Rejoice: Justice is Done

By The American TFP   
May 02, 2011
9-11 terrorist attack
Sept. 11, 2001:  Devastation at Ground Zero.
Osama bin Laden was arguably the man who most symbolized hatred for the United States in the world today.

In 1998, Osama signed on to a fatwa ordering Muslims everywhere to kill Americans and their allies: “The ruling to kill the Americans and their allies — civilians and military — is an individual duty for every Muslim who can do it in any country in which it is possible to do it, in order to liberate the al-Aqsa Mosque and the holy mosque [Mecca] from their grip.”Osama bin Laden was the first of five to sign the 1998 fatwa. See the English translation at http://www.fas.org/irp/world/para/docs/980223-fatwa.htm

Navy Seals
God bless our brave
Navy Seals!

In 2001, he masterminded the attacks of 9/11, which killed 2,977 people, mostly Americans.  Now, in an act of justice his body lies at the bottom of the Indian Ocean. He was killed on May 1 by a heroic team of our tremendous Navy Seals. May God be praised!

A cruel and cowardly enemy of the Christian West is dead.  Rejoice!  Yes, rejoice!  We do well to rejoice over bin Laden’s death.

We do not rejoice at the demise of any personal enemy. Rather, we rejoice over what the great Saint Bernard defined as a “malecide,” the just execution of a malefactor.Saint Bernard de Clairvaux, De laude novae militiae, in Migne, Patrologia Latina, Vol. 182, col. 924. Indeed, Osama bin Laden was the common enemy of the Christian West. He killed innocent people and wished to destroy America, and, with our nation, the remnants of the Christian order in the world.

A Call to Vigilance

As we rejoice at the death of this great common enemy of the Christian West, we prepare in prayer, vigilance and ever greater resolve to face the difficult moments and crises that will surely come ahead.  If we are faithful to Christian principles in our war against Islamist terror and Osama bin Ladens of every stripe, we can certainly expect God’s blessings on America.

May the Immaculate Conception, Patroness of America, favor and help us carry out these difficult responsibilities.

May 2, 2011
The American TFP

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-9 # MCM 2011-05-06 11:29
May the killer whales and sharks have a great feast!
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+1 # Janie Guerra 2011-05-06 11:42
I rejoice in his death! He was an evil man and thousands have been killed because of him! Several of my cousins have risked their lives in Afghanistan fighting the enemy! He now has to face his Maker!
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+14 # Dan 2011-05-06 11:52
What does the TFP have to say about the Vatican's stance on this?

“In the face of a man’s death, a Christian never rejoices, but reflects on the serious responsibilities of each person before God and before men, and hopes and works so that every event may be the occasion for the further growth of peace and not of hatred,” the spokesman said.

Editor's answer: Somewhat perplexing.
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0 # Jeannon Kralj 2011-05-06 12:46
"For this cause God shall send them Strong Delusion that they should believe a lie...because they received not the love of the truth that they might be saved." (II Thessalonians 2:11,10)

Everything about this event is a staged lie to control people's opinions and to provide the excuse for an increased police state in the USA.

An article by Paul Joseph Watson on this event explains the truth about bin Ladin. Stop evaluating and pronouncing on staged lie events.

Always seek the Truth through the One Who said He is Truth.
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+3 # Ken 2011-05-06 13:16
We must solemnly show faces because rejoices are not over yet. Especially Russia, we must pray hard what Our Lady of Fatima requested in 1917.

