I have seen several Tweets out there now asserting that the New Zealand shooter was a “Christian terrorist.” While it’s obvious he is a terrorist, is there any evidence he is a Christian? I can’t find any. All the evidence indicates this act of terrorism was secular.
First, the killer didn’t shout any religious/theological proclamations as he carried out his murders.
Second, as for his manifesto, this is its cover:
Note the complete lack of any Christian symbols. What Christian would completely omit a Cross among all those other symbols?
Third, the manifesto offers no Christian or theological justification or rationale. There is no mention of Jesus. There is no mention of the Bible. The Bible is not quoted. And when it comes to God, the killer is very careful to make sure that the word “God” does not begin with a capital G:
- The truth that the West killed the notion of god, and proceeded to replace it with nothing. Brought forth two competing ideologies(communism and fascism)to replace this loss of god, then proceeded to allow both sides to slaughter each other to a standstill and then let corporate backed capitalists tear the survivor to pieces.
- The idea that a Frenchmen need not speak the language, share the culture, believe in the same god or even more importantly be ethnically French is ludicrous in the extreme.
- Conservatism is dead. Thank god.
What group of people are well known for refusing to use a capital G when spelling God?
There are two places in his manifesto where he deals with the Christian identity.
At one place, he asks, “Were/are you a christian?” and answers
That is complicated. When I know, I will tell you.
Huh? It’s complicated? When I know? That is not the response of a Christian.
Contrast the weird uncertainty of that answer with the clarity of the following question/answer:
Were/are you a fascist?
Yes. For once, the person that will be called a fascist, is an actual fascist. I am sure the journalists will love that. I mostly agree with Sir Oswald Mosley’s views and consider myself an Eco-fascist by nature. The nation with the closest political and social values to my own is the People’s Republic of China.
I think the best way to explain his answer to the question about being a Christian is that he is an atheist who recognizes that Christianity has long been associated with European culture. “It’s complicated” because he doesn’t believe Christianity is true, but does believe it’s part of his White, European heritage.
The second place he comes close to addressing the Christian question is in Section 1, which contains “Addresses to various groups.”
Here it is in its entirety:
“The people worthy of glory, the people blessed by God Our Lord, moan and fall under the weight of these outrages and most shameful humiliations. The race of the elect suffers outrageous persecutions, and the impious race of the Saracens respects neither the virgins of the Lord nor the colleges of priests. They run over the weak and the elderly, they seize the children from their mothers so that they might forget, among the barbarians, the name of God. That perverse nation profanes the hospices … The temple of the Lord is treated like a criminal and the ornaments of the sanctuary are robbed.
“What more shall I say to you?
“We are disgraced, sons and brothers, who live in these days of calamities! Can we look at the world in this century reproved by Heaven to witness the desolation of the Holy City and remain in peace while it is so oppressed? Is it not preferable to die in war rather than suffer any longer so horrible a spectacle? Let us all weep for our faults that raise the divine ire, yes, let us weep… But let not our tears be like the seed thrown into the sand. Let the fire of our repentance raise up the Holy War and the love of our brethren lead us into combat. Let our lives be stronger than death to fight against the enemies of the Christian people.”
ASK YOURSELF, WHAT WOULD POPE URBAN II DO?
At first, I found this confusing. Because he does sound awfully religious here. But then I quickly figured out he was simply quoting from Pope Urban II from almost 1000 years ago. In other words, he is simply trying to get the Christians to join his Crusade by appealing to some authority from their ancient history. That’s all we have here. And that he thinks quoting a Pope from 1000 years ago is going to motivate Christians to join him just shows how far removed from Christianity he is.
So there is no evidence the New Zealand shooter was/is a Christian terrorist. He had no Christian/theological motive, no Christian/theological justification, no Christian/theological agenda.
So what was he?
He claims, “when I was young I was a communist, then an anarchist and finally a libertarian before coming to be an eco-fascist.” These are all secular ideologies. As an “eco-fascist,” he believes overpopulation is THE problem and non-whites are responsible for it. He then believes overpopulation is destroying the environment, so radical action is required. He even spells it out:
Why focus on immigration and birth rates when climate change is such a huge issue?
Because they are the same issue, the environment is being destroyed by over population, we Europeans are one of the groups that are not over populating the world. The invaders are the ones over populating the world. Kill the invaders, kill the overpopulation and by doing so save the environment.