Now there are plenty out there who are quite excited that Anders Behring Breivik was not a Muslim - because they finally get a chance to "prove" that Muslims are not the only terrorists around.
As westerners wrestle with such characterizations of the Oslo mass murder suspect, the question arises: Nearly a decade after 9/11 created a widespread suspicion of Muslims based on the actions of a fanatical few, is this what it's like to walk a mile in the shoes of stereotype?
The liberals have something... finally... to grab onto.
They are so excited, in fact, that many have claimed that Breivik was a fundamentalist Christian and connect him to Timothy McVeigh, the Oklahoma City bomber - another supposed Christian. (Because as we know, fundamentalist Christians are as dangerous as those jihadist Muslims.)
In his personal manifesto the killer wrote: "Regarding my personal relationship with God, I guess I'm not an excessively religious man. I am first and foremost a man of logic. If you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and God then you are a religious Christian. Myself and many more like me do not necessarily have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and God."
He also quoted various atheist philosophers when he posted on blogs, was supportive of the gay community, hadn't attended church in 17 years, and seems to have had no connection to organized Christianity.
But that did not hold back the hysterical Christian-bashers out there.
The same happened, and still happens, with Timothy McVeigh. The Oklahoma killer was an atheist, who even in his final letter before execution screamed against God. No matter, he is still said to be a Christian.
By performing this terrible act of murder in Norway, Breivik has done everyone a huge disservice. The issue of the Islamification of Europe is very serious indeed and with the massacre, he has changed the topic. It is no longer Islamification - he has brought the entire "War on Terror" into question. Since now we know that not all terrorists are Muslims because Breivik is supposedly a Christian... the War is moot and should no longer be waged.
This is bad. We will no longer be able to productively debate the effects of Islam in Europe. From here on Breivik will always be brought up in defense of Islam. The mantra of "all religions have their fundamentalists" will be repeated ad nauseam and thoughtful discussion will be shown the door. Thank you Anders Behring Breivik. Good job.
Read Michael Coren: No Twisted Religion in Norway Tragedy