*According to the man ABC News relies on for religious analysis, it’s impossible to say whether Osama bin Laden was “evil.”
Father Edward Beck, the network’s religion correspondent, appeared with Bill O’Reilly on Fox News and offered moral equivalence on the subject of the terrorist’s death.
When the O’Reilly Factor anchor pressed Beck on whether bin Laden truly represented malevolence, Beck replied, “That’s not for me to judge. His actions were certainly were evil.”
O’Reilly pressed Beck on this point, prompting the ABC News analyst to assert, “No, I think that’s up to God to ultimately decide who’s evil.”
After asserting that the United States shouldn’t celebrate bin Laden’s death “like a Super Bowl,” Beck compared American happiness over the terrorist’s death to Middle East examples, such as celebrating on 9/11: “Yes, but when you watch these people celebrating, how does it make us any better than those in the Mid East who celebrate when America falls?”
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