Anders Breivik Manifesto: Shooter/Bomber Downplayed Religion, Secular Influence Key

  @ibtimes on July 25 2011 12:37 AM

Anders Behring Breivik placed himself potentially outside of religious Christianity in a 1,500 page manifesto he has reportedly admitted to writing.

"A majority of so called agnostics and atheists in Europe are cultural conservative Christians without even knowing it," he wrote.

"If you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and God then you are a religious Christian. Myself and many more like me do not necessarily have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and God. We do however believe in Christianity as a cultural, social, identity and moral platform. This makes us Christian," he wrote.

Breivik's initial explanation comes in a segment of the manifesto entitled "Distinguishing between cultural Christendom and religious Christendom - reforming our suicidal church."

Later in the manifesto, when attempting to justify his "martyrdom operation" Breivik did not see himself as being religious.

"I'm not going to pretend I'm a very religious person as that would be a lie. I've always been very pragmatic and influenced by my secular surroundings and environment," he wrote in a section of the manifesto.

"Religion is a crutch for many weak people and many embrace religion for self serving reasons as a source for drawing mental strength," he wrote.

"I'll say directly that this is my agenda as well," he wrote.

 

 YouTube Video, ‘Declaration of Independence’

Norway's TV2 reported Sunday that Breivik, 32, released a video and the document to the web a few hours before a bomb exploded in downtown Oslo, killing 7 people and damaging a government building.

TV2 said police confirmed that Breivik confessed to publishing the material, appearing on Friday.

The video advocates for fighting against "cultural Marxism" and "Islamism."

The video, which contains the name "Andrew Berwick" is entitled "2083 - A European Declaration of Independence."

The accompanying document, which is more than 1,500 pages long extols his political views and contains what appears to be a self-reported detailed account of his activities in the months before the bombing until July 22, the day the operation was to take place.

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