Back in 2010, Pamela Geller announced the formation of an international “coalition of the free” to stop the supposed “overthrow of our western civilization” by Muslims. One of the groups Geller said she is working with is SIO Norway (Stop the Islamization of Norway), and today the leader of SIO Norway testified in court to bolster the defense of Anders Behrin Breivik, the Norwegian right-wing terrorist who murdered scores of Norwegians at a left-wing youth retreat and bombed a government building:
Norwegian right-wing extremists decried the “Islamisation” of their country as they took the stand Tuesday in what Anders Behring Breivik’s defence hopes will help prove he was sane when he killed 77 people in Norway last year.
Earlier, Arne Tumyr, who heads the organisation Stop the Islamisation of Norway, virulently attacked Islam, which he described as “a religion of violence, a religion of wars”, and the Muslim Prophet Mohamed, who he called “a sexual delinquent, a looter of caravans, an assassin, a war criminal.”
“We consider Islam as a threat to the Norwegian society and values,” he said, claiming for instance that a daycare centre had been forced to remove a reference to Piglet, Winnie-the-Pooh’s friend, so as not to offend Muslim children.
Although the witnesses expressed views similar to Breivik’s, none of them openly supported his attacks.
Following objections from lawyers for survivors and family members of Breivik’s victims, defence lawyer Geir Lippestad insisted the testimony was necessary to show that his client was sane.
“Our aim is not to argue in favour of a political opinion but to show that the way the accused views the world is shared by others,” he stressed.
Breivik, 33, is intent on proving his sanity to ensure that his ideology — described as a crusade against multiculturalism and a pending “Muslim invasion” of Norway and Europe — not be written off as the rantings of a lunatic.
Geller had blamed the Norway attacks on Muslims, and Breivik cited Geller twelve times in his manifesto. After it came out that Breivik, not radical Islamists, were behind the atrocities, Geller then attacked the victims for their political views and diverse racial makeup.