Extremely well said! Damn the media for giving this guy a pass because he's not Muslim! Damn us for thinking of him as a "horrible guy" instead of what he truly is, A COWARDLY TERRORIST!!!!!
Look at the news reports from before they announced a suspect, to after. "Terrorist attack" became "bombing and shooting". It undermines the tragedy and cements our true opinions on the Muslim world. We only consider Muslims to be terrorists.
Brilliant podcast Reverend!! Well said!!
Thank you! This tragedy is terrible, but I'm hoping we can learn some kind of lesson from it.
I don't have much to say, but, wow. Thank you so much for this. We need more reports that describe these things as they are.
Great podcast! Love how Christians forget that they have a long history of attacking other too.... (If you haven't read Under The Banner of Heaven yet you might want to. Its a great example of religion leading to extremism!)
We do. Between Glen Beck and Bill O'Reilly's reports on the attack you would think that Anders was in love with Islam and was a liberal and certainly not a Christian (the No True Scotsman fallacy). But that isn't the case. Breivik was a politically right extremist who used Christianity to justify his ideals. I don't think politics or religion automatically lead to this kind of thing, but extremism mixed with psychopathy certainly does.
I think the religiously moderate people of the world tend to whitewash and sanitize their doctrine. They like to look at it with rose tinted goggles so they can't see the absurdities and the horrors contained in their texts, but it's easy to point out other religions failings. I haven't read that one, I'll have to to pick it up!Thanks for listening!
http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-july-27-2011/in-the-name-of-the-fodderThis goes pretty well with my podcast.
I just saw a news article asking if he was a "Christian extremist". Seriously, it was put in quotations.
Anders is a psycopath. He used his political and religious ideals to justify what he did. He claims to be a Christian, so he is a Christian. He is a way out there crazy psycho Christian, but still Christian. It amuses/angers/saddens me that we are so willing to lump any and all Muslims into the 'extremist' box when some group does something like this, but the second it's a Christian everyone is like 'No, he was a crazy extremist' or even 'No, he isn't a true Christian'.
You bring up a good issue regarding those who claim that Berivik wasn't a "real" Christian. Who are the gatekeepers of any religion? I don't think it's useful to claim that someone isn't a "real" _____ because of their actions, because it ignores the role of religious ideology in their thinking.
Thank you. The 'No True Scotsman' fallacy is a pet peeve of mine. No one else gets to decide another person's religion. Breivik used politics, and to a slightly lesser extent religion, to justify his heinous actions. He claimed Christianity, and so Christian he is.