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. Mirror Effect

    @Rainer...you are infected with the same stupidity as Breivik...and make assertions that have no basis in reality...

    Name one place where Christianity has stepped foot, and where the indigenous peoples were allowed to continue practicing their religion? ONE! Latin America? Let's not even get into the Crusades.

    Moors ruled Spain for 800 years...yet Spain remained Catholic so much so that Ferdinand and Isabella were able to take back southern Spain.
    Ottomans ruled the Balkans for 500 years...yet most indigenous populations kept their faith (Serbs, Croats, Bulgarians, Romanians, Hungarians...etc.)...and conversion was voluntary...so much so that the Serbs (whom Breivik admires) were able to justify genocide and mass-murder against the Bosnian Muslims under the banner of Christendom in the 1990's.

    You are so stupid and filled with ignorant hate.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
  2. Cam

    A good article which is written with some objectivity. Looking at foxnews and their "analysts" they decry that this man is not a christian but whenever any terror attacks happen where the nut job was a muslim the media in particular right wing media is quick to point out that the terrorist was a muslim, and ask whats wrong with islam and why the islamic community doesn't repudiate the attacks. The truth is that any group whether christian or muslim or jewish or whatever will have nutjobs in their mix, Brevik is one of them and he is a christian, that does not and should not paint all christians with the same brush... and those of you who make this claim are correct, but many of you same christians saying dont paint us with the same brush are always quick to blame all muslims and islam in general anytime a nut job who is a muslim kills people. I think muslims are correct when they say don't paint us with the same brush... and if you christians truly want to be like christ than you should stop being hypocrits, and acknowledge that religions can be perverted and used by bad people for their own purposes that does not mean that the religion or those who follow it are bad it just means that bad people will do bad things including perverting religious dogma for there own purposes.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
    • cj

      The question is what went wrong with chritianity and christians? may be they started watching too much fox new. Ban fox new as it is the breeding ground for Christian Terrorism.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
  3. JAnGA

    Very interesting comments. I feel like most are missing the point of the article. Many are deeply offended that Prothero is calling him a Christian. Yet i wonder if these same people would be equally offended by calling Islamic terrorists a Muslim. It seems they don't like the tables turned when it is their own religion being pointed at. Their instant dislike of the article because of this seems to keep them from seeing the point.
    The point is that ideas can be/are taken and acted on and if any person spouts ideas of hatred then there are poisonous and awful consequences. Take responsibility for what you say and what ideas you send out. That's what i get from this article.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
  4. Stace

    This man is a terrorist who fed his psychosis with steroids and his mind with hatred. His main goal eventually became showing off a manifesto he was extremely proud of.

    He had his own religion. We all do.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:05 pm |
  5. Star

    If a Muslim was to write or say something anti Christian or anti west in a blog or on the TV, he would be labeled a terrorist or someone who encourages terrorism; he would be fired from work or be persecuted by the CIA. But when the right wing and Christian extremist openly spews hatred towards Muslims they face no punishment. What hypocrisy!

    July 26, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
    • cj

      Rep. Peter King is a major example of this hypocracy. How about a hearing about your self Peter King – a white right wing christian.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
  6. Cindy

    I think that ideologies are abused and twisted for a confused or evil purpose frequently, but my concern is labeling people by a certain doctrine will only encourage more prejudice. We don't need anyone considered a Christian, Jew, Muslim or whatever, attacked or mistreated simply because of the actions of a few. It's fair, however, if he used religious ideologies as his reasoning to label him as a Christian. However, it's also true there are some peaceful people out there that call themselves fundamentalist so I'm not sure that is the proper description.
    I take issue with the reasoning that everyone feels the need to have people renounce what someone did. I didn't feel the need to have anyone that was Muslim renounce 911 because I know not every Muslim is a mass murderer. I also realize that even if a group of Jewish people killed the man I consider Lord that doesn't mean I should hate the Jewish people and expect their apologies. For starters, Christ was a Jew. It speaks volumes to the kind of hate and prejudice we have that we need an apology from every group of people for the actions of a few.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
    • GodPot

      "It's fair, however, if he used religious ideologies as his reasoning to label him as a Christian. However, it's also true there are some peaceful people out there that call themselves fundamentalist so I'm not sure that is the proper description."

      He did not call him a Christian fundementalist, he called him a Christian terrorist, and there are no peaceful people out there that call themselves terrorists.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
  7. Tyler

    I read this and my first reaction was that with chumbalons like this fella it is no suprise that our university and education system as a whole has fallen far behind the rest of the world. Maybe even worse than it's simplistic undertones is that it is so unoriginal. I get it, this somehow justifies the Islamic violence that populates the headlines on a DAILY basis. Please at least approach it from a slightly more original angle.

