8 Dumbest, Most Insensitive Right-Wing Reactions to the Norway Shooting
Last week’s tragedy in Norway has left the world stunned. The magnitude of the bloodbath is difficult to comprehend. As news of the massacre began to trickle out, speculation was rampant as to the perpetrator and the motive.
Not surprisingly, much of the early accounts falsely alleged an Al Qaeda connection. As facts started to infuse the reporting, it became clear that the suspect, Anders Breivik, is an extremist, fundamentalist Christian, with harshly bigoted views toward Muslims, immigrants and leftists. His manifesto resembles the ravings of Glenn Beck with talk of cultural Marxism and Islamic colonization. Yet even after Breivik’s motives were disclosed, the right-wing media has continued to engage in brazen finger-pointing and insensitivity toward the victims and other innocent parties. For instance…
1) A writer on Andrew Breitbart’s BigPeace website set out to whitewash Breivik's right-wing Christianity: “This Norwegian terrorist was not a Christian or a conservative. He acted contrary to the teachings of the Bible and conservatives from Burke to Madison. He was instead a jihadist, blinded by an ideology who resorted to violence…”
2) On the other hand, CNN’s Erick Erickson unapologetically went after Muslims anyway: “The fact of the matter is violence and Islam may not be very common among American Muslims [sic], but internationally it is extremely common and can fairly well be considered mainstream within much of Islam.”
Remember, this was after Erickson learned that there was no Islamic connection to the massacre. (Erickson was one of many conservatives who initially accused Muslims of the crime before Breivik was captured.)
3) A writer at RedState went off a cognitive cliff to claim that “We live in a world where we are perfectly happy to abort millions of children and then DEMAND to know WHY Anders Behring Breivik became the human sarcoma that he truly is.”
Never mind the fact that we already know Breivik’s crime was spurred by his hatred for multiculturalism; the RedStaters are determined to find a way to lay blame on any handy tenet of progressivism. Remember Pat Robertson blaming Hurricane Katrina on the gays?
4) Mark Steyn of the National Review is stumped as to why there have been allegations of Islamophobia: “So, if a blonde blue-eyed Aryan Scandinavian kills dozens of other blonde blue-eyed Aryan Scandinavians, that’s now an ‘Islamophobic’ mass murder?”
Yes, it is. Breivik explicitly targeted people associated with Norway’s Labour Party, whom he blamed for promoting multiculturalism.
5) Brian Kilmeade on Fox News queried his guest: “Are you surprised somewhat that Western newspapers, in this case the New York Times, seem to be jumping on the fact — they’re trying to equate Christian, what they say are Christian extremists, with Muslim extremists?”
Kilmeade utterly failed to grasp the irony that just hours earlier he and his network were baselessly accusing Muslims of committing the mass murder. Now he’s worried about the reputation of Christians, despite the fact that the shooter was a Christian.
6) Professional Islamophobe, Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs, found a unique way to blame Muslims even after she knew they were not involved. “Anders Behring Breivik is responsible for his actions. If anyone incited him to violence, it was Islamic supremacists. If anything incited him to violence, it was the Euro-Med policy."
So according to Gellar, Muslims are responsible for violence that they cause themselves, as well as for violence caused by others who hate them.