In the several days following Osama bin Laden’s demise at the hands of U.S. Navy SEALs, teens and kids have been asking, “Who is Osama bin Laden?”

A Yahoo press release shows 66 percent of searches for basic information on bin Laden were by teenagers aged 13-17. Searches by teens also asked who killed bin Laden or how and why he died.

On Moody Radio’s May 3 program, “Chris Fabry Live,” host Fabry was discussing how Christians should feel about the death of bin Laden.

One caller commented that she was pregnant when the 9/11 attack happened. She promised herself she wouldn’t tell her child about that awful event. But, now nine years old, the child came home from school asking, “Who is Osama bin Laden?” “What was 9/11?” “Why did he need to die?” She realized she had been sheltering the child from events that affect our lives today as Americans.

This raises several questions. How much should we protect our children from the negativities and realities they will face out in the world? Did schools have the respnsibility to discuss bin Laden? And how can Christian parents explain why the man had to die, when the Bible appears to condemn murder and tells us to love our enemies?

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