VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- Not long after the terrible massacre in Norway, the media started searching for scapegoats, and they began to pin the blame on an influential American blogger.
Some news articles about the killings have suggested that accused mass murderer Anders Breivik was inspired by a handful of bloggers who write about the dangers of Islam on the Internet.
Breivik sought to kill members and supporters of Norway's ruling Labor Party, which he believes has allowed Norway to be Islamisized.
The press zeroed in on one respected Islamic expert in particular, Robert Spencer, who blogs on the website, Jihadwatch.org.
"Tonight, officials are pouring over this 1,500-page manifesto that Breivik wrote, he quoted heavily, not only from the Unabomber, but from American blogger Robert Spencer, who shares his suspicion of Islam," ABC's World News Tonight reported in the days that followed the massacre.
But Spencer has never called for violence against Muslims. He is the author of 10 books, including the New York Times bestsellers, "The Truth About Muhammad: Founder of the World's Most Intolerant Religion" and"The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam." He also leads seminars on Islam and jihad for the U.S. military, the FBI, and the intelligence community.
Critics of Islam have long been accused of hate speech, and some believe the Norway massacre is now being used as an excuse to further stifle criticism of Islam.
Robert Spencer was a featured guest on "The 700 Club," Wednesday, Aug. 3. Watch the entire interview.
--Published Aug. 3, 2011.