July 25th, 2011
11:13 AM ET

Is 'Christian fundamentalist' label correct for Norway terror suspect?

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

(CNN) - Given initial suspicions that Friday's bombing and mass shooting in Norway were carried out by Islamic militants linked to al Qaeda, the way police ended up describing the suspect behind the attacks came as a big surprise even to many security experts: The alleged attacker was called a "Christian fundamentalist."

But experts on European politics and religion say that the Christian fundamentalist label could overstate the extent to which the suspect, Anders Behring Breivik - who has told authorities that he carried out the attacks - was motivated by religion, and the extent to which he is tied to a broader religious movement.

"It is true that he sees himself as a crusader and some sort of Templar knight," said Marcus Buck, a political science professor at Norway's University of Tromso, referring to an online manifesto that Breivik appears to have authored and which draws inspiration from medieval Christian crusaders.

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"But he doesn't seem to have any insight into Christian theology or any ideas of how the Christian faith should play any role in Norwegian or European society," Buck wrote in an email message. "His links to Christianity are much more based on being against Islam and what he perceives of as 'cultural Marxism.'"

From what the 1,500-page manifesto says, Breivik appears to have been motivated more by an extreme loathing of European multiculturalism that has accompanied rapid immigration from the developing world, and of the European Union's growing powers, than by Christianity.

"My impression is that Christianity is used more as a vehicle to unjustly assign some religious moral weight," to his political views, said Anders Romarheim, a fellow at the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies. "It is a signifier of Western culture and values, which is what they pretend to defend."

"I would say they are more anti-Islam than pro-Christian," Romarheim said in reference to what appear to be Breivik's views.

The manifesto is religion-obsessed in that it rants for long stretches against Muslims and their growing presence in Europe.

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It calls for a European civil war to overthrow governments, end multiculturalism and execute "cultural Marxists." The manifesto includes a link to a video asserting that the majority of Europe's population will be Muslim by 2050 "unless we manage to defeat the ruling Multiculturalist Alliance."

The author of the document identifies himself as Breivik, but CNN could not independently verify that he wrote the document, and Norwegian authorities would not confirm that the man in their custody wrote the manifesto, saying it was part of their investigation

Opposition to booming Muslim immigration to Europe, exacerbated by high birth rates in the Muslim community, has become a mainstay of Europe's burgeoning far-right, helping right-wing parties gain seats in parliaments across the continent.

But those right-wing movements are mostly secular. Europe's hard right does not have deep ties to Christianity in the way that the United States' conservative movement is entwined with evangelical Christianity and other theologically conservative religious movements.

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Recently adopted European laws aimed at curbing Islam's public visibility, including France's new burqa ban and Switzerland ban on minarets - towers that a part of mosques - were secular causes, not ones championed by Christian interests. Many Christian groups oppose such bans.

"The bulk of the anti-Muslim sentiment is not against Muslims as such, but is a secular rejection of how some Muslims allegedly want to place Islam at the center of society," Buck said. "It is more anti-religious than anti-Muslim."

Breivik's apparent manifesto, by contrast, cites biblical verses to justify violence for political ends.

"Clearly, this is not a pacifist God we serve," it says. "It's God who teaches our hands to war and our fingers to fight. Over and over again throughout the Old Testament, His people are commanded to fight with the best weapons available to them at that time."

"The biggest threat to Europe is the cultural Marxist/multiculturalist political doctrine of 'extreme egalitarian emotionalism,'" the manifesto goes on. "This type of political stance involves destroying Christendom, the Church, our European cultures and identities and opening up our borders to Islamic colonization."

The video that's linked to in the manifesto also includes some religious language: "Celebrate us, the martyrs of the conservative revolution, for we will soon dine in the Kingdom of Heaven."

Experts on religion in Europe said those faith-infused views are likely peculiar to the suspected gunman and do not appear reflect wider religious movements, even as they echoes grievances of Europe's right-wing political groups.

