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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)

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  1. Shocked, I'm just shocked that someone took my writing seriously and then acted on it.

    Who could have imagined such a thing.

    Posted by: Michael | Jul 25, 2011 9:15:37 AM

  2. 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.

    Posted by: Chadd | Jul 25, 2011 9:16:21 AM

  3. 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!

    Posted by: RB | Jul 25, 2011 9:40:06 AM

  4. 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.

    Posted by: Bubba | Jul 25, 2011 9:53:10 AM

  5. RB

    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.

    Posted by: Rowan | Jul 25, 2011 9:58:58 AM

  6. 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.

    Posted by: jason | Jul 25, 2011 10:04:10 AM

  7. 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.

    Posted by: corvidae | Jul 25, 2011 10:05:36 AM

  8. 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.

    Posted by: Pete n SFO | Jul 25, 2011 10:06:39 AM

  9. 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.

    Posted by: kodiak | Jul 25, 2011 10:13:25 AM

  10. It's a scary thought, but could this psycho be gay?

    Posted by: secretagentman | Jul 25, 2011 10:19:57 AM

  11. 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.

    Posted by: Tadpolicus Wex | Jul 25, 2011 10:21:32 AM

  12. 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?

    Posted by: luminum | Jul 25, 2011 10:23:58 AM

  13. 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.

    Posted by: rouquinricain | Jul 25, 2011 10:25:00 AM

  14. RB

    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

    Posted by: say what | Jul 25, 2011 10:28:34 AM

  15. 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.

    Posted by: Continuum | Jul 25, 2011 10:28:35 AM

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

    Posted by: rouquinricain | Jul 25, 2011 10:33:42 AM

  17. 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.

    Posted by: Matthew Rettenmund | Jul 25, 2011 10:33:59 AM

  18. A hate group by any other name is still a hate group.

    Posted by: PLAINTOM | Jul 25, 2011 10:35:43 AM

  19. ALL religions are irrational anti-liberty garbage designed to control the masses. This discussion is about the flavor of the garbage. Enjoy.

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | Jul 25, 2011 10:48:57 AM

  20. 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.

    Posted by: Dan Cobbb | Jul 25, 2011 10:49:16 AM

  21. @SECRETAGENTMAN: It's a scarier thought but one wonders about you as well.

    Posted by: Marc C | Jul 25, 2011 10:52:01 AM

  22. 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?!

    Posted by: Dan Cobbb | Jul 25, 2011 10:52:09 AM

  23. The class and social war is coming world-wide. Which side will you be on?

    Posted by: Marc C | Jul 25, 2011 10:53:30 AM

  24. 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.

    Posted by: Freedom of Speech | Jul 25, 2011 10:59:38 AM

  25. '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.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jul 25, 2011 11:04:10 AM

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