Wow, hard to believe that even in Norway the Christian nutjobs are killing people. Turns out, this one was pissed about those god damned Muslims invading his country. So, he blew up a government building where regular people worked, and then shot a bunch of kids at a camp. But, only Muslims are terrorists…..this guy must be just nuts, right? Just another aberration….produced by aberrant religion.
From the Puffho:
“On a Facebook account that Norwegian media outlets have attributed to Breivik, he describes himself as having Christian, conservative views. He says he enjoys hunting, the games World of Warcraft and Modern Warfare 2, and lives in Oslo. He also lists political analysis and stock analysis as interests.”
This is what can happen with the confluence of the deregulation of religion and the ascendance of nationalist/racist supremacist groups. It is quite likely that both were fueled by connections to not only Norwegian but also international (and particularly US based) religious movements. The Scandinavian Lutheran churches pretty much gave up on controlling religion, since most people reject religion in those nations. About 40 years ago, they opened the floodgates to “Free Churches” many of which were planted by right-wing, racist, American sectarian groups (indeed, even Rhema Bible College from Tulsa has a major Jesus factory up Northway). Sectarian Protestantism in the US is devoutly racist and white supremacist, and that fits nicely with the resentment of immigrants fueled by right wing political movements. The answer, of course, is to tightly regulate religious markets and prevent religious nutcases from spreading–and the best way to do that is to enforce early public education, and to monitor, tax, and formally rebuke religious nutcases. Yes, there should be a religious regulator who says, quite publicly, “Jesus fucker X said Y, and that is bullshit and unacceptable in civil society.”