by Gary Bauer
Both the Washington Post and the New York Times have run headlines labeling Anders Breivik, the Norwegian mass murderer, a “right-wing Christian.” These are the same two newspapers that go to great lengths to avoid using the word “Muslim” to describe Islamist murderers.
They regularly warn us not to jump to conclusions about any jihadist attack, and they lecture us not to reach any conclusions about the role the Muslim religion might have played. All of these “rules” have apparently been cast aside as the two papers, and countless other commentators, try to make Breivik into a conservative Christian.
I can assure you that Anders Breivik was not a follower of Jesus Christ. I can say that with confidence because neither he nor anyone else can cite one word from the teachings of Christ that would justify his evil actions. His murderous rampage is a repudiation of the whole body of Christ’s teachings. The same cannot be said about the teachings of Muhammad, which contain many statements that can be used to justify murder.
No one can find one Christian theologian, reputable pastor, denominational leader, Christian author or philosopher who will attempt to defend Breivik’s actions. Unfortunately, many imams, Muslim leaders and mosques will defend Islamists who intentionally kill civilians, including children.
In Breivik’s 1,500 page “manifesto,” it is clear that he hates Islam and wants Europe to rediscover its Christian culture. Breivik likes violent video games. His favorite TV show is Dexter, a series that glorifies a serial killer. One also finds in his ramblings that he is a follower of Charles Darwin, seldom if ever prays, says it is possible to be a “Christian atheist,” and adds, “I’m not going to pretend I’m a very religious person.”
Breivik doesn’t have to pretend he is a religious man — the Washington Post and the New York Times will pretend for him.
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