With a defiant closed-fist salute, a right-wing fanatic admitted Monday to a bomb-and-shooting massacre that killed 77 people in Norway but pleaded not guilty to criminal charges, saying he was acting in self-defense.
On the first day of his long-awaited trial, Anders Behring Breivik rejected the authority of the court as it sought to assign responsibility for the July 22 attacks that shocked Norway and jolted the image of terrorism in Europe.
“I don’t recognize Norwegian courts because you get your mandate from the Norwegian political parties who support multiculturalism,” Breivik said in his first comments to the court.
“I admit to the acts, but not criminal guilt,” he told the court, insisting he had acted in self-defense.
He was just the first to make a splash, as it were. History ebbs and flows with acts such as these, acts by singular individuals who are true believers. One does not have to be dark skinned and play to Allah to be considered a true believer. Maybe that is what is wrong with us in the West, that we are not longer able to grasp the concept of those who are true believers in what they hold dear.
Breivik is a true believer. Further, he feels under attack. He feels like a protector. Worse still, he feels like a prophet. In some ways, he is. He is revealing to us the undercurrents of European reactionary thought to the changing world order. Of an interesting note, another prophet, this one heard only after he died, is the author of the books about girls and tattoos who like to kick over hornets nests, Stieg Larsson. One of the undercurrents of Larsson’s books is the rise of the pro-white politics in Europe and the reality it is bringing to life as the world insists that these beliefs ended in 1945. He too was a true believer.
You may wish to dismiss the actions of Breivik as one of a moral monster, labeling him insane. I do not believe he meets the definition of the last one. He knows exactly what and why he is doing what he is doing. He knows full well why he rejects the legality of the courts and why it is necessary to murder, Old Testament style, the children of your enemies. What’s more, he wrote this down. He wants others to follow him. They will.
The good news is that the hearing was closed and contact is shut-off, except for his attorney. Stories are all over the net at this moment about the accomplices in Britain and Poland, although Poland is denying an arrest at this moment. Supposedly, he has at least two more ‘cells’, however…
Norwegian police are investigating claims by Anders Behring Breivik, who has admitted carrying out Friday’s twin attacks in Norway, that he has “two more cells” working with him.
Mr Breivik made the claim as he attended his first court hearing following the bombing in Oslo and a massacre on an island youth camp that killed at least 93 people in total.
Mr Breivik said his attacks were a “shock signal” to Norway’s people. (here)
Also, Bruce Bawer, who is quoted some 22 times in Breivik’s manifesto, analyzes himself and his writings in light of Oslo. The Wall Street editorialist is also the author of the book “While Europe Slept: How Radical Islam Is Destroying the West from Within.” I have to agree with Bawer when he writes that Breivik is highly intelligent and very well read in European history and the history of modern ideas. In speaking with Rodney over the weekend, who is reading the manifesto and deconstructing it, the appearance of insanity is only in the man’s actions, but it may just be an appearance. After all, I would counter, if the man wants to start a war (immoral doesn’t equal insanity) and is convinced that he is not acting alone, and thus being encouraged, he may see this as a first of many incidents leading to what he wants, as he states in his book. Further, as Bawer goes on to note, the incidents were meant to not just make a statement, but to destroy the next generation of leaders of Norway’s left. He goes on, not to denounce his ideas or to modify them, but to recast them as now the victim. They are hurt by Breivik’s actions – who understood completely Bawer’s call to action, although for Bawer, misunderstood the action being called for.
My concern is for the revitalization of Christianity on the European continent, like we see it spreading in The Third World. The Pope has made it a point of his to see Europe become Christian once again, as has others, Protestants, but with the image of ‘Christian’ being applied to the madman so easily, even if that is but a mere image without any theology or other foundation Christian by so far from it, the fact remains that action mission work, and not as a cultural identity, is hurt due to the phobias of the man.
This week’s epistle reading in the Revised Common Lectionary speaks particularly to this weekend’s tragedy -
First reading and Psalm
Psalm 105:1-11, 45b or Psalm 128
Alternate First reading and Psalm
1 Kings 3:5-12
Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
…for the whole creation is waiting with eagerness for the children of God to be revealed.
