The dead kids in Norway, according to Glenn Beck, were like “Hitler Youth”

I know the folks at Fox News aren’t telling you, but Anders Behring Breivik, the man suspected of killing close to 70 young members of Norway’s Labor Party on Friday, appears to be a right wing Christian fundamentalist. In fact, it would appear that his radical beliefs were, to a large extent, influenced by the kinds of right wing American bloggers that one often finds on Fox News, ranting about everything from the threat of Islam to the UN-driven “conspiracy” of global warming.

Speaking of Fox and their propagandists, did you see that Glenn Beck said yesterday that the children who had been gunned down in Norway sounded “a little like the Hitler Youth“? He said this because the island camp which these children had been attending was run by Norway’s liberal political party. Clearly, Beck feels as though it’s tantamount to Naziism to engage young adults in political discourse. Putting aside for a moment the belief held by some that FOX News hosts never use Nazi analogies (which is what I really wanted to talk about tonight), I find it curious that Beck feels this strongly about keeping young men and women from political indoctrination. Seeing as how his own 9/12 Project is operating a summer camp this year intended to indoctrinate impressionable kids to the ways of the Tea Party, I would have thought that he’d be a bit more understanding… One wonders if the kids attending his camp were gunned down, if he’d be so fast to pull out the Hitler Youth analogy.

While he doesn’t come right out and say it, Beck’s meaning is pretty clear — Anders Behring Breivik may be a terrible man, but there is something suspicious about these Norwegian kids who choose to spend their summers learning about progressive politics. He doesn’t, of course, say that they deserved to be hunted down and killed one by one on the tiny island, but the implication is that Breivik, whether you agree with his methods or not, stopped something that was questionable at best, if not downright sinister.

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  1. Edward
    Posted July 26, 2011 at 8:13 am | Permalink

    I can see making an Nazi analogy in this case, seeing as how a white supremacist tried to destroy his political opposition through the use of mass murder, but not so much with regard to the kids who were gunned down. You have to hand it to Beck. That’s why he still gets the big bucks.

  2. Erf
    Posted July 26, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

    If one were to follow Beck’s analogy through to its logical conclusion, it would make Breivik kind of like Eisenhower, right?

  3. K2
    Posted July 26, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

    Anders Behring Breivik can’t be a christian because no christian has ever committed an act of terrorism. Or so says Bill “Papa Bear” O’Reilly.

  4. Posted July 26, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

    Guess he’s never been to Ireland.

  5. josh
    Posted July 26, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

    or Israel for that matter:

  6. Posted July 26, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Permalink

    Was Tim McVeigh a Christian? I would consider him a terrorist.

  7. Aaron
    Posted July 26, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

    I hate it when people call this guy a Christian, it bothers me. Likewise, it probably bothers Muslims when our press calls middle eastern terrorists Muslims.

    Hitler was not liberal or conservative, he was a fascist. Glenn Beck clearly doesn’t understand political ideologies.

    Mark, Beck is crazy, everyone who reads your blogs knows it. It’s the people who don’t read this that actually think he’s sane.

  8. Posted July 26, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Permalink

    The KKK certainly considers itself Christian.

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