God bless America and our troops.
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0 # Ellen 2011-05-06 13:30
Yes, was so delighted to see that you are keeping it MARIAN - and Pope John the GREAT POPE said that it would be you YOUNG PEOPLE who would make a DIFFERENCE - Pope John Paul left everything in Mary's hands -- she takes all our requests to her SON, and she has been appointed - Mediatrix of GRACE ( from which all GRACES FLOW. Continued PRAYERS for your great work.
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+6 # Juan Mora 2011-05-06 14:22
Thanks TFP for all your help helping Americans to find God. However, I don't agree with the killing of Osama, he was an evil man who killed many innocent people, but I also have to say that Jesus told us to love our enemies and try to help them. Osama should be brought to justice and be in prison for life, God is the only one who knows who is evil or not, not us.
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+3 # JennieMire JessieMcD 2011-05-06 15:30
It's not that we should rejoice, but Pray for his soul & the souls of his family & followers...we also need to Pray for our military for trying to capture him.
He needed to be captured and brought to justice...if it was the cause of his death, I think God will forgive the ones that tried to do that but ended up with him killed.
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-2 # Andrew Meisake 2011-05-06 16:04
Rejoice over Osama's death?! A Catholic organization who promotes this message and claims to follow the teachings of the faith and obedience to the Pope is very contradictory.
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-2 # Siobhan 2011-05-06 17:03
I'm with Dan. I'm surprised at TFP taking up this position and sorry to hear it in the light of the Vatican's statement. Wishing you guys well, but I'm unsubscribing from future emails.
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+2 # michael velasco 2011-05-06 17:28
Rejoice? We must not rejoice in his death even though he was a despicable man. We are supposed to be believers in the teachings God and trying to be more like Him. God will judge, God knows the hearts of us all and He knows that rejoicing in any person's death is not Christian like. I wish that they had captured him, gotten more intelligence from him and incarcerate him. Why must we always think that killing a person is a good thing? Plain and simple, it is NOT.
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-1 # Emmanuel 2011-05-06 18:18
It is a good thing that evil men be stopped even with the use of force if necessary. It is a legitimate feeling to feel relief for his death; but is it right to feel rejoice? I think all Westerners should feel better this threat is gone, but hatred will still go on in men's heart and other anti-western leaders will take his place sooner or later, so why rejoice. Unless mankind converts and the Pope with all bishops consecrates Russia to Mary's Immaculate Heart as she told in Fatima there will be no true lasting peace on earth.
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-1 # Faye Burkett 2011-05-06 18:27
The Bible shows that St. Michael the Archangel declined to judge Satan, the author of lies and Jesus told us that we will be judged according to our own judgment and our mercy. We should think about the soul of Bin Ladin standing before the Almighty God for judgment and realize this is the end for everyone of us. God ALONE knows Bin Ladin's heart and I would not want to be in his shoes. It was necessary and just that he die and it was a just death in proportion to his crimes. The debate over his death vs life in prison will go on. Remaining alive to "await justice" would have been a world-wide travesty and who knows for sure if he would not have ended up going free in the name of politics. Families of 911 and First Responders and those losing loved ones have the right to rejoice. The rest of us should rejoice in and be so very proud of our Navy Seals and all our military who pay such a high price for our freedom.
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0 # J.T. 2011-05-06 19:01
If we don't kill the serpent - it will slither in the grass and continually spread it's venom.
Osama bin Laden was an evil serpent - killing his own people as well as plotting to kill even more Americans and allies. He and his followers have done enough evil - just ask the family members of those lost on 9/11. There are situations in which we must defend ourselves and this is one of them. Yes, thankfully, Osama bin Laden was unarmed when he was killed - so were the 3,000 souls he killed on 9/11.
We must continue to be ever vigilant
and prayerful to Our Lady.
GOD BLESS OUR NAVY SEALS AND ALL OUR TROOPS. GOD BLESS AMERICA!
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-2 # Marie Czarnecki 2011-05-06 20:02
Quoting MCM:
May the killer whales and sharks have a great feast!

I agree with the above quote, and I do rejoice that he is gone, I lost many family to the enemies, and he deserved what he got. Also he will answer to the God almighty for what he has been doing!! thanks to the NAVY SEALS that did the job!! GREAT JOB GUYS!!

Marie Czarnecki
AIR FORCE VETERAN(PROUD OF IT)
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0 # Louis 2011-05-06 21:34
He was never charged for 9/11. Here is what the FBI page said:
MURDER OF U.S. NATIONALS OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES; CONSPIRACY TO MURDER U.S. NATIONALS OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES; ATTACK ON A FEDERAL FACILITY RESULTING IN DEATH...Usama Bin Laden is wanted in connection with the August 7, 1998, bombings of the United States Embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya. These attacks killed over 200 people. In addition, Bin Laden is a suspect in other terrorist attacks throughout the world.

