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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Blame it on the Christians

“Cities may be rebuilt, and a People reduced to Poverty, may acquire fresh Property: But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty once lost is lost forever. When the People once surrendered their share in the Legislature, and their Right of defending the Limitations upon the Government, and of resisting every Encroachment upon them, they can never regain it." — John Adams

Without one shred of evidence the New York Times, Washington Post and other media outlets were quick to blame the horrific bombing and shooting in Norway on right wing Christian fundamentalists. With tons of evidence and the words of the killer himself the same media, including the President of the United States and his sycophant attorney general said not one word that Nidal Malik Hasan was a Muslim extremist and a radical Islamists. Within minutes of the shooting in Tucson, Arizona the same main stream media was quick to blame Sarah Palin and the Tea Party for the deranged actions of Jared Lee Loughner, a man deemed incompetent to stand trial due to insanity.

The main stream media in his country is quick to blame tragedies like this on Christians and the right, yet still doesn’t believe Lee Harvey Oswald was a committed communist. News Busters reports:

The three major networks trumpeted the news this weekend that the man behind a mass shooting spree in Norway is also a Christian, highlighting the fact in eight different programs from Saturday through Monday.

The July 25 New York Times used page one to declare, "As Horrors Emerge, Norway Charges Christian Extremist." Yet, these same journalistic outlets were far more reticent to identify the religion of past Islamic killers.

On Saturday's Good morning America, Miguel Marquez trumpeted, "Police have identified the shooter as a 32-year-old Norwegian and Christian fundamentalist." He made sure to note Anders Breivik's "right-wing" and "anti-Muslim" views.

On Saturday's World News, Pierre Thomas informed, "His ideology? Religious conservative." A screen shot of Breivik's Facebook page read "Christian." Martin Fletcher on Saturday's Today freely related that the website illuminated the fact that "he's conservative, he's Christian."

But while the Times showed no reluctance to identify Anders Behring Breivik, the lone gunman in the Norway attacks, as a “Christian extremist” in a front-page headline and hinted at more danger from "right-wing extremists" in Europe the paper previously showed a clear reluctance to identify Islam after the last major terrorist attack on Europe, the deadly July 7, 2005 attacks by Muslim terrorists on subways and buses in London that killed 52. Instead the Times treated the attacks as British Prime Minister Tony Blair's "bitter harvest" for following President George W. Bush into Iraq.

In another report in the New York Times reported:

As stunned Norwegians grappled with the deadliest attack in the country since World War II, a portrait began to emerge of the suspect, Anders Behring Breivik, 32. The police identified him as a right-wing fundamentalist Christian, while acquaintances described him as a gun-loving Norwegian obsessed with what he saw as the threats of multiculturalism and Muslim immigration.

“We are not sure whether he was alone or had help,” a police official, Roger Andresen, said at a televised news conference. “What we know is that he is right wing and a Christian fundamentalist.”

In the 1,500-page manifesto, posted on the Web hours before the attacks, Mr. Breivik recorded a day-by-day diary of months of planning for the attacks, and claimed to be part of a small group that intended to “seize political and military control of Western European countries and implement a cultural conservative political agenda.”

He predicted a conflagration that would kill or injure more than a million people, adding, “The time for dialogue is over. We gave peace a chance. The time for armed resistance has come.”

The manifesto was signed Andrew Berwick, an Anglicized version of his name. A former American government official briefed on the case said investigators believed the manifesto was Mr. Breivik’s work.

The manifesto, entitled “2083: A European Declaration of Independence,” equates liberalism and multiculturalism with “cultural Marxism,” which the document says is destroying European Christian civilization.”

Breivik has been charged with going on a shooting rampage in Oslo, Norway. The death toll is currently in the mid-80s.

There are a number of examples, however, where journalists weren't quite so interested in a killer's religion.

In June of 2011, when Muslim Yonathan Melaku was caught in Arlington Cemetery with suspicious material and a notebook praising the Taliban, the networks him simply as "the suspect," "a 22-year old Ethiopian American” and a “lone wolf.” On November 05, 2009, CBS' Evening News and NBC's Nightly News both failed to identify Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan as a member of Islam.

The morning shows on November 6 did note Hasan's faith, but on GMA, then-host Diane Sawyer worried, "We heard Martha Raddatz say last night that the wife of a soldier said ‘I wish his name had been Smith,’ so no one would have a reflexive question about [a religious motive]."

