On July 22, Anders Behring Breivik went on a shooting rampage on Norway’s Utoya Island. At the time of this blog post, the most current reported number of casualties is 68.

Strangely, on his July 25 radio program, Glenn Beck smeared the victims of this tragedy by comparing them to Hitler youth, saying:

“As the thing started to unfold and there was a shooting at a political camp, which sounds a little like the Hitler Youth. Who does a camp for kids that’s all about politics? Disturbing.”

Needless to say, Beck’s smear was wildly off base. A former press secretary of Norway’s prime minister explained to The Daily Telegraph:

“Young political activists have gathered at Utoya for over 60 years to learn about and be part of democracy, the very opposite of what the Hitler Youth was about.  Glenn Beck’s comments are ignorant, incorrect and extremely hurtful.”

Audio of Beck’s remarks:

Beck is no stranger to smears and outrageous comparisons.  Just a few months ago, Beck claimed that Reform Judaism was akin to “radicalized Islam.”

Update (7/26/11):

On his radio show today, Glenn Beck offered no apology for comparing the victims to Hitler youth. Instead, he defended the use of Hitler analogies, explaining that if we can’t use Hitler comparisons in “logical conversation” then “we are going to be a society of gas chambers.”

Audio: