Bill O'Reilly has every reason to be outraged that the New York Times headlined: "Norway Charges Christian Extremist." Click here for video. Text is below.
BILL O'REILLY, FOX NEWS HOST: "Impact" segment tonight: mass murder in Norway. A vicious killer, Anders Breivik, has murdered at least 76 people in the Scandinavian nation of Norway. Breivik is a brutal fanatic who apparently objects to the presence of Muslims in Europe.
Last Friday he bombed buildings in Oslo and then took an automatic weapon to an island a few miles away gunning down 68 people. Norwegian authorities couldn't get to the island because they didn't have a helicopter, if you can believe it.
Now, on Sunday, the "New York Times" headlined "As Horrors Emerged, Norway Charges Christian extremist". A number of other news organizations like the "LA Times" and Reuters also played up the Christian angle. But Breivik is not a Christian. That's impossible. No one believing in Jesus commits mass murder. The man might have called himself a Christian on the net, but he is certainly not of that faith.
Also Breivik is not attached to any church, and in fact has criticized the Protestant belief system in general. The Christian angle came from a Norwegian policeman not from any fact finding. Once again, we can find no evidence, none, that this killer practiced Christianity in any way.
So why is the angle being played up? Two reasons: First, the liberal media wants to make an equivalency between the actions of Breivik and the Oklahoma City bomber Tim McVeigh and al Qaeda. The left wants you to believe that fundamentalists Christians are a threat just like crazy jihadists are.
In fact, in the "New York Times" today an analysis piece says that some believe we have overreacted to the Muslim threat in the world. Of course, that's absurd. Jihadists have killed tens of thousands of people all over the world. The Taliban, Iran and elements in Pakistan use governmental power to support terrorism by Muslims. But the left-wing press wants to compare nuts like Breivik and McVeigh to state-sponsored terrorism and worldwide jihad.
Again, dishonest and insane.
The second reason the liberal media is pushing the Christian angle is they don't like Christians very much because we are too judgmental. Many Christians oppose abortion. Gay marriage and legalized narcotics, secular left causes. The media understands the opposition is often based on religion. So they want to diminish Christianity and highlighting so-called Christian-based terror is a way to do that.
Every rape in Oslo the past 5 years, where the rapist could be identified, was committed by a male of non-western background.
In Oslo all sexual assaults involving rape in the past year has been committed by males of non-western background this was the conclusion of a police report published today. This means that every single rape assault in the last five years, where the rapist could be identified, he was a man of foreign origin.
OSLO — Norway used to be China's top fresh salmon supplier, sending steadily growing volumes to exclusive restaurants in Beijing and Shanghai.
But since the Norwegian Nobel Committee gave the Nobel Peace Prize to imprisoned Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, Norwegian salmon exporters say their fish is being held up for days or even weeks by Chinese food safety inspectors — devastating its freshness.
"We cannot get fish in there at all," said Henning Beltestad, the CEO of Norway's Leroey Seafood Group. . . [more...]
That's the title Alan M. Dershowitz gives his article published in today's Wall Street Journal. Dershowitz, a professor of law at Harvard, chronicles his recent visit to Norway. What he says is sad, but more than sad. It is utterly dismaying. Where is that independent, robust spirit that Norway exhibited during World War II, when it was a friend of the Jews? Dershowitz writes:
I recently completed a tour of Norwegian universities, where I spoke about international law as applied to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But the tour nearly never happened.
Its sponsor, a Norwegian pro-Israel group, offered to have me lecture without any charge to the three major universities. Norwegian universities generally jump at any opportunity to invite lecturers from elsewhere. When my Harvard colleague Stephen Walt, co-author of "The Israel Lobby," came to Norway, he was immediately invited to present a lecture at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim. Likewise with Ilan Pappe, a demonizer of Israel who teaches at Oxford.
My hosts expected, therefore, that their offer to have me present a different academic perspective on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict would be eagerly accepted. I have written half a dozen books on the subject presenting a centrist view in support of the two-state solution. But the universities refused.
The dean of the law faculty at Bergen University said he would be "honored" to have me present a lecture "on the O.J. Simpson case," as long as I was willing to promise not to mention Israel. An administrator at the Trondheim school said that Israel was too "controversial."
The University of Oslo simply said "no" without offering an excuse. That led one journalist to wonder whether the Norwegian universities believe that I am "not entirely house-trained."
Only once before have I been prevented from lecturing at universities in a country. The other country was Apartheid South Africa.
The most well-preserved pottery from the Stone Age ever found in Norway has turned up in an unspoiled dwelling site not far from Kristiansand. The find is considered an archaeological sensation.
The discovery of a “sealed” Stone Age house site from 3500 BC has stirred great excitement among archaeologists from Norway’s Museum of Cultural History at the University in Oslo. The settlement site at Hamresanden, close to Kristiansand’s airport at Kjevik in Southern Norway, looks like it was covered by a sandstorm, possibly in the course of a few hours.
The catastrophe for the Stone Age occupants has given archaeologists an untouched “mini-Pompeii,” containing both whole and reparable pots. [more. . .]
Anyone interested in Norway will find Jay Nordlinger's four-part series, "Up in Norway," interesting. For Part I, go here.
For Part II, go here. For Part III, go here. And IV is here. Nordlinger is a senior writer with National Review. He offers impressionistic, desultory, snippets. A few excerpts:
I have heard some Americans say that Norwegians are stand-offish,
particularly the older ones. I myself don’t find that this is the case. I
find the Norwegians almost uniformly lovely: exceptionally polite,
patient, good-humored, friendly, helpful. It’s like some law — some
national law — has decreed niceness. Read a map in the street, and
chances are someone will stop to ask whether he can direct you. He may
even walk you to your destination. . .