This is an often repeated theme in the wake of extremist Islamic violence. Appearing on the May 04, 2010 Stephanie Miller radio show to talk about the Times Square bombing, MSNBC anchor Contessa Brewer fretted, "I get frustrated...There was part of me that was hoping this was not going to be anybody with ties to any kind of Islamic country”

Thus far, network hosts have not worried about how Breivik's Christianity could negatively impact members of that religion.

The networks, on June 2, 2009, spiked the information that it was a Muslim convert who shot to Army privates outside a Little Rock Arkansas recruiting office.

In total, Breivik's Christianity was mentioned on Saturday's Good Morning America and World News, as well as the Saturday, Sunday and Monday editions of Today. It was also highlighted on Saturday's Nightly News and that day's Early Show on CBS, as well as Monday's episode.

The only evidence of Breivik’s ties with Christianity came from a police report immediately following his arrest. His web site, while extremely anti-Muslim made no real mention of any ties with any organized Christian sect fundamentalist or otherwise. He is just a lone wolf nut who wanted to cleanse Norway of Muslims so he attacked his own people to make some sort of political statement. Like the Tucson shootings the media jumped on the statement of one Norwegian police officer to tag Christians as “extremists” bent on slaughtering innocent people. The only extremist to do this are radical Islamists who do this on almost a daily basis as it has been proved over and over again. this, however, does not prevent the main stream media from taking up the cause against Christians, who they do not like.

Another point in this tragic story is the Norwegian justice system If found guilty in the massacre and given that maximum sentence, Breivik, 32, would serve roughly 100 days in prison per killing. This is some punishment in liberal Norway for such a mass killer of innocent children.

Fox News Reports:

“So many innocent people have been killed that I think he doesn't have the right to live," Mari Kaugerud wrote on her Facebook group "Yes to the death penalty for Anders Behring Breivik," which already has 1,783 members, the AFP reports.

Dozens of similar groups have sprung up since Friday's killings, some calling for the death penalty, others for life in prison.

"People like that shouldn't be able to get out among normal people," a 31-year-old Iranian-born shopkeeper identified only as Mustafa told AFP. "If he gets 21 years, how old will he be? 53! No, he's ruined too much to ever get out."

Breivik is accused of the initial bombing in the capital of Oslo, as well as the subsequent shooting rampage at a Labor Party youth camp on an island outside the city. He is said to be an anti-Muslim extremist who left an online manifesto before carrying out the attacks.

The court ordered him held for eight weeks while prosecutors investigate, four of which will be in isolation, saying Breivik could tamper with evidence if released. Typically, the accused is brought to court every four weeks while prosecutors prepare their case, so a judge can approve his continued detention. Longer periods are not unusual in serious cases.

Breivik has confessed to both assaults but denied criminal responsibility for them and pleaded not guilty Monday. He told authorities there that he expects to spend the rest of his life in prison.

Norwegian law allows for a convict to spend more than 21 years locked up under certain circumstances, if a court deems the prisoner dangerous enough to keep behind bars for additional five-year stretches, AFP reports.

"But how many times will that happen?" Daniel de Francisco, a 25-year-old chef said.

Norwegian law professors, meanwhile, told The Daily Caller that they are proud of the county's lenient judicial system and hope it does not get altered in the wake of Friday's mass killings.

“I think it is very important to keep it that way, despite the gruesome events that have occurred now,” professor Thomas Mathiesen of the University of Oslo told the website. “Norwegian society will gain nothing from a higher punishment level. People of this kind will not become less prone to engage as this man did ... and the punishment level we have now will contribute to Norway staying the relatively humane society that we are proud of and want to live in.”

Another Oslo law professor, Nils Christie, told The Daily Caller that many Norwegians are proud to live in a country that emphasizes moderation in retribution.

"I hope, and believe, that we also this time will be able to stick to our ideals of moderation in punishment," Christie said told the website. "The preliminary reactions to these days of horror in Norway have been exposure of a strong urge to live up to our basic ideals of remaining an open welfare society based on humanity."

21 years for murdering 76 people. What a screwed up country Norway is. Norway is a country where policemen cannot carry a firearm unless given permission by their superiors prior to any instance where a firearm might be required. Even if a security guard or policeman had been at the youth political camp he or she would no doubt have been killed and protected no one. This is what liberalism does to a people. They are more concerned with social justice and a welfare state than with security and justice. Perhaps these lovers of the welfare state will take notice when the real world comes knocking at their door.

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