The phrase "Christian fundamentalist" is all over the news. Anders Behring Breivik (the Norwegian mass murderer) appears to be one, according to many news sources, but particularly The Atlantic. Fair enough-- he very well may identify himself that way, but I'd like to know why that term has now been so readily embraced.
Before getting to that, let me say that this is a tragedy of enormous proportion. A nation is grieving. My discussion of labeling and terminology should not distract us from that. Please pray with me for the families of the victims.
Yet, there are concerns here-- and I think they point to a growing perception among the media and elsewhere that "Christian fundamentalists" are a looming threat. Many are beginning to notice and comment on the "fundamentalist" connection. more >>
The suspect behind the slaughter of dozens in Norway wanted to force a revolution in the country, his lawyer said Sunday.
"He wanted a change in society and, from his perspective, he needed to force through a revolution," Geir Lippestad told public broadcaster NRK, as reported by The Associated Press. "He wished to attack society and the structure of society."
Anders Behring Breivik, 32, confessed to Friday's bombing and mass shooting that killed at least 93 people but denied criminal responsibility, saying his actions were necessary. He claimed he acted alone though authorities are investigating whether others were involved. more >>
The man accused and arrested for the Oslo bombing and youth camp massacre in Norway has admitted his guilt, according to his lawyer Saturday evening.
Anders Behring Breivik, 32, has said that although his actions were “gruesome” they were “necessary”. His lawyer has said Breivik plans to explain his actions to the court when he has a hearing on Monday.
Norwegian police arrested Breivik in the aftermath of the terror attacks, and described him to media as a “right-wing fundamentalist Christian.” more >>
Police in Norway told reporters Saturday that the investigation into Anders Behring Breivik, arrested in connection to the horrific bombing and shooting rampage in Norway, is a slow-going as reports of his loyalties to specific extremists groups are all over the board.
Norwegian authorities are trying desperately to piece together the suspect’s motives. They said forensics experts are sifting through the suspect's computer and small farm he owned where he grew vegetables.
"It's very difficult at this point to say if he was acting alone or if he was part of a larger network," Norwegian police told The Telegraph. more >>
Residents in Norway are turning to God to find answers and comfort after one of Europe’s worst lone-wolf terrorist attacks in history.
"This is a national tragedy," one bishop told reporters on Saturday.
Reporters on the scene say the mood is disbelief in the aftermath of the attacks that took the lives of nearly 100 people, many of them teenagers. The mass murders have left the country in shock and dismay. more >>
Norwegian police have arrested a man Saturday, whom they describe as a “right-wing fundamentalist Christian,” in connection with the youth camp massacre on Friday that left 85 people dead. He has, however, in recent years expressed his disgust at the modern Protestant Church, which he was baptized into at the age of 15.
Breivik was baptized into the Protestant church by "his own free will," but in recent years expressed disappointment and his disgust at the Protestant Church, and his support for an "indirect collective conversion” of the Protestant Church back to the Catholic Church.
Breivik's Facebook page was taken down on Friday, but not before the media could glean some insight from it. The Atlantic reports that his favorite books are Franz Kafka's The Trial and George Orwell's Nineteen-Eighty-Four. His favorite television show is “Dexter,” which features a serial killer as its main character. more >>