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Norway Attacks and Camp Shootings: Is Anders Behring Breivik a Christian Terrorist?


anders behring breivikNorwegian Anders Behring Breivik was formally charged Monday for back-to-back attacks in Norway that killed at least 93 people.

Several news outlets had speculated that al Qaeda was behind the Friday bombing of a government building in downtown Oslo and shooting spree at a youth camp on the island of Utoya.

Yes. This looked liked the signature work of a radical, fundamentalist Muslim terrorist.

That’s why Norway, and the rest of the world, was shocked when Friday’s headlines of some newspapers, including the New York Times, declared Breivik as a “right-wing, fundamentalist Christian terrorist”. Needless to say, such headlines stirred controversy.

So, who is Anders Behring Breivik and what were his motives? One only needs to look at his manifesto for answers.

The Man and His Motive According to the Left

He's a 32-year-old nationalist angered by the rise of multiculturalism in Norway. In a 1,500-page manifesto that appears to plagiarize large chunks from the writings of  “Unabomber” Theodore Kaczynski, he vents his rage against "cultural Marxism," Islam, and feminism in Europe.

Investigators say Breivik had planned Friday's attacks for years, hoping to use them as a declaration of war against the "Islamization of Western Europe.

Many on the left see Breivik’s motives as a clear sign that he is indeed, a Christian Fundamentalist terrorist. The Daily Kos couldn’t wait to jump to this conclusion because they, and many other people on the left, are so eager to show the world the moral equivalency between Christianity and Islam. See? See? Christian terrorism is just as bad!”

Remember when former The View host Rosie O’Donnell compared the threat of “radical” Christianity in America to radical Islam throughout the world?

A Closer Look at His Manifesto

When one puts down the Kool-aid and actually reads sections of Beivek’s manifesto, it is abundantly clear that he is not a “fundamental Christian terrorist”. He published enough of his thoughts to make it clear that even in his saner moments, his ideology had nothing to do with Christianity but was based on a fixation of what he believes is the spread of Islam in Western Europe and a loathing of "Marxists", by which he meant anyone to the left of Genghis Khan.

He denounces multiculturalism:

Tell me one country where Muslims have lived peacefully with non-Muslims without the Jihad.

...How many thousands of new Europeans must die, how many one hundred thousand European women should be raped, millions robbed and tractor discarded before you understand that multiculturalism + Islam does not work.

He was definitely a far right opponent of Muslims. He obsessively posted statistics showing the growth of Muslim populations in Lebanon, Kosovo, Kashmir and even Turkey over the centuries in order to demonstrate the same process was under way in Oslo right now, as well as in other European cities.

But he is definitely not a Christian Fundamentalist, though he references Christianity throughout his manifesto. More specifically, he calls himself a Justiciar Knight and explains what that means insofar as belief in Christianity:

This is a cultural war, our definition of being a Christian does not necessarily constitute that you are required to have a personal relationship with God or Jesus. Being a Christian can mean many things; That you believe in and want to protect Europe’s Christian cultural heritage. The European cultural heritage, our norms (moral codes and social structures included), our traditions and our modern political systems are based on Christianity – Protestantism, Catholicism, Orthodox Christianity and the legacy of the European enlightenment (reason is the primary source and legitimacy for authority).

It is not required that you have a personal relationship with God or Jesus in order to fight for our Christian cultural heritage and the European way. In many ways, our modern societies and European secularism is a result of European Christendom and the enlightenment. It is therefore essential to understand the difference between a ‘Christian fundamentalist theocracy’ (everything we do not want) and a secular European society based on our Christian cultural heritage (what we do want).

It is enough that you are a Christian-agnostic or a Christian atheist (an atheist who wants to preserve at least the basics of the European Christian cultural legacy (Christian holidays, Christmas and Easter). The PCCTS, Knights Templar is therefore not a religious organisation [sic] but rather a Christian ‘culturalist’ military order.”

After examining these passages, one can ascertain that he was not driven by religious motives. He is not seeking the pearly gates of heaven. He dismisses the need for a personal relationship with God.

Instead, his motives are clearly secular. He wants to preserve European culture in the wave of an encroaching Muslim culture.  He is an ethnocentric bigot. But he is barely Christian.

This man was a Christian as much as Adolf Hitler and Timothy McVeigh were Christians, though the names just mentioned are a favorite arguing point of the left when it comes to Christian vs. Muslim violence. Look at history (or at least the hyperlinks above) and you'll find both Hitler and McVeigh hated organized Christianity.

Muslim Jihadists, unlike Breivik, kill for religious reasons. Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, inspired some radical members of his faith to embrace a religious ideal of killing non-Muslims and death in Allah’s Cause, Holy War, Jihad.

Muslim Jihadists are sometimes motivated to become suicide bombers thanks to a passage in the Koran, promising martyrs a reward of 72 virgins in paradise for their sacrifice.

Before we label this monster, Breivik, a Christian terrorist, provide some evidence. Did he yell, "Jesus is Great!" before he shot them like Mr. "Allahu Akbar!" Nidal Malik Hasan did before he mowed down our soldiers at Fort Hood? Did he read the teachings of Jesus, and base his actions on them? Did a Christian sermon motivate him to go out and murder people who did not believe in the gospel of his faith? Where are the Christians waving Bibles in the street cheering such madness? Is he anticipating a heavenly reward of 72 virgins for his massacre?

So far, none of the above things have been reported, though he posted anti-Islam and right-wing extremist ratings on Christian message boards.

I guess that is enough for the myopic left-wingers to say he was Christian Fundamentalist Terrorist.

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Contact Erik Uliasz at euliasz@philly2philly.com

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