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July 26th, 2011
10:15 AM ET

My Take: Christians should denounce Norway's Christian terrorist

Editor's Note: Stephen Prothero, a Boston University religion scholar and author of "God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions that Run the World," is a regular CNN Belief Blog contributor.

By Stephen Prothero, Special to CNN

Ideas matter; thoughts have force. This is an obvious truth. It is why pastors preach, why professors profess, and why pundits do whatever they do.

Yet whenever ideas do things we do not want them to do, as they did in Oslo , Norway on Friday, we try to pretend that ideas are powerless.

For the last two decades, Christian students have told me that Christianity had nothing to do with the Holocaust. After 9/11, many Muslims said that the men who flew those planes into those buildings had nothing to do with Islam. When Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot, we were told that the crime had nothing to do with our current climate of political hatred.

Unpacking the 'Christian fundamentalist' label for Norway terror suspect?

Now in the wake of the Oslo massacre bloggers and pundits are reassuring us that the crimes of the alleged perpetrator Anders Behring Breivik can be understood simply as the product of a deranged mind. They had nothing to do with his Christian faith or his anti-Islamic ideology. This is wishful thinking of the most dangerous sort.

According to Bill O'Reilly of Fox News, "Breivik is not a Christian." According Ross Douthat, the conservative Catholic columnist at the New York Times, “it’s fair to call Breivik a right-winger” but not a Christian  fundamentalist.

Meanwhile, Andrew Brown at the Guardian is reassuring his readers that “Anders Breivik is not Christian but anti-Islam.”

My Take: Norway attacks show why you can't #blamethemuslims

Brown goes on to describe the various anti-Islam bloggers Breivik read and apparently quoted in a manifesto, only to conclude, “Obviously these people cannot be held responsible for the use to which their ideas were put.”

I don’t find that obvious at all.

I think all of us who place ideas into books or blogs or lectures or sermons should be acutely aware of the use to which our ideas might be put. What is obvious is that those who read or listen to us will take our ideas in directions different from what we intended. But that fact does not absolve us of responsibility when they do.

If you devote your life to spewing anti-Islamic hatred, you should not be surprised if someone comes along and kills in the name of that hatred. In fact, you should expect it.  If you insist as a matter of revelation or dogma that the Jews killed Christ then you should not be surprised if Christians come along and kills Jews in the name of Christ. In fact, you should be surprised if that does not happen.

We live in an age of anger. That anger is fueled by ideas. And the most incendiary ideas are those that call down the force of God or nation (or both) in the service of denouncing those who follow other gods or belong to other nations.

Anders Breivik was obviously politically motivated. The 1,500-page manifesto that has been attributed to him draws on contemporary European and American conservatism in its attacks on Marxism, multiculturalism, secularism, academia and feminism.

But Breivik's motivations were equally, and obviously, religious. His manifesto cites the Atlas Shrugs blog of Pamela Geller, who has made a name for herself in the United States by opposing the Islamic community center near Ground Zero. According to the New York Times this manifesto also quotes Robert Spencer of another anti-Islamic web site, Jihad Watch, 64 times.

But Breivik does not just deny Islam. He affirms Christianity. He describes himself as "100% Christian" in his apparent manifesto. That work says he's a member of the “Knights Templar," which the document refers to as “a Christian ‘culturalist’ military order.”

The manifesto refers repeatedly to martyrdom, calls Breivik the "savior . . . of European Christendom," discusses Quranic views of Jesus and quotes extensively from the Bible.

In fact, in an extended section justifying violence in the name of self-defense (plagiarized, like much in the manifesto, from other websites), it quotes from Exodus, Samuel, Judges, Psalms, Luke, Matthew, Isaiah, Daniel, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians and other biblical books. "God will anoint you with his power to go into battle," the manifesto reads. "God can be a Man of War if He wants to be."

Finally, key dates in the manifesto, including the date for the rampage itself (July 22), are linked to key dates in the history of the Christian crusades. "Celebrate us, the martyrs of the conservative revolution," a video attributed to Breivik reads, "for we will soon dine in the Kingdom of Heaven."

