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Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Anders Breivik & Timothy McVeigh: “Christian terrorists”?

Reza Aslan (the TV personality and academic) simply can't resist mentioning the Huffington Post and Guardian's saviour of 2011: Anders Behring Breivik.

So how many acts of Islamic terrorism has there been since Breivik's own act of terrorism in 2011? In 2011, the year of Breivik's attack, there were seven Islamic terrorist attacks which claimed more lives than those claimed in Norway (i.e., 77 lives). There were literally hundreds of Islamic terrorist attacks that year which claimed, all in all, well over 1,000 lives. (All this will have quickly faded from The Guardian’s memory.)

In any case, Reza Aslan says:

"Breivik explicitly defined himself as a Christian warrior fighting what he called an 'existential conflict' with Islam. Nevertheless, a great deal of the media coverage surrounding his actions seemed to take for granted that his crime had nothing to do with his Christian identity-- that it was based instead on his right-wing ideology, or his anti-immigrant views, or his neglectful upbringing...”

Only a few minutes of Google-time would have shown Reza Aslan that Anders Breivik was not really a Christian at all – let alone a Christian terrorist. How do I know that? Because Breivik himself said so. He variously described himself as an “agnostic” and went on to say that he's only a “cultural Christian”. (He was, according to himself, a member of the Knights Templar).

Even though there are references to Breivik being a “Christian warrior” in various articles, I've seen none that provide the source of that self-description. However, Breivik might well have used that description. Though even if he did, then, clearly, he was being very inconsistent on this matter as he also believed in abortion, prostitution and vampires
Timothy McVeigh

The same kind of thing that has been said about Breivik was also said - by Muslims, Leftists and the Southern Poverty Law Center - about Timothy McVeigh: that he was a“Christian terrorist”. However, they too left out the ever-so-minor fact that he was a self-described “agnostic”. Not only that: he didn't believe in Hell and said that science was his religion.

Even Andrew Brown - in his 'Anders Breivik is not Christian but anti-Islam' - denied that Breivik was a Christian terrorist. Indeed in Reza Aslan's own Huffington Post (in its 'Is Anders Breivik a Christian Terrorist?') there's a quote from Breivik himself which goes:

"....I guess I'm not an excessively religious man. I am first and foremost a man of logic. However, I am a supporter of a mono-cultural Christian Europe.”

Now would any Muslim killer of a Western soldier or civilian ever come even close to saying that he's “not an excessively religious man“; that he's “foremost a man of logic”; and that he's an “agnostic” who doesn't believe in Hell?

In addition, when Breivik said that he's “a supporter of a mono-cultural Christian Europe”, all he essentially meant is that Western society was/is largely based on Christian traditions and values. But that's not a surprise because none other than Richard Dawkins – an agnostic/atheist! - has said more or less the same thing. Indeed I know of many atheists who accept this sociological and historical fact. Are they all “Christian warriors” too?

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