Gay Conservative Bruce Bawer ‘Stunned to Discover’ That Oslo Killer Anders Breivik Cited His Islamophobic Writing

Gay conservative Bruce Bawer writes in a WSJ editorial today that he was "stunned to discover" that Anders Behring Breivik, the Christian fundamentalist gunman who took the lives of at least 92 people over the weekend in Oslo, Norway, cited Bawer's book While Europe Slept: How Radical Islam Is Destroying the West from Within, a book which has been described as "racism as criticism", in a 1500-page manifesto that Breivik posted online.

Bawer In his manifesto, which is written in such good English that one wonders whether he had the assistance of a native speaker, Breivik quotes approvingly and at length from my work, mentioning my name 22 times. It is chilling to think that blog entries that I composed in my home in west Oslo over the past couple of years were being read and copied out by this future mass-murderer in his home in west Oslo.

It is also chilling to see the way he moves from a legitimate concern about genuine problems to an unspeakably evil "solution." In bombing those government buildings and hunting down those campers, Breivik was not taking out people randomly. He considered the Labor Party, Norway's dominant party since World War II, responsible for policies that are leading to the Islamization of Europe—and thus guilty of treason.

The Oslo bombing was intended to be an execution of the party's current leaders. The massacre at the camp—where young would-be politicians gathered to hear speeches by Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg and former Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland—was meant to destroy its next generation of leaders.

During the hours when I thought that Oslo had been attacked by jihadists, I wept for the city that has been my home for many years.

Bawer has also written extensively on how he believes gay bashings in Europe are due to its 'Islamization':

"It’s very clear what’s going on here – and where it’s all headed. Europe is on its way down the road of Islamization, and it’s reached a point along that road at which gay people’s right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is being directly challenged, both by knife-wielding bullies on the street and by taxpayer-funded thugs whose organizations already enjoy quasi-governmental authority. Sharia law may still be an alien concept to some Westerners, but it’s staring gay Europeans right in the face – and pointing toward a chilling future for all free people. Pim Fortuyn saw all this coming years ago; most of today’s European leaders still refuse to see it even though it’s right before their eyes."

Inside the Mind of the Oslo Murderer [wsj]

(h/t signorile)


  1. Chadd says

    Just as Sarah Palin was “shocked” when a congresswoman that she marked with crosshairs was shot. Amazing how people think that when they spew hate speech that there is no ramifications from their actions.

  2. RB says

    It is not shocking that there are people that use the words of others to justify their actions. This does not mean that the authors are responsible for the actions of those that are mentally disturbed/hate mongers. Having said that, the concept of Sharia law taking a foothold in the West scares the living hell out of me!

  3. Bubba says

    Christian Terrorists. We should ban all gathering spaces, like churches. Oh and those madrassas, errr, I mean Christian Schools where they teach the next generation of terrorists should be closed.

  4. Rowan says


    Words have consequences. Especially if you are spewing HATE as a truth and not simply an opinion which is what the right wing do ALL the time.

    Please as if Sharia Law will have any power at all in Europe.

    At the moment in the UK our biggest fear is Christianity that been slowly trying to worm its way back in because a bunch of them are Tory MP’s who got elected when the Tories came into power. As well as Cameron electing some in prominent policy areas.

    They are literally trying to make our country as mentally insane and irrational as yours in government. They are our biggest threat.

  5. jason says

    The problem with Islam is that it has never experienced a social revolution in the way Christianity has. It’s interesting to note that, by and large, modern Islam is basically the same as what Christianity was 400 years ago, with strict punishments for heretics and over-the-top penalties for wrong-doers.

    When you accept Islamic migrants, you’re basically grafting a backward religious mindset onto a more progressive one. There is truth in what Bruce Bawer says.

  6. corvidae says

    Gays and muslims seriously need to come together. “The gay agenda” is thrown around a lot like “islamification” and “sharia law”, mainly about people who don’t understand gays or muslims.

  7. Pete n SFO says

    What will catch most Americans by surprise is how much religious influence in government has grown.

    Religious belief does not belong in government… any religious belief.

