The WorldNetDaily Manifesto, By Anders Breivik
The accused Norway terrorist not only cites WND in his manifesto, his concerns about Islam and multiculturalism are closely aligned with WND's editorial agenda.
By Terry Krepel
Even though WorldNetDaily published the 1,500-page manifesto Anders Behring Breivik -- accused in the terrorist explosion and shootings in Norway that killed dozens -- it has yet to inform its readers that Breivik's manifesto cites WND six times:
In fact, several of the subjects Breivik covers in his manifesto are similarly popular at WND. Let's examine a few of them.
Sarah Posner at Religion Dispatches notes that "Breivik sought to reconstitute a former crusades military force, one that would rescue a 'pure' race from incursions by Muslims," describing "Islamic conquest" of Europe as "demographic warfare." Not only is Muslim-bashing a staple of WND, Breivik's manifesto cites several anti-Muslim writers whom WND has lavished praise upon.
Chief among them is Pamela Geller, who is cited by Breivik more than a dozen times. Not only is Geller a regular WND columnist, WND is publishing her new book, "Stop the Islamization of America." Geller has a long history of anti-Muslim hostility.
Another WND favorite is Walid Shoebat, who is cited more than 15 times by Breivik. Only last month, WND was trying to deflect a CNN report that he may not be the ex-Muslim terrorist he claims to be. Farah wrote a fawning profile of him in 2004 and last month called him, along with Geller, "friends" and "freedom fighters" he's "proud to keep company with."
WND is also a big fan of self-proclaimed prophet Joel Richardson, publishing his book "The Islamic Antichrist," in which he argues that the biblical Antichrist is one and the same as the Quran's Mahdi and declares that "Islam is indeed the primary vehicle that will be used by Satan to fulfill the prophecies of the Bible about the future political/religious/military system of the Antichrist that will overwhelm the entire world just prior to the second coming of Jesus Christ." WND published a column by Richardson in which he agrees with Quran-burning pastor Terry Jones that "Islam is of the Devil"; a few months later, Richardson walked it back, conceding that "many devout Muslims embrace an imperialistic and violent form of Islam."
Additionally, WND is chockablock with attacks on Islam. For instance:
WND loves to smear anyone who has shown even the slightest Muslim leanings as an Islamic extremist. One notorious example is the guilt-by-association smears reporter Aaron Klein hurled at Vartan Gregorian -- former president of Brown University and the New York Public Lbriary, current head of the Carnegie Corporation, and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Bush -- declaring that was "closely tied to the Muslim leaders behind a proposed controversial Islamic cultural center to be built near the site of the 9/11 attacks" by serving on the board of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. Of course, by that affiliation Gregorian is in league with all four living former presidents, Rudy Giuliani, George Pataki, and 9/11 widow Debra Burlingame. Klein also quoted from a review of a book Gregorian (Klein showed no evidence of actually reading the book) wrote to falsely portray him as an extremist.
Posner states that the Muslims from whom Breivik is trying to save Europe are being aided by his enemy, the "multiculturalists," or "cultural Marxists," or proponents of "political correctness." WND too has long railed against multiculturalism and what it perceives to be political correctness.
A search for "multiculutralism" in WND's article archive returns 430 results at this writing. A few examples:
At least one WND columnist is quite down with Breivik's opinions on multiculturalism. From Vox Day's July 24 column:
The frightening reality is that Breivik is probably correct in anticipating violence of this magnitude in the future. Indeed, it may well be that he is erring on the conservative side. Just as the depression of the 1930s set the stage for large-scale military conflict, the even larger global depression that began in 2008 is likely to build upon the dreadful foundation that was foolishly imposed upon the West by the multiculturalists. What the eventual outcome will be is uncertain. It may be the global government of progressive dreams, but based on the pendulum principle of history, it will more likely mark a return to the pre-World War I state of balanced and ethnically homogenous powers.
WND also published a syndicated column by Pat Buchanan in which he stated that several European leaders "have all declared multiculturalism a failure," adding: "As for a climactic conflict between a once-Christian West and an Islamic world that is growing in numbers and advancing inexorably into Europe for the third time in 14 centuries, on this one, Breivik may be right."
Michelle Goldberg at The Daily Beast points out that Breivik's manifesto shows that the author's "hatred of women rivals his hatred of Islam, and is intimately linked to it. Some reports have suggested that during his rampage on Utoya, he targeted the most beautiful girl first." Goldberg adds, "Conservatives worried about the Islamization of Europe often blame feminism for weakening Western societies and opening them up to a Muslim demographic invasion." Breivik writes that "The female manipulation of males has been institutionalised during the last decades and is a partial cause of the feminisation of men in Europe,” and he blames empowered women for his own isolation, saying that he recoils from the “destructive and suicidal Sex and the City lifestyle (modern feminism, sexual revolution) ... In that setting, men are not men anymore, but metro sexual and emotional beings that are there to serve the purpose as a never-criticising soul mate to the new age feminist woman goddess.”
In a similar vein, WND has promoted so-called "men's rights" issues such as paternity fraud, such as in this 2006 article claiming that "one state that examined the problem found as many as 30 percent of those paying child support were, indeed, not the biological fathers of the children being supported." In fact, as ConWebBlog detailed at the time, the report in question didn't study paternity fraud, merely referencing claims made by other groups without verifying them. Further, such paternity tests are presumably conducted only when paternity has become an issue, which is likely to bring significant number of negative results; it's dishonest to apply those findings to all child custody and support cases.
