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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. I wonder if Peter King will now feel it necessary to hold "hearings" on Christian Fundamentalists now?

    Posted by: ben | Jul 25, 2011 11:08:13 AM

  2. @PlainTom:

    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?

    Posted by: Dan Cobbb | Jul 25, 2011 11:11:39 AM

  3. Marc C, what do you mean by that? Yeah, I'm gay, what does that have to do with this, or my earlier post?

    Posted by: secretagentman | Jul 25, 2011 11:13:42 AM

  4. Rowan, you seem to disbelieve that the courts in Britain will ever entertain Sharia law. Well, they already do --for moslem families.

    Posted by: Dan Cobbb | Jul 25, 2011 11:14:26 AM

  5. @Derrick
    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!

    Posted by: Dan Cobbb | Jul 25, 2011 11:23:07 AM

  6. " 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!

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jul 25, 2011 11:41:55 AM

  7. "When the Islamists take over Europe..."

    Dear Dan: are you holding your breath?

    Posted by: KevinVT | Jul 25, 2011 11:41:55 AM

  8. @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.

    Posted by: NY2.0 | Jul 25, 2011 11:44:09 AM

  9. 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.

    Posted by: Rowan | Jul 25, 2011 11:45:20 AM

  10. 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.

    Posted by: Lexxvs | Jul 25, 2011 11:53:06 AM

  11. @ Secretagebtman : Say it ain't so !

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jul 25, 2011 11:55:43 AM

  12. Oh you idiot...finalize realize that hateful words DO matter?


    Posted by: Arturo Beeche | Jul 25, 2011 12:00:48 PM

  13. 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.

    Posted by: GOD | Jul 25, 2011 12:03:19 PM

  14. "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.

    Posted by: Brian | Jul 25, 2011 12:11:38 PM

  15. 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.

    Posted by: Tom | Jul 25, 2011 12:23:08 PM

  16. 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.

    Posted by: TJ | Jul 25, 2011 12:24:41 PM

  17. 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.

    Posted by: Randy | Jul 25, 2011 12:25:42 PM

  18. Correction:

    "If it were Christians doing this, Margaret Atwood WOULD be all over it, and rightfully so."

    Posted by: James | Jul 25, 2011 12:32:49 PM

  19. 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.

    Posted by: Clint | Jul 25, 2011 12:50:07 PM

  20. 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.

    Posted by: ohplease | Jul 25, 2011 12:54:23 PM

  21. 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.

    Posted by: walter | Jul 25, 2011 1:00:47 PM

  22. 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.

    Posted by: Dave | Jul 25, 2011 1:09:50 PM

  23. 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.

    Posted by: Attmay | Jul 25, 2011 1:19:00 PM

  24. What's a "gay conservative"?

    Posted by: Jack M | Jul 25, 2011 1:23:44 PM

  25. Islamic countries hang their gays, the tea party and Christians don't. Hmmm which groups would I rather have around.

    Posted by: Manhattanvince | Jul 25, 2011 1:25:44 PM

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