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Bin Laden’s Burial and Other Religious Frauds

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/rabbi_shmuley/item/bin_ladens_burial_and_other_religious_frauds_20110516

The bizarre burial of Osama bin Laden at sea – an action necessitated by our government’s need to accommodate Islamic law requiring that a Muslim be buried within 24 hours of death – raises urgent questions about the definition of faith in America. Can a mass murderer be said to be religious? Can there be religious ritual without religious values? And should Western governments participate in this definition of religion as something that is preached as opposed to practiced?

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