What happened to all the fun in the world? Oops! That's Frank Zappa's question (from his Sheik Yerbouti album.) My question if more like, where is all the empathy in the world? We have a tragedy in Oslo, and then the hate-mongers in America immediately start twist the facts to fit their agenda. I hear tell that the big ugly Irish dick known as Bill O'Reilly states that there is no way that Anders Behring Breivik is a Christian, because a Christian wouldn't commit mass murder. Me thinks that Mr. O'Reilly needs to read some history that's not filtered through Regency press. Christians have been committing mass murder for thousands of years. But even the oh-so-liberal New York Times is jumping on the bandwagon, now calling Breivik a "self-described Christian."
If I'm not mistaken, one of the favorite pastimes of radical Christians in America is to either kill or applaud the murder of abortion doctors (who, it so happens, are performing a legal medical operation.); some Christian radicals call for the deaths of Muslims (Bradlee Dean for example); then again some Christians are content with standing at the funerals of American soldiers with signs such as "Fags Doom Nations," "Don't Pray for the USA," "Thank God for Dead Soldiers."
You may call yourself a Christian, and disagree with the tactics of more radical Christians, but that doesn't make those nutcases any less Christian. Remember way back when during those dark years called the Bush Administration? Remember how W. wore his Christianity on his sleeve and hired a slew of right-wing Christians for his cabinet? He even created a office of "faith based initiatives" programs to help out the poor, which Obama has failed to dismantle. Back then more liberal Christians wanted to reclaim that religious mantle. They wanted to be the ones to represent Christianity as they saw it: a more kinder, gentler version of their faith. Jesus without the sword.
It's called salad bar Christianity. You take what you want, and leave the out the parts you don't like. Sounds simple. In fact, I do not believe there are many Christians that follow the bible to the letter, even though they may claim to. I haven't actually witnessed any public deaths by stoning lately, for example. If Christian's faith were as strong as they would like to think, then they would never be bothered by whether some guy across the planet doing nasty things to others, who also claims to be a Christian.
As the great philosopher Groucho Marx once said: I wouldn't want to belong to any club that would have me as a member.