of GOD you believe in, but no matter how evil one of us is, I’m sure GOD does not celebrate the death of any of his children. Just like Muslims should never call this a Holy War in the name of GOD. As human beings we are so far off the path, it’s truly sickening.

  • JOHN

    Osama Bin Laden got just what he deserved! He planned the murder of nearly 3,000 innocent people-let’s stop burying our heads in the sand by using the religious angle of this! He was a mass murdering fiend-the Arab version of Adolph Hitler.Let him burn in hell for all eternity!

  • Anthony

    It’s not immoral to celebrate the death of someone who was the mastermind of the execution of 3,000 helpless civilians.

    • KPMc

      And you know this how?

  • SFede

    Yes, and I remember when 9/11 happened… how many groups were dancing in the streets and celebrating the death of many Americans… an eye for an eye baby!

    • KPMc

      I thought “we” were supposed to be better than “them”? So thought it was ghastly when people did that but at your first opportunity you did the same? Do you know the meaning of the word hypocrisy?

      • SFede

        “we” are better than “them”… but it’s a subject close to the heart, especially in NYC, what should we do… pass the day quietly by! Yes, hypocrisy : a feigning to be what one is not or to believe what one does not; especially : the false assumption of an appearance of virtue or religion. Like bin Laden mislead many using religion to kill.

  • Sola Scriptura

    In the bible, Proverbs 11:10 says:
    Pr 11:10 : When it goeth well with the righteous, the city rejoiceth: and when the wicked perish, there is shouting.
    Another person who claims to be a Christian, but who knows nothing about the Holy Bible, which is GOD’s word, or about the character and nature of GOD.

  • Rosario Lazaroff

    No death should be celebrated. Osama should have been brought to trial, as any other human being. That, and not this awful killing, would have been justice. Something to be proud of. As Americans and English people were proud of their leaders’ behaviour after World War II, when nazi criminals were judged at a court of law and granted German lawyers to speak for their rights. Violence can only engender violence, whatever the side it comes from.
    Rosario, from Uruguay

    • Old Man

      Well Rosario….what about the 3000+ people (including CHILDREN) that this dirt bag planned & killed and BRAGGED ABOUT? Where were THEIR rights you ignorant FOOL? NO…I’m NOT from NYC…but those folks killed were my AMERICAN BROTHERS & SISTERS and OBL got it EASY!!! I would have taken the S*O*B ALIVE and started pulling every fingernail & toenail out with pliers and then would get REAL PERSONAL with him!! He WAS a DIRTBALL—UR2!

  • SUE

    obvious kendra’s a moron…THIS IS IMPORTANT!!!!!!!!

  • kendra

    how long are we going to talk about celebrating the man death good grief…now can we move o to more important things please …,

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