I don't believe our government is telling us the truth.

His death is a very sad event because as a non-Catholic he will go to hell.
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+1 # Karl Bjorn Erickson 2011-05-06 22:13
I've read many Catholic commentaries on the efficient dispatch of OBL to his eternal judgement, and the simplicity and pure brevity of this one makes it one of my favorites.

I would like to point out to some of the posters that nations are not required to "turn the other cheek;" that is an admonition to individuals. It is the responsibility of governments to defend their citizens. OBL was busy devising new ways to kill westerners when he was sent on his way. It's time to stand up and be the men and women God created us to be, courageous enough to take a stand against evil and in defense of the innocent. Shame on those who coddle evil!
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+3 # Robert Bouchard 2011-05-06 23:06
I often find myself praying for Adolf Hitler because I find myself caring for the soul of a man who was somehow all twisted up about things, and caused so much death during his life. Maybe it's easier for me to pray for Hitler since he was dead before I was born. Pray for Osama? A bit tougher to do since my son went to war against him several years ago. My son's still alive and well, and Osama isn't, and neither is Hussein. Prayer for them is tough, but maybe all the more required by Jesus. Bow your heads with me in prayer for them if you can. God Bless you.
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+3 # Beatrice 2011-05-06 23:22
I find rejoicing in the death of an enemy abhorrent. Having worked in Egypt for 5 yrs, I loved the people - Muslim and Christian. I also saw the kind of Muslim that I'd be concerned about but they were a small number, at least in Cairo. I frequently see stories sent from parent site Robert Richie and now you that are overtly anti-Muslim - to the extent that I'm afraid there is a bias that goes deeper than what modern Catholic theology allows.

We are not the judges of another's soul. We can only define a deed as sinful or not. Perhaps it's a good idea to research why some Muslims hate Christians and you may find the stereotyping and dehumanization process caused by the actions of the minority within a society spill over onto the majority through ignorance of other people and customs. Presumed false concepts about "others" are what leads to wars - like Iraq, and the Iraqi Christians who were stable and secyre ub Uraq paid the price of US folly.
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-4 # Joe Rathwell 2011-05-07 00:01
bin laden isn't dead, at least I don't believe he is. Everything was just a little to well timed for my liking. Obamas ratings go up 11% from this, the royal wedding which obama wasn't invited to was the perfect distraction and of course the royal youngster gets called back into service so the honeymoon is postponed.

Give it some thought
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+5 # Roland 2011-05-07 00:45
As Christians, I don't think we should rejoice over the death of a person even if he or she is our enemy. "Love your enemy." This is what Jesus teaches. We should be sad that this person died without having acknowledged his sins and and repented for them. Jesus is not happy I think to see a soul go to hell. That is why in His message to St. Faustina, we should also remember the pagans and the unbelievers in His Divine Mercy for He died for them too.
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-3 # Frank de Monbrun 2011-05-07 05:49
Did not David rejoice at the defeat and death of his enemies? Did he not beseech God to break out their teeth and remove all memory of their lives? Was David not used by God to kill the enemies of God to bring peace and safety to His people? And David was called by God himself as "a man after God's own heart."

Of course we are right to rejoice in the death of this wicked person! "Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures nor the power of God."
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0 # stephen 2011-05-07 09:09
I myself was not sure how to react at first to the killing of Osama bin Laden by the US military. I was glad that the mastermind of the terrorist attacks and promoter of terrorism around the world-- a man we had hunted for 10 years, was finally caught and taken out, but at the same time could not rejoice in the killing of a man. I do not think that it was a coincidence, however, that May 1 was also Holocaust Remembrance Day and Divine Mercy Sunday, not to mention the beautification of Pope John Paul II, who, amongst other names, was called "the Mercy pope". I think that a good way of looking at this is that where God's love and mercy is, hatred and evil cannot be, so perhaps this was an example of God showing His love and mercy to the world in removing a man who symbolized so much hate and evil in the world.
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+3 # Daniele Mezzetti 2011-05-07 09:40
I am always perplexed when we Christians find unity from a common enemy. This isn't the way of the Gospel. It was necessary to stop bin Laden, but we cannot rejoice from his demise, nor form his suffering whatsoever. Stopping him by the use of force is a sad necessity, not a triumph.
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0 # Vincent A. Lewis 2011-05-07 11:46
We should rejoice in the fact that we may be achieving victory over terrorism. We should not rejoice in the fact that Osama was killed. If the Navy Seals could have taken him into custody, it would have been a much better outcome. The problem is that we entered the territory of another nation without permission. That action can be viewed as a criminal act or an act of aggression against Pakistan. Although he will not be the visible face of terrorism, his memory may be the inspiration for more attacks. We cannot kill his memory. Let's pray for the day when his memory will no longer promote terrorism.
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-3 # Paul 2011-05-07 13:35
I didn't know Bin Laden personally, so can't really hate or not hate him.

