Norway is known as a beautiful country, but it is also known as a “free-living” society where morals are subjective and a bit murky. “Norway is known as one of the most progressive social democracies in the world” (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2018394/Norway-massacre-Anders-Behring-Breiviks-fascism-mask-morality.html#ixzz24Tl3mDBl).
It’s interesting that in a liberal country like Norway those in authority found enough within their judicial system to incarcerate a man for 21 years for the killing of 77 innocent people; that’s less than 4 months of incarceration for each death! In a May 29 Time article by Mark Lewis we learn that Norway is proud of their “liberal judicial system.” He further said: “Norway faces a devilish task in maintaining adherence to its liberal values while ensuring a severity of sentence to articulate a popular demand for justice” (http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2115900,00.html).
“Devilish” is an interesting word to use in this context, isn’t it? It is possible that the 21 year sentence could turn into something longer, but is justice being served with this man still living after he had taken the lives of so many innocent people? Evidently, some liberals think so! An impenitent man serves time in prison where his own liberties are limited, but still existing.
I suppose Norway’s liberalism is a logical conclusion to a philosophy that removes God from its foundation. Rather than engage in a debate within the country concerning the validity of their judicial system many want to engage in debate regarding immigration! One philosophy professor said: “‘This attack has not in any way succeeded in redefining our liberal democracy,’ said Oslo University philosophy professor Lars Fredrik Svendsen. ‘The Norwegian judicial system has shown itself as rock solid during this trial’” (http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/08/24/us-norway-breivik-idUSBRE87N09A20120824).
There is a word in Scripture that says, “if the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” The righteous, godly, moral, and innocent can do next to nothing but try to survive when justice turns into injustice.
Printed in the Mattoon-Charleston Newspaper (JG-TC.com) August 27, 2012