This one surprised us — even though it comes from WorldNetDaily (WND) — the flamingly creationist, absolutely execrable, moronic, and incurably crazed journalistic organ that believes in and enthusiastically promotes every conspiracy theory that ever existed. WND was an early winner of the Curmudgeon’s Buffoon Award, thus that jolly logo displayed above this post.
Their headline story today is Terrorist proclaimed himself ‘Darwinian,’ not ‘Christian’. Note that the byline is “WND,” not the name of an individual author, so this article is the voice of their entire publication.
The reason that headline surprised us is because we’re well aware of the creationist practice of linking all evil to Charles Darwin, so when we learned that Anders Behring Breivik had published an online 1,500 page manifesto, we searched for a copy. Here it is: Breivik’s manifesto. It’s a long pdf file that takes a few minutes to download.
Hours before we knew about WND’s article we had already searched the manifesto for “Darwin” and for “evolution” (as we knew the creationists were doing). We didn’t find anything that disturbed us. Darwin’s Origin of Species was on a list of books he said he had read, but so was Orwell’s 1984, Rand’s Fountainhead, Homer’s Iliad, and several other classics, so Darwin’s presence on that list didn’t impress us. His half-dozen or so mentions of “evolution” were about societal changes, not Darwin’s theory.
But when we saw that Breivik took special care to criticize the views of Richard Dawkins, we assumed that not even David Klinghoffer — who specializes in such propaganda linkages — could make a Darwin connection in the case of this terrorist. Here’s some of what Breivik said about Dawkins, from page 1,331 of the manifesto:
Twice divorced, Richard spends his days popularizing the idea that everything, absolutely everything (including his marriage failures) can be explained through purely materialistic means. Raised in the Church of England, he decided that the theory of evolution better explained the universe than his religious understanding.
Richard has since written many more books promoting his interpretation of the mechanics of life, but he has a very clear agenda – to blame God and even the concept of God for all of man’s ills. He seeks to prove that mankind would be so much better off without any moral anchor, and without any moral judge except ourselves.
We thought Darwin was off the hook, even by the wildest stretch of the creationists’ imagination, but were wrong in the case of WND. Here are some excerpts from their story, with bold font added by us:
A review of Anders Behring Breivik’s 1,500-page manifesto shows the media’s quick characterization of the Norwegian terrorist as a “Christian” may be as incorrect as it was to call Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh one.
Yet, while McVeigh rejected God altogether, Breivik writes in his manifesto that he is not religious, has doubts about God’s existence, does not pray, but does assert the primacy of Europe’s “Christian culture” as well as his own pagan Nordic culture.
We’re not interested in Breivik’s religion. Well, it would have been interesting to learn that he was a creationist, but that didn’t seem likely (his targets weren’t science labs) so we didn’t bother to look for it. But we did want to know if there was anything that would let a crazed creationist claim that Breivik was inspired by the theory of evolution — and we didn’t find anything. WND, however, sees it differently. Let’s read more from WND:
Breivik instead hails Charles Darwin, whose evolutionary theories stand in contrast to the claims of the Bible, and affirms: “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.“
Where does Darwin fit into that? We continue:
And while characterizing himself as “Christian” and “Protestant,” Breivik says he supports “a reformation of Protestantism leading to it being absorbed by Catholisism.” [sic] Likewise, media reports frequently characterized McVeigh as a “Christian,” though he adamantly denied any religious beliefs or convictions – placing his faith in science. Breivik adds, “I went from moderately agnostic to moderately religious.”
Again we ask — where’s Darwin? Get ready, here it comes:
In a question-and-answer section of his manifesto, Breivik asks himself, “What should be our civilisational [sic] objectives, how do you envision a perfect Europe?” His answer is hardly the response of a “Christian utopian”: “‘Logic’ and rationalist thought (a certain degree of national Darwinism) should be the fundament [sic] of our societies. I support the propagation of collective rational thought but not necessarily on a personal level.”
That’s it? That’s what justifies WND’s headline? Yes, that’s all there is. So that you can reach your own conclusion — remembering that this is WND’s only “Darwin” quote — here’s the entire paragraph from Breivik’s manifesto, which is found on page 1,376. WND quoted only the first two sentences:
“Logic” and rationalist thought (a certain degree of national Darwinism) should be the fundament of our societies. I support the propagation of collective rational thought but not necessarily on a personal level. Because, if a woman was purely rational, she would choose to not have babies at all, and instead live her life in a purely egotistical manner. We should strive to become a civilisation where the individual’s acquisition of wealth would no longer be the driving force in our lives. Instead, we would focus much more of our resources to better ourselves and our communities by channelling at least 20% of the budget to research, science and technology. Good welfare arrangements combined with embracing the ideal of perfection requires a solid cooperation/symbiosis (social cohesion) and is only possible in a monoculture where everyone has complete confidence to everyone. The problem with today’s society is that it has become fanatically egalitarian. In our quest to appease everyone (except the traditional cultural group) we have created a habit and tradition of cheering mediocrity and weakness. Your position in the “victim hierarchy” decides your position in society. It’s an illogical and self defeating development.
So there you are, dear reader. It’s all Darwin’s fault — at least in the opinion of WND.
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