Magnus: It was a comparison between me and Breivik, it was pathetic, uncalled for, and you should be ashamed of yourself for it. It obviously isn't just me who thinks so, too. I won't respond to
such nonsense in the future. That is all I have to say about that. (It is so rediculous and offensive that it is almost comical - "Godwin's Law" springs to mind).
Suprisingly, for someone who started the discussion, you have contributed almost nothing to it since then.
However, I do think that fear is somewhat relevant to the discussion. Are the newspapers needlessly trying to spread fear, when we really have nothing to fear? Or do we genuinely have a problem
that should worry us? Or are the media creating fear because of their incessant reporting? I don't think those are easy questions to answer, and think they are well worth
discussing. As I mentioned in a previous comment: let's assume we don't have a problem, as some other people have commented. But at what point do we have a problem? Ten people like
Bhatti? A hundred? A thousand? How would we know when it becomes a problem if we don't want the media to report it?! Again, hard questions to answer, and things well worth discussing, in a peaceful
and constructive way.
Let's take this Bhatti guy, for example: he would like to push a stone-age belief-system on the rest of us in Norway, which would result in misery for most people. Sharia law; forcing women to
live their lives in cloth bags; genital mutilation; etc etc. Societies where this belief system is widespread are the worst societies in the world to live in for women and children (infant mortality
rates and life expectancy figures back this up). It is interesting to point out that those societies are not even nice places to live for the men.
Does that make me fearful? Well it doesn't make me feel happy. And it doesn't make me want to go and live in those societies. And it doesn't make me feel totally easy if that kind of worldview is
spreading here. But has it spread here? Is it just Bhatti and his 2-3 crackpot friends? Or do they represent a far larger group who think like them, that are already here? I don't know for sure, but
I do think it is something that we should continue discussing, and I do think that we should not lie to ourselves that these people don't exist, and that they don't pose a threat.
Personally I am of the opinion that this guy Bhatti (and Breivik, for that matter) should be given time in the media. We should discuss their ideas, and their worldviews. We
should not censor their views from the media. We should not hide their views away, and pretend these people don't exist. We should use peaceful and reasonable argument to break their ideas down and
expose them for what they really are: hateful, disgusting ideologies.
We should beat them not by playing by their rules (censorship, etc) or by ignoring them - but we should beat them using our rules - the rules that are at the very heart of us,
and our democracies - the rules that previous generations gave up their lives to defend: freedom of speech, rational discussion and reason.