  8. kodiak says

    Aren’t we having our own moment of home grown Sharia Law? I mean, when presidential candidates “pray” for answers, say that they are “called by God” to run for president to “save the country”, what the hell kinda law will they enact? Bachmann said she will overturn gay marriage if elected, because it goes against her religious beliefs. What if not everyone shares her religious views? Seems the opposite of democracy to me. The trump of church over state. But whose church? Creepy.

  9. Tadpolicus Wex says

    Both Christian and Islamic fundamentalists are an omnipresent threat to civil, secular society and represent the greatest source of harm to our GLBT brothers and sisters globally. Liberal folks tend to excuse the actions of madmen based on their status of holding extreme beliefs on the fringe of their respective religion or dogma – whereas many conservatives embrace the mommy/daddy archtypical qualities of said ideologies and dissociate themselves from said madmen.

    This man was an inexcusable, horrific, inhumane and deranged monster – as is every other human being who wields a knife to the throat of any GLBT person for any reason, but especailly because their personal brand of god commands them too.

  10. luminum says

    People squawk about Sharia Law as if they’ve never encountered the Christian Right. What do you suppose justifying all of your political actions based on a Christian moral imperative or an order by God is?

  11. rouquinricain says

    yes, gays and muslims need to come together, i’d be fine with that, but i’m pretty sure it’d be a one-sided rapprochement, i mean, muslim countries are not exactly at the forefront of gay rights legislation. your enemy’s enemy is not necessarily your friend.

  12. say what says


    actually the supreme court has already ruled on such

    scream fire in a crowded theater when there is no fire and you do get in trouble for a person getting trampled under foot by others

  13. Continuum says

    Bawer refuses to accept responsibility for his own words despite being cited by this killer nut-job.

    Bawer then proceeds to blame everybody else including the victims for the results of his hate speech.

    Like his Republican counterparts in America, he demonstrates the responsiblity level of a 3rd grader. Bawer uses the ever popular “the dog ate my homework” defense when he is called to account for actions.

  14. rouquinricain says

    the problem, as other commenters have noted, is religion in general and its tentacular intrusion into the state and legislative sphere, not specifically islam.

  15. says

    To the above commenter who notes that people can’t be held responsible if their words inspire crimes—I agree, except in cases when your words are directly inciting crimes. This man (and many others) have written about Islam spreading in the West in ways that are (as Little Green Footballs ex-right-winger Charles Johnson calls) “apocalyptic rhetoric.” When you’re attempting to persuade people that the fate of the world is threatened by a group of people, how is that not inciting them to kill those people?

    As for Sharia law, that’s never going to take hold in the West. It’s just a scare tactic.

  16. Dan Cobbb says

    Do you really think that once the Islamists gain power in Europe –which they will, and probably sooner than later– that they will be tolerant of gay people? No Way! I think Bawer is right about the way gays will be treated under Islamic regimes. Look at how gays are treated in present-day Islamic countries! Not a pretty picture. I don’t anticipate it will be any different under islamist leaders in Europe.

  17. Dan Cobbb says

    For all you gay men on this string who are supporting the Islamization of Europe… please look at how gay people are treated in Egypt, Jordan, Yemen, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Algeria…etc. Why would any thinking gay person support the spread of a culture that 1) requires that you live 100% in the closet, under penalty of death in many cases; and 2) would give you no freedom to be yourself.
    Why support such a clearly primitive culture?!

  18. Freedom of Speech says

    Bottom line is freedom of speech. You cannot blame the authors words for the tragedy in Oslo. A nut job is a nut job and would have been inflamed by anything. I agree with other posters, religion does not belong in government. Christianity or Islam, they are both extremist groups that hold back civil rights and freedoms. I take no responsibility of any actions a nut job might do based on above said comment.

  19. Derrick from Philly says

    ‘Why support such a clearly primitive culture?!”

    I agree it’s puzzling why so many Americans support the Tea Party.

    Facist homosexuals like Bawer are nothing new, are they? I saw a movie with facist homosexuals in it. It was Paolo Pasalini’s “Salo”. He didn’t paint a very nice picture of them.

