Ludicrous Excuses of the Week
The right wing blogosphere and Fox News are desperately trying to deflect, deny, and distort the ideology of Oslo terrorist Anders Behring Breivik, and Bill O’Reilly is leading the charge: O’Reilly Shreds Media for Calling Norway Terrorist ‘Christian’.
Now, on Sunday, the “New York Times” headlined “As Horrors Emerged, Norway Charges Christian extremist”. A number of other news organizations like the “LA Times” and Reuters also played up the Christian angle. But Breivik is not a Christian. That’s impossible. No one believing in Jesus commits mass murder. The man might have called himself a Christian on the net, but he is certainly not of that faith.
Also Breivik is not attached to any church, and in fact has criticized the Protestant belief system in general. The Christian angle came from a Norwegian policeman not from any fact finding. Once again, we can find no evidence, none, that this killer practiced Christianity in any way.
See if you can count the lies in those two short paragraphs.
To start with, O’Reilly appears to have completely made up his claim that “the Christian angle came from a Norwegian policeman.” As a matter of fact, the “Christian angle” comes directly from Breivik’s own words; in his manifesto there are many, many references to his belief in a “white Christian” Europe, and he discusses at length his own Christian beliefs.
And the idea that “no one believing in Jesus commits mass murder?” Just another variation on the right wing’s favorite intentional logical fallacy, sometimes referred to as “no true Scotsman” — because it’s quite obvious that Christians are just as capable of committing mass murder as any other human being.
I’ve never seen such craven, dishonest spinning.