Okay, I understand the emotions many Americans displayed upon hearing the news of the death of Osama Bin Laden. This fella was a really bad dude. And it took Team Six, a top secret, highly trained and anonymous group of navy seals to bring his life to an end. Finally. He'd only been running around free for 10 years, the last six of which were spent kicking back and living the quiet life in some Pakistani suburb. It's only a matter of time before Steven Seagal stars in something called "You May Have Been Hard To Kill But Today You Die and The Free World Achieves True Justice".
But the news also elicited some strange reactions too. Like this quote that quickly went viral on Twitter and Facebook:
“I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not be rejoicing in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that”- Martin Luther King Jr.
But the quote was inaccurate. MJK never said it. Who did say it was one half of an American comedic duo. And it was all a misunderstanding. Here's the story behind the error, if you're interested.
Elsewhere, Rush Limbaugh praised President Obama. He went so far as to say:
"...it was President Obama single-handedly and alone who came up with the strategy that brought about the effective assassination of Osama bin Laden...thank God for President Obama."
I immediately looked to the heavens but I didn't see any pigs flying.
But that wasn't the most bizarre reaction I came across this week. Leave it to Glenn Beck to come up with his own version of Bin Laden's "funeral march":