Norway Attacks Put Spotlight on Rise of Right-Wing Sentiment in Europe – NYTimes.com   Leave a comment

First reaction to the event in Norway is the human sadness surrounding it. On the heels comes the seeking of understanding….of who and what is the motive  for it. This is going to require a serious examination. In democracies we have a built in tolerance level for difference of thought….how far do we let the pendulum swing where it then threatens to harm the very democratic society that allows the freedom of thought to exist in the first place ? That calls for God given discernment, knowledge, understanding and wisdom.  

” “But neither does Norway exist in a vacuum. Its right-wing scene is connected to the rest of Europe through the Internet forums where hate speech proliferates and through right-wing demonstrations that draw an international mix of participants.

“This may be the act of a lone, mad, paranoid individual,” said Hajo Funke, a political scientist at the Free University in Berlin who studies rightist extremism, referring to the right-wing fundamentalist Christian charged in connection with the killings, “but the far-right milieu creates an atmosphere that can lead such people down that path of violence.” ”

via Norway Attacks Put Spotlight on Rise of Right-Wing Sentiment in Europe – NYTimes.com.

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Posted July 24, 2011 by arnoneumann in Europe, Politics

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