Saturday 23 July 2011
I hold my hand up and confess that when I heard the news of the killings in Norway yesterday, I thought "Muslims". I was shocked this morning to hear Anders Behring Breivik, the 32-year-old suspect in Friday's attacks, described as "a fundamentalist Christian".
The first comment on the "Freethinker" website came from "Miltz": "Still at least we see the christian community showing their true colours".
Breivik's Twitter account, however, has only has one post, a quote from Utilitarian philosopher John Stuart Mill: "One person with a belief is equal to the force of 100,000 who have only interests."
His Facebook page apparently reveals very little about him except an interest in libertarianism and a clear belief in the power of the individual. As far as I can tell, there are no quotes from Christ.
So why does the media insist Breivik is a "Christian" instead of a libertarian or a disciple of J S Mill?
Can't you guess?