"He was a flaky extremist who might as well have claimed to be fighting for the honor of Hogwarts as for the cause of Christ," said Philip Jenkins, a Pennsylvania State University professor who studies global religion and politics, describing the suspected Norway attacker. "He did not represent a religious movement. ... People should not follow that Christian fundamentalist red herring."

At the same time, Breivik told investigators during interviews that he belongs to an international order, The Knights Templar, according to Norwegian newspaper VG, which cited unnamed sources.

He described the organization as an armed Christian order, fighting to rid the West of Islamic suppression, the newspaper said. He also told investigators he had been in contact with like-minded individuals and said he counts himself as a representative of this order, it said.

For many in Norway, the potential implications of the suspected killer's religion are still settling in.

"This is the first time we've heard of Christianity/religion as a driving force behind right-wing extremism," Buck said. "The mainstream right-wing movements in the Nordic countries (very small and disorganized groups in Norway) would generally point to the Old Norse beliefs, if anything."

"Norwegian, Nordic and European society," he said, "were totally unprepared for a violent attack from someone who calls himself Christian."

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Christianity • Islam • Norway • Terrorism

soundoff (1,640 Responses)
  1. RayJacksonMS

    And let the current batch of excuses for christian terrorism begin. Same as always, he wasn't a real christian. Now those muslim terrorists they are real muslims but this guy wasn't a real christian. The christians, muslims and jews all worship the same blood god and are responsible for most of the death and destruction around the world. Death to the blood god no matter how it is worshiped.

    July 25, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
    • gr12345

      Atheist regimes have killed more people than any other in human history (ex: Stalin). Human nature is to blame. Take away religion and you will still have war, famine, and murder. Human evil is the problem.

      July 25, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
    • sonas76

      Hmmm, Hitler might just have had a higher body count then 'Uncle Joe'. And Hitler was a practicing Catholic that wanted to get rid of all Athiests. I remember a few years back when the Lutheran church issued an apology for all the Lutheran's who took part in the attrocities of WWII on the German side.

      July 25, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
    • Scott

      Shall I label all atheists as homicidal maniacs? Then why label Christians as the cause of evil in this world? Seriously, get a grip.

      July 26, 2011 at 12:48 am |
  2. The ONE true GOD


    July 25, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
    • RayJacksonMS

      So do Palin, Rush, Pat Robertson and every other right wing nut in America.

      July 25, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
    • The ONE true GOD

      I agree with you Ray. They are also HYPOCRITS

      July 25, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
    • Nathan


      July 25, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  3. Tom Long Island

    I had to stop reading this piece when I read this early paragraph.

    "But he doesn't seem to have any insight into Christian theology or any ideas of how the Christian faith should play any role in Norwegian or European society," Buck wrote in an email message."

    Insight is irrelevant and be it deep or superficial – Xtians of nominal and zealous natures have long been tweaking the moral code of the Religion to suit their own agendas for centuries. How informed a Believer might or not be is irrelevant, as the majority of Xtians tend to make up their own personal theology anyways...so to bring up this homegrown terrorist's lack of insight only shows the other Xtian tendency to scramble for a means to push one of the sheep out of the herd.

    July 25, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
    • Belloch

      Except this guy doesn't claim to be a Christian in his manifesto. In fact, there are many incidences where he professes his doubts about whether a god exists.

      July 25, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
    • Nathan

      Belloch, the manifesto is too long for me to read right now (I'm at work), but from what I can see, the entire purpose of the first part (which is what I skimmed) was to defend Christianity while attacking Islam. IE, "People say that Islam and Christianity are the same, but they aren't, and here's why..."

      It could be that he never claims to be Christian, but that would be like saying that Steven Jay Gould may not believe in evolution, even though he's written several books defending the subject, because he never uses the word "evolutionist."

      July 25, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
  4. Methusalem

    Have you seen any Christian dancing and celebrating in the street after the murderous act of this individual? No! But, how many Muslims and Atheists have rejoiced after the World Trade Center was attacked? 95% of Muslims, 66% of Atheists.

