The Atlas Shrugs blog was one of the first media sources to report that in the wake of the shooting and bombing attack that has left 93 people dead, the Facebook page of prime suspect Anders Behring Breivik was changed to falsely label him as a “Christian Conservative.” Meanwhile, according to Brievik’s own writings, he was a Darwinian evolutionist who did not have any spiritual interest in Christianity but saw it as a means of preserving of his culture in Europe against immigrants.
This is an image of his Facebook Page at the time his name was announced to the press as a suspect:
And here is the altered Facebook page that went into heavy circulation.
As a result of this fabrication, thousands of media outlets started calling Brievik a “Christian Fundamentalist” or “Christian extremist” and even went on to start opining on how things are getting out of control in the Christian community. And even in Breivik’s own words things did not add up. In an online manifesto that is being attributed to Breivik, he repeatedly states that he does not pray, go to church, have a personal relationship with God or Jesus Christ and views religion as something for the “weak.” As he stated:
As for the Church and science, it is essential that science takes an undisputed precedence over biblical teachings. Europe has always been the cradle of science, and it must always continue to be that way. 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.” Additionally, he is also pro-gay rights and likes the policies of President Obama. So he is not even that much of a political conservative.
He also added: “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.”
His identification with Christianity went as far as he wanted to preserve the Judaeo-Christian culture of Europe against immigrants from foreign areas, specifically Muslim nations. So at the heart of this was a racial animosity. But as a self-professed Knights Templar, Breivik was using Christianity as the cultural unifier for Anglo-Europeans.
So the question remains: who had access to Breivik’s Facebook page to change it so quickly? And what was their agenda? Hopefully, it will be revealed in the coming days. Regardless, the effect has been clear, a media frenzy that attempted to equate “Christian extremists” with Muslim terrorists who have carried countless terror attacks across the world over the past 30 years. By God’s grace, this attempt is not coming up short.