It was not for its own purposes that creation had frustration imposed on it, but for the purposes of him who imposed it- with the intention that the whole creation itself might be freed from its slavery to corruption and brought into the same glorious freedom as the children of God. (Rom 8:19-21 NJB)
And as well as this, the Spirit too comes to help us in our weakness, for, when we do not know how to pray properly, then the Spirit personally makes our petitions for us in groans that cannot be put into words; and he who can see into all hearts knows what the Spirit means because the prayers that the Spirit makes for God’s holy people are always in accordance with the mind of God.
We are well aware that God works with those who love him, those who have been called in accordance with his purpose, and turns everything to their good. He decided beforehand who were the ones destined to be moulded to the pattern of his Son, so that he should be the eldest of many brothers; it was those so destined that he called; those that he called, he justified, and those that he has justified he has brought into glory. After saying this, what can we add? If God is for us, who can be against us?
Since he did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for the sake of all of us, then can we not expect that with him he will freely give us all his gifts? Who can bring any accusation against those that God has chosen? When God grants saving justice who can condemn? Are we not sure that it is Christ Jesus, who died — yes and more, who was raised from the dead and is at God’s right hand — and who is adding his plea for us?
Can anything cut us off from the love of Christ — can hardships or distress, or persecution, or lack of food and clothing, or threats or violence; as scripture says: For your sake we are being massacred all day long, treated as sheep to be slaughtered? No; we come through all these things triumphantly victorious, by the power of him who loved us. For I am certain of this: neither death nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nothing already in existence and nothing still to come, nor any power, nor the heights nor the depths, nor any created thing whatever, will be able to come between us and the love of God, known to us in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Rom 8:26-1 NJB)
I suppose that there is a danger of going to the bible as a forecaster or some sort of mediocre self help guide, but I don’t mean for it be presented as such. However, this passage should speak to us in the face of tragedy, personal, national, or international…
Profoundly saddened by the news of the great loss of life caused by the acts of senseless violence perpetrated in Oslo and Utøya, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI offers fervent prayers for the victims and their families, invoking God’s peace upon the dead and divine consolation upon those who suffer. At this time of national grief he prays that all Norwegians will be spiritually united in a determined resolve to reject the ways of hatred and conflict and to work together fearlessly in shaping a future of mutual respect, solidarity and freedom for coming generations.
Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone
Secretary of State
Second, Pope Benedict spoke of Solomon’s example (which for some reason, I find particular enlightening)
The Pope said, “Solomon’s example applies to everyone…The moral conscience presupposes a capacity to listen to the voice of truth, and to be meek towards its indications.”
“In reality,” Pope Benedict XVI said, “the true quality of our own life and that of society depends on a person’s rightly formed conscience, and on everyone’s capacity to recognise good, separating it from evil, and to try and bring it about patiently to contribute to the cause of justice and peace.”
The Holy Father added, “People called to political office naturally have more responsibilities, and thus, as Solomon teaches, need God’s help even more.”
I posted that as my status this morning, as I have done after moments of tragedy. I believe that the Church must speak to these situations, but some would quote Jeremiah 6:14:
“They have ahealed the brokenness of My people superficially, Saying, ‘Peace, peace,’ But there is no peace. (Jer 6:14 NAU)
I believe that Christ gave us Peace:
“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. bDo not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful. (Joh 14:27 NAU)
Further, I believe we should be peacemakers:
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for athey shall be called sons of God. (Mat 5:9 NAU)
And, if nothing else, we can speak silence, peace, to the storms:
And there arose a fierce gale of wind, and the waves were breaking over the boat so much that the boat was already filling up. Jesus Himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” And He got up and arebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Hush, be still.” And the wind died down and 1it became perfectly calm. And He said to them, “Why are you 1afraid? aDo you still have no faith?” They became very much afraid and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?” (Mar 4:37-41 NAU)
I think that in this moment, when the word ‘Christian’ is bandied about like a plague, the Church must, in the highest ecclesiology possible, be the Church and speak Peace. Bishop William writes,
The only way for the world to know that it is being redeem is for the church to point to the Redeemer by being a redeemed people. (Resident Aliens, 94, with Stanley Hauerwas)
So again, I believe that the Church should speak to the situation and in such a way (either through words, or actions) as to bring peace, silence, to the situation. For centuries, we’ve done the opposite. Time to do what the bible says now.