    July 26, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
    • GodPot

      You obviously did not get it because that was not the point. His point was that Christians need to denounce these actions just as much as Muslim's should denounce violence amongst their ranks.

      You are likely just another anti-islam, pro-christianity American that thinks all our kid's should learn in school is how to count to "1" as in "Were number 1!!" Were number 1!!" The rest of the world can suck it cause were number 1!!" If you let your children expand their world view through diverse cultural learning and taught respect for all peoples belief's and religions we might actually see hope for the planet, but you are far to short sighted for that and will likely use your indoctrinated offspring to usher in a new religious dark age.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
  8. A_Nonny_Mouse

    Mr. Prothero-

    Why do you call this fellow a "Christian terrorist" and set him up as a counterweight to Muslim terrorists? He didn't go on his killing spree shouting "Jesus Christ will overcome all!", as the jihadists call out "Allahu Ackbar!"

    Your point seems to be that –since he didn't act with the full support and assistance of Christian religious leaders– it follows that Muslim terrorists –who call out to Allah as they attack, and who *DO* have the full support and assistance of certain extremist Muslim leaders– shouldn't be presumed to be acting in the name of Islam.

    The above point obviously contradicts itself. When jihadists kill in the name of their god and their religion, they ARE "killing in the name of their god and their religion". They ARE acting for Islam and for the cause of Allah, whether you or I or the more-enlightened and tolerant Muslims of the world like it or not.

    You have to understand that Islam is a split-personality religion. The Koran (considered by Muslims to be Allah's literal words, perfect and immutable for all time) contains conflicting messages on how to deal with non-Muslims. There are specifically pacifist verses (which the "peaceful" Muslims follow); AND ADDITIONALLY there are specifically violent and hostile-to-Unbelievers verses (which the jihadists follow). BOTH VIEWS OF ISLAM –PEACEFUL AND GENEROUS, OR VIOLENT AND BLOODTHIRSTY– ARE FULLY SUPPORTED BY THE TEXT OF THE KORAN.

    Contrary to your convoluted apologetics ("... many Muslims said that the men who flew those planes into those buildings had nothing to do with Islam"), Islamic terrorists are indeed following the example of Mohammed and the commands of Allah. They ARE acting in the name of Islam, according to the precepts of Islam, to achieve the goals of Islam.

    You can try to deny these truths until you're blue-in-the-face; but if you actually read the Koran (the Divine Revelations as dictated to Mohammed), you'll find they ARE true: Islam calls for jihad to achieve world dominance. It's right there in the Book.

    July 26, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
    • hawaiiduude

      Terrorism is not defined by shouting out a religious sentiment during an attack the attack and reason itself is terrorism. He is a professed Christian so that makes him a Christian terrorist. Same rules apply here that have been used by the zionist owned media to portray all muslims as terrorists or supporters of terrorism.Just like the gays have hijacked the rainbow and word "gay" just like jews have hijacked the word "holocaust" to refer only to ww2 actions by hitler, our media has created an environment where the use of the word "terrorist" is reserved for arab/muslim.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
    • hawaiiduude

      And while you are reading books read what the jews think about christian and how to treat them in the jewish talmud


      July 26, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
  9. MarcV

    It sickens me that this "Belief" blog has become a home for those who want to disparage Christianity and this column is part of the left-wing attempts to show moral equivalence between Muslim violence and supposed Christian violence.

    Breivik is not part of any "Christian" church. In fact, he is supposedly a member of the Freemasons, hardly a Christian group. That he adopts some Christian history like the Knight Templars as part of his anti-Muslim views does not make him Christian any more than the western allies alliance with Stalin in WWII made us communists. And you will note, he did not attack Muslims or mosques.

    The sad part of this story, after the victims, is that it will add rhetoric to the liberal fiction (like they tried with McVeigh) of resisting any attempt to link terrorism with Islam. The fact is, all over the world it is Muslims killing Christians, Jews, Hindus, and Buddhists. They are spouting Mohammed directives when they do so. The Muslim masses whether they be common people, Saudi royalty, or Turkish prime ministers, are silently supporting this Muslim war against non-Muslims.

    And the western countries ignore this threat to our very way of life as they allow continued mass immigration of Muslims whose beliefs are incompatible with Western democratic norms and freedoms. Just this week the Muslim terrorist who killed the soldier and wounded another at a U.S. recruiting center was sentenced. That man, like the Times Square bomber, and the Fort Hood Muslim assassin, had no business being in this country, especially as citizens.

    Let's hope this senseless act of murder by a lone deranged man does not stop the forward progress of people in our country and Europe who are finally saying "no" to more Muslim integration, mosque building, and attempts to subvert our Judeo-Christian heritage and culture.

