Did Anti-Muslim Extremists in the US Influence Anders Breivik?

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian charged with carrying out a mass killing last week in his home country, told his lawyer he was saving Norway from Muslim domination. Breivik is an anti-Muslim extremist, and it has become clear that he was heavily influenced by American bloggers, who share his fears about the threat of Muslim immigrants on Western culture.

Pam Geller is one of those bloggers. On her blog, "Atlas Shrugs," Geller speaks about the threat of Islam in America. She spoke with our producers last night. Wajahat Ali joins us this morning. Ali is a journalist who is currently researching Islamophobia in America for the Center for American Progress. The report is due out in August.

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Fahad from London

To Joanne Vaccarella:
I would describe myself as a moderate to liberal Muslim. The first thing you should do is educate yourself on what Shariah law actually is. I dont mean this in the wrong way, but what you have described as what Shariah "promotes" are common misconceptions, furthered by right leaning Western press/media.
I will give you a few examples:
- honour killings: are a cultural phenomena, not religious. Though often mistaken, there is a clear distinction between the two. Honour killings (though now extremely rare) predominantly happen in the Indian communities and have nothing to do with religion. In fact, there are more honour killings in Hindu culture than Islam in the Indian community. Its one of those (evil) practices that has been mistaken as religious.
-Mutililation of women: I cannot find a single reference in the Quran or any other religious texts that promotes any mutilation of women for any cause... so i have no idea of how to answer this...In fact there are many, many verses about protecting women and children and what rights women have (which are equal to mens in every way).
-Stoning (I take it you mean against women)... again, there is no mention of stoning as a punishment. In fact, this was more of a medieval Christian and Jewish punishment, but as it was practised by the above communities in the times when Islam first came about, many have mistaken (though with help from propaganda) this to be a "Muslim" punishment. Again, there is no mention of stoning in any religious text, unlike the Bible, where is does promote this as a valid punishment.
-Jihad: Western media has distorted this to mean a take up of arms to fight an enemy which is threating your existance. In actual fact, Jihad means "struggle" and is meant to donate: an internal struggle to maintain faith, the struggle to improve the Muslim society, or the struggle to defend Islam - there is nothing in the holy texts which promotes violent action as a first resort. Only as a final and extreme basis is it supposed to be physical (purely to prevent a complete extermination of your people/faith). Little known fact, but the holy texts do mention that if peace is offered by the adversary under ANY terms, then it is the duty of a Muslim to accept, no matter how humiliating or disadvantageous to the Muslim. Peace is always strived for.

A lot of the "punishments" you have mentioned are akin to saying that the witch trials and burning of women in Salem and other parts of the country are Christian; the Spanish Inquisition and the punishments meted out (stoning, beheading, cutting of limbs, castrations, torture, rapine) are Christian

this is not true, so try and apply the same cool logic to what you hear about Islam and Shariah. Why dont you even read the Quran, then read the Bible and the Torah (like i have). May open your eyes as to where things like stoning, beheading, mutilation of women and children ACTUALLY comes from....

Jul. 27 2011 11:10 AM
Joanne Vaccarella from Englewood, NJ

That Norwegian man is a cold blooded insane killer. There is no connection between him and/or pamela Gellar, and Mr. Wajahat Ali's comments about taking away her first amendment rights, are ludicrous. Wouldn't all the leftists in this country like to trash the constitution entirely.
Ms. Gellar never instigates violence. She is against the teachings of sharia law which promotes violence; honor killings, beheadings, mutilation of women, stoning, hanging, jihad, etc. She is a brave American woman who is speaking out against radical islam so that Americans in this country are more aware of what is happening in our country.
Your show is terrible. NO PUBLIC FUNDING should be given for your show to try to oppress Ms. Gellar's first amendment rights.
And do not use this case as a platform to spew more hatred on the people who are speaking the truth against radical islam like Pamela Gellar. She is a freedom fighter, and wants to maintain freedom that we have in this country. She never condones violence. She promotes peace.

Jul. 26 2011 10:44 PM
Benita Johnson from Pittsburgh

How soon we forget. The Oklahoma Bombing, happend 16 years ago. Timothy McVey used the same type of fertilizer for his bombs that were used in Norway. We have allowed domestic terrorism in this country ever since Nathan Bedford Forest established the KKK after the Civil War.

Jul. 26 2011 09:46 AM
Michael Eliastam from near Boston

Excellent interview and discussion. We really do need to hold these inflammatory bloggers accountable for what they say. Geller is a good example of an exaggerator and dissembler (also known as a liar). She and her blogging colleagues thrive on scaring people with stuff that is at best, half true. Your discussion today was a rare example by legitimate radio of tackling a very hot topic openly. We do need to face how massive immigration into Europe is changing Europe, and encourage the good parts of it, and discourage the bad. The US today is a good example of massive immigration and all its warts, but overall, pretty good.

Jul. 26 2011 09:20 AM

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