By Bryan Fischer
Follow me on Twitter: @BryanJFischer, on Facebook at “Focal Point”
Charles Manson hoped to trigger a race war by offing Sharon Tate and friends, hoping that blacks somehow would put his murder spree together with clues from from the Beatles’ song “Helter Skelter” and start going after whitey.
Anders Breivik of Norway, responsible for the deaths of 76 innocent human beings on Friday, was trying to do the same thing. Breivik somehow hoped that by knocking off a bunch of Norwegians, Norwegians somehow would somehow be motivated to launch a fresh wave of crusades against Muslims. It doesn’t make any sense to me, either.
(Others are likening him to Timothy McVeigh, but McVeigh was a self-described atheist who said “Science is my religion.”)
Much of his analysis of cultural trends in Europe and the danger created by Islamic immigration and infiltration is accurate. But clear thinking Westerners and every Christian I know believes these problems can be solved through public policy rather than mass murder.
Breivik’s angst was caused by the presence of so many Muslims in Norway and Europe, which he correctly observes is leading to “cultural annihilation.’ But he blames their presence not on the Muslims themselves but on the “cultural Marxists” and their obsession with diversity and unrestricted Islamic immigration. So he went after the Marxists rather than the Muslims.
I read or scanned Breivik’s entire 1518-page manifesto, “2083 - A European Declaration of Independence” yesterday afternoon instead of playing golf. He hung the name “2083” on the document because that is his target date for other Unabombers like himself to take control of Europe and return it to racial purity, especially of the Nordic kind. Although he vehemently denies any similarity to Hitler, methinks he doth protest too much. Breivik, you see, only believes in 60% of Hitler’s agenda. Says he, “60% (sic) of (Hitler’s) policies were great classical conservative policies and the...Knights Templar share these conservative policies even today” (p. 1164). So, Anders, exactly which 60% are we talking about here?
Breivik is all about racial purity, with his goal being to “prevent the ongoing genocide of the Nordic tribes” (p. 1153). He wants a “repro-genetics” program established on a state level, “which facilitates reproduction clinics who focus strictly on indigenous genotypes from pure sources (non-diluted (95-99% pure) Nordic genotypes) (sic) found in Northern Sweden and other areas...” (p. 1153). This, he argues, is not about ‘white supremacy” but is rather “an indigenous rights movement.”
In so doing he forgets another central doctrine of Christianity: “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Gal. 3:28). In Christianity, one’s spiritual identity is of far, far more importance than his racial identity. But that’s not the case with Breivik.
“We are a conservative organisation propagating cultural isolationism” (p. 1156), hardly consistent with the Christian ideal Christ left us to “make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). In other words, there’s not a lot of “cultural isolationism” in biblical Christianity.
He reiterates this concept a few short pages later. “The key to our survival is to liberalise the strict bio-technology laws and to commercialise and glorify repro-genetics while there is still a sustainable selection of Nordics of 99% purity left (this window of opportunity will be forever lost within 150 years). Not only will we have the option to secure our survival but we will be able to purify our tribe and add several IQ points to our off-spring in the same process” (p. 1159).
Breivik’s brave new world would involve a “network of surrogacy facilities” to “outsource breeding” of the Nordic genotype through the use of in vitro fertilization clinics in poor countries. “The donors of eggs and sperm (of course) will then exclusively carry the Nordic genotypes.” The state then would serve as “foster parents” to the children born to these surrogate mothers, children which would be placed in “boarding homes” until they turn 18 (pp. 1182, 1192).
Breivik is also high on the idea of the development of “artificial wombs” to propagate the pure Nordic species using the latest in “positive reprogenetics” technology (p. 1187).
Our environmentalist friends will be happy to know that Breivik is entirely on board with the myth that there are just too many people in the world. His solution to reducing pollution is to implement one child policies in all 2nd and 3rd world countries “where the birth rate is above 2.1.” As Margaret Sanger said and Hitler believed, “More children from the fit, less from the unfit.”
Breivik wants to impose a worldwide population cap of 2.5 billion people (down from today’s 6.8 billion) and impose “population capacity guidelines for continents or countries.” And he’s serious. If nations exceed their limits, and starvation threatens them as a result, “we should not support them by...send(ing) any form of aid” (p. 1202).
Again, this is a fundamentally anti-Christian view, as God commands man, on the first page of Scripture, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth” Genesis 1:28). It’s part of the Cultural Mandate that has never been revoked. Breivik is on the right side of far-out environmentalists on this one but on the wrong side of Christianity.
