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Friday, July 29, 2011

Anders Behring Brevik is not a Christian

Anders Behring Brevik calls himself a Christian conservative. What a terrible insult to Christianity. Any wonder Christians around the world are appalled to think their religion is being linked to this cold-blooded killer who deliberately shot young people in the face. The outrage reminds me of how Muslims react when Islam is ridiculed or slandered but there is one important difference - Christians don’t threaten to kill those who criticize their religion and they don’t massacre hundreds of innocent people either. Calling himself a Christian is disgusting.

Anders Breivik presented to the world as a peaceful young man who lives with his 60 year old mother in downtown Oslo, in fact butter wouldn’t melt. On his Facebook page he says he’s single, enjoys hunting, literature, classical music and is a fan of Winston Churchill. On July 17 he posted his only Twitter comment, a quote by the British philosopher John Stuart Mill “One person with a belief is equal to the force of 100,000 who have only interests.”

He was active on anti-Islamic websites and thought that Scandinavian media was not critical enough of Islam. He was also an active participant of far-right blogs such as Brussels Journal and Gates of Vienna and claims to belong to a modern day Knights Templar, the order of Christian crusaders who in modern times are popular with conspiracy theorists and feature in novels of Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code.

But don’t tell me he’s crazy because I don’t believe it for a minute, he knew exactly what he was doing. Now this tiny nation of only 5 million people have to decide what to do with him.

The Human Development Index (HDI) is a comparative measure of life expectancy, literacy, education and standards of living for countries worldwide. It’s a standard measure of well-being, especially child welfare and is used to distinguish whether the country is developed, developing or under-developed and also gauges that country's quality of life. From 2001 to 2007 and again in 2009 and 2010, Norway had the hightest HDI ranking in the world. Oh, the irony.