I do know that he was a cowardly mass murderer who liked to kill people by inducing other people to blow themselves to bits.

That such a man is no longer able to carry out his evil acts is cause for great rejoicing.

I fear greatly for a civilization that has lost its ability to rejoice at its own victories, or at the triumph (however fleeting) of Good over Evil.
Thanks to TFP for having courage, virtue, and good sense.

"He hath exalted me upon a rock: and now he hath lifted up my head above my enemies. I...have offered up in his tabernacle a sacrifice of jubilation: I will sing, and recite a psalm to the Lord." Psalm 26:6.

"And every man of Juda, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem returned, and Josaphat at their head, into Jerusalem with great joy, because the Lord had made them rejoice over their enemies." II Chronicles 20:27.
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+4 # Malgorzata 2011-05-07 14:47
It's politics... Barrack Obama needed a sort of a great action which would give him some extra points before future election. I believe that Osma could have been killed long time ago, CIA and other "agencies" knew well where to find him, although they waited for the right moment for the main "players" political plans. Personally, I do not rejoice over OBL's death. Soul shouldn't judge the soul. He was an evil man all right, but only God knows a man's heart. What would have happened if dr Bernard Nathanson was killed before he converted?...
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0 # Taylor 2011-05-07 22:21
Quoting Louis:
He was never charged for 9/11. Here is what the FBI page said:
MURDER OF U.S. NATIONALS OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES; CONSPIRACY TO MURDER U.S. NATIONALS OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES; ATTACK ON A FEDERAL FACILITY RESULTING IN DEATH...Usama Bin Laden is wanted in connection with the August 7, 1998, bombings of the United States Embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya. These attacks killed over 200 people. In addition, Bin Laden is a suspect in other terrorist attacks throughout the world.

I don't believe our government is telling us the truth.

His death is a very sad event because as a non-Catholic he will go to hell.
OSAMA...not usama...was a leader of al qaeda and was behind 911....he did everything you listed also...he was an evil man...dont waste sympathy over him....he would kill you for being christian and american...
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+3 # Anna 2011-05-08 05:21
I, also, am with Dan.
How very sad that Catholics of such potential can resort to such very un-Catholic beliefs.
Jesus taught us to forgive (7x70 times, and not "only when what they did wasn't really that bad") and to love. Or have we forgotten?
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+3 # Vasco Gil 2011-05-08 19:16
I must say, although a supporter of most of what TFP has to say about Catholic orthodoxy, including being pro-life, I am disappointed that you would state we should rejoice at Osama's death. That he has been stopped from undertaking more murderous actions is good, however this may have been achieved in other ways.
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0 # K Jacobson 2011-05-08 19:29
My comments are spread over two posts. In one sense, I agree with this article; but in another sense I do not. First, I agree that the killing of this man was justified. The government is given the authority to judge and punish people when they do wrong. (see Romans 13:1-4) I believe that this would extend to punishing those people or countries who are purposely and without just cause endangering the citizens of a given country--people that the government is supposed to protect! In fact, I would even say that not only was it justifiable to bring him to justice, but that it was the right thing to do. However, I do not agree that we should rejoice over his death. In Ezekiel 33:11 God speaks through the prophet saying "As I live, declares the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live?" This is God speaking to His people who, we know, were judged severely for their sins! God warns us; we must repent or face the consequences.
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+1 # K Jacobson 2011-05-08 19:29
(Continued from previous post) Still, He does not rejoice that the wicked must die. The same is true with Osama Bin Laden; he made his choice and now he has faced--and will face--the consequences as well. However, we should not rejoice over his death because to do so would be to rejoice over what is, by all apparent evidence, the eternal damnation of a soul. To rejoice over the eternal separation from God that Osama must now be subject to. Even though we may be glad that never again will he slaughter innocent people, we should never be glad that his soul has been slaughtered--even though it is through his own doing. When the rich young man walked away from Jesus, the Lord was sorry for him. Jesus even forgave those who crucified Him. In the same way, Jesus died for Osama as well. Although Osama rejected His call to all that we can humanly see, we should still be sorry for him as a person who was created in the image of God. We must hate the sin but love the sinner.
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+4 # jld 2011-05-08 21:12
I appreciate your work, and often brought to tears at the courage you have. On this Osama bin Laden topic, I cannot agree with you.