  20. Dan Cobbb says


    Tom, when the islamists take over and hang gay people in the public square, will you whine to them that “a hate group by any other name is still a hate group”? Seriously, what will you say to them as they escort you to the gallows?

  21. Dan Cobbb says

    I don’t agree that the Tea Party is primitive, I think they’re just plain stupid. But the Moslem culture is a primitive one. My suspicion, Derrick, is that those who come from primitive cultures
    stand up for other primitive cultures.
    Derrick, I invite you to go and live in
    Iran as a gay man. Bon Voyage my non-thinking friend!

  22. Derrick from Philly says

    “…my non-thinking friend!”

    You’re right I’m not thinking: it’s PasOlini, not Pasalini. My bad.

    “My suspicion, Derrick, is that those who come from primitive cultures”

    Don’t you dare blame the people of Minnesota and Iowa for that thing called Michelle Bachman. Don’t you dare!

  23. NY2.0 says

    @DAN COBBB, forget Iran. The enemy is right here within our borders. The christian fundies also hate gays and have representation in the US congress pushing their beliefs into law. Try living in Appalachia.

  24. Rowan says

    Dan, that’s utter rubbish. I not only live here but I am OBSESSED with politics and in my spare time, work in politics. Lobby groups, Political committees etc you name it, I know it.

    It’s utter bollox. Do you know how hard it is to make it as an MP if you are not white, male and educated at Cambridge, Oxford or LSE?

    We have a handful if that of Asian Mp’s and a few of them are women.

    It’s ridiculous to even entertain the rubbish you are saying. Go spend a week reading Daily Mail comments and then come back to claim you know my country.

    Jason and what Christianity is advanced? Where? Your future candidates can’t seem to do anything without ‘God’ telling them what to do.

    Do you know before the Iranian king was over thrown by the British and the US that nearly 90% of women in Iran had a frigging degree? Do you know how many Doctors they had per square meter?

    Do you know who invented mathematics? Have you heard of one of the wonders of the world the Alahambra in Southern Spain?

    Do you know anything about the first modern city Persopolis from Persia that is now Iran?

    I could go on but your comment is so stupid and based on no facts that I won’t waste anymore of my breath. I just hope that people in your country who are stupid enough to listen to you can take a few minutes to research how advanced Islam was whilst Christians were still dressed with leaves beating each other over the head.

    What is sad about Islam now is that the drug was started by the British in Afghanistan and the obsession the US had with imperialism in the Middle East to get oil, had bread a fundementalism that has nothing to do with what Islam was centuries ago.

    One can also say the Christianity that grew out of the Roman Empire as a cult that accepted women equally with men has little to do with the kind we see in Right Wing America.

  25. Lexxvs says

    I don’t know the specifics of this writer writings, but to be clear: that a crazy assassin commits mass murder invoking his hatred of Muslim or Islam does not automatically make the bad and hateful extremist of that religion good. Neither makes any favor to the monotheistic religions, those who have a “thing” about hating LGBTs.
    Many people use the word “Islamophobic” to avoid confronting any reasoning about the failed logic of Islam and their adherents. It’s nothing about hating persons. It’s about exposing religious fallacies that feed hatred against us, among many wrongs. Islam –taken literally as it is mostly done- is bad. As bad as Christianity if the bible is taken word by word. Exposing it is not a phobia or hatred against anyone; it is showing a system of belief as it is. And those who act upon it, trying –for instance- to eradicate us from the surface of the world.

  26. GOD says

    Well, one shouldn’t talk about the dangers of one kind of evil ideology just because another kind of deranged ideology uses the former as an excuse to commit mass murder? Islam is indeed a huge threat to Western civilization, as is right wing christian extremism – as is evident by the similarity in methods subscribers in both ideologies use.

  27. Brian says

    “Gays and muslims seriously need to come together.” File that under: Things That Will Never Happen.

    It’s sad to see the rise of Islam in Europe. I lived there in 1999-2000 (in London) and went back last year. It’s crazy to see the drastic change in just a decade. There are parts of town where signs are ONLY in Arabic! I felt very threatened in these parts.