Osama bin Laden was a Muslim terrorist. Yes, he twisted the Quran and the Islamic tradition in directions most Muslims would not countenance. But he rooted his hate and his terrorism in that text and that tradition. So Muslims, as I have long argued, have a responsibility to speak out forcefully against Bin Laden and to look hard at the resources in their tradition that work to promote such evil.

If he did what he has alleged to have done, Anders Breivik is a Christian terrorist.

Yes, he twisted the Christian tradition in directions most Christians would not countenance. But he rooted his hate and his terrorism in Christian thought and Christian history, particularly the history of the medieval Crusades against Muslims, and current efforts to renew that clash.

So Christians have a responsibility to speak out forcefully against him, and to look hard at the resources in the Christian tradition that can be used to such murderous ends.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Stephen Prothero.

- CNN Belief Blog contributor

Filed under: Christianity • Crime • Europe • Politics • Violence

soundoff (619 Responses)
  1. Steve

    Of course they (we) should renounce it and do renounce it. Who do you suggest to be the one spokesperson for all of Christianity? This article's suggestion is so foolish. Has any "Christian terrorist organization" claimed responsibility? Part of the Christian world view is that the world is broken by sin, this being an incredibly sad example.

    Try to convince anyone that the character of our country is stronger now than it was in our nation's early formative years. Christianity is NOT the cause of this nation's or this world's problems. You will hear only denunciation in the days ahead from people who truly understand their relationship with Jesus Christ. Such attacks on Christianity are, however, clearly predicted by Jesus over 2,000 years ago, and the accuracy of such is worth noting. What other group in the world would receive a blanket condemnation for the misguided actions of one mentally ill person. But of course, this is America, where we did have a contingent of people say that we should not judge the 9/11 terrorists too harshly. Perhaps we "deserved" that day. Good grief!

    July 26, 2011 at 11:40 am |
    • cj

      After 9/11 muslims lived in fear in US, their faith was shaken by hardline bloggers and political activists, even there was a hearing in congress 'radicalization of Islam in US'. We dishoured blacks for centuries. Now It's right wing white Chirtians turn – they should be judge the same way they judged other people. It's their race that has commited this terrorism and must appologize to the world for their haterd and this act of White Christian Terrorism.

      July 26, 2011 at 11:49 am |
    • Anti Christian Taliban

      Such attacks on Christianity are, however, clearly predicted by Jesus over 2,000 years ago, and the accuracy of such is worth noting.
      ---------
      Actually it isn't worth noting. Christians were not the first nor the last to be attacked because of their faith. What Jesus might have said was not earth shattering in prediction. lol

      July 26, 2011 at 12:03 pm |
    • come on now

      "Try to convince anyone that the character of our country is stronger now than it was in our nation's early formative years."

      I firmly believe that the character of our country is stronger now than it was in our nation's early formative years. Slavery and murdering an entire continent of people didn't really make for a strong national character in our formative years. Such simple-minded idealism of "traditional values" seems to have become the bread and butter of the psuedo-Christian kook-right .

      July 26, 2011 at 12:21 pm |
    • chilanga

      "What other group in the world would receive a blanket condemnation for the misguided actions of one mentally ill person."

      Islam

      July 26, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
    • Abu Umar

      @Steve
      "What other group in the world would receive a blanket condemnation for the misguided actions of one mentally ill person"

      You're kidding, right ?? (looks like you don't follow the media much, especially Bill O'reilly and fox news ;-)). Anyway, the answer to your question has been answered by the reader above.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
  2. Misha Gastonai

    Please post the author's calls for Islamic leadership to denounce any of the countless terror attacks over the last decade.

    July 26, 2011 at 11:39 am |
    • cj

      Most of the muslims did denonuce most of the attacks now it's the chirstian world's turn to denounce terrorist attack like this instead of calling this christan terrroist insane.

      July 26, 2011 at 11:41 am |
  3. Diane

    I am truly concernd about the current state of organized relegion worldwide. Hate seems to be the driving force these days. As for the US, there are some who want this nation to become a theocracy. This would be a disaster as demonistrated by muslim countries such as Iran. It is time for the silent and rational majority to step up and speak out before things get any worse.

