Andrew Bolt reminds us how we were chidden from wondering whether Nidal Malik Hassan’s Muslim faith had anything to do with him shouting “allah akhbar” before gunning down 13 of his Army comrades. Discussing the faith of New York’s Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad was also taboo. Because we oughtn’t jump to any conclusions without all of the facts being in.
But now the media has its blond terrorist, and the linkage of his “Christian” faith to his horrendous crimes – and his right wing politics – appears compulsory.
Except, as people who actually Christians know, the New Testament is entirely silent on the issue of slaughtering innocents. We are instead abjured to turn the other cheek.
Christ died for us, he didn’t kill. He didn’t conquer. He didn’t enslave, and he didn’t tax.
And it turns out that, having manfully muscled through Anders Behring Breivik’s 1,500-page manifesto, WorldNetDaily has determined that not only Breivik’s acts, but also his rationale – if such a term can be used for something so senseless – lack a certain fidelity with the Christian faith, as understood by the faithful:
Piecing together Breivik’s various posts on the Internet, many media reports have characterized the terrorist – who says he was upset over the multiculturalist policies stemming from Norway’s Labour Party – as a “right-wing, Christian fundamentalist.”
Yet, while McVeigh rejected God altogether, Breivik writes in his manifesto that he is not religious, has doubts about God’s existence, does not pray, but does assert the primacy of Europe’s “Christian culture” as well as his own pagan Nordic culture.
Breivik instead hails Charles Darwin, whose evolutionary theories stand in contrast to the claims of the Bible, and affirms: “As for the Church and science, it is essential that science takes an undisputed precedence over biblical teachings. Europe has always been the cradle of science, and it must always continue to be that way. Regarding my personal relationship with God, 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 monocultural Christian Europe.”
The terrorist also candidly admits he finds no support within either the Catholic or Protestant churches for his violent ideas.
That’s because it isn’t in there.
To the left, the Islamist jihad is merely a nuisance, because it draws resources and attention away from treasured domestic social programs. The “Christian right” is the real enemy, because of its objectionable attachment to the traditional values that have guided our moral choices for two millenia and its belief in a higher power than government, which is the real heresy.
Therein, mes amis, lies all the difference in the narrative treatment.