Boy, do they smoke here in Norway. I don’t sense that smoking has been
stigmatized, like it has in the U.S. . .
Oslo is the most expensive city I have ever been in, by far. (I have not
been to Tokyo, so can’t compare.) The sticker shock never ceases.
Everything is like quadruple a normal price. . . An American who knows this place well recalls her first week here: “I
ordered a beer, and I was later given
year since 1947, the people of Oslo, Norway have given a Christmas tree
to the city of Westminster, England. The gift is an expression of good
will and gratitude for Britain's help to Norway during World War II.
Christmas trees have been sold commercially in the United States since about 1850.
Until fairly recently, all Christmas trees came from the forest.
2002, Oregon, North Carolina, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin,
Washington, New York, and Virginia were the top Christmas tree
producing states. Oregon was the leading producer of Christmas trees –
6.5 million in 2002.
The best selling trees are Scotch pine, Douglas fir, Noble fir, Fraser fir, Virginia pine, balsam fir and white pine.
than 2,000 trees are usually planted per acre. On an average
1,000-1,500 of these trees will survive. In the North, maybe, 750 trees
will remain. Almost all trees require shearing to attain the Christmas
tree shape. At six to seven feet, trees are ready for harvest. It takes
six to ten years of fighting heavy rain, wind, hail and drought to get
a mature tree.
In the United States, there are more than 21, 000 Christmas tree growers.
In the United States, there are around a half billion Real Christmas Trees growing on U.S. farms.
In the United States, there are more than 12,000 cut-your-own farms.
1979, the National Christmas Tree was not lighted except for the top
ornament. This was done in honor of the American hostages in Iran.
Crime happens because criminals know they
can get away with it. Oslo has been mau-maued into its present
condition by gangs, immigrant hooligans, and imported beggars and
In his book, Moment of Truth in Iraq, Michael Yon
makes the point that small details are essential to a successful
battle. Thus, if he is off to observe some engagement with the enemy,
he will not get in a vehicle with dirty windows, or one with a slovenly
crew. He knows from experience that the attention to detail and the
realization that preparation is essential means the difference between
success and failure.
In a wide-ranging article dealing with immigration, Stanley Kurtz looks at the Obama and Clinton family unification proposals against the backdrop of European experience. As for Norway, Kurtz says:
It turns out that Conservative-party politicians in Oslo are calling
for a moratorium on immigrant-family reunification. (Norway’s
Conservative party is fiscally conservative but socially liberal, so
this is a novel development.) Oslo city council leader Erling Lae
argues that out-of-control family reunification is the most important
cause of unemployment, income disparities, and lack of assimilation in
Norway’s capital. Pakistani Muslims are a key non-Western group in
Norway, and apparently the seclusion of immigrant brides and other
female relatives is at the root of Norway’s immigration-driven troubles.
So socially liberal Norway is turning against family reunification, at
the very moment Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are moving to broaden
the family-reunification provisions of America’s immigration bill. Even
Thursday, April 12, a gang of Somali thugs on a downtown Oslo street
attacked Kadra, a Somali woman who now lives in Norway, and beat her
senseless, breaking several of her ribs. They were enraged at her for
her recent statement that the Qur’an’s views of women needed
reevaluation. They also might have been angry because of her role in
revealing the widespread support among imams in Norway for female
genital mutilation; Kadra exposed their support for this horrific
procedure using a hidden camera in a 2000 documentary for Norwegian
they beat her, Kadra’s attackers shouted Allahu akbar – Allah is great
– and recited verses from the Qur’an. “I was terrified,” she said.
“While I lay on the pavement they kicked me and screamed that I had
trampled on the Koran.” (more)
Once again the "tolerance" and "restraint" shown by followers of the "religion of peace" is on display for all the world to see. Sure.
A woman's right to choose
abortion is deeply engrained in Norwegian society, but it's only most
common among young women and women with little education, says
Professor Anne Eskild of Akershus University Hospital.
study marked the first time that researchers tracked the incidence of
abortions and births among
Norway's Aftenposten newspaper headlines: "Rape Reports Soar in Oslo."
Nearly 300 women have sought help so far this
year from Oslo's emergency clinic handling rape victims. That's a
higher per capita rate than New York City's, and the clinic is having
trouble meeting demand.
Fjordman, who reported on this, says the Oslo's rape numbers are six times as high per capita as in New York City. He notes that "Two out of three charged with rape in Norway’s capital are immigrants with a non-western background according to a police study."
No one said political correctness doesn't have its inanities. Fjordman reports at the Brussels Journal the following:
Norway's largest independent weblog, reports that in Norwegian
kindergartens, pigs in traditional fairy tales are now quietly being
replaced with other animals. A person who visits kindergartens to read
fairy tales experienced that in stories by Asbjørnsen and Moe, the
Norwegian equivalent of the Brothers Grimm, the word pig had been
replaced with fox. When she discovered the same thing happening in
another kindergarten, she wondered whether this was a new policy.
In Sweden previously, the wording of several older books for
children such as Pippi Longstocking has been changed to make them more
Fjordman, writing in the Brussels Journal, offers some interesting comments on welfare immigration in Norway.
I got some angry comments
at Jihad Watch some days ago when I posted an essay saying that: “The
welfare state is now just a big pyramid scheme where Leftist parties
take our money and give it to Muslim immigrants in return for voter support. The welfare state in fact provides insecurity, since it is used to fund the Muslim colonization of the continent.”