June 5th, 2007
11:55 AM ET
11 years ago

Biden: There's a place in hell for terrorists

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Delaware Sen. Joe Biden doesn't think he'll be able to forgive the terrorists responsible for attacking the United States on September 11, 2001, he told CNN's Paula Zahn during an interview on his faith Monday night.

"You know, I wish I were a better Catholic," Biden said. "The answer to - the God's honest truth is, I have not been able to come to that conclusion yet. I have forgiven things that have happened to me, but in a sense, it's harder to forgive these major, major, major impositions of brutality on humanity."

While Biden acknowledged that forgiveness is a fundamental principle of his religion, he said it's hard to forgive people who indiscriminately harm or kill others. He also said he doesn't think God is taking sides in the war on terror.

"But I do think there is - it's not moral relativism," Biden said. "I think there's good and there's bad. There's evil and there's not. Those engaging in the brutal elimination of women and children, suicide bombers, I think God - I think there's a royal - I think there's a place in hell for them."

- CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich

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  1. Jessica Lawrence, KS

    I think Biden should live in the Middle East and then say that there is good and bad. Go through what their country puts them through and now what our country is doing. He is right, he is a bad Catholic.

    June 5, 2007 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  2. Roberta Gran, Las Cruces, NM

    Ms. Lawrence, there is good and evil everywhere. One of the qualities that makes Joe Biden a remarkable leader is that he has seen more than his share of both. Instead of hardening his heart and making him insensitive, those events like his work in the former Yugoslavia, have reinforced his steely commitment to making the country and the world a better place. AND he is an honorable and very Christian man! What more could we ask for in a President! And the more I hear Hillary Clinton say she is the most qualified to be President, the more I gag! Look at Joe Biden's record and say that with a straight face!

    September 7, 2007 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |