The terrorist was not a conservative Christian. His real religion was Islamophobia.
From the World
After ten years from the Utøya Massacre, Anders Behring Breivik, the perpetrator, is still called by some a “Christian fundamentalist.” The label is misleading.
Dr. Wertham’s successful campaign to prohibit certain comics in the U.S. largely relied on mental manipulation theories.
Crusades to ban a literature accused of “brainwashing the masses” show how far faulty theories of mental manipulation could go.
Discredited since the 1990s, theories that “cults” use mind control techniques are still promoted by anti-cultists, and now applied to QAnon and Trump.
Scholars of new religious movements succeeded in marginalizing mind control theories applied to religion. U.S. courts of law said they were right.
Originally, Russian and Chinese Communists were accused of using mind control techniques. Some mental health professionals extended the accusation to religions.
Having invented the theory, the CIA believed its own propaganda and tried to “brainwash” “volunteers” in Canada. It did not work.
Periodically, books and media revive the old discussion on “brainwashing.” There is only one problem about it, it does not exist.