    Europe has definitely changed, and not for the better.

    To all my super-politically correct gay friends out there who think we can all hold hands and get along: think again and examine your naivete. Islam is not our friend and never will be.

  28. Tom says

    Bawer’s career is spreading fear and redbaiting people who disagree with him. He writes constantly of how Norway’s Labour party and leftist intellectuals are dangerous sellouts to Islam – it’s no surprise an unhinged admirer might act on the poisonous prose of someone like Bawer and his pals in the so-called “anti-jihad movement”.

    Bawer even speculated on pajamasmedia’s blog on Friday (since scrubbed) that Breivik was probably a Muslim convert and then went on to snidely comment about how Norwegians were emphasizing explicitly that the suspect was blond and spoke Norwegian with a Norwegian accent (i.e. they were making a point of saying he wasn’t Muslim.) You can be sure he spent the rest of the weekend coming up with his latest talking points: Breivik is a madman who had NOTHING to do with respectable kooks like himself, and besides, this was really going to hurt his campaign to make a living out of peddling nonsense about the supposed takeover of Europe by Islam.

  29. TJ says

    Islamophobic – would that phrase apply to the posts I’ve seen in this blog about anti-gay signs in areas of Europe populated by Muslims?

    Religious fanaticism exists. It is a threat to liberty, safety, and sanity, no matter which religion the fanatic adheres to. Political correctness needs to be tempered by reality.

  30. Randy says

    Just because a nut cites your work doesn’t mean the work is wrong. I have not read the work, but guilt-by-association, especially since he didn’t even know the guy, seems a bit hypocritical for our community.

  31. Clint says

    The problem with Europe is this. If you’re born in France, speaking French, you’re a Frenchman. If you move to Germany, learn the language and get citizenship, well, you’re still a Frenchman who now lives in Germany and has acquired German citizenship, but you’re not a German. If you move to America, jump the hoops and become an American citizen, well, then you’re American and accepted by Americans as such.

    See how much easier it is for Muslims to assimilate here? Bruce Bawer’s point only applies to the unique situation in parts of Europe; in countries like Norway or Britain, with long histories of conquest (Vikings) or empire (UK), a situation where people who don’t look like you but have been grafted into the tribe (Norse) or made citizens of the Empire (UK) isn’t so strange, and this cultural quirk needs to be emphasized to diffuse a potentially pressure-cooking isolation of Muslim immigrants RIGHT NOW.

  32. ohplease says

    I’ll worry about the Islamisazationing of Europe right after I’m finished fighting the christianist crazies right here in the good ol’ U. S. of A.

    All organized religion is inherently evil. None are better or worse. They all exist to divide and oppress through fairy tales — fairy tales, of all things! — and it is to the discredit of the human species that we have suffered them for so long.

  33. walter says

    fundies are trying to force their version of sharia law right here in the u.s. there is no difference between muslims trying to force their of life on people than there for christians. keep religion where it belongs in the chuch and out of government. look at the nut job in norway. this is what hate gets.

  34. Dave says

    Thoughts are not actions, and the author, so far as I have heard, has never suggested killing people. If you criticize Islam these days, you are called a racist. Yet Al Qaida, Hamas and the Taliban are not anomalies of Islamic teachings. (The alleged moderates such as the Gulf states have been financing the spread of an extreme version of Islam.) Judaism and Christianity have similarly destructive edicts, but they tend to be followed more by the fringe than the establishments. While care needs to be taken to avoid inflaming violence, free speech’s strength includes creating an alternative to violent expression of strong feelings.

  35. Attmay says

    I read Bruce Bawer’s book. Not only is it not racist but it condemns groups like the British National Party for their racism as being no better than Islamic fascism, which IS a menace. This Nordic nut case plays right into their hands. I also believe he (Mr. Bawer) voted for Obama. We have as much to fear from Islamic fascism as Christian fascism. They have different tactics with the same ends, and both need to be fought with equal force.

    The guilt by association on this site is sickening.

