Religious conservatives in the United States went on the defensive after media described the suspect in last week’s shooting rampage in Norway as a Christian fundamentalist.
Christian Broadcasting Network veteran Dale Hurd called usage of religious terms to identify confessed murderer Anders Behring Breivik “really sloppy and probably opportunistic journalism by the left-wing media.”
“I have covered the so-called far right all across Europe and it is full of people who call themselves Christians who never go to church, clearly do not have a personal relationship [with] Christ, and they call themselves a Christian almost in a patriotic sense that they stand with their country in the way that it was founded,” Hurd said.
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April 30, 2009
Dear BWA Member Bodies,
We greet you and pray you are doing well and rejoicing in our Lord, no matter what your circumstances.
I write today to share with you the formal BWA response to an Open Letter from Muslim Scholars entitled A Common Word, addressed to the leaders of Christian World communions, and received at the BWA Office in the fall of 2007.