CMI offers our deepest sympathy for the victims of the atrocity in Norway. One Anders Behring Breivik, 32, confessed to the bombing and mass shooting that left 76 dead and 96 wounded, and seems unrepentant. Yet the mass media were only too happy to use this tragedy to smear Christianity, by claiming that the murderer is a “Christian fundamentalist”. The double standards are only too glaring, compared with the walking on eggshells when Islamists commit murder.

“Christian fundamentalist” smear

We have often documented the extreme christophobia of the mainstream media (e.g. for just the print media alone, see Time and Newsweek blatantly attack Christian doctrine and Newsweek’s Gay Apparel: Lisa Miller’s Travesty of Exegesis). The ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) has such a bad history that it should perhaps be renamed Atheists Blast Christianity. The way they rushed to conclusions about Breivik was bad even by the ABC’s usual standards; it was so shocking that non-Christian conservative Australian columnist Andrew Bolt, on his Herald Sun blog on July 24, 2011, noted the double standards, contrasting the ABC’s “determination to mention the murderer’s (at this stage seemingly irrelevant and certainly anomalous) Christian faith with the ABC’s extreme reluctance to mention the faith of Major Nidal Malik Hasan, who screamed ‘Allahu Akbar’ as he shot dead solders at Fort Hood, after telling a colleague: ‘Muslims should stand up and fight against the aggressor.’”

In fact, it would only have taken minimal research to find out that Breivik, in addition to loving the HBO TV series Dexter that portrays a serial killer favourably, liked the anti-Christian 19th-century philosopher John Stuart Mill, and did not list the Bible among his reading material. This is most unusual for a ‘fundamentalist’, a term which historically referred to defending the inerrancy of the Bible and other fundamentals of the faith (seeAnyone for fundamentalism?). Nor would a ‘fundamentalist’ (either the historic meaning or the modern colloquial usage) be expected to admire Darwin and say in his own manifesto:

“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.”….

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