    July 26, 2011 at 11:38 am |
  4. James Kimble

    Christian means to be a follower of Christ. His teachings do not endorse in any way the kind of activity this very sick person undertook. This article is a joke.

    July 26, 2011 at 11:34 am |
    • can't have it both ways

      Right, the point that a lot of you fail to see is that "Muslim" terroists are not adhering to their faith either. None of these murderers are Christians or Muslims, they're just filth that needs to get isolated and eradicated.

      July 26, 2011 at 11:41 am |
    • TheBlogNinja

      Yep, this guy fits the distinct profile of a violent extremist to the tee. Some key characteristics:

      1. Claim your goal is tied to a higher power/cause, religion is often tied in by these characters.
      2. Use religious or other "higher" ideals that they've twisted around to demonize perceived opponents, and develop an if you're not with me you're part of the enemy mindset.
      3. Use their new twisted ideals to justify to themselves any actions they take, since it's for "a greater good".
      4. Develop self into a "crusader" or heroic figure, who figuratively is above and superior to everyone else, mentally and morally.

      July 26, 2011 at 11:43 am |
    • Ron

      True, Jesus's teachings as recording in the New Testament are very much in contradiction with any kind of religious violence — that is if these teachings are read intelligently and in context. Unfortunately, Christian history is full of people who have either twisted or cut and pasted Scripture to fit their own agendas and prejudices, as well as church leaders who have taken advantage of people's general ignorance of scripture to plant their own ideas in people's heads and call it the Word of God. The church began as an offshoot of Judaism composed almost entirely of Jews. Four hundred years later, an almost entirely gentile church was persecuting and murdering Jews in the name of Christ and Christian empire. That change didn't happen overnight, but rather it was a long progression of very subtle steps and changes. With that in mind, we as Christians need to be vigilant in watching out for those small seeds of hatred that later grow into fields of blood.

      July 26, 2011 at 11:59 am |
  5. Kerygma

    "Master, which is the great commandment in the law?" Jesus said unto him, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself." Mat 22:37 – 39

    July 26, 2011 at 11:34 am |
    • Joe

      Matthew 10:34-36
      King James Version (KJV)

      34Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.

      35For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.

      36And a man's foes shall be they of his own household.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
  6. sad

    He's as much a Christian as Al-Queda are Muslims. That is, not really at all. The truth is they're both sad embarrasments to the faiths that they fail to adhere to. Every group has it's pathetic crackpots that need to be voted off the island.

    July 26, 2011 at 11:25 am |
    • cj

      Let's call it even – Christians ignore 9/11 and muslims ignore Oslo attack and others like Iraq, Afghanistan and US constant threat to Iran.

      July 26, 2011 at 11:39 am |
  7. diggit

    Dumb.

    July 26, 2011 at 11:23 am |
  8. SWAMI

    As much as I loathe and despise religion, the facts indicate that this individual had only a fleeting and tangental association with christianity. All the available evidence made public so far indicates that this massacre was the work of a political, not religious, extreemist.

    July 26, 2011 at 11:19 am |
    • Common Sense

      And I loath Marxist filth like yourself

      July 26, 2011 at 11:24 am |
    • Dave

      True, SWAMI. I also find it interesting that the main stream media goes with the facebook page that was put up AFTER this massacre. Gone and deleted is his original facebook page in his native tounge! Whoever put the new one up was sure to add his religious affiliation as Christian and his political views as Conservative (The attack is on this group now) which were not on his original page. In reality he was a socially liberal leaning neo-con in the vein of a Bill Kristol. Also, why were friends being added on his page AFTER the massacre?

      July 26, 2011 at 11:41 am |
    • Anti Christian Taliban

      Christians can keep denying that he was not a christian...however he was. Who is to say what god told him in his prayers. If christians disagree then perhaps they should prove what was said in his prayers?

      July 26, 2011 at 12:09 pm |
  9. Neeneko

    Unfortunately, this type of discussion comes up every time there is a Christian motivated terrorist.. people leaping up to say 'well, he is not REALLY a Christian.. sure he shares the same religion as us and his rhetoric matches what we hear priests and pastors and pundits say every day, but he killed people so he doesn't count!'. I hear it with terrorist groups like the IRA, Lord's Resistance Army, KKK, abortion killers, gay lynchers.. pretty much anyone who puts the firry rhetoric into action 'don't count'... . despite the 'kill all the XYZ' I hear religious leaders saying all the expletive time.