Oh, and he’s a big time greenie, and hopes to “phase out diesel/benzin vehicles (and thus end our dependency on Muslim oil) and focus on commercialising electric cars/battery cells” (p. 1200).
Friday’s attack was the first blow in what he called a “pre-emptive war” against the Marxists who have sold Europe” into Muslim slavery.” “The time for dialogue is over,” said Breivik, “[t]he time for armed resistance has come.”
Breivik claims to have revived the Knights Templar, who were sworn to protect Christian pilgrims to the Holy Land from the depredations of Muslims. However, Breivik is notably lax about demanding doctrinal purity of his new Knights. “Requirements: must be a Christian, Christian agnostic or a Christian atheist,” whatever a “Christian atheist” is.
But Breivik ignores some unambiguous Christian teaching along the way, beginning with the Scripture’s admonition, “Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord” (Romans 12:19).
And forget all that Christian “just war” theory that stresses protecting civilians if at all possible. “Some innocent will die in our operations as they are simply at the wrong place at the wrong time. Get used the idea. The needs of the many will always surpass the needs of the few “(p. 837.) (Note: I did not think to note page numbers on some of the earlier quotes, and wasn’t about to slog back through this bilge to find them.)
Here is what amounts to Breivik’s rewrite of Romans 12: “As a Justiciar Knight you are operating as a jury, judge and executioner on behalf of all free Europeans. Never forget that it is not only your right to act against the tyranny of the cultural Marxist/multiculturalist elites of Europe, it is your duty to do so” (p. 837).
But according to Christianity, the power of the sword to take life in the cause of national defense and justice has been granted to civil government, not “Solo Martyr Cells.” It is the “governing authorities” who do “not bear the sword in vain” (Romans 13:1,4).
Breivik calls himself a Christian of a sort, although he freely admits that he himself has no personal relationship with Christ at all and didn’t pray at all until just shortly before the attack.
On June 11, he wrote these words: “I prayed for the first time in a very long time today. I explained to God that unless he wanted the Marxist-Islamic alliance and the certain Islamic takeover of Europe to completely annihilate European Christendom within the next hundred years he must ensure that the warriors fighting for the preservation of European Christendom prevail. He must ensure that I succeed with my mission and as such; contribute to inspire thousands of other revolutionary conservatives/nationalists; anti-Communists and anti-Islamists throughout the European world” (p. 1459). So the one prayer we know that he prayed was that God would help him kill as many innocent, unsuspecting human beings as possible. Sound like Christianity to you?
Says he, “If you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and God then you are a religious Christian. Myself and many more like me do not necessarily have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and God” (p. 1307).
For good measure he adds, “I’m not going to pretend I’m a very religious person as that would be a lie. I’ve always been very pragmatic and influenced by my secular surroundings and environment...I have not yet felt the need to ask God for strength” (p. 1344).
He assures his would-be jihadist colleagues, “The cultural factors are more important than your personal relationship with God, Jesus or the holy spirit (sic). Even Odinists can fight with us or by our side as brothers in this fight as long as they accept the founding principles of (the) Knights Templar...So no, you don’t need to have a personal relationship with God or Jesus to fight for our Christian cultural heritage. It is enough that you are a Christian-agnostic or a Christian atheist” (pp. 1360, 1361).
Breivik is counting on the indulgences offered all crusaders by Pope Urban II and Pope Innocent III, which guarantees entrance into heaven, and which is virtually no different than a Muslim’s conviction that killing people in the name of Allah is the only way to guarantee eternal life.
But just in case, Breivik argues that you ought to make sure you get right with God before you go out and kill people. “There is no shame in praying minutes before your death. I highly recommend that you, prior to the operation, visit a Church and perform the Eucharist (Holy Communion/The Lord's Supper)” (p. 1345).
Plus, he set aside some walking around money to fool around with a high class prostitute or two the week before the deed to blow off some steam. He is sure God will understand.
“I have reserved 2000 Euro from my operations budget which I intend to spend on a high quality model escort girl 1 week prior to execution of the mission. I will probably arrange that just before or after I attend my final martyrs mass in Frogner Church. It will contribute to ease my mind as I imagine I will get tense and very nervous. It is easier to face death if you know you are biologically, mentally and spiritually at ease” (p. 1424).
