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Pat Buchanan Supports Norway Gunman’s Islamophobic Message

Pat Buchanan Supports Norway Gunman’s Islamophobic Message

 

Nobody is suggesting that the actions of Anders Behring Breivik, the man suspected of bombing several buildings in downtown Oslo and then embarking on a shooting spree at an island youth camp, were acceptable — at least, not yet.  But a disturbing number of people are stepping forward to defend Breivik’s message, and to label him a violent but prophetic herald of the coming struggle between Muslims and Europeans.

Pat Buchanan, in a piece for The American Conservative, is the latest to declare that the real threat to Europe is not “native born and homegrown terrorism.  That threat,” he continues, “comes from a burgeoning Muslim presence in a Europe that has never known mass immigration, its failure to assimilate, its growing alienation, and its sometime sympathy for Islamic militants and terrorists.”

The language of crisis and clash between the European (Christian) West and the “inexorably advancing” Muslim world is disturbing, to say the least.  Like the American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer, who joined the many voices denying the fact that Breivik is a Christian terrorist (because, of course, Christians cannot be terrorists), Buchanan claims that Europe’s secular, civilized Christian culture is under siege.  The invaders are barbaric, misogynistic and incapable of embracing our peaceful values.  But we, as civilized Westerners, know better than to respond with similar violence , which is why Breivik is being denied the label of “Christian” and also why his lawyer is arguing that he is insane.  Fischer even compared Breivik to Charles Manson.

Of course, suggesting that European governments do commit violence against their Muslim minorities when they deny them the right to build mosques or ritually slaughter their meat, to say nothing of the restrictions on face veils which send the clear message that visible displays of Muslim piety will not be tolerated, are not themselves acts of violence.  They are attempts to protect European culture from the encroaching intolerance of Muslim society — because it is the Muslims, not the Europeans, who are intolerant.

Lest you think that these blatant displays of Islamophobia are contained within the radical right, take a look at Bruce Bawer’s op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, where he fans flames of fear about Muslim minorities’ ability to crush liberal European values.  ”Muslim gay-bashing is driving gays out of Amsterdam. Muslim Jew-bashing is driving Jews out of Gothenburg, Sweden,” he writes.  ”There is reason to be deeply concerned about all these things, and to want to see them addressed forcefully by government leaders who care about the preservation of individual liberty and human rights.”

None of these commentators will stand behind Anders Behring Breivik, for obvious reasons.  But they are anxious to separate the cause from the man.  They argue: just because this evil, non-Christian, potentially insane man decided to take his Islamophobia to a violent extreme, they reason, doesn’t mean that Islamophobia isn’t justified.

The one breath of fresh air in today’s commentary is a piece for CNN by Stephen Prothero, who calls for Christians to denounce Breivik’s religiously-fueled terrorism.  ”Christians have a responsibility to speak out forcefully against him,” Prothero wrotes, “and to look hard at the resources in the Christian tradition that can be used to such murderous ends.”

Where are these resources?  We need look no further than the words of people like Pat Buchanan and Bryan Fischer.

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5:51AM PST on Jan 16, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

7:27PM PDT on Sep 7, 2011

News flash: The Wall St. Journal is owned by Rupert Murdoch, a major purveyor of propaganda for the radical right.

Op-Eds in the WSJ aren't what they used to be. They have been slanted ever since Newscorps. took them over. For real business news and unbiased political analyses read the Economist or Forbes.

6:37AM PDT on Aug 7, 2011

@ Michael M

"...he did hate multicultural people..."

What the hell are multicultural people?

You've cleary got this whole "I hate facism" thing going. I hate facism too. So, with this in mind, how do you feel about islam? Do you think it's a good thing?

3:37PM PDT on Aug 3, 2011

Thank you for posting this. It is SHAMFULL.

12:47PM PDT on Aug 3, 2011

regardless of his mental state

12:46PM PDT on Aug 3, 2011

if you need the reasoning of why it wasn't an act of mental illness
here it is:

Psychotic episodes happen in the spur of the moment.
This attack was far to well planned to be one.

furthermore,
saying that it was only his mental illness would required you to ignore the fact that he was right wing, he did hate multicultural people, he did hate liberal people, etc.
all of this is completely true so there is no questioning the fact that all that hatred in his right wing ideology played a key role in causing him to do this.

12:33PM PDT on Aug 3, 2011

I see a lot of people shitting on norway as a country and the mentally ill.

Stop that.

what you should be shitting on
is right wing ideology as a whole.
especially the bigotry, because that kind of hatred is what leads to this kind of thing.

I'm actually mentally ill and how he's trying to cop out and blame it on mental illness is disgusting me.
We already have it hard enough with shows like CSI making us all out to be monsters.
It sure doesn't help when people get to blame killing 76 people on it when it was clearly his hate that led him to do it.

12:27PM PDT on Aug 3, 2011

all this proves is that this guy is just as much of a bigot as breivik.

how can anyone even try to justify mass killings.
you have to be one sick bastard to defend that.

5:31PM PDT on Aug 2, 2011

Christianity is not man made.It is set into our very beings by our Creator because we are spiritual beings in the image of God.But we do have the choice to submit our wills to His or go our own ways.If we choose the latter our selfish nature will be dominant in our lives.No wonder we find it so easy to find fault all around us.

5:07PM PDT on Aug 2, 2011

Henri...Your last comments gave me food for thought especially the last paragraph.I generally agree with what you said there too for I also do not believe in any religion invented and controlled by man.That is an excellent description of the problems man can give himself when he excludes what God has in His plan for us.You see ,Christanity is not a "religion" as is often used to describe it.It is a way of life which has been already set and created as part of our very beings by the One who created us.If we do not accept that and plan our existence to exclude that, of course we are going to are going to have huge problems.We do though have that choice as individuals which flows on into communities and governments and then countries and nations .All in all,everything starts with each individual who has an effect on others and therefore structures of our societies.You mentioned about having safeguards for governments which are run and controlled by men.I agree with that too.Each man in government is merely human who has the same problems as every other human including selfishness,greed,power, self- standing,ego etc.All will lead to wrong decision making and affects the whole country.Governments these days base almost all decisions on financial issues but then when they are not answerable to any other greater authority,what else can we expect.Moral issues are not the issues they should be.That is where we will dissagree because what greater authority is there than our Creator? Ch

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