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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. 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.

    Posted by: Josh | Jul 25, 2011 1:54:47 PM

  2. 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.

    Posted by: anon | Jul 25, 2011 2:21:06 PM

  3. what he is really shocked at is that anyone actually took his hatred seriously and he must now backtrack from the message that incited the carnage.

    Posted by: lk | Jul 25, 2011 2:22:39 PM

  4. 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.

    Posted by: ted | Jul 25, 2011 2:30:50 PM


    As for "Crumbs Off The Table" he moved to europe on orders from his Leather Master.

    S&M humiliation is so much more festive than Sharia Law.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jul 25, 2011 2:47:06 PM

  6. "Sarah Palin did not put crosshairs on the congresswoman."

    Yes she did "Ted."

    Now go crawl up GOProud's butt like a good little slave.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jul 25, 2011 2:48:38 PM

  7. 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.

    Posted by: Brian | Jul 25, 2011 2:52:12 PM

  8. 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.

    Posted by: DB | Jul 25, 2011 2:55:15 PM

  9. "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?

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jul 25, 2011 3:01:15 PM

  10. 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.

    Posted by: Kevin | Jul 25, 2011 3:04:22 PM

  11. 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.

    Posted by: Bob | Jul 25, 2011 6:35:16 PM

  12. 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!

    Posted by: Seamus | Jul 25, 2011 8:29:09 PM

  13. 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.

    Posted by: Anthony | Jul 25, 2011 8:33:21 PM

  14. @Attmay:

    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.

    Posted by: Cerene | Jul 25, 2011 8:48:21 PM

  15. @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.

    Posted by: Cerene | Jul 25, 2011 8:51:17 PM

  16. @Anthony:

    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.

    Posted by: Attmay | Jul 26, 2011 3:01:01 AM

  17. "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.

    Posted by: anne s | Jul 26, 2011 5:53:53 AM

  18. 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.

    Posted by: winoceros | Jul 27, 2011 2:05:05 PM

  19. 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.

    Posted by: Paul | Dec 4, 2012 12:45:21 AM

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