    July 26, 2011 at 11:18 am |
  10. Miguel

    CNN's religion opinion pieces are an embarrassment to what the network used to be. They are little more than an attempt to copy what is worst about the Huf Post.

    July 26, 2011 at 11:13 am |
    • Buddy R

      Agreed. They are anti-Christian to the bone.

      July 26, 2011 at 11:16 am |
    • diggit

      True about CNN. This 'article' was a waste of time. I mean, even to call this guy a 'christian terrorist' is beyond ridiculous.

      July 26, 2011 at 11:22 am |
  11. Mike

    The problem is that he claims he is not a Christian, in any deep sense:
    http://www.wnd.com/index.php?pageId=325765

    July 26, 2011 at 11:11 am |
  12. Buddy R

    Sir, you suggesting the man is a Christian shows how little you actually know about the Bible. Of course all of your posted opinions bash Christianity in one way or another or attack the Christianity the Bible teaches. Sir you are an utter moron if you think any of the words of the New Testament can be twisted to say a Christian should kill anyone.

    The man did not follow the teachings of Christ and is not a Christian according to the words of Jesus Christ. Jesus said if you do not follow his teachings you are not his. Period. In my opinion anyone who calls the man a Christian is either ignorant of the Bible or a willful liar.

    Mat 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
    Mat 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
    Mat 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

    1Jn 2:4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

    Jesus taught us to love everyone, even our enemies. Not to kill them. The Bible says anyone who claims to know God but who hates or murders is a liar.

    Mat 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

    1Jn 4:20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?

    1Jn 3:15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.

    Mr article writer, according to the Bible the man who killed all those kids did not know God. He is a liar in calling himself a Christian. He hates people and he murders and he does not live according to the core teachings of Christianity.

    Mat 22:36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
    Mat 22:37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
    Mat 22:38 This is the first and great commandment.
    Mat 22:39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

    July 26, 2011 at 11:01 am |
    • Buddy R

      Mr article writer, you claim, "But he rooted his hate and his terrorism in Christian thought." Can you show me one verse in the New Testament that says to hate anyone? The New Testament says that any man who claims to know God but who hates or murders is not a Christian.

      Mr article writer, can you show me one instance of Jesus or the apostles saying to commit any act of violence? Did Jesus or the apostles ever lead raids on Rome? No.

      No, sir, the shooter's thoughts were not grounded in Christianity whatsoever. Maybe you need to take a sabbatical and read the Bible.

      July 26, 2011 at 11:08 am |
    • Neeneko

      Different sects of Christianity interpret the Bible differently. To say he is not a Christian because he did not interpret it the way you do is no better then Catholics claiming Protestants are not Christian or vice versa.

      July 26, 2011 at 11:14 am |
    • tribble10

      Hummm, let's try this again:
      "But those enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over them–bring them here and kill them in front of me"
      Luke 19:27

      July 26, 2011 at 11:15 am |
    • Buddy R

      @tribble10

      You are taking a verse out of context, as you know. That is from a parable. Anti-theists are such dishonest people.

      July 26, 2011 at 11:18 am |
    • Freethinksman

      The convenient and expedient thing to do in your situation (where your version of Christianity is called into question) is to cherry-pick those bible verses that suit your need. Others pick different verses to justify their ideas. The Bible can be taken literally or figuratively by anyone who reads it, and it need not be, and is usually not, viewed consistently. In fact, the bible is a mish-mash of heavily edited poorly written short stories. It is not a peaceful book. It's filled with justification for murder, by both people and thier god. It's an awful book which can be read to justify virtually any kind of atrocity imaginable.

      Feel free to call Breivik the monster he so obviously is. But don't pretend your faith is any different or more justified than his. Live by the bible, die by the bible. That's how it's been since it was written and that's how it will be until people stop believing in it.

      Ignorance is not bliss, and faith is not virtuous.

