Timeout for Norway

I started to call this post “What the hell?!” but out of respect for the dead, I couldn’t bring myself to do it; however, that was one of my first thoughts when I heard about the tragedies in Norway. Now given that I just said hell, and I’ve said other “choice words” on this blog, I suppose you wouldn’t believe me if I said I am a Christian, and in fact, do have a love for the Almighty. Nevertheless, it’s true, and thankfully, He is gracious and I’m still a work in progress. Of course I bring this up because I’ve read the killer in Norway is part of a fundamentalist Christian group. I’m not sure what they believe, but whatever prompted the killing spree doesn’t in any way jibe with what I believe, and as a Christian, I vehemently denounce what was perpetrated. It was wrong. But enough about that, I don’t want this to be a diatribe about Christians for or against them. I want to pay my respects to those who died and to those who loved them.

Life is precious, and despite the fun I sometimes have on this blog, I cannot go blithely along while something obliterates it like this. Having been around a lot of death and having counseled people who have lost loved ones, I feel keenly for those people and especially those who lost their children. No matter how many times I am around someone who has lost a child, I still cannot process that horror. It is certainly something that I’ve asked the Lord about many times. For now it’s obvious to me that sin in the world kills people, steals precious things from them and certainly destroys innocence, and this is such a painful example of how it lays waste. Since this is beginning to feel like a sermon, I’m going to stop here and just say that I’m so sorry for the suffering and my heartfelt prayers and sympathy go to those in Norway.

edit: As for Amy Winehouse, I have no words but to say I’m terribly sad just as I was when Kurt Cobain died or Heath Ledger or any number of fairly young people who were unhappy and died too early.


  1. What a shocking tragedy. I always try to get into the minds of people who perform such cowardly acts of violence and it just doesn’t work. I cannot get my head around anyone killing someone so senselessly. I can sort of grasp a crime of passion, but something like this really fits the definition of cold-blooded killing.

    On a side note, I hope this mass murder does not change Norway too drastically like 9/11 transformed America into a fearful mass who believes in safety at all costs, even at the price of our rights and freedoms.

  2. The way this killing was done can be defined as nothing but cold blooded. If he had opened a machine gun on them, that would have been horrific, but to line them up and kill them one by one? shaking my head as I write this ’cause I really can’t process it. My mind keeps going to the parents and how they must be imagining their children’s deaths. It’s too much for anyone to comprehend.

  3. So sad I can not imagine the loss & emptiness one feels when this happens in your family, in your community, and in a country such as Norway. Like that article of the Telegraph mentions it’s innocence lost.

    Even sadder that Amy Winehouse lost her battle. Such raw vocal talent.

  4. As far as the loss of innocence, I just thought we had lost ours until 9/11. It is stunning what’s done in the name of “security.” I go on record here as being in opposition to the Patriot Act from the beginning. There were better ways to deal with the situation than it provided. But since I’m not political on this blog, I’ll refrain from discussing it.

  5. I should look twice before I hit publish; there is no comparing either tragic events

  6. There is absolutely nothing Christian about those acts. Those poor poor people – the worst nightmare from hell.

  7. I think the guy’s a right-wing extremist more than he’s a fundamentalist Christian to be honest, at least from the news reports I’ve read from Sweden.

    “What the hell?!” sums up my thoughts about it as well. When I first saw something about a “Norwegian terrorist” on the social networks I was wondering if it was some sort of weird joke. (Swedes and Norwegians joke about each other like the Brits and Irish joke about each other, and so on.) Then when I went to BBC News to read about it, it really was “and this happened in NORWAY?! O.O WTF!?!” Horrible.

    And with the events there, the news that a chronic alcoholic drug-abuser has finally met the inevitable end she’s been working toward for years … well, boo hoo. I’m sorry for her friends and family, but that’s it. It’s cynical, sure, but Amy Winehouse has been hard at digging her own grave for years (she even had a hit song about her unwillingness to sort herself out) and on the other hand, 92 Norwegians have been slaughtered for no reason other than they happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. THAT’S tragic. Sorry for ranting. *cough*

  8. I agree that no comparison in magnitude, and yes, she brought it on herself. I’m still saddened by it. Senseless death is always sad to me. But you’ll notice I’m not writing a post about Amy Winehouse.

    This massacre in Norway just has me continually shaking my head. How someone could shoot 85 people and do it one by one is truly incomprehensible.

  9. Thank you for your boldness to speak for Christ and His followers. Hate and harm have absolutely nothing to do w/ the cause of Christ. You are such a good wordsmith (I feel so intimidated when I read your blogs b/c I don’t have a better handle on the English language – many times avoiding a comment b/c I cannot express myself w/out embarrassing myself). I thoroughly enjoy your entries and totally agree w/ this one. My heart goes out to the hurting families. My MaMa use to say, “No parent should ever out live their children.” (oh, the pain)

  10. I can´t still believe that it happend. My heart bleeds for Norway.

  11. You know how I feel about Norway and about Christianity and about G-d from my blog — I’m sympathetic to the first two and believe in the third. I fear what I am going to say here will not be popular but I will say it anyway because I think we’re not hearing enough of it. The reason to point out that this man called himself a Christian (whether we think his actions typical of Christians or worth of Christ, neither of which I do, btw) is to point out that the extremes of fanaticism are structurally similar in many religions. Had this man been Muslim, we’d be hearing now all about all the reasons why Islam is a dangerous religion, because it fosters this kind of activity — even though Muslim terrorists are disdained by most Muslims, even conservative Muslims, and Muslims terrorism is also worth neither of the religion nor of Allah. Those people in the U.S. who distrust Muslims / Islam and want to use these as a factor to marginalize fellow citizens or cast doubt on their integrity use such incidents with glee. That won’t happen here. In this case we’re hearing much more that the man is insane, extremist, politically motivated, etc., because our cultural sympathy for Christianity is so much higher than it is for Islam. I’d like to see the same courtesy or benefit of the doubt, whatever you want to call it, extended toward Muslims / Islam more generally after terrorist attacks, that is being extended towards Christians / Christianity in this case.

    A second point for me is that I think it’s too easy to write off stuff like this by saying “he calls himself a Christian but he’s not a Christian, so that has nothing to do with me.” I disagree with a lot of what Jews do in the name of preserving the Jewish people in Israel, but I don’t think I can evade responsibility for the fact that I am tied up in a religion with people who do terrible, disgusting things in its name, or in the name of G-d generally. We are our brothers’ keepers.

  12. Firstly thankyou Servetus for your points, very few people speak out like you and it is difficult for Muslims like us constantly battling against Islamophobia. Incidently I was verbally abused and physically threatened ( I should be killed the nutcase said) by a group of people while walking down with a friend, near Dale Street, where some of the filming was going for CA last year ( lots of police down there but non when I needed them!), and it brought home to me how much the media machine is geared towards demonising Muslims. It was interesting how in the media all we heard was how the attacks were organised by Al Qaeda etc etc bla bla bla ba and when it was established he was calling himself a Christian he is now being touted as insane.
    The point I would like to make is when a so called suicide bomber gives up his life leaves all his friends and familly and duties and obligations, he couldn’t be insane or depressed ( as many people who kill themselves are) but it must be because Islam is a demonic religion, but in this case he is being cited as insane. However it is good to see that the Norwegian authorities are having none of that. It was pointed out to me by a lawyer friend that if the insanity plea sticks he wont be tried…

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