No, I don't rejoice at Osama bin Laden's death.

http://rememberbuilding7.org/
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+1 # M Lau 2011-05-08 21:19
Why should we rejoice in the death of Bin Laden ?
He is not our only enemy nor our greatest enemy! There are still a lot of terrorists and other enemies besides him!

In fact, our sins and our selfishness are the causes of our crisis and miseries !!!
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0 # Roger Evans 2011-05-08 21:42
@Frank de Monbrun:
Do not distort scriptures for your own position, lest we forget about leading people astray and what happens to them.

David did many things that God did not favor and punished him for. The OT, and the NT too, are filled with many accounts. Just because it's in Scriptures doesn't make it the will of God. Many times it's lessons to teach us how the will of man is NOT the will of God.
Show me where it says: God looked upon their rejoicing in the death of person and was pleased. Instead, you will find that the Psalms, and the rest of the Scriptures, are full of rejoicing in power/glory of God. People too quickly and simply wish to link God's favor with our deeds. We do not now, or ever, merit God's assistance. It is given freely upon those whom He desires it falls, according to His plan and His will.
Truly "ye do err, not knowing the scriptures nor the power/grace of God."
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0 # clayton 2011-05-08 22:40
Quoting Anna:
I, also, am with Dan.
How very sad that Catholics of such potential can resort to such very un-Catholic beliefs.
Jesus taught us to forgive (7x70 times, and not "only when what they did wasn't really that bad") and to love. Or have we forgotten?

oh yeah...its way to easy to forget the thousands of people who died because of osama....its easy to forget that he said on camera that he loves death and that he wants to kill Americans because we cherish life...i mean...hey what he did wasn't really that bad was it...just a few people....not like he killed anyone important right...he didn't attack the pope or anyone important...just common people like you and i...so no biggy...we should love osama...we should have gave him a kiss on the cheek and asked him to come over for dinner at the white house ...or to our own houses.....
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+1 # clayton 2011-05-08 22:44
Quoting Juan Mora:
Thanks TFP for all your help helping Americans to find God. However, I don't agree with the killing of Osama, he was an evil man who killed many innocent people, but I also have to say that Jesus told us to love our enemies and try to help them. Osama should be brought to justice and be in prison for life, God is the only one who knows who is evil or not, not us.

im sure this quote makes Jesus wanna face palm right now....im sure what that means is simple enemies like thieves or personal enemies like a neighbor you don't get along with or a rival business owner...i don't think he meant a person that kills thousands of people because that's what he likes to do when he wants some thrills and chills
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+2 # Terry OConnell 2011-05-09 22:54
No, we don't rejoice when anyone is killed. We meet an attacker with commensurate force, but our goal is to stop the attacker and prevent further harm. We try to capture, not kill, if at all possible. It is up to the conscience of the soldier or policeman as to whether he has done his best in the tense situation to preserve life, if possible. After the fact, we are to look with objectivity at what happened, not with glee, see the tragedy of the situation, and then pray for all those who die, if we want to keep saying the Our Father with honesty. If others can be forgiven, then maybe we can too.
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