  36. Josh says

    Are people forgetting that it was a Christian pastor and Christian groups in Uganda who were advocating for the death penalty for gays just like they do in many Islamic countries?

    Christianity can be radicalized too.

  37. anon says

    Bawer wrote a scary sounding book to make a name for himself. He must have known that his kind of book would attract radicalized readers in some number. Norwegians (their PM Olof Palme was assassinated in the 80’s) have a very static form of politics, almost unchanging. This is bound to lead to resentments. However, under US law, Bawer is no way liable for incitement through his book or his blog. In the EU, nations are by treaty nearly equal to the US in terms of political free speech, but individual nations have different standards. Anyone posting here saying all religions are evil or all Republicans are evil, etc. are by default making the same type of broad sweeping remark that Bawer does about Islam and don’t worry in the least about incitement. So, while Bawer’s defense is not entire credible, it’s his reputation he has to worry about, not his freedom.

  38. says

    Sarah Palin did not put crosshairs on the congresswoman. Democrats used targeting symbols too, gun targets.

    Supporting the tea party has nothing to do with supporting Islam in Europe. And we tea party people are far from primitive.

    It’s like you are all sophomores in HS with no capability of independent thought.

    Bruce Bawer is not a hater and it is ridiculously irresponsible to suggest he is. Sharia law is a threat to freedom in general and gay people specifically.

    Saying islam is truly anti-gay and dangerous to freedom is not islamophobic, it is simply a fact.

  39. Brian says

    I’m no big Tea Party supporter, but to group their “extreme” views with Islam is asinine.

    I’d rather the Tea Party take over Europe than muslims. The biggest problem there would be lower taxes and more fanny packs. I’d take that over terrorism and ugly dudes any day.

  40. DB says

    Bawer is 100% correct. No alien should be allowed to enter a western country without indicating support for liberal democracy and the separation of religion and state.

  41. Derrick from Philly says

    “I’d rather the Tea Party take over Europe than muslims. The biggest problem there would be lower taxes and more fanny packs”

    Of course, you’d have to endure Michelle Bachman’s husband’s “therapy”. If you didn’t improve I wonder what the Tea Party’s next option would be? Electroshock?

  42. Kevin says

    A lot of you are commenting as if you had read Bawer which you clearly have not. He does not advocate violence. He writes clear headedly about how virulently anti gay traditional Muslims are. I have lived in Europe and in Arab countries and there is zero daylight for gays trying to live openly and with dignity in the Koran and under Sharia. Women are treated like second class citizens and chattel. In Amsterdam an outdoor gay festival I attended was rammed by muslim teenagers on motorcycles while they laughed and jeered. If you think Christians are bad, you aint seen nothing. I am not anti any people, but he is right to wake gay people up to this real threat.

  43. Bob says

    Um…. I hate to point out an obvious fact. The terrorist is a terrorist, but Bawer is absolutely correct in his conclusions about the dangers of an Islamic Europe. It’s one of the many mistakes our community makes: thinking that everyone wants to use freedoms responsibily.

  44. Seamus says

    Having read Bawer’s STEALING JESUS,a book re: christian views condemning homosexuality, and thereby “stealing Jesus,” I was somewhat put off by the pomposity of his pronouncements, somewhat like Andrew Sullivan. I am sure you know what I mean!

  45. Anthony says

    Andy Towle, this post is vile. You are shameless.

    Islam is not a race. It is not “racism” to criticize Islam, nor is it “racism” or “Islamophobia” to criticize Europe’s policy of unfettered mass immigration from Muslim states – a policy that yields no discernible benefit for the recipient states but which has resulted in substantial social disruption and economic cost.

    You have some nerve telling a gay man that he can’t speak out against religious extremism. You should be ashamed. Bawer has taken a stand against extremists like Mullah Krekar, a radical who has exploited Norway’s asylum laws even while he calls for holy war and the execution of gays. Bawer also has defended the rights of Muslim women who have fled abusive husbands but who get inadequate protection from Norwegian law enforcement. We should have many more such “racists” in the world.

