Last week a terrorist murdered nearly 100 people in Oslo, Norway. The word ‘Terrorist’ echoed through the halls of news outlets. Visions of Osama Bin Laden were immediate in the minds of the American people and our hearts poured out for the people of Norway.Then it came to light that the terrorist wasn’t Muslim, but instead identified himself as a Christian righteous crusader on a mission to save European “Christendom” from a tide of Islam
. The majority of Christians made it very clear that this was not an act of Christianity and should not in any way reflect the views of Christians, but instead, an act of someone very mentally unstable who unfortunately identified himself as a Christian. They offered prayers and any assistance they could to help uplift the people affected by this tragic event.
Apparently, Bill O’Reilly missed this part of the American discussion and proceeded to use the tragedy as a news bit to attack liberals, claiming that the media “is pushing the Christian angle [because] they don’t like Christians very much because we are too judgmental,” and that the press want to “diminish” social and religious conservatives.
I’m still shaking my head (and fighting the urge to drive to the Fox News offices and throw my lap top at Mr. O’Reilly’s head). I’d just like to take a moment, as a non-Christian, liberal heathen to say to Mr. O’Reilly that it’s not Christians we liberals hate, but those who would use their faith as a justification for murder, terrorism, bigotry, hatred and media martyrdom. And that applies to all religions, Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, etc.
On Friday, Norway began burying the victims of this horrific catastrophe. They have shown incredible strength, courage and true solidarity in the face of such a terrible event. The country has vowed to not be a victim itself. My heart is with the people of Norway, please know that the Bill O’Reilly’s and Glenn Beck’s are not an accurate depiction of the American people. True Americans share in your grief and are lifting you up with their thoughts and prayers.
Camicia Bennett: Founder of The Well Written Woman, Florida Native and cerebral creature, she loves her husband, yoga, red wine, potty humor, swearing superfluously and putting hats on her dog. If given her druthers she’d be surfing the web and writing randomness from someplace sunny and tropical whilst sipping her favorite vino. Oh wait, that’s exactly what she does.You can find her tweeting incessantly or randomly sharing her own brand of slightly pretentious propaganda at her personal blog
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