GIVEN the demonisation and vilification of Muslims in our community by radio shock jocks and print columnists since September 11, 2001, I suppose we will now see those same opinion-setters attacking fundamentalist Christians as a result of the terrorist attack in Norway by a right-wing fundamentalist Christian.
Barry Welch, Bridgeman Downs, Qld
Let's see. Was Anders Behring Breivik shouting "Jesus is great" when he pulled the trigger?
Was he basing his acts on something he read in the New Testament?
Had his local priest spent years inciting him to murder people?
Were thousands of Christians from the Vatican to Baulkham Hills dancing in the streets celebrating afterward?
No, no, no and no. So Barry Welch, as much as you would like to believe this atrocity somehow negates Islamic responsibility for global terrorism, it seems to me that his his Christianity was largely irrelevant and Islamists are hardly off the hook as a global threat.
However I wish to make a public offer. When "fundamentalist Christians" have pulled off another few dozen such attacks in the name of Jesus, I'll happily denounce Christianity.
Until then, it's statistically insignificant and a complete red herring. Of course it's far easier to discuss Christians and gun laws than it is certain other topics. You won't be called a "racist" for starters...
In the SMH, more Muslim apologia:
Christians will not be feared like Muslims, Kel Cowling (Letters, July 25). This is because the media has used, and will continue to use, different language for them. That is, when a Christian goes on a killing spree, he's called a ''madman''. But when a Muslim goes on a killing spree? Oh no, he's a ''terrorist''.
Abrar Chowdhury Glen Alpine