First, Breivik is going to appear before a judge tomorrow. I do not know anything about Norwegian legal procedures, but I hope and more than that, I pray that they keep the court closed.
Second, I refuse the title of ‘Christian fundamentalist’ for Breivik. He was, if anything, a cultural Christianity, seeking Christianity as a civilization, an empire, and part of the European identity. It is as we see it happening here…. you are born a Methodist therefore you are a Methodist. It is becoming, in the U.S. a method of national identification… tribalism… I saw that this is a cultural thing, for a host of reasons, but it is becoming clear that Breivik is a Freemason and a Knights Templar, which unlike here in the States, includes the pre-requisite of being a Christian.:
The Norwegian Order of Freemasons is the Masonic Grand Lodge of Norway. The first lodge was opened in 1749 and is still working. The Grand Lodge of Norway has followed the Swedish Rite since 1818, which requires its members to adhere to Christianity. During the union of Sweden-Norway, the Swedish-Norwegian king was Grand Master of the Order. The sovereign Grand Lodge of Norway was consecrated in 1891. As of 2005, the Order has 18,300 members.
The order is headquartered in Oslo, with a large building next to the Norwegian Parliament. (more here)
We, the European Revolutionary Conservatives know very well that it will take many years, even decades before we successfully manage to consolidate to a degree where we can seize political and military power in the first Western European country. In the US, the Tea party movement is one of the first physical, political manifestations which indicate that there is a great storm coming. The creation of similar conservative organizations, even the creation of revolutionary conservative movements … is about to materialize. The cultural Marxists are losing their momentum to our advantage.
He even quotes fro the economists who inspire the Libertarians…
And, further… Breivik is a member of the Progress Party which is connected to the Tea Party, or rather, to be fair, a Tea Party group (there is NO national Tea Party) which has been shown to be funded by the Koch Brothers,
As if turns out, Tim Phillips, President of the Tea Party group Americans for Prosperity, spoke at a Progress Party event in 2010. According to an article published in the Norweigen paper Aftenposten on April 24th, 2010:
Phillips was invited by the Progress Party leadership to talk about grassroots organizing. But he talked mostly about how his organization is fighting for a weaker central government and lower taxes, to health reform and climate change.
Moreover, he spoke regularly Democrats in the U.S. as the “left side”.
What we have here is a man of many facets, but Christianity – even fundamentalist Christianity – was not one of them. My fear is that just as people jumped to conclusions that it was an Islamic attack… and now to Christian fundamentalism… that we will all point to the people who are sincerely interested in a smaller government will be labeled and stay under suspicion that they are terrorists.
So I’m watching this video – for as long as Youtube allows to exist – although I do have a copy downloaded on my pc – and I don’t get the ‘Christian fundamentalist’ bit. Look, I have no issue going after Christian fundamentalists. As a matter of fact, I like too because it helps to draw the distinction between ‘biblical’ Christianity and how others are twisting the Faith. (Note the lower case ‘f’.) But this guy is not a Christian fundamentalist of even the Fred Phelps tripe. He is a cultural warrior, viewing Christianity (and Judaism, it seems) as a European identity issue. So let’s skip calling him a Christian and instead say that he was a Freemason/Knights Templar fundamentalist. There seems to be more online about him and that than him and Christianity. I mean, no one really knows about them, right? So we can label them easy enough and use pre-existing conspiracy theories to help further malign those who are part of the ancient brotherhood.
Ugh… So many steroetypes… so many labels. If we cannot call Mormons Christian… then why are we still calling this guy a Christian…
Tomorrow, in my congregation, I’ll pray for the dead and the killer…