      July 26, 2011 at 11:20 am |
    • Buddy R

      @Neeneko

      There are not a lot of ways to interpret "If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar" or "Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;"

      July 26, 2011 at 11:20 am |
    • Civiloutside

      If you were paying attention to the article, you would have noticed that the author was not bashing Christianity. He was pointing out that many of the same Christians who refuse to believe that men who twist selected passages out of the Qur'an to justify evil acts do not represent all Muslims are quick to claim that a man who does the exact same thing with the Bible does not really represent Christianity. The fact is that *both* religious texts have passages that can be read as justification for abhorrent acts, and so *both* religious traditions have a responsibility to examine and deal with those issues.

      July 26, 2011 at 11:22 am |
    • Merc

      @Buddy R. It really doesn't matter if there is anything in the new testament which promotes hate. Many X-tians and, in fact, a lot of organized religions promote this kind of anger/hatred/whatever-you-want-to-call-it tacitly simply by defining everyone who isn't with you as against you.

      Very rarely have I come across an organized religion that doesn't tell people that if you don't do what it says, you're an enemy and you're going to hell.

      This has nothing to do with the Bible, but everything to do with the fallible nature of Man.

      July 26, 2011 at 11:29 am |
    • DaProf

      If no one who preaches hatred and kills is a Christian, then there have hardly been any Christians and it is consequently the greatest failure in religious history. Major "Christians" such as Martin Luther, who has an entire denomination named after him, have urged hatred and persecution.

      July 26, 2011 at 11:37 am |
    • ChildofGod6311

      tribble10:

      The problem with people who want to discredit the bible by quoting from it is that they pick and choode the verses they want to use without taking into consideration that those of us who do believe have read the entire thing and know where you fallicies of theory lay...the rest of the parable which you quoted is as follows:

      11 While the people were listening to these things, Jesus proceeded to tell a parable, because he was near to Jerusalem, and because they thought that the kingdom of God was going to appear immediately.12 Therefore he said, “A nobleman went to a distant country to receives for himself a kingdom and then return.13 And he summoned ten of his slaves, gave them ten minas, and said to them, ‘Do business with these until I come back.’14 But his citizens hated him and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We do not want this mant to be king over us!’15 When he returned after receiving the kingdom, he summoned these slaves to whom he had given the money. He wantedt to know how much they had earned by trading.16 Sot the first one came before him and said, ‘Sir, your mina has made ten minas more.’17 And the king said to him, ‘Well done, good slave! Because you have been faithful in a very small matter, you will have authority over ten cities.’18 Then the second one came and said, ‘Sir, your mina has made five minas.’19 Sot the king said to him, ‘And you are to be over five cities.’20 Then anothers slave came and said, ‘Sir, here is your mina that I put away for safekeeping in a piece of cloth. 21 For I was afraid of you, because you are a severe man. You withdrawt what you did not deposit and reap what you did not sow.’22 The king said to him, ‘I will judge you by your own words, you wicked slave! So you knew, did you, that I was a severe man, withdrawing what I didn’t deposit and reaping what I didn’t sow?23 Why then didn’t you put my money in the bank, so that when I returned I could have collected it with interest?’24 And he said to his attendants, ‘Take the mina from him, and give it to the one who has ten.’25 Butt they said to him, ‘Sir, he has ten minas already!’ 26 ‘I tell you that everyone who has will be given more, but from the one who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. 27 But as for these enemies of mine who did not want me to be their king, bring them here and slaughter thems in front of me!’”

      Now, for those of your unfamiliar with a parable (or how to understand one) – this was not Jesus saying that those who do not believe in Him be killed – this was him showing that the "king" in the story was a murderous thief...of course, most atheists will find flaw with what I said and that's okay. I'll pray for them and love them, just as my God says I should.

      July 26, 2011 at 12:11 pm |
  13. Rich Horton

    Wow. What an embarrassing piece. What? They don't teach logic or how not to use non sequiturs at Yale or Harvard?

    July 26, 2011 at 10:59 am |
  14. Zach Nielsen

    Dr. Michael Horton of Westminster Seminary writes:

    http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/zCqh/~3/B9tgi1sw89g/another-wise-perspective-on-religion-on.html

    At least 76 people are dead after Anders Behring Breivik massacred campers on an island off the coast of Oslo, Norway.

