Bill O’Reilly, the propagandaminister of, …I mean the news correspondent of “The O’Reilly Factor” on FOX News, was commenting on the Oslo Bombing and Utøya Massacre this monday. His view of the situation was that this was the act of a total nut, and had nothing to do with Christian fundamentalism whatsoever. The impressive act of propaganda can be watched here:
Getting seriously nauseous by his “analysis”, I decided that I would pick it apart the hard way. Word for word. After all, an old Norwegian saying states that “Trolls crack in the sunlight”, meaning that we should delve deeper into the things that disturb us. So here it is. Enjoy. O’Reilly’s statements are in bold.
1. «Breivik is not a Christian. That’s impossible. No one believing in Jesus commits mass murder.»
My response: Delusional Christians have committed mass murder in numerous occassions. Everything from the Crusades during the medieval times, the Inquisition, as well as in modern times: The Srebrenica massacre, the pogroms under the Russian Empire, and so on with numerous wars in both the Middle East, in Africa and to some extent in Europe.
2. «He may have called himself that on the net, but he is certainly not of that faith. Also he is not a member of any church.»
My response: I really don’t see any significant difference between calling yourself religious, and being religious. And Breivik was a member of the Norwegian State Church, he had voted in several Church elections, always for the most conservative candidates. I quote his personal statements from the debate site document.no:
I myself am a protestant, and was voluntarily baptised when I was 15.
But todays protestant church is a joke. Priests in jeans marching for Palestine, and churches resembling minimalistic shopping malls. I am a supporter of an indirect collective conversion from the protestant church back to the catholic. In the mean time, I vote for the most conservative candidates under church elections.
The only thing that can save the protestant church is to go back to basics.
Translated to english by myself.
3. «Once again we can find no evidence that this killer practiced Christianity in any way.»
As stated above, Breivik was of firmly Christian belief. In his 1500 page manifesto, he states that he himself is the first soldier of a new European Christian Order to drive back the muslims in Europe. Like the Knights Templar. For more information on that point of belief, read his manifesto, or watch the youtube video summarizing the manifesto (this specific video probably won’t be out for long though, just go to youtube and search for ‘2083 manifesto’ instead).
4. «So why was is the angle being played up? […..] The Left want you to believe that fundamental christians are a threat, just like crazy Jihadists.»
And they are. Fundamental Christians have stood behind numerous terrorist attacks in the past, and Fundamentalist politicians remain a pain to the free democracy with their conviction that they are right because «God says so».
5. «In fact, in the NY Times of today, an analysis shows that some say that we have overreacted to the Muslim threat in the world. Of course that is absurd. Jihadists have killed tens of thousands of people all over the world…»
I don’t know where O’Reilly gets his numbers, but atleast we can try to estimate how many civillian casualties the «War On Terror» has caused. In the World Report for 2011 published by Human Rights Watch, they report that cvillian deaths in 2010 have risen by 10 percent compared to 2009, mostly due to the insurgents striking more often and heavier than before. It is clear that the Afghanistan Operation is not going as planned. A total number of civillian casualties in Afghanistan is hard to find, maybe because there is no definite line between insurgents and civillians? In Iraq, reported civillian casualties due to the war is over 100,000, according to iraqbodycount.org. The tightening of security in Western countries after 9/11 have led to quite a loss of personal liberties. I don’t know by people like O’Reilly, but in my head, that is a clear overreaction to the Muslim threat, and some more.
6. «The Left wing press wants to compare nuts like Breivik and McVeigh to state-sponsored terrorism, and worldwide Jihad.»
….I don’t know what to say. Yes, we should take terrorism for what it is, whether it comes from jihadists, or christian fundamentalistic nationalists. Both ideologies are dangerous, and should be treated as such. But there is no “Left Wing” conspiracy to make this tragedy a religious matter. To suppose that there is such a conspiracy, is a serious accusation.
7. «The second reason Liberal media is pushing the Christian «ail», is that they don’t like us Christians much. We are too judgemental. Many Christians oppose abortion, gay marriage and legalised narcotics. Secular Left causes. The media understands the opposition is often based on religion. So they want to diminish Christianity, and highlighting so called «Christian based Terror», is a way to do that.»
This has nothing to do with politically biased media. If anything, then many people in Norway, as well as journalists, were assuming this was an attack by Jihadists, before they knew better. I remember one of my friends stated on facebook right after the bomb exploded, that he thought he could smell the «mulla» in the smoke, and gathered a lot of «likes» from that comment. They have later learned from these mistakes. Anders Behring Breivik’s attack, and gruesome onslaughter of politically active youth, was a reaction to what he thought was an Islamic siege of Europe, and an abolition of Christian values in Norway. Suggesting that this a political campaign for «Secular Left» causes, is an insult to us Norwegians.
8. «The primary threat to this world comes from Islamic Terrorism.»
No, it comes from people like you O’Reilly. People in power who twist and contort the truth so it serves them best. People who themselves are afraid of multiculturalism, so they do their best to make others afraid of this aswell. People who’s primary job is to spread fear. You are such a Propagandaminister, O’Reilly. Even Joseph Goebbels would be proud.