“Our nation is praying for a praying nation…”

Isn’t that a little bit like multiplying by zero?

The Christian Post reports on the aftermath of the tragedy in Norway where close to a hundred young people with political aspirations were killed and wounded after Anders Behring Breivik got it in his head to shoot people.

Police say they are sifting through the life details of Breivik to find answers as to his motives behind the murders.

“He describes himself as a Christian, leaning toward rightwing Christianity, on his Facebook page,” according to local authorities.

However, National Police Chief Sveinung Sponheim said the postings “suggest he has some political traits directed toward the right, and anti-Muslim views.”

I think that’s funny use of “however,” but maybe that’s just me. To me it comes across like the author’s intent is to insinuate that Breivik couldn’t have possibly been a True Christian because True Christians ™ never have right wing political viewpoints that are over the top and never say a naughty word about Islam.

If he called himself Christian then his beliefs were part and parcel of what made him who he was and shaped how he thought. His religious views had to have something to do with the reasons why he thought he was justified in slaughtering those people.

Breivik’s Facebook page, before it was taken down, also listed a number of classical philosophical and literary works as his favorite books. He posted True Blood and Stargate Universe as among his favorite television shows, and names World of Warcraft as among his favorite games.

Hopefully this isn’t added into the article to subtly warn the audience against the evils of sex and vampires, aliens pretending to be gods and online gaming.

I just have that kind of cynical mind, I guess.

A tragedy it was and Norway has lost a future that could have been a great one for their country. There’s a piece at Daily Kos that better covers just how big a loss this is for them. Politics should be a game for the young but few are really keen to get in there to play it so to have someone target those people specifically.. well, there are no words, really.

Edit: Christopher Hitchens found some good ones, though. Go read that.

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3 Responses to “Our nation is praying for a praying nation…”

  1. He mght have stated he had a Christian “position”, but he is the opposite of a true Christian. Make no mistake about that.

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  3. 1minionsopinion says:

    I think a whole whack of “Christians” must also be opposite of a true Christian (if that can even be defined), but most of them would never go as far as Breivik did to make a point. Hopefully…

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