O'Reilly Gets It Totally Wrong On Norway Terrorist
By: Steve - July 27, 2011 - 10:00am
Folks, if you want clear evidence that Bill O'Reilly is a lying, spinning, hack of a pretend journalist, here it is:
For the past two nights on his Fox News show, O'Reilly has been expressing his offense at the idea that Anders Behring Breivik, the suspect in last Friday's terror attacks in Norway, is being described by the media as a Christian.
On Monday's show, O’Reilly was outraged that The New York Times described Breivik as a Christian extremist in a page-one headline, declaring that being an anti-Muslim bigot is what drove him, not Jesus, not being baptized.
O'Reilly went on to say that this was part of "A movement in the American media to diminish and marginalize the Christian philosophy."
Later in the show, O'Reilly said the NY Times headline was done to "give jihadists quarter or something like that, diminish the threat of them," saying that "the liberal media is so protective of extreme Islam, when it hates the left. ... At The New York Times, they would all be hung."
So then O'Reilly continued his lies on Tuesday's show during a segment with The Washington Post's Sally Quinn. As Quinn pointed out that Breivik called himself a Christian, invoked the name of Jesus and discussed the nature of his faith, O'Reilly still insisted that there is no evidence that ties this guy to Christianity, dismissing Breivik's self-description by claiming that "Mussolini called himself a Christian."
Are you kidding me O'Reill, the guy hates Muslims and says he is a Christian, so that means he is a Christian. But not in O'Reillyworld, In O'Reillyworld he decides who is a Christian and who is not, and if he does not want you to be a Christian then you are not one, even if you say you are.
While Breivik may not be a Christian in an American way, he clearly identifies as one. As Salon's Alex Pareene wrote:
Breivik chose to be baptized at age 15. He self-identified as "Christian" on his Facebook page. He thought "Christianity should recombine under the banner of a reconstituted and traditionalist Catholic Church" or, later, under a new (traditionalist) European Church.
O'Reilly is trying to have it both ways here. He presumes that Hasan and other Islamic extremists are Muslim because they claim to be committing their terrorist acts in the name of Allah, but he insists that Breivik -- who considers himself a Christian and has clearly stated that he committed his terrorist acts in the name of restoring a Christian Europe -- couldn't possibly be a Christian because he didn't behave like an orthodox Christian. It's a clear double standard.
Breivik is not an American-style evangelical Christian. He is not a "fundamentalist" in that sense. Though he does identify with American cultural Christian conservatives. And he considers himself to be fighting in the name of "our Christian cultural heritage." He supports a reconstituted Knights Templar devoted to winning a war against Islam in the name of Christianity.
All of this says "Christian terrorist." His goals -- the restoration of a pure Christian world in its "traditional" home -- were analogous to the stated of goals of al-Qaida.
He's a sick perversion of Christianity, sure. But if he "doesn't count" as a Christian solely because no one this evil should "count" as a Christian (which is O'Reilly's other argument -- "no one believing in Jesus commits mass murder," he said) then no terrorist should "count" as a representative of his faith.
Then O'Reilly got in one final, and mean shot at the end of the segment. When Quinn repeated her argument that you should take someone at their word on what religion they identify with, O'Reilly the total jerk said this: "Benito Mussolini would have liked you, Miss Quinn, that's for sure, because that's what he was doing."
What a jerk, when the facts prove him wrong he compares people to Mussolini, and it's a miracle any of them ever go back on the show after such insults. If I were Sally Quinn I would never do his show again, and write a column explaining why.
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