Who is the suspect in the Norway attacks?We can debate what "right-wing" means in a Norwegian context. But was this madman a "Christian fundamentalist," as CNN charges?
By the CNN Wire Staff
As Norway struggles to come to terms with its greatest loss of life in decades, all eyes are on the man charged in the explosion in central Oslo and the deadly shooting rampage at a youth camp.
While police have not officially named him, Norwegian television and newspaper reports have identified the suspect as 32-year-old Anders Behring Breivik, of Norwegian origin.
A picture is emerging, gleaned from official sources and social media, of a right-wing Christian fundamentalist who may have had an issue with Norway's multi-cultural society. [link] [emphasis mine]
Not according to the madman.
If anything, after reading his "manifesto," CNN would have come away (assuming anyone there knows the first thing about Christianity) with the understanding that this fool is closer to being a Unitarian Universalist than to being a Christian per se. Or, to be loose with definitions, an "agnostic Christian" perhaps. One who doesn't believe in the tenets of the Bible but thinks of himself as being "a social Christian," whatever that is.
But this isn't about Breivik's odd beliefs. It's about CNN's willingness to jump to the "whacked out fundamentalist Christian (a 'right-wing' one, no less) does dastardly deed" template.
The reporter was wrong. An apology to the world's Christians is on order.