    July 26, 2011 at 12:58 pm |
    • GodPot

      First, the word belief has nothing to do with Christianity, it is a word defined as "something believed; especially : a tenet or body of tenets held by a group" (Merriam-Webster) Christianity is just one of thousands of belief's held by people all over the world. This blog is where all of those thousands can come together and discuss those beliefs. Some believe Christianity is a false religion that prays to a false God so they highlight Christian failures and fumbles, just as the Christians do of Muslims and atheists on these same boards.

      "The fact is, all over the world it is Muslims killing Christians, Jews, Hindus, and Buddhists." The real fact is that Muslims have killed more Muslims than any other religion. The fighting in Iraq & Afghanistan where the majority of large scale fatal terrorist attacks have happened are killing far more muslim's than anyone else. Have they killed those of other religions, of course, and they are often the main target's of the attacks, but most often the victims are innocent muslim bystanders.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
  10. JT

    Wake up! This is more media bias... He never claimed to be a Christian. In fact, he had Darwinian leanings. What a joke this article is...

    July 26, 2011 at 12:58 pm |
  11. DsAdvocate

    So, all you people refuting the author's position that Breivik is a Christian would also agree that the 9/11 terrorists were not Muslims, then, eh? And you'd agree that the Muslim world need not denounce those terrorist attacks because they were carried out by a bunch of whackos who just happened to call themselves Muslims but actually weren't.

    Personally, I think all of humanity should denounce Breivik's actions. There shouldn't be any arguing over motivation or pointing out potential justification for murdering children. There should be universal denouncement from every sane human being on the planet, regardless of their religion or political affiliation.

    July 26, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
    • Mantronikk

      You have to be really anti-Christ to call this murderer a Christian. His actions alone prove that he wasn't Christian.


      July 26, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
    • Doledart

      Absolutely right! Bad Breivik, bad...OK, that's done with we reprimanded that one lunatic claiming to be a "christian" terrorist. Can we know go and focus on the thousands of Islamic terrorists we know are still out there and trying to kill just about everyone on this board?

      July 26, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
  12. Lucia

    I don't care whether hes a christian or whatever religion. It doesnt matter. Its wrong to kill in all religions

    July 26, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
    • Anti Christian Taliban


      I don't care whether hes a christian or whatever religion. It doesnt matter. Its wrong to kill in all religions

      Except when your god instructs you. Don't be so foolish.

      July 26, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
  13. Rainer Braendlein

    Aggressive war belongs to Islam: Either you convert to Islam, or you are killed! That is Islamic democracy!

    According to Islamic tradition, the following lines are drafted by Muhammad:

    "In the name of God, the compassionate, the merciful; from Muhammad, slave of
    God and prophet, to Heraclius, lord of the Romans; peace be upon the rightly
    guided. I come to you with a call for submission; submit, and you will live in

    The demand of Muhammad is outrageous. He requires the Roman emperor, who was a Christian, to convert to Islam. Solely on this condition Muhammad would not attack the Roman Empire (also called Byzantium at the time of Heraclius and Muhammad).

    Islam, no thank you! Barf!

    Heraclius was emperor of Byzantium from 610 to 641 a. D.. Muhammad died in 632 a. D..

    July 26, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
  14. kelley

    The difference is Mr. I will never win Pulitzer....is that Islamic TERRORISTS come teams of 4 on 4 different planes sent from mosques and other places of Islam to kill jews....He is but one man....Who made his point...It was people like you that he was trying to change..

    July 26, 2011 at 12:51 pm |
  15. Marge

    Rep King is holding hearings that are holding Muslims up to be terrorist. This guy was a white right wing so called christian extremist. How come he isn't holding meetings about the religious right wing extremists who are causing all the trouble in this country.

    July 26, 2011 at 12:49 pm |
    • Mike from CT

      Because it happen in Norway?

      Just a logical guess.

      July 26, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
    • Tony B

      Please show me one Christian group or web site that has supported this massacre. I can point you to literally hundreds of Muslim imams and web sites who support Islamic terrorism. This is the difference.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
  16. david

    A christian is a person who puts Christ first in his life. Not his church or religion. A christian tries to follow the teachings of Christ. If you dont know the teachings of christ you will fall for anything. That guy was a nut and u can hang any label on him you like.

    July 26, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
    • Anti Christian Taliban


      A christian is a person who puts Christ first in his life. Not his church or religion. A christian tries to follow the teachings of Christ. If you dont know the teachings of christ you will fall for anything. That guy was a nut and u can hang any label on him you like.
      Yes he is a christian nut.

      July 26, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
    • Frank

      OK.. Fair enough.
      As a Christain, I unconditionally and unequivocally condemn any form of violence used in the name of Christ. Violence in the name of Christ is diametrically opposed to the Gospel. There are no buts or ifs about it. The killing in the name of Christ is blasphemy. This man acted as a tool of evil rather than that of Christ. He should be punished to the full extent of the law.
      I believe the above with my whole being.

