“A Christian fundamentalist with right-wing connections”

That’s a phrase that nary an American official would use to describe a terrorist:

The Norwegian police on Saturday charged a 32-year-old man, whom they identified as a Christian fundamentalist with right-wing connections, over the bombing of a government center here and a shooting attack on a nearby island that together left at least 91 people dead.

The police said they did not know if the man, identified in the Norwegian press as Anders Behring Breivik, was part of a larger conspiracy. He is being questioned under the country’s terrorism laws and is cooperating with the investigation, they said.

“We are not sure whether he was alone or had help,” a police official, Roger Andresen, said at a televised press conference, adding: “What we know is that he is right-wing and a Christian fundamentalist.” So far Mr. Breivik has not been linked to any anti-jihadist groups, he said.

I’m not interested in holding up this scenario as an example of what religion can do. Unless Breivik is part of a larger Christian fundamentalist group, this is more or less an isolated incident. But it is interesting that Norwegian officials are so willing to describe this guy the way they have. It would be a rare official in America who was willing to throw out “Christian fundamentalist” when describing such a violent act – especially one that is being investigated under anti-terrorism laws.

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6 Responses

  1. This guy went after and killed 80 children. This makes him a psycho fucktard above anything else.

  2. He sounds like a Norwegian version of a “sovereign citizen,” which are known for being near-anarchists right wingers, violent and Christian.

    I’m with Bob on this one – I can’t see how any of those views would justify shooting children. This is a horrible tragedy and I think we’re going to find out the culprit has a history of disturbance.

  3. I’m going to have to side with the majority as well. Even if he is a “fundamentalist christian with some right wing views”, I don’t see any of those leading to the killing of children, or anyone else really. You take any viewpoint and go to the extreme of killing people over it, but that doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with the views themselves.

    One could kill republicans to get more democrats elected, but that wouldn’t match up with the democratic parties goals of getting more democrats into office.

    Just another crazy mclooneybin for the history books.

    There is a “profile” of him here, but its not much. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/2011/07/23/2011-07-23_who_is_anders_behring_breivik_norway_shooting_suspects_profile_emerges.html

  4. 21 years in prison… To me that is not a sufficient lesson in not killing 85-100 people in cold blood, but what do I know.

  5. Religious devotion is the fertilizer that helps psychosis to grow and bloom.

    Smells about the same, too.

  6. Of course, there doesn’t appear to be much religious fervor in this guy. There may be, but it doesn’t seem to have much to do with his acts.

    More the issue, his brand of nationalism.

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