    One last point: this terrorist can cite anything he wants. He could have cited this blog, the Bible or the Declaration of Independence. It is irrelevant. What is relevant is what the cited works say. Unless the cited author called for killing or violence, it is below the belt to imply any responsibility for what happened. And Bawer at no time has supported violence of any kind. It is ridiculous to suggest that he should censor himself b/c he might show up in nut job’s manifesto.

  46. Cerene says


    Couldn’t have said it better myself. It’s a pathetic lot that hangs out here. They have a Pavlovian response to any charge of “racism”. Most of these people have never read a word of Bruce Bawer’s work, but they mindlessly moralize about “hate”.

    What if a gay nutcase went on a rampage at some mega-church or conservative Christian college? Would it be fair or legitimate to blame gay bloggers or gay authors who had identified Christian fundamentalism as oppressive, hostile, backward, and even evil? Would it be fair to blame everyone who blamed Christian fundamentalists for gay teen suicides?

    No, it wouldn’t. Unless a writer specifically calls for violence, there is no incitement. It isn’t a writer’s responsibility to anticipate the thought processes of potential nut jobs and then censor the substance of their arguments accordingly. And if that is the standard, then Towle should immediately change the headline of this post, since an angry Muslim radical could read it and decide that the “islamophobic” Bawer should be subjected to violence.

  47. Cerene says

    @Arturo Beeche:

    Great example to set for your kids, Arturo. Calling people names is very mature. And please note the irony of hurling personal insults in a comment intended to highlight the dangers of hateful speech.

    Hopefully some of Derrick’s maturity will rub off on you.

  48. Attmay says


    I find it sickening that the same people who condemn Christian fundamentalists will come to the defense of Islamic fundamentalists, even at the potential (however remote in the present day) expense of their lives, or the lives of future generations of gays.

    You can’t condemn one while letting the other off the hook. To do so is a shocking blend of hypocrisy and cognitive dissonance.

    I’m starting to think it’s not homophobia, racism, or any other form of bigotry some of these people are against but Western Civilization and anyone of European descent. If Fred Phelps were a Muslim they would come to his defense. If Muslims were white southerners they would hate them as much as they hate Christians.

    Western secular values will die unless they are defended by force. Those who benefit from Western secular values (gays, Jews, women, etc.) need to open their eyes to the threat to the values that keep us free.

  49. anne s says

    “Both Christian and Islamic fundamentalists are an omnipresent threat to civil, secular society and represent the greatest source of harm to our GLBT brothers and sisters globally.”

    Let me correct you that this killer is not a fundamentalist Christian, he is not religious in his own words. He supports a secular monocultural Europe with cultural Christianity, and he is pro-gay.

    I am a Christian fundamentalist and I can take being called an irrational, heartless, primitive hate spewer by the hypocrites that call themselves tolerate- I know from the Bible that people do themselves what they accuse others of doing.

  50. winoceros says

    None of you, nor the author of this post, cites anything Bawer wrote, so how do we know it “inspired” anything at all? What if he’s just a prolific Norwegian writer who seeks out statistics and anecdotes about the Norwegian-Muslim experience in an attempt to create awareness for his countrymen.

    Maybe he just cites statistics? In other words, to be cited isn’t necessarily anything to feel guilty about or to attack Bawer about.

    And seriously, if you think Bawer’s a conservative you’ve got someone doctoring your drinks.

    Any gay should know full well what the penalty, accepted by all four schools of Sunni thought, for homosexuality is: death. Iran likes to hang them, but they’re Shi’a….such heretics, you know.

    Bawer is clanging the gong to protect you all and your freedom to associate. Some nut job murdering wacko goes on a political rampage and you’re blaming him?

    Find what he cites and maybe you have an article here. Proof, people. Evidence. Try hard.

  51. Paul says

    Bruce is no fascist. His analyses of the situation for gays in Western Europe are relevant.

    The left-wing zombies that automatically flame him are the ones to fear more for their totalitarian attitudes. Reality has a way of crashing into the Left’s rosy eyed view of multiculturalism as what has been happening in Amsterdam over the past decade.

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