Recently The New York Times published an op-ed by Roger Cohen about the Anders Behring Breivik attacks in Norway that openly accuses Christians, Conservatives and Tea Party people of promoting mass murder and mayhem.

Cohen pulls no punches here. For example:

“Breivik is no loner. His violence was brewed in a specific European environment that shares characteristics with the specific American environment of (Gabrielle Giffords’ shooter Jared) Loughner: relative economic decline, a jobless recovery, middle-class anxiety and high levels of immigration serving as the backdrop for racist Islamophobia and use of the spurious specter of a “Muslim takeover” as a wedge political issue to channel frustrations rightward.”

A nice try, except Loughner suffered from none of these; he was a heavy drug user (thank you liberals), a fairly well-off college youth who was likely in love with Rep. Giffords.  He never spoke of economic problems, anxiety, or immigration as having anything to do with what he did.  Yet the media immediately tried to tar conservatives with Loughner, and here Cohen continues to do so against all evidence. And in the aftermath of Loughner we were told we needed to ratchet down the extreme political discourse, yet here we have Cohen openly accusing our side of promoting mass murder – hardly what one would call toned-down rhetoric.

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