Concerning the tragedy in Norway, I am praying for the souls of the dead, for the injured, and for the families and friends of both. I hope that you are too.
Other than that, I thought I would have nothing to say, as I’m sure that others are saying the necessary things elsewhere. Then I saw this curious headline in the New York Times: As Horrors Emerge, Norway Charges Christian Extremist. This caused me to wonder what the basis was labeling Anders Breivik a “Christian Extremist”. I look at the guy’s manifesto. Now I have no intention of reading the whole 1518-page shebang, but scanning the first few pages gives absolutely no reason to suggest that the label “Christian extremist” was appropriate. This blog post at the normally more-or-less reliable Reason Magazine suggests that the Times headline was outright wrong. So like this blogger here, I am puzzled by why they chose those words.
One explanation, of course, would be that old stand-by: political correctness. Over the past ten years, thousands of headlines and articles mentioning “Islamic Extremists” have flown by. What better way to prove your tolerant, welcoming bona fides than by using the words “Christian extremist” to describe a terrorist, even when the facts aren’t quite there?
Of course, there is another possible explanation that would have to occur to any reasonable person. That is that the New York Times doesn’t like Christians all that much and wants to tilt the playing field against us. That would certainly accord with a lot of things the Times has done over the years.