Norwegian District Court Judge Torkjel Nesheim has said that there is no reason to believe that lone-wolf terrorist Anders Behring Breivik is legally insane.
Breivik made his first public court appearance today since his arrest for the July massacres he carried out in Norway's capital of Oslo and on the small island of Utoya.
At his hearing on Monday, Breivik told the court, “I am a military commander in the Norwegian resistance movement and the Knights Templar Norway.” more >>
The controversial Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church plans to send parishioners to Norway to protest and picket the funerals of those victims who lost their lives during activist Anders Breivik's recent killing spree in Oslo.
Westboro church officials issued a press release this week announcing their decision to travel to Norway.
The news release states that “Norway must repent or perish. WBC will picket the funerals of the Norway dead to warn the living: They died for your sins.” more >>
Amid the debate over whether "fundamentalist Christian" was an appropriate label for the man behind the attacks in Norway last week, comedian and TV host Bill Maher didn't hesitate on Friday to use that label.
"That's what he was. He's a Christian terrorist. He wanted to start a Christian onslaught against the Muslims," said Maher on his HBO show "Real Time."
He went on to say that religion itself was the problem and that Christianity "is perfectly capable of coming out of its dormant phase and once again becoming the violent blood-lusty religion it was under the crusades." more >>
By now, it appears, the media has decided that Norway's shooter was not a "Christian fundamentalist." GetReligion's Terry Mattingly, explained:
At this point, I think most journalists have reached the point that they know that Anders Behring Breivik (a) has self-identified as a 'Christian,' (b) yet he also made it clear that he is not a Christian believer, in terms of beliefs and practice and (c) that it is bizarre to call him a "fundamentalist," in any historic sense of the word.
This is a far cry from initial reports. CNN is my preferred news station and could not count how many times I heard the word, "Christian fundamentalist." We are told we should renounce the "Christian terrorist ," and lest anyone be unclear, I (and all Christians) do. That label " Christian fundamentalist" traveled around the world before anyone asked if it was correct. Now, calmer voices have emerged. CNN's Belief Blog brings the clarity: more >>
One week after 76 people were killed in the "lone wolf" terror attacks that shocked the world, Norway is paying tribute to the victims of the attack in a memorial service in Oslo Friday.
The memorial service was organized by the youth movement of the Labour Party, the same youth movement that Breivik attacked on the island of Utoya.
Breivik has admitted to the attack but has pleaded not guilty. He justifies his attack based upon his claims that the parent party to the youth movement, the Labour party, allowed for the “Islamization of western Europe.” more >>
Norway's top police official announced Thursday that Anders Behring Breivik, the man who has admitted to carrying out the attacks that ravaged Norway, acted alone and without any accomplices or networks in the planning and implementation of his fatal attack.
Prior to Norway's top police official coming out, it had been largely speculated that Breivik had acted alone.
A few days ago, Norwegian domestic intelligence chief, Janne Kristiansen stated, "We don't have any indications that he has been part of a broader movement or that he has been in connection with other cells. He is manipulating us all in the sense that he is keeping us all uncertain." more >>