    July 25, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
    • Tom Long Island

      So now atheists are the same as Islamic extremists...? Care to support that claim? I dont know ONE atheist that danced at the felling of the towers.

      But I do know many who immediately guessed it was linked to religious zealotry.

      July 25, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
    • Letsbereasonable

      Please provide evidence of the joyous muslims and atheists because this sounds like a complete fabrication you are using to demonize people whom you hate. If you cannot provide said evidence, then your contention, much like your stupid myths, fall. You're a true idiot sir. Do the world a favor and kick that nasty oxygen habit you have.

      July 25, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
    • Capercorn

      Liar. Cite your sources!

      July 25, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
    • Kyle

      Your percentages are 100% pulled from your posterior.

      July 25, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
    • seraphim0

      Are you serious? Just pulled those numbers out of your own head, eh? Please, if you want to be taken seriously, try citing the sources for such a statistical claim (and no, wikipedia or blogs/forums do not count as credible sources- sorry).

      I'd love to see where american muslims who lost family in the towers were celebrating. Or, in my case, better yet- the 66% of atheists.

      You sir, are a moron.

      July 25, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
    • sonas76

      Athiest's celebrated? That's pretty odd...considering I don't live far from the area and knew quite a few of them that volunteered to go to Ground Zero and help with rescue attempts and first-aid.

      July 25, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  5. Steve

    This guy is not a christian ... in the same way as the religious conservatives in the US aren't christians and muslim extremists aren't muslim.
    They are simply intolerant and hateful and use (any) religion as an excuse to feel righteous.

    July 25, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
    • The ONE true GOD

      Amen! But you forgot the word HYPOCRITS!!

      July 25, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
  6. Marcia Van Lenten

    The name of Jesus Christ has been used by humans for human benefit, since the beginning. These "Right Wing Christians" are the Antichrist....the Devil alive and well and moving over earth.

    July 25, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
    • James Wilder

      Your comment rightly reflects many people's journalistic concerns with labeling this terrorist a "Christian Fundamentalist" with scanty evidence - a complete rush to throw those evil Christians under the bus.

      July 25, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
  7. The ONE true GOD


    July 25, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
    • kake79

      Well, that's not a terribly Christ-like response.

      July 25, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
    • gr12345

      Im afraid he/she is right. there is some frustration in the statement, but it is true that this action is completely against the teachings of Christ and therefore not Christian.

      July 25, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
    • Joshua the Agnostic

      Aren't there rules against typing in all caps?

      July 25, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
    • fred

      @the one true god,
      up yours? ouch sounds like your going to the darkside.

      July 25, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
  8. Reality

    Another Timothy McVeigh !!! Hopefully this "nut job" meets the same fate. The sooner the better!!! If Norway does not have a death penalty, then there is always the "oops" accident. "While transporting Breivik to prison via an aircraft, the cabin door suddenly opened and he fell 30,000 ft. He did not survive the frigid waters of the North Atlantic. "

    July 25, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
    • ...

      press the report abuse button on this, it's just copy-paste

      July 25, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  9. eddieVroom

    "But he doesn't seem to have any insight into Christian theology or any ideas of how the Christian faith should play any role in Norwegian or European society," Buck wrote in an email message. "His links to Christianity are much more based on being against Islam and what he perceives of as 'cultural Marxism.'"

    That describes the christoFascists Tea Party perfectly.

    That, and fear of a black president.

    July 25, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
  10. Rick NK

    American Christian fundamentalists are simply not Christian. They are discriminatory, hateful, self-righteous and so many other things that Christ would find disgusting.

    July 25, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
    • dave

      Thats exactly what Muslims think of al-qaeda.

      July 25, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
    • Scott

      If following what he Bible says makes me a fundie, then so be it. Unfortunately the fundie label doesn't fit this guy becuse he DOESN"T follow the Bible – Jesus didn't say go out and slaughter your enemies.

      July 26, 2011 at 12:50 am |
  11. rr


    July 25, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
    • Faisal

      yes, I agree. They are spreading false vibes about the truth of God.

