In the United States, critics have asserted that the intense spotlight on the threat from Islamic militants has unfairly vilified Muslim Americans while dangerously playing down the threat of attacks from other domestic radicals. The author of a 2009 Department of Homeland Security report on right-wing extremism withdrawn by the department after criticism from conservatives repeated on Sunday his claim that the department had tilted too heavily toward the threat from Islamic militants.
The revelations about Mr. Breivik’s American influences exploded on the blogs over the weekend, putting Mr. Spencer and other self-described “counterjihad” activists on the defensive, as their critics suggested that their portrayal of Islam as a threat to the West indirectly fostered the crimes in Norway.
Mr. Spencer wrote on his Web site, jihadwatch.org, that “the blame game” had begun, “as if killing a lot of children aids the defense against the global jihad and Islamic supremacism, or has anything remotely to do with anything we have ever advocated.” He did not mention Mr. Breivik’s voluminous quotations from his writings.
Mr. Breivik frequently cited another blog, Atlas Shrugs, and recommended the Gates of Vienna among Web sites. Pamela Geller, an outspoken critic of Islam who runs Atlas Shrugs, wrote on her blog Sunday that any assertion that she or other antijihad writers bore any responsibility for Mr. Breivik’s actions was “ridiculous.”
“If anyone incited him to violence, it was Islamic supremacists,” she wrote.
In other news, the Ku Klux Klan were incited to violence by black people.
The Australian Christian Lobby voices disappointment at the Minister of Home Affairs statement on video games and violence which clearly stands in the contradiction of academic opinion, research and now tragic experience.
ACL’s Managing Director Jim Wallace said Minister Brendan O’Connor statement to ABC TV yesterday would be concerning to Australians:
“Because a madman who has done just such atrocities in Norway, I don’t think means that we are going to close down film or the engagement with games.”
“Every Australian expects its government to serve in their best interests and in the common good”, said Mr Wallace.
“If there are even a few deranged minds that can be taken over the edge by an obsession with violent games it is in every Australians interest that we ban them.
To seize upon a tragedy inflicted by one of their own and try to pin it on videogames… how about turning the tables…
“If there are even a few deranged minds that can be taken over the edge by an obsession with religion it is in every Australians interest that we ban them.”
By now, there’s no question in anyone’s mind that the tragic Norway shootings are the work of a right-wing extremist who appears to at least have been influenced by web sites like StormFront.org, among others. But watch these Fox talkers avoid it completely, even in the beginning, where they open up by asking if this can "really be compared to the Oklahoma City bombings." Not only do they deny it, they manage to turn everything on its head to portray the guy as someone with a deep fear of Islamic extremists.
By far, the most intellectually dishonest and insidious part of this report is the characterization of Anders Behring Breivik as a "domestic extremist." I defy anyone here to explain exactly what the hell a domestic extremist is. Seriously.
The patriots at Free Republic know a fellow traveler when they see one:
I’ve seen the video based on the Berwick manifesto and I have to agree with almost all of it. I’m starting to read the manifesto and so far, it is dead on.
He was right about the stifling of speech by the MSM. Perhaps that is where we need to direct our efforts. It is my feeling that the MSM is somewhat culpable because they do try to stifle speech. Perhaps this wouldn’t have happened if he felt his voice was being heard seriously, rather than ridiculed.
The thing is that much of the writing in the manifesto is spot on in its analysis of Islam, the threat posed to Western culture and democratic systems of government by multiculturalism and by Marxism and their sympathizers. There is little evidence in the first 800 or so pages that this is guy who would become so radicalized he would shoot up and blow up innocent people.
He strongly defends and argues in favor of the constitutional rights we enjoy in the United States. He rejects Nazism and other “hateful” ideologies. He shows understandable alarm at the loss of freedoms in the name of tolerance. None of these would be foreign to conservative philosophy. You can tell he researched his subject very well and the argument he presents in favor of protecting Western culture is one I would not fault.
A target of a global sting on an elusive group of computer hackers this week said he has no idea why feds banged down the door of his former apartment in Bushwick as part of coordinated international manhunt on Tuesday.
Authorities stormed a loft building on McKibbin Street as part of the siege against the intercontinental hacker group Anonymous — and were apparently looking for Garrett Deming, 25, and his roommates.
But to Deming, lead singer of the band Broken Glow and assistant manager at Greene Grape Provisions in Fort Greene, that does not compute.
“I can barely turn my computer on. Any of our computer use is for band promotion stuff,” he said.
Authorities netted 16 alleged hackers across the globe, but ironically, Deming’s roommate, Brenner Eugenides, may have been one of the victims, not one of the perpetrators. He said his Gmail account had been hacked, which could explain why the FBI stormed his former abode.
“There was a bunch of weird Paypal stuff that came up,” he said. “Someone clearly had access to my information.”
It won’t last; they’re too young and are obviously just rushing into marriage for the sex.
Naah, just kidding. Congrats, Phyllis and Connie!
Chelsea residents Phyllis Siegel, 77, and Connie Kopelov, 85, got hitched at the marriage bureau on Worth Street in Lower Manhattan at 9:02 a.m., setting off wedding bells across Gotham.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who is openly gay, witnessed the ceremony that was officiated by City Clerk Michael McSweeney.
‘‘It was just so amazing,’’ said Siegel, who has been with her love for 23 years. ‘‘It’s the only way I can describe it. I lost my breath and a few tears.’’