      Now...First, please omit "Christ" and replace with "Allah/Muhammed" and delete "Gospel" and replace with the "Koran".
      Second, have all radicalized muslims sign on to the revised statement.

      We will save countless lives.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
  17. David Neff

    Stephen Prothero must not be seeing the same press statements that I am. It was only a matter of hours after the tragedy that umbrella organizations for Christians denounced the violence. If the World Council of Churches and the European Evangelical Alliance aren't good enough for him, what does he want?

    July 26, 2011 at 12:43 pm |
  18. Ed C.

    I love your article. The biggest problem with religious fundamentalism is the fact that people who promote it want their followers to be fervent in their beliefs. I was brought up in a Pentecostal home that held dear to these beliefs. We have this problem only with religions that promote zealots. Just like Osama Bin Laden can find Jihad in their holy book, Christians can find war in the Bible. If God instructed Moses to take over the Land of Canaan by killing every man, women and child, what would be wrong with Mr. Breivik's claim that with God's authority he was to perform this vicious slaughter of human life. I think religious fundamentalism has no place in the 21st century. We need tolerance and acceptance of everyone's beliefs.

    July 26, 2011 at 12:40 pm |
    • Anti Christian Taliban

      "We need tolerance and acceptance of everyone's beliefs."
      I agree, but sadly the Christian Taliban (evangelicals) does not agree with this

      July 26, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
    • Mike from CT

      "Christian Taliban (evangelicals) does not agree with [believe in] this"

      So where is the tolerance for their beliefs? and so the cycle of stupidity continues.

      July 26, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
  19. Angelo

    When one judges all blacks by the action of a few they are called biggots and rightly so. You sir, Mr. Prothero are an anti Christian bigot as you judge all Christians by the action of this lunatic who had no ties to Chrisitanity. Trying to link the actions of this insane monster to Chrisitans is not only biggotry but studiity at its highest. As a Christian and Catholic I am deeply offended by your hate.

    July 26, 2011 at 12:39 pm |
    • KC

      Your response proves everything he just said.

      July 26, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
    • Rotter

      This Prothero guy is a biggot against Christians. Christians all over the world has already denounced this attack, and this is not a kind of Christian terrorism.

      I challenge anyone..ANYONE...to show how this guy's actions has anything to do with Christianity. Anders never did this in the name of God or Jesus or wasn't influenced by Christian Theology or Church for him to carry out these actions. He never claimed himself as a Crusader. He didn't even go after Muslims at all, he wen't after his own countrymen. He was angry at his own countrymen. He did this because he was a Right-Wing Nut Job, not a Christian Nut Job. Just because the guy leans towards Christianity as a faith, which is weak, doesn't mean Christianity was any influence for his terrorist actions.

      This goes to show that everywhere around the world, people are quick to attack Christianity, and is easy to see that Christianity is the #1 persecuted religion in the world today.
      I fear for the Assyrian, Armenians, Coptics and Chaldean Christians who are being persecuted today.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
  20. Preston

    Wow, could this be any more Anti-Christian? This Oslo man obviously isn't and never has been a Christian. Just because he can quote the Bible doesn't mean he is a Christian because even Satan was able to quote the bible (and twist its meaning just like this hombre) in Matthew 4 and in Genesis 3. Besides the fake label of Christianity he gave him self, there were no other signs of his "faith." He was obviously a simply disturbed, politically motivated fanatic. The organization we should be blaming is not the church, but leftist/rightist media radicals which creates fanatics like this guy.

    On another note, why is the author blaming Christians for the Holocaust, he obviously didn't realize that over 3,000,000 victims of the Holocaust were Christians, nor did he mention that European resistance members were christians. Althought i can say that some (so called) Christians may have had a hand in the Third Reich (I can't say there weren't because I haven't studied it), you cannot make a sweeping generalization by sy equating a few politically and nationally charged fanatics who were most likely on the fringe of "The Church" ,it part of it all, with the Christians were resisted against, or fell victim to, the Holocaust.

    July 26, 2011 at 12:38 pm |
    • Anti Christian Taliban

      You might disagree but he is still a christian. Who are you to say what god might have told him. Who are you to say how he should worship or act?

      July 26, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
    • Mike from CT

      Who are you to call him a Christian, or for that matter redefine the word Christian

      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


      July 26, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
    • Mirror Effect

      It's amazing how "logical" you sound when you defend your own faith...that has had quite a violent history and has left millions of corpses in its path! That being said, I AGREE WITH YOU 100%!!...it's just too bad you're not as ready to extend that same logic to others...I bet you weren't so quick to not stereotype a faith practiced by 1.5 BILLION people, hundreds of different ethnic groups and races, after 11 Saudi/Wahabi nutcases (who spent their last night on Earth at a strip club...drinking) rammed two planes into NYC buildings on 9/11.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
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