WND's Whistleblower magazine devoted one 2006 issue to "The War on Fathers," which complained that "America's family court system is scandalously biased in favor of the mother in child custody disputes" and that "this loss by children of their fathers' influence is directly responsible far more than any other cause for the modern national scourges of gang life, crime and much more." WND managing editor David Kupelian is quoted as asserting that the problem "is that misguided feminists, intent on advancing a radically different worldview than the one on which this nation was founded, have succeeded in fomenting a revolution. And that revolution amounts to a powerful and pervasive campaign against masculinity, maleness, boys, men and patriarchy."
Kupelian, meanwhile, has a creepy obsession with female teachers -- and only female teachers -- who have sex with their students, Kupelian devoted a section of his 2009 book "How Evil Works" to the subject. Kupelian's obsession is such that WND has been compiling a running list of teacher-student sex incidents compiled over the past five years. By contrast, WND has essentially ignored male teachers who have sex with students. Also by contrast, WND has praised a man who, according to court records, "has a long history of physically abusing [his] children" and exhibited controlling behavior to the point that his wife "does not make even tentative decisions in dependency matters but rather defers issues until father can make decisions on them" -- all because the man claimed to be a Christian and he homeschooled his (terrified) children, an "education" the court found to be horribly inadequate.
Breivik's argument that feminism has weakened men finds an echo in WND writings such as a 2008 column by Tristan Emmanuel, in which he complains that "Men don't feel welcomed in churches anymore because Christianity has been feminized," adding:
No doubt feminism is a force of evil in North American society. It is evil not because it has tried to establish equality. Rather it is precisely because it hasn't established equality that it is guilty of perpetrating a fraud. What feminism has succeeded in doing is to convince both sexes that the only masculine identity that is valuable is an effeminate male. That in fact, the only way for equality to exist is for men to be like women, or simply not to exist.
Taking WND's anti-feminist attitude to the limit is columnist Vox Day. He has claimed that the Founding Fathers "knew perfectly well what they were doing" when they denied women the vote, he considers women's rights "a disease that should be eradicated," and he has warned young men not to marry "career" women because they have a bad habit of having their own thoughts: "Marriage to a stay-at-home wife rather than one with a full-time job reduces the risk of divorce by nearly one-third. Just the simple act of avoiding romantic involvement with working women is nearly enough on its own to again make marriage a viable option for young men."
The only suitable woman for Day, apparently, is one who lives only through her children and husband and has no independent thoughts of her own.
Misdirection and deflecting blame
Not only is WND not eager to tell readers it's cited in Breivik's manifesto -- or how closely its editorial agenda is aligned with it -- WND is trying to spin the manifesto to lay blame away from itself and its friends:
In fact, Breivik describes himself as a cultural Christian who sought by his terrorism to restore a Christian-dominated Europe.
WND also gave space to Michael Savage to conspiracy-monger that Breivik's arrest has "all the appearances of a cover-up":
"They created their Reichstag fire. They found their Timothy McVeigh. They created their Jack Ruby. How could one man have blown up the downtown and then raced to the island to kill the teens?
WND reporter F. Michael Maloof then took it further in a July 25 article, citing unnamed "security officials" as claiming that "Breivik's manifesto resembles one by al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, although from a Christian rather than a Muslim standpoint." But if Breivik isn't a real Christian, doesn't that analogy mean that bin Laden isn't a real Muslim -- and, thus, attempts by WND and its fellow right-wingers to portray bin Laden as emblematic of mainstream Islam are false and dishonest? Maloof doesn't seem interested in exploring that.
A July 28 column by David Solway strangely sought to blame liberals for the terrorism, even though liberals were ostensibly the target of Anders Breivik's campaign of terror: "In failing to meet the threat of cultural subversion, the European left has facilitated the emergence of the illiberal and xenophobic branch of the far right."
But even at WND, actual reporting slips through the demogoguery on occasions. A July 26 article, taken from WND's G2 Bulletin and carrying the headline "'Radical' nationalists rising up in Europe," states that "The slaughter in Norway last week allegedly by Anders Behring Breivik appears to have unleashed a number of latent far-right activist groups throughout Europe whose members are beginning public protests over their worries regarding immigration, multiculturalism, globalization and the rise of Islam in Europe." It continued:
Now, following his alleged attack and the publication of his manifesto, ultra-nationalist groups throughout Europe are becoming more vocal, hoping to instill their concept of a more homogeneous society as a political mainstream viewpoint.
But the English Defense League is a favorite group of WND columnist Pamela Geller. Earlier this summer, after the head of the EDL's Jewish Division, Roberta Moore, resigned from the group complaining of "Nazis" in the EDL ranks, Geller first declared that she was withdrawing her support from the EDL, then flip-flopped the next day, insisting that "There is a struggle for the soul of the EDL" and that she still believes the EDL is "noble and true."
The first Geller column at WND to reference the Norway terrorism was, of course, largely devoted to ranting about Muslims. She complained that "the mainstream media demonize the right for the Norway murders," making no mention of why that might be the case -- namely, that Breivik cited her, her friends, and the website that publishes her column to back up his philosophy.
WND and its allies, it seems, have too much Muslim-bashing to do to take time out to do anything so mundane as soul-searching over the fact that a terrorist found refuge in their views.