Anders Hans Breivik’s terrorist attack in Oslo did not take place in a vacuum. His mass murdering of 76 children and adults was a plan that was premeditated, as he outlines in a 1,500 page manifesto. The hate, Islamophobia and homophobia we see in the United States is being exported and has deadly ramifications.
While Breivik credits part of his ideology to bigoted blogger and fellow countryman Fjordman, he also writes about how key Americans influenced his behavior. Yes, Robert Spencer, the American Islamophobic pseudo-academic, much like the homophobic pseudo-academic Matthew Franck, is referenced repeatedly in Breivik’s manifesto. Other Islamophobic bigots that are talked about as having great influence are: Daniel Pipes, the Muslim-bashing American neoconservative and Pam Geller who is a partner in crime with Robert Spencer.
How do we solve the issue of hate and address the power of bloggers? Certainly, I would never advocate censorship. I would, however, recommend education and visibility. I would also encourage Americans to look at and engage in conversations around the “War on Terrorism,” and how that war takes place on the battleground here in the United States. The misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, and Islamophoiba are at a fever pitch. We have no further to see this than watching Fox (Faux) News or listening to Miehele Bachmann, Bill O’Reilly, Ginni Thomas, and the rest of Teahadists. If we can collectively stand up to these bigots and turn off the lies of Rupert Murdoch’s Fox, we can move forward and create a different world where we can celebrate our differences. Click here to read the full story.