Massacre born of ideology or faith?
European Christendom and the cross will be the symbol in which every cultural conservative can unite under in our common defense. It should serve as the uniting symbol for all Europeans whether they are agnostic or atheists.”
National-Conservative, Not Fundamentalist
One person from the radical left who for some time used to debate with Breivik and others with the same conviction online at http://www.document.no is post-doctor Lars Gule. In an interview with Norway’s largest newspaper Aftenposten he says he does not consider Breivik to be a neo-Nazi (what follows is my translation):
“He is national-conservative. One cannot say right wing extremism and the Nazi ideology are the same. He has a conservative, Christian ideology but I do not think it is right to call him a Christian fundamentalist. He has wanted the (Lutheran) Church of Norway to collectively convert to Catholicism and has supported the most conservative ((candidates) at church elections. But this Christian conservatism is only one element in his national conservatism,” says Gule.
Dr. Lars Gule is himself an interesting person. In 1977 Lars Gule was arrested in Beirut, Lebanon, for carrying explosives, intended for an armed attack in Israel. And Dr. Gule is, besides being an expert on terrorism and extremism of both right and left-wing radical/terrorist varieties (having been one himself on the left wing), also a former General Secretary of the secular Humanist Society in Norway. So it would be hard to find anyone more anti-Christian than him!
Still, he is very accurate and on point when it comes to describing his frequent debate opponent Mr. Breivik.
Breivik also distances himself from the Nazi ideology in his writings online. At http://www.document.no he writes he thinks it is very hypocritical to treat Muslims, Nazis and Marxists different.” They are all adherents of hate-ideologies.” [Source (in Norwegian).]
Mr. Breivik reveals a great deal in the compendium he assembled, most of which he wrote under the pseudonym "Andrew Berwick". On page 1405 he writes: “Regarding my personal relationship with God, I guess I’m not an excessively religious man. I am first and foremost a man of logic. However, I am a supporter of a monocultural Christian Europe.”
On page 1562 he reiterates this position:
“As a cultural Christian, I believe Christendom is essential for cultural reasons. After all, Christianity is the ONLY cultural platform that can unite all Europeans, which will be needed in the coming period during the third expulsion of the Muslims.”
Typical Norwegian: Nominal Christian?
In a blog post on religion he states:
“Today's Protestant church is a joke. Priests in jeans marching for Palestine and churches looking like small shopping centres. I am for an indirect collective conversion from the Protestant church to the Catholic Church. In the meantime, I vote for the most conservative candidates in church elections. The only thing that might save the Protestant church is to go back to basics.” (Posted 2009-12-09 17:14:41 on a fairly right wing conservative web site.)