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The Associated Press's Accusations Don't Trump Terrorism Realities

3:52 PM, Aug 1, 2011 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
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Mark Juergensmeyer, editor of the book “Global Religions: An Introduction” and a sociology professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, wrote an essay likening Breivik to Timothy McVeigh, the American who killed 168 people in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. It was the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil until 9/11.

McVeigh and Breivik were both “good-looking young Caucasians, self-enlisted soldiers in an imagined cosmic war to save Christendom … and both were Christian terrorists,” Juergensmeyer wrote.

This is simply erroneous. Timothy McVeigh was not a "Christian" terrorist (and the issue of Breivik's faith, or lack thereof, is also complicated). The idea that McVeigh committed his crimes in the name of religion has no basis in reality, and it's simply a left-wing myth that has to be consistently slapped down. The AP should get its own facts straight before they run around accusing others of being reactionary.

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