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July 27, 2011

Perspective on Oslo: 'Playing with the blood of the dead'

Topics: International News, Understanding Islam


Andrew Bolt, writing at The Herald Sun, offers this excellent perspective on the murderous rampage at Oslo murder and Leftist polemicists gleefully claiming that the Norwegian murderer was a "far-Right Christian":

[...] HEAR that gloating sound, among the sobs for the 76 people murdered last week by Anders Behring Breivik?

Hear that cackling among the moans?

It's Leftist polemicists, gleeful that the Norwegian murderer was a "far-Right Christian".

How often you've been reminded.

One ABC news story filed on Sunday mentioned three times that Breivik was a "Christian".

Yet when Major Nidal Malik Hasan shot dead 13 soldiers at Fort Hood in 2009 while screaming "God is great", the first substantial report filed by the ABC's Washington reporter failed to note even once that he was a Muslim.

But this time - at last - the media feels free to mention the faith of the killer again and again. And again and again they stress he's "anti-Muslim".

A USA Today report is typical: "Islamophobia has reached a mass murder level in Norway as the confessed killer claims he sought to combat encroachment by Muslims into his country and Europe."

But two things immediately didn't fit this narrative.

A true Christian does not live out his faith by shooting dozens of young people on an island. An ethnic Norwegian killing other ethnic Norwegians is not an obvious expression of Islamophobia.

Yet who cared? Here was a chance for the Left to pay back the "Right" for having worried about Islamist terrorism and Muslim integration in the West.

Some used this tragedy simply to smear their political enemies.

[... ] ... while every society produces its sociopaths and psychopaths, they differ in how they legitimise, suggest or reward acts of extreme violence.

And here is where the attempt to equate Breivik's "Christian jihad" with the Islamist jihad truly breaks down.

The Christian New Testament explicitly forbids violence, but jihadists quote Koranic verses they say justify murder, and worship a warrior Prophet who slaughtered a Jewish tribe.

No wonder, perhaps, that more than a quarter of the Muslims in the Palestinian territory and half those in Nigeria still say they have confidence in al-Qaida, according to a Pew survey.

But how many Christians would endorse what Breivik has done? How many Christian leaders would say of his murders what our then Mufti of Australia, Sheik Taj El-Din Hilali, said of the September 11 attacks, that this was "God's work against oppressors"?

And where is the network of financiers and propagandists to support Breivik, as there is to support jihadists?

Read the whole thing.

Posted by Richard at July 27, 2011 9:49 AM

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