      July 25, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
    • NJBob

      If you read your bible, you'll see that your Christian god is a mass-murdering homicidal maniac.

      July 25, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
    • Brad

      So the crusades were a misunderstanding?

      July 25, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
    • Joe

      The same thing is done to Islam. Don't cry martyr because a self-described Christian is a terrorist.

      July 25, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
    • gr12345

      the crusades were brought about by selfish kings searching for gold and a few ignorant religious fools. Christ would never have accepted the crusades for their true purpose ... riches at the cost of human life.

      July 25, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
    • Ali


      July 25, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
    • News Flash

      "Christians don't commit (mass) murder ?"
      -- Really ? REALLY ? What is your cutoff between murder and mass murder ? The studies of inmate population of US prisons prove you wrong. They ARE Christians. In point of fact YOU are the one here who is stereotyping Christians, by implying they NOT murderers. If he says he IS a Christian, he IS a Christian. Where do I sign up for the "christian "test ?

      July 25, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
    • David

      If only we would apply such dispassionate analysis to the terrorists of the Middle East, we'd realize they are only as "Islamic" as this guy is "Christian" - that is, not at all. And yet we are all too quick to paint all of Islam with the broad brush of terror.

      July 25, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
    • RobertOKUSA

      What are you talking about? The Bible is full of atrocities!


      July 25, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
    • gr12345

      @News Flash
      No group has a monopoly on murder. However, you should not stereotype a group because of a single madman. That is insane. Agree with your point, but the truth is the overwhelming vast majority of Christians are not murderers and condemn such acts as evil

      July 25, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
    • The Guy

      The majority of Muslim's do not identify with mass murder, either yet we call a jihadist suicide bomber a "Muslim Extremist". It is what it is – he identifies himself as a Christian so you'll have to endure the poor stereotyping just like most Muslims do.

      July 25, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
    • gr12345


      Christ came to show a peaceful path. Please state where he commands war or hatred.

      July 25, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
    • Brad

      It must be very convenient that when someone kills in the name of Christianity, they're not true Christians because Jesus wouldn't do it and because he said how not all Christians who follow him are true Christians. Provides a nice perpetual out for this behavior, doesn't it?

      July 25, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
    • CeriseRose

      I don't think I really need to add anything to this...after all they're Jesus' words as recorded by one of his faithful.

      Now the interesting part is how many Christians will try to refute this. If you read the Bible, neither Jesus nor his Father were about peace...radical change of the human government and violence were part of their staking their claim to godship. And it was only for their chosen few who were in the minority in that particular cultural time.

      “Think not that I came to send peace on the earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I came 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” Matthew 10:34-35

      July 25, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  12. William Demuth

    Jesus freak slaughters children!

    So what else is new?

    The children of Abraham are just branches of the same poison tree.

    Be they Muslim, Jew or Christian, they all reek of the blood of the innocents.

    Lunatics who live in the past, and bring shame to our human race.

    July 25, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
    • Lycidas

      Thank you for your usual off the wall crazy rants.

      July 25, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
    • Stela

      I suppose you are either a Jew or a Muslim or an atheist. However, you have no right to insult other people's belief (for instance mine). Do not offend us, the Christians!

      July 25, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
    • Marcia Van Lenten

      These Right Wing Christians........are the ANTICHRIST! They're not followers of Christ who do HIS work, for all of mankind.

      July 25, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
    • RobertOKUSA

      Stela...Christians, Muslims, Jews, and virtually every other religion has "insulted" and "offended" non-believers like me on a continuous basis! Given the enormous harm your religion has done in this world, I have not only a right but a duty to insult it, as well as every other rational person on this Earth! See the link below for full details from Pat Condell:


      July 25, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
    • Mike in MPLS MN

      You're right dude. They are all complete WACK JOBS who can rationalize anything that serves them. Not all Christians... but definitely the Fundie kind.

