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Reinhold Niebuhr
Justice, faith and bin Laden

Osama bin Laden was killed by an elite group of Navy SEALs and, like many people, my first reaction was "wow." After that, however, things got a bit more complicated as I struggled with my human and patriotic feelings in the context of my faith. Politically and strategically, the United States achieved an important symbolic victory in the death of bin Laden. I remember well the night of Sept. 11, 2001, when our congregation put aside a previously scheduled event to pray for those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks. Targeting the innocent in the name of a radical political agenda can only be defined as evil. But we must never end our reflection at the level of the...

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