40,000 Norwegians Protest Mass Murderer's Statement
Two women had an idea, and forty thousand people showed up to bring it to fruition.
The power of an idea
Anders Behring Breivik, the deranged mass murderer who gunned down 77 people at a Norwegian school last year, charged during his trial that the Pete Seeger song Children of the Rainbow, or Rainbow Race in Norwegian, which is universally popular in Norway and frequently sung by schoolchildren, is "brainwashing young Norwegians to embrace multiculturalism." According to ireland.com..."Breivik has called his victims 'traitors' who deserved death for embracing left wing values which, in his view, opened Europe to a slow-motion Muslim invasion."
Last week two Norwegian women had the idea to gather in the center of Oslo to sing the song. They expected "about forty or fifty people," one of them said. Instead, 40,000 showed up, and guitar-strumming folk singer Lillebjoern Nilsen led them in singing. "It's we who win," he said. In addition to the Oslo crowd, many of whom held roses above their heads and swayed gently back and forth to the music, similar gatherings took place in cities, towns and villages all over Norway.
I believe you will find this video inspiring.
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