      July 25, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  13. NJBob

    If someone is completely wacko and commits a serious crime against humanity, you can be 95% certain that religion was a prime motivating factor.

    July 25, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
    • Minister of Mow

      I am sure that is pretty much the secular take on things. Religious wackos make the news because they are the exception, otherwise it wouldn't make the news.

      July 25, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
    • Capercorn

      Did you even read the article? You mentioned a statistic. Cite your sources!

      July 25, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
    • Belloch

      You can be sure if someone uses a percentage in a comment without referencing his source, 99% of the time, he's making it up.

      July 25, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
    • Scott

      lol Belloch

      July 26, 2011 at 12:52 am |
  14. Dave

    Anyone using religion as an excuse, a motivator, or for historical revenge is a terrorist. Matters little whether it's nutbags killing abortionists, bigots killing churchgoing Black children, or fools blowing themselves up to enter cloud fairy land, the action is terrorism. Multiculturalism, Socialism, or radical Conservatism is no excuse for any violence of any kind. Ones personal wars are miniscule.

    July 25, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
  15. HereAreFacts

    If you look all over the news and read the articles, the media (CNN and ABC at least) has portrayed the guy as a fundamentalist right wing Christian (which would be odd in Norway) but the reality is he was definitely a secularist, most likely agnostic.

    Exhibit A: Go to the atlas shrugged 2000 blog

    Exhibit B:
    Here are some quotes from his biography/manifesto:

    "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."

    "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 for example during illness, death, poverty etc.). Since I am not a hypocrite, I'll say directly that this is my agenda as well."

    "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. I am pursuing religion for this very reason and everyone else should as well, providing it will give you a mental boost."

    The man says secularism in his influence, and that he's not religious. He says religion is a crutch, and doesn't know if there is a God but that he will pray...just in case. He certainly doesn't sound right wing Christian fundamentalist, but whatever he was, the guy was a nut.

    July 25, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
    • HereAreFacts

      atlasshrugs2000 typepad and look at the July 23rd entry.

      July 25, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
    • Capercorn

      So... He's just like Timothy McVeigh.

      July 25, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
  16. Carl

    "But he doesn't seem to have any insight into Christian theology or any ideas of how the Christian faith should play any role in Norwegian or European society,"

    What a load. What that really means is "he doesn't believe in our nonsensical post-modernist interpretation of the bible".

    July 25, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
    • AvdBerg

      The Bible is not to be interpreted (2 Peter 1:20). For a better understanding what mankind must do to be reunited with God and to be able to understand the Bible, we invite you to read all the pages and articles of our website http://www.aworlddeceived.ca

      July 25, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
    • The Guy

      @AvdBerg, so if it's supposed to be taken literally, that means the universe only 6,000 years old? That dinosaurs and man walked the Earth together? That man used to live until 300 years old? That the world is flat? That the Earth is the center of the universe?

      Those who stick to "interpreting the bible" can at least dodge those ridiculous ideas, but you can't refute them if it's taken literally.

      July 25, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  17. LoveMeToo

    Unless he was shouting "Jesus Saves" as he shot them, much like muslims shout "God is great", then he's not a christian fundamentalist. Nice try haters. He's a nea-nazi racist facist. Period.

    July 25, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
    • Carl

      "he's not a christian fundamentalist.[....] He's a nea-nazi racist facist."

      Yeah, and there's no murder and racism in your sacred bible, right?

      July 25, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
    • Ryan in Michigan

      @Carl – No, but there is in yours, the Origin of Species. That's why we have schools shootings like Columbine and Virginia Tech. Go educate yourself.

      July 25, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
    • NJBob

      @Ryaninmichigan - too bad you don't seem to have availed yourself of those educational opportunities!

      July 25, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Oh my, what ignorance!
      Can you quote a passage from Origin of Species that calls for the murder of an individual, a group, or an entire town?
      Here's a couple such passages from the bible, off the top of my head:
      Samuel 15:3
      "Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass."
      Numbers 31:17
      "Now kill all the boys [innocent kids]. And kill every woman who has slept with a man, but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man."

