Tim Dunkin: Anders Behring Breivik and the Tyranny of the Left

Worth Reading Rahm Emanuel, probably one of the most corrupt and disgusting politicians in America in recent years, once remarked that it was always good policy to “never let a good crisis go to waste.” The bald-faced and naked way in which the leftist establishment puts this into practice has rarely been on display more plainly than the response of those on the Left, especially in the media, to the recent mass shooting of 69 children and concurrent bombing of a government building in Norway by homegrown terrorist Anders Behring Breivik. Once it finally became apparent that the shooter was not yet another crazed Islamic wacko, but was instead a blond-haired, blue-eyed exemplar of Scandinavian-ness, the media lost its lethargy and that “deer in the headlights” look and immediately started trying to find ways to spin the story to the Left’s advantage. Especially in the American media, the meme quickly became that Breivik was a “Christian fundamentalist extremist,” that somehow it was a deeply Christian religious conviction that motivated him to commit his terrible crimes.

Anybody remotely familiar with Breivik’s own words and writings knows that this was pretty far from the truth. In point of fact, Breivik was a secularist, perhaps nominally “religious” in the way that many people in societies with state religions are, but one who nevertheless professed to be influenced by the secular worldview, and who didn’t really take religion seriously. Indeed, from his writings, it is openly seen that Breivik was a staunch Darwinist, disbelieved the Bible, believed in “survival of the fittest” eugenicism, and was pro-homosexual. Hardly a paladin of fundamentalist Christianity. While Breivik did say that he wanted Europe to be a “Christian society,” it is quite obvious that he intended this to be a sort of bland “cultural Christianity” only – the kind that has the form, has the buildings and the robes and the fancy gravestones, and where everybody goes to church once a year, but otherwise is emasculated. Elsewhere, he stated that he thought Christians “should have no say in making scientific or governmental policy.” So while the European press (largely) steered clear of the “Breivik was a Christian fundamentalist” storyline, not so with the American press, for whom the term “right-winger” is pretty much synonymous with the stereotype of the Bible-toting Tea Partier which has so psychologically traumatized those in the American Left by beating them so many times in so many elections.

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