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Lauren Markoe

Lauren Markoe

Lauren Markoe covered government and features as a daily newspaper reporter for 15 years before joining the Religion News Service staff as a national correspondent in 2011. She previously was Washington correspondent for The State (Columbia, S.C.)


  1. Rev. Albert W. Kovacs, UCC

    The problem is that any cemetery where the body is interred may become a kind of a shrine for radical Muslims. It my not only be a disturbance to traditional last resting place, with unwanted “walkovers;” but a community problem. . . . If it is returned to a foreign Muslim cemetery, it may be a locale for terrorists to enshrine an abhorrent killer. . . . Probably the OSAMA-BIN-LADEN solution is the best, a burial at sea in an unknown location. . . . He was a child of God’s creation, so it would be improper to impose indignities upon the corpse, despite the inhumanity of his crime. Even over him the Father of all humankind must weep, though justice be done.

    • Islam requires burial.

      The shrine/pilgrimage possibility is real. Best to bury the body in an obscure place in Russia, where the authorities will welcome pilgrims as a way to create a terrorist list, or capture wanted people.

  2. maureen c. mingle

    I would be happy to send you a small check, but will not do so through email. Give me an address and who to make check out.

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