Yesterdays explosions in central Oslo are reported to have claimed at least seven lives. A few hours later, 84 people were killed in the shootings at a youth camp on the island of Utoeya.

With the motive still unknown, Norway police have described the suspect in Friday’s deadly attacks in Oslo as an “ethnic Norwegian” and “Christian fundamentalist,” dismissing reports of links to rightwing extremists, reportedDeutsche Welle.

According to Norwegian police, the 32-year-old man charged with the Oslo bombing and shooting attacks is a blonde-haired and blue-eyed “ethnic Norwegian” with no apparent links to rightwing extremists or terrorist groups, Deutsche Welle reported.

However, the vast majority of websites chose to describe the perpetrator in somewhat different terms. Thedouble standard is easy to see.

About526 websites did describe the alleged perpetrator as a Christian fundamentalist, a Google News search revealed on July 23, morning.

A larger number,7,780 websites, described the alleged perpetrator as a Christian extremeist, the Google News search revealed on the same July 23, morning.

And, despite the fact that Norwegian police had dismissed reports of links to “rightwing extremists, the vast majority,88,500 websites, described the alleged perpetrator as a right-wing extremeist, the Google News search revealed on the same July 23, morning.

Of course, had the alleged perpetrator been a Muslim, the vast majority of websites would have described him as a Muslim and/or Islamic fundamentalist even if the motive for the attack had little or nothing to do with his faith.

The double standard makes it easier to deny civil freedoms to Muslims in America, and to sell Americans on making war on largely Muslim lands.

 

Copyright 2011, Enver Masud