Saturday, July 23, 2011

Christian Extremist Is Charged in Norway

That's the headline on the New York Times's story about the Norwegian shooter: Christian Extremist Is Charged in Norway. Can you imagine a similar headline if he'd been a Muslim? And the story goes on from there:

OSLO — The Norwegian police on Saturday charged a man they identified as a right-wing fundamentalist Christian in connection with the bombing of a government building in central Oslo and a shooting attack on a nearby island that together killed at least 92 people.
"Right-wing" and "fundamentalist Christian" are words that require no hedging, no attribution; they are mere facts in the eyes of the Gray Lady's reporters and editors, whereas "left-wing" and "Muslim" are inflammatory statements that must be concealed from the world. Compare, for example, the NYT story two days ago on the arraignment of the Fort Hood shooter:
FORT HOOD, Tex. — Wearing a camouflage Army uniform and sitting upright in a wheelchair, the military psychiatrist accused of killing 13 people in a shooting rampage here appeared in court on Wednesday at his arraignment, without the civilian lawyer who had been his lead defense attorney.
He's a uniformed member of the U.S. Army! He's a military psychiatrist! Even his name is carefully pushed into the second paragraph because it gives away the unspeakable truth that he is not a right-wing fundamentalist Christian. Blue skies! -- Dan Ford


At 12:21 PM, Blogger Jen McGahan said...

Hi Dan. This bothers me a lot, too. But what are you gonna do? Some "reporters" are only interested in certain individuals' religious lives (Bachman comes to mind) but refuse to acknowledge others' -- particularly if they happen to be Muslim. Christianity takes the hit every time.

It was an horrific crime in any case.

At 6:44 AM, Blogger John said...

Living in London I can see clear connections with 7-7. In 7-7 a group of people who believed their culture and way of life was under premeditated attack decided to launch a massive blow against those who they believed were responsible. Both incidents were the work of nasty fanatics but both had a similar cause, see: Norway, 9-11, 7-7, Madrid, Iraq....


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