The American blogosphere is falling over itself trying to put distance between "True Christianity" (TM) and Christian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik. The general theme is familiar: "Good Christians" aren't terrorists. If he claimed to be a Christian, he was either lying, mistaken, or crazy.

But in truth, Christian terrorism is very common, and it's been a problem for Americans for many years.

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In this regard, several well known Christian apologists, including William Craig Lane and Ray Comfort have been attempting to justify the biblical demands of god's to kill even infants.  These outrageous attempts could feed into this terrorism by condoning these acts and absolving the perps.

 

Guess what? Uganda ended up not imposing the death penalty for homosexuals. In nearly every Islamic country - it is illegal to be a homosexual and homosexuals who are out and not in the closet are routinely executed.

I am no Christian - but to try to say Christian terrorism is very common is very naive and is not based on factual evidence. When is the last time a Christian has cut someone's head off or killed someone for insulting Jesus? Draw cartoons of Muhammad or threaten to burn a quran and heads will surely being cut off on the other side of the world.

The facts remain that you get one large-scale terrorist attack by a purported Christian every 15-20 years and their main motivations seem to be anything than Christianity. And the reality is that Jesus Christ as a role model is someone who "died for our sins" and was a peaceful figure compared to the pedophile and genocidal maniac named Muhammad.

Again, I am no Christian supporter or justifier but Christians focus on creationism and abortion (both of which are bad enough) but to compare them to Islamic fanatics and devout Islamic believers is ridiculous. In the Islamic world - homosexuals are actually executed and one who is born Muslim (as myself) and leaves Islam - is executed for apostasy. The comparison between the two are nil.

Christian terrorism like other cult ,bring horrible thing to us.All of us should accuse them.

"The general theme is familiar: "Good Christians" aren't terrorists. If he claimed to be a Christian, he was either lying, mistaken, or crazy."

 

But no TRUE Scotsman puts sugar on his porridges!!

That being said, Sam Harris does quote part of Breivik's manifesto, which -if it's an accurate sample of his beliefs- doesn't sound like the kind of thing a "Christian terrorist" would say:

 

I’m not going to pretend I’m a very religious person as that would be a lie. I’ve always been very pragmatic and influenced by my secular surroundings and environment. In the past, I remember I used to think;

“Religion is a crutch for weak people. What is the point in believing in a higher power if you have confidence in yourself!? Pathetic.”

Perhaps this is true for many cases. Religion is a crutch for many weak people and many embrace religion for self serving reasons as a source for drawing mental strength (to feed their weak emotional state f example during illness, death, poverty etc.). Since I am not a hypocrite, I’ll say directly that this is my agenda as well. However, I have not yet felt the need to ask God for strength, yet… But I’m pretty sure I will pray to God as I’m rushing through my city, guns blazing, with 100 armed system protectors pursuing me with the intention to stop and/or kill. I know there is a 80%+ chance I am going to die during the operation as I have no intention to surrender to them until I have completed all three primary objectives AND the bonus mission. When I initiate (providing I haven’t been apprehended before then), there is a 70% chance that I will complete the first objective, 40% for the second, 20% for the third and less than 5% chance that I will be able to complete the bonus mission. It is likely that I will pray to God for strength at one point during that operation, as I think most people in that situation would….If praying will act as an additional mental boost/soothing it is the pragmatical thing to do. I guess I will find out… If there is a God I will be allowed to enter heaven as all other martyrs for the Church in the past. (p. 1344)

 

So as garbage as the No True Scotsman Arguments of Christian apologists about this guy are, I think I'll still have to agree with them that this guy was not a Christian. He doesn't even really seem to believe in God.

 

I can be wrong though; what is the evidence that he was a Christian?

Islamic terrorism is identified as such because the religion is the basis for the action. In order for Christian terrorism to be labeled as such would require the religion to be, at least, in part the basis for the action. He is a Norwegian Terrorist, not a Christian terrorist. He doesn't even ascribe to a specific religion and Christianity is not the motivator behind his action. Funny how you never hear about atheist terrorism.

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