The glaring void of journalistic integrity in the media has manifested itself again.
Within hours of hearing the tragic news out of Norway, a diversion was quickly created to make the deranged attacks less about the dozens of young victims and more about an ideological war.
While some would point to the knee jerk Islamic terrorist reporting of many commentators, they are forgetting one important tidbit: Al Qaeda initially claimed full responsibility for the attacks although it was soon found out they were in no way involved. As they should have, most of the media denounced their own poor reporting skills which led them to jump the gun and convict the wrong perpetrators.
But in haste, the journalistic pendulum was swung the other way in order to pen the blame on the perceived greatest enemy of Western secularism: Conservative Christianity. Strangely enough, there were exactly zero fundamentalist conservative Christian groups applauding the awful massacre in Norway after it happened. You also will never find a militant Tea Party group in Idaho trying to claim the carnage of a suicide bombing in Pakistan. The media moral equivocation of Tea Parties and Islamic terrorism is laughable.
The Perfect Face of Terrorism
A pasty white blue-eyed blonde haired Christian fundamentalist is just what they ordered. Just in time to discount the Tea Parties and Sarah Palin as similar extremist ilk. This act inexorably proves contemporary radical Islam is not alone in its propensity for horrific violence on a mass scale.
Well, not quite.
After perusing Breivik’s shocking 1500 page manifesto Ben Stevens of the Huffington Post points this out:
Breivik asserts that a majority of the atheists in Europe are cultural conservative Christians. This comes as a surprise to us all, I suppose. The key to understanding his manifesto, his mania and the confusion currently dominating news headlines lies in the reality that by “Christian” he almost always means “European.” In the massive introduction to his manifesto, for example, there is not a single quotation from Scripture, mention of the creeds, allusion to the Church or reference to Jesus Christ himself. And we learn, through the video he posted, that his heroes are not religious figures like Paul or Martin Luther but political figures like Charles Martel and Nicholas I.
Anders Breivik is a cultural fundamentalist. He is a European fundamentalist. But he disowns orthodox Christianity, and this makes it all the more ironic, and disgusting, that he saw himself as a kind of representative against threats to “Christendom.”
The Face of Christ-less Fundamentalism
Breivik is not a Christian fundamentalist. In fact, it should be crystal clear he doesn’t believe in any of the basic “fundamentals” of Christianity. He may be a cultural Christian sympathizer but he is by no means a born again blood bought believer. He may love the societal effects of Christendom on a nation, but he shuns a living personal relationship with Christianity’s founder.
Breivik admits this:
So what is the difference between cultural Christians and religious Christians? If you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and God then you are a religious Christian. Myself and many more like me do not necessarily have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and God. We do however believe in Christianity as a cultural, social, identity and moral platform.
Breivik uses religion as a convenient tool to build his case for ethnocentrism and twisted patriotism. He is a lone deranged crusader, and is not tied to any church or group of greater consequence.
He never once intimates biblical Christianity; where humble service, self sacrificial love, and committing swift violence against one’s own sins are the order of the day.
Surely, many atrocities have been committed by those with a Christian veneer; even more surely, Christ has the purchased forgiveness of all sins and atrocities through the cross, where the Father’s just wrath was poured out for twisted misguided sinners. Even those who have no business claiming His name.
Mr. Anders Breivik: Repent and believe the biblical gospel. A personal relationship with Jesus Christ is your only hope in this world.