First reports were that the murders must have been an act of Muslim Terrorists, and TV broadcast news gave their usual bylines: "So far, Al Queda has not taken credit for the bombing....." and then the reports of the Camp shootings came out, and a possible link.
Then the media rushed to repeat what the Police said: This was the work of a "Right Wing Christian Fundamentalist " and I will simply say, that is the wrong definition, and the Media should be very quick to clarify such a fantastic claim.
|Anders Breivek Twitter Page, No Christian Fundamentalist|
Christian Fundamentalism is about arguing against modern Science/Religion. It is a firm, and often vigorous belief that this world was created by God in a quick 7 days about 7,000 years ago, and we are all decendents from Adam and Eve.
Simply put, a Christian Fundamentalist, strictly believes in what is in the Bible, takes the Bible literally, not theoretically; there is no hierarchy, no "leader" in fundamentalism, and it is a belief system, often by very well meaning, and sincere people.
You might remember from your history class, about The Scopes Trial or "Monkey Trials" about an evolution pamphlet. And the great impact and uproar it caused at the time. John Scopes a Biology teacher was charged with illegally teaching the theory of evolution, in 1925.
Inherit the Wind a 1960 movie based loosely on the Scopes Monkey Trial was cast with Spencer Tracy and Fredric March. This was an attack upon anti intellectualism in the 1950's a generation removed from the actual events, so it was a sly exploration into the accepted beliefs and value systems of American society at the time.
|Tracy and March in Inherit the Wind|
Granted, the police labeled the Oslo shooter, Anders Breivik as a Right Wing Fundamentalist Christian simply, and admittedly from what little they knew at the time. Major news outlets were quick to grasp this definition, and run with it. Was this responsible journalism? Of course not. Will the media retract and redefine those labels? I doubt it. Will the Norwegian Police clarify their mistake? I assume not. It is up to us to question what we hear, and not accept at first glance what is broadcast.
Remember the Scopes Trial. Evolution vs. Creationism defines a Christian's "Fundamentalism".
Crazy right wing nuts who blow up buildings and shoot children have no business being labeled anything whatsoever. They are murderers, and their writings and ramblings certainly have no place in the story of Creation, or Evolution.