Poll: Should bin Laden have received a dignified burial?

May 04, 2011|By Luke Broadwater

There's a growing controversy among conservatives over whether the United States was correct in giving terrorist leader Osama bin Laden a proper, dignified Islamic burial at sea. 

White House spokesman Jay Carney said bin Laden's burial was "done in performance with Islamic precepts and practices. The deceased body was washed and placed in a white sheet. The body was placed in a weighted bag, a military officer read prepared religious remarks, which were translated into Arabic by a native speaker. After the words were complete, the body was placed on a prepared flat board, tipped up and the deceased body eased into the sea." 

Some have jumped all over this action, accusing the administration of bestowing dignity upon an evil mass murderer who killed Americans multiple times, most notably on 9/11. 

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said he thinks the burial "may have been sensitivity taken too far" and Fox News host Sean Hannity called the burial "sensitivity run amok." 

Meanwhile, some Islamic scholars are criticizing the burial at sea as not sensitive enough and not in line with Muslim customs.   

It honestly doesn't bother me that bin Laden was buried in a manner consistent with Islamic dignity and that it was done at sea. I mean, the U.S. had already killed him. What more can you do to someone? Parade his body through the streets?   

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