Monday, July 25, 2011

Norway Terrorist a Unitarian Universalist

In an apparent policy reversal, media organization are now quick to note the religion of terrorists complete with snap judgements in the headlines. So now that the Norway killer's own words are available online, we can evaluate the media claim that he was a "fundamentalist" Christian.

In short, the claim is utter libelous nonsense. Verum Serum digs into the manifesto to show that the killer doesn't even appear to be a believing Christian, let alone a Christian fundamentalist.

Instead he describes himself as a "cultural Christian" skeptical or even outright dismissive of the key supernatural claims of Christianity (page 1307):
3.139 Distinguishing between cultural Christendom and religious Christendom – reforming our suicidal Church
A majority of so called agnostics and atheists in Europe are cultural conservative Christians without even knowing it. So what is the difference between cultural Christians and religious Christians?
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.
Well, that sounds familiar, but it's called Christian atheism and has nothing to do with Christian fundamentalism. I'll bet that there are a lot of atheists and agnostics in the U.S. unaware that they have now been implicated by all of the major news outlets for being "Christian fundamentalists" without even knowing it!

In the killer's YouTube video he is even more specific.
KT is a “cultural Christian” (Christian Identity) military order and NOT a “religious Christian” (Christian fundamentalist) organization. Logic and reason will always take precedence over biblical texts. KT is open for members from all denominations of Christendom, even agnostic and atheist Christians. Our Christian profile does not mean that we oppose Odinism or Odinistic principles. KT believe Odinism make out a central and important part of Northern European culture and traditions…
So which church in New Jersey would a man with the Christian beliefs of an Anders Behring Breivik belong in?

Hmmm, I'm not aware of any such "culturally" Christian church, fundamentalist or otherwise, that has no doctrinal conflict with atheists, agnostics and Odinists (paganism and atheism are generally a big no no) EXCEPT one.

That would be the Unitarian Universalists. That's the church in the U.S. for people who identify the killer's religious beliefs -- traditionally Christian, but generally uncomfortable with the supernatural claims and doctrines of the mainline Christian churches and interesting in drawing from multiple sources of religious inspiration.


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