    Finally, the media has a face and a name for making its heretofor unjustified claim of moral equivalency between conservative Christianity and Islam. Religion may be fine as long as it’s private, and you don’t really believe the key teachings of any one in particular. In any case, those who think they need to act on their confessional convictions in daily life—much less encourage other people to embrace them—are on the path to terrorism. Finally, we can reassure ourselves that Islam is not the problem; it’s “Christian fundamentalism."

    But for anyone interested in the facts of the case, the secularist narrative has lost its poster-boy. In an on-line manifesto, Breivik makes it clear that he is not a “fundamentalist Christian.” He prefaces one comment with, “If there is a God…” and says that science should always trump religion. So in terms of religious convictions, he sounds more like Richard Dawkins than Jerry Falwell. Yet, unlike Dawkins, Breivik pines for the “good ‘ol days” of Christendom, especially the crusades. “Regarding my personal relationship with God, I guess I’m not an excessively religious man. I am first and foremost a man of logic. However, I am a supporter of a monocultural Christian Europe…”

    The nineteenth century philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche shrewdly observed that in his day the bourgeois elites of Europe wanted the fruit of Christianity (i.e., moral culture) without the tree itself (i.e., the actual doctrine and practice). Breivik is not a poster-boy for “Christian fundamentalism,” but the fulfillment of Nietzsche’s prophecy. It’s one thing to confuse the kingdom of Christ with the kingdoms of this age, but we need a new category besides “fundamentalism” for the secular faith in “Christendom” without Christ.

    July 26, 2011 at 10:55 am |
  15. Luke

    I'm with you Stephen, but instead they are just saying he is not Christian or is Mus-lish. Can't rationalize with them, sir.

    July 26, 2011 at 10:52 am |
  16. David

    You're a fool, if you think this is going to stop anytime soon. This fight has been going on for over a thousand years.

    July 26, 2011 at 10:50 am |
  17. Mike from CT

    But for anyone interested in the facts of the case, the secularist narrative has lost its poster-boy. In an on-line manifesto, Breivik makes it clear that he is not a “fundamentalist Christian.” He prefaces one comment with, “If there is a God…” and says that science should always trump religion. So in terms of religious convictions, he sounds more like Richard Dawkins than Jerry Falwell

    http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2753479/posts

    July 26, 2011 at 10:47 am |
    • Neeneko

      In other words, just like the bible, he has plenty of quotes that can support either case depending on what you want it to say.

      July 26, 2011 at 11:19 am |
    • Mike from CT

      Your trying to be funny, but had an epic fail.

      "If there is a God" only supports one position.

      July 26, 2011 at 11:25 am |
  18. DamianKnight

    As a Christian, I publically denounce any terrorist acts, especially if done in the name of Jesus. It is my hope that justice is done and the proper people are punished according to the law.

    July 26, 2011 at 10:46 am |
  19. MT

    Stephen, Christians have been denouncing these attacks since the moment they began. Gotta tell ya, there have been a lot of sloppy "opinion" pieces published about the Oslo attacks, but CNN has been publishing some of the worst. Ugh.

    July 26, 2011 at 10:43 am |
    • Tyler

      And yet, most Muslims denounce the terrorist actions of the minority, but that does not mean that those terrorists are not muslim. A person is the religion that they associate with, not who the religion associates itself with.
      You can accurately say that his actions are "Un-Christian" in your eyes and the eyes of both, but to deny Christianity's role in this is skewing the truth to make the truth more palatable.

      July 26, 2011 at 11:20 am |
    • Tyler

      Typo correction: "both" should have been "most"

      July 26, 2011 at 11:21 am |
  20. myweightinwords

    Thank you. It is very nice to see a Christian not throwing out the "He's not a christian" rhetoric.

    July 26, 2011 at 10:41 am |
    • CRAIG

      To alot of people Christianlity is a label. I am sorry, Being a Christian is following Jesus.It is a daily walk, a way of life, to follow in Jesus's footsteps. Christian terrorist's is just a false statement. the two cannot go together. It is against everything Jesus taught us.

      July 26, 2011 at 11:51 am |
    • ross1954

      I agree 100%

      September 5, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
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