Anders Breivik and the Knights Templar: '2083' Manifesto
Knights Templar: Was Anders Behring Breivik Acting Alone?
Anders Behring Breivik, arrested following the mass shooting on Utoya on July 22, has admitted to both the shooting and the Oslo bombing that took place just hours before.
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Breivik kept a detailed diary during the runup to the attacks. Several times he mentions a group called the Knights Templar, which he describes as “international Christian military order" that fights against "Islamic suppression[sic]". The Norway terror attacks left at least 93 people dead. (Firsthand account of the Utoya massacre, via Reddit)
Anders Breivik claimed that there 80 more "knights" like him throughout Europe.
Anders Breivik's Manifesto
Breivik wrote a manifesto titled "2083: A European Declaration of Independence" (pdf), which warns of "cultural Marxism" and the Islamification of Europe. It is written under the English version of Breivik's name, Andrew Berwick. The manifesto is marked with a red cross on a white field, the symbol of the Knights Templar.
Who Are the Knights Templar?
The Knights Templar were a Christian military order founded to protect pilgrims traveling to and from Jerusalem. Endorsed by the Pope, the Knights Templar fell out of favor when Europe lost control of Jerusalem. The Knights Templar also made enemies of other groups of European knights
The order was disbanded and its members arrested and tortured by King Philip IV of France, who took advantage of their fall from grace as a way to avoid paying his debts to the order. The Knights Templar were shrouded in secrecy, which eventually bred mistrust from outside their ranks. They claimed to hold several religious relics, including the Shroud of Turin and a piece of the cross on which Jesus of Nazareth was crucified.
Breivik says the Christian military order was refounded in 2002 in London under the name PCCTS as an armed “anti-Jihad crusader-organization.”
According to his manifesto, arrest was part of Breivik's plan, though he has yet to get the platform for propaganda that makes up the next stage of his plan: his arraignment was held behind closed doors. It has not been confirmed that Breivik had any accomplices.