      Can you name one individual who has killed anyone at all in the name of Darwin? Has there ever been a Darwin Inquisition in which people were tortured to death? Ever hear of teh Galapagos Crusades in which armies of evolutionary biologists have gone forth to slaughter the unbelievers?

      July 25, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
    • The Guy

      @Ray in Michigan I'm assuming thats what they tell you in church, yeah? That Darwin was a demon from the underworld? Giving evidence and proof disproving the crap that was scribbled in the Torah / OT by a rickety old man?

      People like you are why the rest of Westerners view Americans as idiots.

      I'm guessing you think the US was founded by christians too, huh?

      July 25, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
    • gr12345

      @Doc Vestibule

      actually the premise of natural selection involves murder by other species "to kill with the intent to harm with malice". For instance, species have developed large canines to capture and tear apart prey, often those least fit to survive (ex: young, slower species). So murder is inherent within natural selection.

      "Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, honor your father and mother, and love your neighbor as yourself."

      -Matthew 19:19

      July 25, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
    • Ryan in Michigan

      @NJBob – Obviously, neither did you, with remarks like that!
      @TheGuy – People like you prove my point. All Atheists want to do with history is rewrite it to make it look like they've been the good guys all along. People like you are why the rest of the world hate us. And, yes, with the sole exception of Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin, the founding fathers were all firm believers in Christ. Franklin still firmly believed in God, but had trouble with the concept of Jesus dying for his sins, leaving one Atheist founding father in Jefferson.

      July 25, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
    • Ryan in Michigan

      @Doc Vestibule – Actually, I can name some. How about the Holocaust, Soviet labor camps, the Killing Fields of Cambodia, and, like I said before, the Columbine shootings. These were done in the name of natural selection, one of Evolution's core teachings.

      July 25, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  18. Robert

    With the resurgent rise of a fanatical right wing in the USA, I'm scared to death that a similar act of insanity will happen here again. Timothy McVeigh hoped to inspire a revolt against what he considered to be a tyrannical federal government just 6 years ago this coming April.

    July 25, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
    • MJ


      July 25, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
    • John

      Please provide one example of this "fanatical right"

      July 25, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
    • The Guy

      Is it 2001?

      July 25, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
    • Ryan in Michigan

      It's that public education that NJBob is talking about in his comment above; kind of explains why our math scores are so low compared to the rest of the world. I wonder if Robert even knows how to use the calculator on the computer he typed the comment on.

      July 25, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
  19. John

    Why is OK for CNN to immediately jump to conclusions and post 4 different stories about the "right wing" and "Christian" conspiracies. But when a man walks into a US military base and yells allahu akbah and kills our soldiers...NO NO don't call him a Muslim! We have to find out the facts first! Maybe he had a bad childhood? Maybe the Military didn't treat him right! No way he's just a muslim extremist. How about we just realize that ALL of the people are psycho and need to be treated as such. Where are all the stories about the leftist riots that go on in Europe on almost a daily basis?

    July 25, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
    • What?

      What is your source for the "daily leftist riots"

      July 25, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
    • MJ

      "Leftist riots" in Europe? Where? I spend 6 months a year in Europe with my company...I have yet to see a riot let alone a "leftist" riot....Have you ever actually been to Europe? i did not think so....

      July 25, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
    • Jeff

      Better than FOX who immediately said this was the work of a suspected Islamic militant, before the shooting was even over.

      July 25, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
    • John

      Ok I was exaggerating with “Daily”. But what about recent protests in Greece? Destroying property and assaulting police officers. Of course they are just labeled “angry youth who are fed up!”
      I notice nobody has commented on the Muslim shooting example.

      July 25, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  20. David, CA

    " Norway attacks shows terrorism isn't just Islamic"

    Just look at the psychotic inbreds from the westboro "church" and you can see that.

    July 25, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
    • Sean

      I will agree that the Westboro people are total freaks, but when exactly have they committed any acts of terrorism?

      July 25, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
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