As we move into the 3rd day post Norway terrorist attack, more and more information is coming to the surface regarding the killer’s world view and beliefs. He was arraigned in Norwegian court today under tight security and denied an audience. The Norwegian officials were correct in restricting access to avoid grandstanding by this monster. They were also rightly concerned about covert messages being sent by Breivik to other terrorists across Europe (and possibly the globe) who may be waiting in place to enact additional atrocities.
Information coming out is revealing that Breivik certainly was a part of a larger network of like-minded extremists who are under the delusion that they are doing divine work. In fact, though he is declaring “not guilty”, he is admitting to the killings. He justifies it this way – that his acts should not be considered “criminal” because they were “necessary”. This very same rationalization has been attempted in Army of God circles with regard to murder of abortion providers.
Breivik was a student of many extremist ideas that are now rolling into dangerous and powerful blocs of delusional militias in a fight where they believe that it is Christians versus Islam. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) wrote about the increase in private militias here in the United States and that news barely made a blip on our radar. This report came out in March of 2010 as the T-Party was in its infancy. Their report needs to be brought back to light and read broadly. Here are acouple of excerpts to give you an idea of what the report revealed that is happening right here in plain sight while we react in horror to what has occurred in Norway:
“The SPLC documented a 244 percent increase in the number of active Patriot groups in 2009. Their numbers grew from 149 groups in 2008 to 512 groups in 2009, an astonishing addition of 363 new groups in a single year. Militias – the paramilitary arm of the Patriot movement – were a major part of the increase, growing from 42 militias in 2008 to 127 in 2009.
“This extraordinary growth is a cause for grave concern,” said Intelligence Report editor Mark Potok. “The people associated with the Patriot movement during its 1990s heyday produced an enormous amount of violence, most dramatically the Oklahoma City bombing that left 168 people dead.”
The Patriot movement has made significant inroads into the conservative political scene, according to the new report. “The ‘tea parties’ and similar groups that have sprung up in recent months cannot fairly be considered extremist groups, but they are shot through with rich veins of radical ideas, conspiracy theories and racism,” the report says.”
Is this sounding frighteningly similar to what we are learning about the propaganda and fear that drove this madman to commit a slaughter of human lives?
“We’ve seen a remarkable resurgence of anti-Muslim hatred around the country,” said Mark Potok, editor of the Intelligence Report. “Unlike the first and far more understandable wave that followed the Sept. 11 attacks, however, this one was largely ginned up by politicians and commentators pandering for votes and ratings. It’s been a despicable exercise in Muslim-bashing for personal benefit. While there are legitimate concerns about terrorism, the rhetoric we’ve been hearing aims to demonize all Muslims.”
This issue of Intelligence Report also includes an interview with former Department of Homeland Security (DHS) analyst Daryl Johnson, who says that the department has effectively gutted a unit that analyzed the terrorism threat from right-wing extremists. That action came in response to a 2009 DHS report on domestic extremism that was wrongly criticized as tarring all conservatives as potential terrorists. Johnson, who describes himself as a conservative Republican, was the principal author of that report.”
Alex and I have different “voices” in how we write about this but we are unified in our message. I received one critique claiming that the portions I include in her own writing style are over the heads of the average reader and will turn people off from reading further. First of all, it is not my place to edit Alex’s contributions, they are invaluable to this expose of Dominionism extremism. Secondly, I am confident that all of you are perfectly capable of understanding what she has to say. With that said, here is her statement about these crossover comparison’s to the Army of God and Breivik…
“Just as I suspected (and proof he’s been influenced by “Christian Patriot” militias and possibly the Army of God domestic terror network), he has claimed he had help in the terrorist bombing and shooting, and is linked to no less than two cells.
Experts miss the point–that this guy was influenced by Dominionists in the US, and is in fact part of what may be a growing, Army of God-esque movement of Dominionist terrorists in Europe that are directly inspired by, and could even have some assistance from, American dominionist terrorists. (Also completely missed by the so-called “experts”: Dominionists rarely have any insight into their own theology, often are NOT educated in regards to their own theology, and (especially in the case of the NAR) operate as coercive religious groups where the dominant meme is in fact a perpetual “two minute hate” against what the cult perceives as The Other. This is why it’s impossible to speak of this without some education as to how cults work)
VERY interestingly, it would appear that our terrorist is also a plaigarist...it would appear that a good chunk of his “manifesto” is directly plagairised from the Unabomber Manifesto–only with “leftism” replaced by “Cultural Marxism” or “multiculturalism”.
The right-wing haterade machine is in Full Spin Mode: National Review Online is all “We can’t control and don’t know why this guy who shot up 93 kids is quoting the hell out of our writers” whilst World News Daily is desperately pulling a “No True Scotsman” in claiming “nah, he’s not a Dominionist like US”.
I say “Good luck with that”, of note, because Glenn Beck opened his meat-trap on his radio show and literally compared the 93 souls murdered in cold blood–and the camp at Utoya that was the latest victim of “Christian nationalist terrorism”–to the Hitlerjugend.
Apparently the killer was estranged from his parents, to the point his own father stated he “should have killed himself”.
This, right here, is why I I’ve been warning you to avoid InfoWars like the plague…their resident “Christian Patriot” militia nuts are trying to claim that the killer’s attack was a “false flag attack“. ~ Alex
It is a natural human reaction to minimize these heinous terrorist acts as belonging to a lone madman, or a small group of violent radicals of one form or another…and indeed they are always a minority. But small? Powerless? Under-funded? No. This and the fact that we do not highlight who they are when they are collecting and emerging is what provides shelter for them to flourish right under our noses. Here is one more link to the SPLC where it houses a list of links to a number of articles about this same domestic terrorism brewing in the United States. Notice that more than one is about the growing anti-Islam hatred here. And the link to one of Breivik’s faves – Pamela Geller. I encourage you to bite off as much as you can, even if it takes revisiting their site because the information is vital to understanding what is afoot.
Andrew Sullivan wrote today about this confusion over how to refer to these zealots. We all take issue with calling them Christians – for they are not. Here is an excerpt where he expresses this searching to define a cult member such as Breivik…
“One of the core messages of Christianity is a rejection of wordly power. The core message of Christianism is, in stark contrast, the desperate need to control all the levers of political power to control or guide the lives of others. And so the notion that Breivik is a “Christian Fundamentalist” seems unfair to those genuine Fundamentalists who seek no power over others…”
“…He did what he did, knowing it was evil, because of a passionate commitment to a political cause, which has become fused with a politicized parody of one religion, and with a passionate paranoid hatred of another one.”
Precisely! And we are seeing this infest politics in America – and I do mean America and that includes our Canadian neighbors. This is the argument for separation of church and state that must matter whether believer or non-believer. Remember, Dominionists (which is who Sullivan is referring to without understand how cohesive the Movement is) consider themselves to be the only true Christians. My mother pounded that into me from the time I was very young. “Others” were just simply “not the right kind of Christian”…
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