UPDATE (July 26):
- Death toll revised to 76.
- Breivik’s attorney says the killer used some kind of drugs before the massacre — drugs that were designed to keep him strong and awake.
- Attorney also says Breivik “hates democracy and all who believe in it.”
While the MSM are yakking on and on about Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik being a “right-wing Christian fundamentalist,” World Net Daily (WND) has done the homework by reading Breivik’s 1,500-page manifesto, which he had helpfully posted online for anyone to read.
Breivik is the 32-year-old psychopath who, last Friday, July 22, killed more than 87 people in Norway — 7 in a bombing in Oslo; more than 80 at a Labor Party youth retreat on the island of Utoya.
Self-portrait of Anders Breivik, posing in a diving suit with gun.
Based on WND’s research and other analyses, here are the reasons why Breivik is *NOT* a Christian, even less a Christian fundamentalist:
1. He’s a Darwinist: “As for the Church and science, it is essential that science takes an undisputed precedence over biblical teachings.” Answering a question he himself asks, “What should be our civilisational [sic] objectives, how do you envision a perfect Europe?”, Breivik’s answer is hardly that of a Christian: “rationalist thought (a certain degree of national Darwinism) should be the fundament [sic] of our societies.”
2. He says he’s not religious: “Regarding my personal relationship with God, I guess I’m not an excessively religious man.” Over and over again, Breivik goes out of his way to make clear to readers of his manifesto that he is not motivated by Christian faith: “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…. Religion is a crutch for many weak people…I have not yet felt the need to ask God for strength, yet.”
3. He doubts the existence of God [some Christian he is!]: “I went from moderately agnostic to moderately religious.”
4. He does not pray: In discussing his preparation for the mass murder, he writes: “I have been working on this book [the manifesto] now for almost two years. It’s essential that you reward yourself and enjoy life in this period…. I have been practising [sic] certain rituals and meditation to strengthen my beliefs and convictions. For me, the most common ritual is taking a long walk listening to my favourite [sic] music on my iPod.”
5. He wants Europe to remain Christian because of cultural, not religious, reasons. Breivik objects to Islam because he sees Europe as being taken over by Muslims, and Europeans as losing their identity. Breivik’s solution is that Norway and Europe return and preserve their historical culture, which is Christian. As Breivik explains:
“As 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…. The European cultural heritage, our norms (moral codes and social structures included), our traditions and our modern political systems are based on Christianity…. 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…. 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 (an atheist who wants to preserve at least the basics of the European Christian cultural legacy (Christian holidays, Christmas and Easter)).”
6. Breivik claims membership in the Freemasons (Manifesto, p. 1369), which many Christians (especially the Catholic Church) consider to be a cultic organization.
7. Breivik supports abortion in cases of rape and “if the baby has mental or physical disabilities.” (Manifesto, pg 1179)
To conclude, it’s an insult to Christianity to call Anders Breivik a right-wing Christian fundamentalist. When Breivik identifies himself as “100-percent Christian,” he is referring to himself as being part of the historical European Christian CULTURE. He is not Christian in the religious sense of the word. He doesn’t even believe that there is a God, even less that Jesus Christ is God.
Catholic commentator and media personality Michael Coren observes:
“No intelligent person, and certainly no informed Christian, would regard this as the statement of a follower of Christ, let alone a fundamentalist follower. So why the hysterical boasts that he was a Christian? Obvious. It inflates the bubble of propaganda and lies. So different to when yet another Islamist attack occurs – four over the weekend by the way – and media does everything it can to distance the killers from Islam.”