The U.S. could have gone in a different direction -- other than war and shopping -- after 9/11. When the sky was weeping, a different sort of leader might have reaffirmed the largest of American values rather than exploited the smallest.
We are not a nation of "racist teabaggers" or "weak-kneed treehuggers." We are relatives, neighbors, friends, coaches, teachers, firefighters, cops, nurses, janitors, businessmen, and children at summer camp.
For all of the Christians who have expressed outrage in recent days, you need not worry. You're safe. No, the guilt-by-association principle does not apply when unspeakable violence is carried out in the name of Christianity.
Friday's combined attacks were aimed at the ruling Labor party, but they were horrifyingly and more specifically aimed at killing the young people who would have been the future of Norway's Labor party: a massacre of the innocents.