Another from the Maybe Athletes Shouldn’t Use Twitter file.
Steelers’ running back Rashard Mendenhall has caused a stir over a series of tweets yesterday concerning the death of Osama bin Laden. First, I should point out that, I agree with Mendenhall on this:
“For those of you who said you want to see Bin Laden burn in hell and piss on his ashes, I ask how would God feel about your heart?”
“I believe in God. I believe we’re ALL his children. And I believe HE is the ONE and ONLY judge.”
Absolutely true, and, as I mentioned last night, a lot of religious folks have been disturbed by the sporting-even nature of some of the “U-S-A!” celebrations of bin Laden’s assassination.
Under international law and a nation’s ability to defend itself against its enemies, bin Laden definitely had it coming. But from a religious perspective, “Vengeance is mine, saith the Lord.” At the very least, bin Laden’s death should probably be greeted with a bit more measure.
Anyway, there is not the same able for debate over another Mendenhall tweet:
“What kind of person celebrates death? It’s amazing how people can HATE a man they have never even heard speak. We’ve only heard one side…”
But I am going to take issue with the premises of the above statement.
Osama bin Laden’s bad public image was not the case of one-sided news reporting in which one man was bad-mouthed without a chance to respond. First, there was a time when bin Laden gave interviews. Second, and more important, bin Laden took credit for 9/11 and released numerous tapes and videos declaring war on the United States.
End of story.