When news came Friday that there had been a bloody attack in Norway, many people assumed that it was done by Islamic terrorists of some sort. Those assumptions produced the kind of hate-filled displays such as the one you see at the right. If the copy is too small to read, it says:
“MUSLIMS ATTACK PEACEFUL NORWAY: WAKE UP CALL FROM HELL!
Once again proof that appeasement does not work! The time has come to declare World War III on Islam. The only good Muslim is a dead Muslim.”
(The complete page is still online as I write this, but it might disappear.)
As it turns out, the attacks were actually carried out by a self-described conservative Christian Norwegian with blond hair and blue eyes. This sort of spoils the script for those who are eager to blame everything in the world on the people they hate.
The world is a far more complex place than many people realize. It seems that most people have a script in their heads about the way the world works. Their confirmation bias makes them only see the things that fit their script. The rest is simply ignored, as though it doesn’t exist. It’s bizarre, but it seems to be part of human nature.