Much ado has been raised about Anders Breivik’s hate-filled (and apparently mostly plagiarized) manifesto with the New York Times implying that American bloggers and right-wingers might have incited Breivik to violence.
The man accused of the killing spree inwas deeply influenced by a small group of American bloggers and writers who have warned for years about the threat from Islam, lacing his 1,500-page manifesto with quotations from them, as well as copying multiple passages from the tract of the Unabomber.
Ignoring the spurious attempt to link the Unabomber with the right-wingers (he was anti-state, not anti-Muslim), this reminds me too much of the attempt to link Sarah Palin with the Giffords shootings (we found out later that the shooter was quite liberal).
Anders Breivik also cites Jesus in 32 out of the 1,500 pages in his manifesto, as well as mentioning Barack Obama, Mahatma Gandhi, and Al Gore.
It makes me wonder: is Jesus to blame for the killings in Norway?
(The answer, of course, is an emphatic “no.”)