Monday, August 1, 2011

Why I hate politics (Cont): Oslo terrorist a "Christian." Not.

Last week, I took a look at the Norway terrorist, and I labeled the article "Nazis, I hate these guys," because everything I had read about this guy meant that he was so far to the right, he was starting to orbit the planet.  And I was waiting for someone credible to label everyone on one side of politics (Republicans) for it,

The New York Times did not fail to disappoint.

This scumbag's name is Anders Behring Breivik.  The New York Times claimed that the Norwegian who staged two deadly attacks in Oslo was a "gun-loving," "right-wing," "fundamentalist Christian," opposed to "multiculturalism."

Well, that didn't take long.

Last week, there were fewer posts. There were no music blogs, and I failed to post on Thursday. Why?  Because I was trying to go through Breivik's gaseous 1,500-page manifesto, "2083: A European Declaration of Independence."

Dear God, this man is a windbag.  And he's about as "Christian" as Richard Dawkins.  Matt is more a Christian that this guy is.  At least in the traditional, American sense. [Read Below the break for more]

Breivik calls himself a "Christian."  However, he uses it only as shorthand for  "European, non-Islamic" -- not a religious Christian or even a "spiritual" person, or any variety of monotheist.

In fact, at several points in his manifesto, Breivik stresses that he has a beef with Christians for being too soft-hearted.

Hmm, interesting..... In this usage, Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins are "Christians." 

In Breivik's little movement, the Justiciar Knights, he describes it as being
"a cultural war, our definition of being a Christian does not necessarily constitute that you are required to have a personal relationship with God or Jesus."

He goes on to say that a "Christian fundamentalist theocracy" is "everything we DO NOT want," and a "secular European society" is "what we DO want."

Okay, got it, you don't like actual Christians who, you know, believe in .... oh .... Jesus Christ.  Understood.

"It is enough," Breivik says, "that you are a Christian-agnostic or a Christian-atheist." 

At which the proper reply is "huh?"  Does this make sense to anyone on this side of the Atlantic?

Breivik's "Knights" are, and I quote, "not a religious organization but rather a Christian 'culturalist' military order." He even calls on the "European Jewish, Buddhist and Hindu community" to join his fight against "the Islamization of Europe."

Breivik says he is "not an excessively religious man," brags that he is "first and foremost a man of logic," calls himself "economically liberal" and reveres Darwinism.

Hmm .... not religious, thinks religious people are worthless, prefers science and Darwin to any culture that uses religion....  Paging Richard Dawkins. Paging Richard Dawkins. You have a disciple on line one.  

Breivik can now join the ranks of Timothy McVeigh, the pot-smoking atheist who said, "Science is my religion." (Michel, Lou and Herbeck, Dan. American Terrorist. pp. 142–143.)

Similarly, Breivik says in his manifesto that "it is essential that science take an undisputed precedence over biblical teachings" – which I'm sure would be amusing to actual scientists like Copernicus, Galileo, Bacon, Kepler,Descartes,  Newton, Mendel, Pasteur, Planck, and Pauli, all of whom believed the whole purpose of science was to understand God. 

This actually reminds me about the fuss over the Tucson shooter, Jared Loughner; he was described by some as a pro-life fanatic, even though there was a report of how Loughner alarmed his classmates by laughing about an aborted baby in class ... and how Loughner's friends described him as "left wing," "a political radical," "quite liberal" and "a pothead."

And, once again, welcome to why I hate politics.  Someone is always going to be stupid about them.  Even respectable news outlets.

Dear NYTimes, herr Breivik cited you multiple times in his manifesto.  How do you like the headline "New York Times reader slaughters a hundred in Norway"?

I didn't think you would.

Remember once, long ago (during Easter time) when I said that, reading some of the anti-theists made me  
half-expect some half-crazed Oxford Don, wearing tweeds, to leap from a bookcase with a sword, shouting Dawkins-hu Akbar!!!!!
Now we know better.

Instead of an Oxford Don in tweeds, we get Anders Behring Breivik, and his "secular Christianity."

No one gets to talk to me about the evils of Christianity for at least a week.

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