Hero-worship and the far-right’s slippery grasp of the word “martyr”

Breivik: not a martyr but a paranoid conspiracist who went on a murderous rampage

I’ve just been reading this rather fascinating article in yesterday’s Guardian, which tells us that Britain’s far-right extremists see Norwegian mass-killer and self-styled “knight”, Anders Breivik as a role model. That in itself isn’t disturbing, we expect the fash to admire Breivik. They admire anyone who claims to hate Islam, ‘multi-culturalism’ and the non-existent concept of ‘cultural Marxism’. What I find interesting is the far-right’s rush to claim that any one of their number who is imprisoned for violent offences is automatically a martyr in their eyes.

Here’s an unintentionally amusing quote from the article that reveals the far-right’s penchant for drama.

Kickboxer Darren Clifft from Walsall tried to garner support for a petition to free Breivik last week. The 23-year-old National Front supporter, who posts as “Daz MarxistHunter”, left a message on Facebook stating: “[Breivik] is truly inspirational. He sacrificed his life so Europe might be free again from the clutches of Islam and cultural Marxism, multiculturalism and political correctness. I see him as my role model, what every European man needs to be in order for Europe to survive.”

Correct me if I’m wrong, but don’t you have to die or suffer terrible pain to be given martyr status? Notice how this bonehead tells us how Breivik “sacrificed himself”. He did nothing of the sort. He was arrested, charged and locked up. He was found guilty of murder and will spend the minimum of 21 years inside. He didn’t kill himself. He wasn’t accidentally blown up by one of his bombs. He is not a ‘martyr’.

The article also carries a quote from EDL leader and petite bourgeois, Stephen Yaxley-Lennon (aka Tommy Robinson).

The EDL leader, Stephen Lennon, has said that although Breivik’s killings were “obviously wrong”, the court has helped to legitimise his motives. Lennon states: “By saying that he was sane, it gives a certain credibility to what he had been saying. And that is that Islam is a threat to Europe and to the rest of the world.”

No, by declaring him sane, the court gave him no excuses for his blood-lust. Breivik’s credibility is limited to the EDL, the BFP and Britain’s other racist parties.

The EDL and the rest of the far-right has appropriated the word “martyr” without actually knowing what it means. When Islamists speak of “martyrs”, they are referring to someone who has killed themselves or was killed while they were carrying out a terrorist act. When Britain’s far-right talk about “martyrs”, they refer to someone who was arrested, charged and imprisoned. Time to help them out. Here’s the dictionary definition of the word, “martyr”.

mar·tyr [mahr-ter]


a person who willingly suffers death rather than renounce his or her religion.
a person who is put to death or endures great suffering onbehalf of any belief, principle, or cause: a martyr to the cause of social justice.
a person who undergoes severe or constant suffering: a martyr to severe headaches.

a person who seeks sympathy or attention by feigning or exaggerating pain, deprivation, etc.

Perhaps our boneheaded friends have seized on the latter definition, in which case, they’re clearly a bunch of drama queens.

Now, unlike Breivik and the rest of the far-right’s faux martyrs, the Tolpuddle Martyrs were proper martyrs.


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6 responses to “Hero-worship and the far-right’s slippery grasp of the word “martyr”

  1. charliecountryboy

    I suppose these ‘boneheads’ have a right to speak, but really! Great post 😉

  2. representingthemambo

    Reblogged this on Representing the Mambo and commented:
    Good piece on Breivik. Listening to the far-right bang on about their obsessions is at once amusing and enormously depressing. What planet are these people living on?

  3. Fatahlip

    Buddy, you are an excellent recruiting sargeant for the far right cause .
    You’re stupid , not funny, and only limpwrists would want to be like you.
    When the Sharia law mob have forced you to point your arse towards Bristol you may have cause to remember this communication.

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