When news of the Norwegian mass murderer surfaced, the chattering classes, the media, and the Commentariat were quick to react. Able quickly to dismiss the canard of Islamic terrorism, the narrative changed. Suddenly, Anders Behring Breivik was a right wing fundamentalist Christian. That has had more sticking traction. At least thirty-six hours. So it will now inevitably go down as cold hard fact.
Would that the truth were so congenial. Sufficient time has elapsed to discover and read Breivik's Manifesto. The Commentariat and its supine media have gone strangely silent. Having framed the narrative, it is now time to move on to other matters it would seem.
It turns out, however, that Breivik--far from being a Christian--is a self-confessed apostate.
Rejecting the Christian faith he is--wait for it--an amoral fundamental Darwinist. In other words he has got Darwinism down pat. Survival is where its at--and Breivik wanted to ensure that cultural secular Christendom (as he defined it) survived in Europe. The enemy to be defeated was Islam. One imagines that the New Atheists, the Ditchkens brigade, may be disquietly gratified, for they too earnestly contend against the evils and encroach of Islam and want defend the cultural heritage of the West, in the name of atheistic secular Dawinism. They too champion the higher light of science over primitive superstition. At last, in Breivik, they have what would appear to be a truly Darwinian warrior. It will be interesting to see how they seek to differentiate and distance themselves from one of their own.
World Net Daily provides the following summary of Breivik's ideology as it emerges in his Manifesto.
"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," he writes. "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).His definition of a "perfect Europe" is where: "'logic' and rationalist thought (a certain degree of national Darwinism) should be the fundament of our societies" (Manifesto, p. 1386). When interviewing himself he asks, Name one person you would like to meet? His answer: "The Pope and Vladimir Putin . . . " He notes that he would not like to be Putin's enemy. (He does not explain why he would like to meet the Pope.)
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). 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)). The PCCTS, Knights Templar is therefore not a religious organisation [sic] but rather a Christian 'culturalist' military order." 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," he says. "I've always been very pragmatic and influenced by my secular surroundings and environment. In the past, I remember I used to think: 'Religion is a crutch for weak people. What is the point in believing in a higher power if you have confidence in yourself!? Pathetic.' Perhaps this is true for many cases. Religion is a crutch for many weak people, and many embrace religion for self-serving reasons as a source for drawing mental strength (to feed their weak emotional state [for] example during illness, death, poverty etc.). Since I am not a hypocrite, I'll say directly that this is my agenda as well. However, I have not yet felt the need to ask God for strength, yet."
The more one reads his ramblings, the more one gets a hint of Nietzsche--the rationalist Uberman, defying God and all others to enforce his own holy order upon society. The cold, rationalist Darwinist exterminating others without pity to ensure the survival of his favoured species. Thus, Zarathustra has spoken.
For our part, we mourn with those families who mourn in Norway. We hope that Breivik will not be judged insane, but made to face due retribution for his murderous rampage--although we are aware that in Norway that does not mean much.