Breivik also writes of storing three bottles of Chateau Kirwan 1979 (a French red wine) and saving them for the occasion. “My thought was to save the last flask for my last martyrdom celebration and enjoy it with the two high class model whores I intend to rent prior to the mission. My interpretation of being a ‘Perfect Knight’ does not and should not include celibacy...the Justiciar Knight should be encouraged to embrace and take advantage of a significant reward system designed to increase focus and remove any last doubts. A pragmatic approach, which involves acknowledging the primal aspects of man for the purpose of preparing him for a martyrdom operation, should always take precedence over misguided piety, which only increases the chance of jeopardizing the execution of the operation” (p. 1434).
All this is hardly the stuff of biblical Christianity, which teaches, “This is the will of God... that you abstain from sexual immorality” (1 Thessalonians 4:3). For Breivik, the “will of God” is nothing more than “misguided piety.”
In sum, he sounds like a Nordic jihadist, much more like the 21st hijacker than anything else. Remember that the 9/11 hijackers partied down the night before they took the lives of 3000 Americans, since martyrdom in the cause was a guarantee of Paradise no matter what scummy things you were involved in even moments before. Take enough infidel dogs with you, entrance guaranteed. Breivik believed the same thing about taking down enough cultural Marxists and their young offspring.
“You hear this song as you push forward to annihilate one of their flanks, head shotting two of your foes in bloody fervor trying to survive. This angelic voice sings to you from the heavens, strengthening your resolve in a hopeless battle. Your last desperate thrust kills another two of your enemies. But it isn’t enough as you are now completely surrounded; your time is now. This voice is all you hear as your light turns to darkness and you enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. This must surely be the most glorious way to claim the honour of martyrdom in battle” (p. 849).
In fact, he openly admits that his strategy was borrowed from Muslims. “Solo-cell systems in combination with martyrdom is the most efficient and deadly form of modern warfare. This strategy was adapted by Jihadist groups” (p. 919).
And just like his jihadi brothers, he hopes his example will inspire other homicide bombers. “You will become a role model for hundreds, perhaps thousands of new emerging martyrs fighting the good fight, our fight” (p. 940).
Breivik’s view of Christianity is a Catholic one. The Protestant church is just too weak and compromised in his view, and the only hope is for spineless Protestants to rejoin the Catholic church in a kind of reverse Reformation. “Only by turning to Rome may Protestants be able to see some of the shortcomings of our espoused faith” (p. 1130).
But his view of the Church and its role sounds like something he got from the Freedom from Religion Foundation. “The Church and church leaders will not be allowed to influence non-cultural political matters in any way...This will also include all areas relating to procreation/birth/fertility policies and related issues of scientific importance (reprogenetics)...Furthermore, the Church will not be allowed to influence domestic issues relating to national security...” (p. 1137).
There is no reason to think he did not act alone. He devotes extensive time talking about “Solo Martyr Cells” which would be “completely unknown to our enemies,” and allow the individual “to stay hidden until he is ready to ‘activate’ himself.” His last post, on the day of the attack itself, refers to many of his personal friends by name, and it is clear that he had kept his plotting secret from all of them. I don’t think we will find any accomplices.
“You are normally required to plan absolutely everything alone; fight alone to see your mission through and you are likely to die alone...I do not find it problematical (to) hide my true ideological agenda from everyone else” (p. 845).
He even reveals the strategy he used: “Make a sound in the east (bomb in Oslo), then strike in the west (shooting up the summer camp)” (p. 918).
Targeting youth camps was an explicit part of his strategy, since one or more of the leaders of the cultural Marxists would be there at some point. “The prime minister usually visits during summer season” (p. 918). Evidently a high ranking official of one of Norway’s leading political parties was scheduled to be in camp on the island the day of the attack.
He even included in his manifesto a draft of the opening and closing statements at his own trial, arguing that he was acting in preemptive self-defense against the cultural genocide foisted on Europe by its Marxist leadership. He likens himself to Sitting Bull, who fought for the indigenous peoples against Custer, the foreign interloper (pp. 1104-1108).
Here’s the bottom line for this self-proclaimed Christian: he doesn’t believe a personal relationship with Christ is necessary, he’s prayed once in recent memory (that God would help him kill as many people as possible), he doesn’t believe in a Christian view of sexuality, he doesn’t believe the values of Christianity should play any role in public policy, he doesn’t believe in a Christian view of population and fertility, he believes in taking conception and child-raising away from moms and dads and giving them to scientists and the state, he believes in 60% of Hitler’s agenda and his highest good is not unity in Christ but ethnic purity.
In other words, he may call himself a Christian. But I don’t think anybody else will.
(Unless otherwise noted, the opinions expressed are the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the views of the American Family Association or American Family Radio.)