A State Department authoritative for respective years has been publically calling for the constitution of Christian nation-states, informing that achromatic radical look “elimination” and railing against Jews arsenic good arsenic Black Lives Matter and different societal movements.
Fritz Berggren, a mid-ranking Foreign Service officer, openly uses his sanction and representation arsenic helium espouses these and different arguable views, according to a reappraisal of his online postings. Current and erstwhile State Department officials noted the transportation to POLITICO successful caller days.
“Jesus Christ came to prevention the full satellite from the Jews — the founders of the archetypal Anti-Christ religion, they who are the effect of the Serpent, that brood of vipers,” states an Oct. 4 blog station signed “Fritz Berggren, PhD” and titled “Jews are Not God’s Chosen People. Judeo-Christian is Anti-Christ.”
“They murdered Jesus Christ,” the 5,300-word station continues, “How past tin they beryllium God’s chosen?”
Berggren’s voluminous output dates backmost to astatine slightest September 2017, according to the archives of his website, Bloodandfaith.com. An about page for the site, besides signed “Fritz Berggren, PhD,” offers what appears to beryllium a manifesto of sorts. Like respective of his different posts, it includes a video of Berggren expanding connected his views.
“The extremity of the Left is to destruct humor and religion truthful that (Marxist) religion unsocial becomes maestro and enslaver of all,” Berggren writes. “Europeans indispensable reclaim their humor and faith, conscionable arsenic Blacks are arrogant and hispanics person precise beardown humor individuality organizations.”
Two days aft the insurrection astatine the U.S. Capitol, another station signed by Berggren declared: “Notes connected the events of January 6. The illusion of a participatory ideology has been burst. You already unrecorded successful a cult/theocracy — I connection you Christian liberty successful a Christian nation.”
President Joe Biden has made diverseness a precedence for his medication and has sharply criticized thing that smacks of achromatic supremacy and anti-Semitism. The Pentagon already has launched a run to basal retired achromatic nationalists and different extremists successful the military. While there’s nary akin effort underway successful Foggy Bottom, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced helium is creating a caller position, main diverseness and inclusion officer, to beforehand that ideal.
According to a directory viewed by POLITICO, Berggren is presently assigned to a State Department portion that handles peculiar migrant visas for Afghans. His erstwhile positions person included serving arsenic a fiscal absorption serviceman astatine the U.S. Embassy successful Bahrain, according to an older directory.
Asked astir Berggren, a spokesperson for the State Department declined to accidental whether his remarks had led to interior disciplinary measures of immoderate kind. “We volition not remark connected interior unit matters beyond saying that these are idiosyncratic views and bash not correspond those of the State Department,” the spokesperson said. “As a department, we clasp and champion diversity, equity and inclusion arsenic a root of strength.”
Exactly erstwhile Berggren entered U.S. diplomatic ranks wasn’t clear, but he is listed arsenic a Foreign Service worker connected legislature documents astatine slightest arsenic acold backmost arsenic 2009. His sparse LinkedIn relationship describes him arsenic an “FSO” — a Foreign Service officer.
Berggren did not reply to messages sent to his enactment and idiosyncratic email addresses nor to ones sent done LinkedIn and his Blood and Faith website. Phone numbers listed for him did not work.
Free code vs. a diplomatic problem
The State Department’s options for addressing Berggren’s online postings whitethorn beryllium limited.
There are rules that govern diplomats’ on- and off-duty behaviour that could beryllium grounds for punishment oregon dismissal successful akin instances — rules that tin disagree based connected whether a idiosyncratic is serving overseas oregon successful the United States. But the national government, for First Amendment reasons, is not expected to dictate its employees’ spiritual views.
According to a erstwhile State Department attorney, if Berggren tin amusement that helium ne'er utilized enactment clip oregon U.S. authorities instrumentality to trade his writings and recordings, helium mightiness autumn successful a grey country successful presumption of whether oregon however the section could subject him. The erstwhile lawyer did not person nonstop cognition of the lawsuit and requested anonymity due to the fact that of the sensitivity of the situation. POLITICO recovered nary examples of Berggren identifying himself arsenic a State Department authoritative successful his online commentary.
The Blood and Faith tract was updated conscionable this week with posts that instrumentality shots astatine Jewish people, the United Nations and the LBGTQ community, among others.
The blog’s archives day to Sept. 16, 2017, and they see astir 300 posts that tackle topics ranging from theories astir Christian unit to the value of bloodlines. Many of the posts nexus to videos arsenic good arsenic podcasts successful which Berggren discusses his beliefs.
Berggren often rails against “the Left” on with movements similar Black Lives Matter and Antifa and organizations specified arsenic the Anti-Defamation League.
“Anti-Fa/BLM is not the absorption — they are the establishment,” helium writes successful slug points on a Sept. 12, 2020, post that includes a video segment. “The absorption could beryllium White men and Christians if we antheral up to it.”
A major taxable crossed Berggren’s online output is the necessity of creating explicitly Christian countries. He refers to Jesus Christ arsenic a revolutionary icon, dubbing him “Rebel Leader One” successful immoderate posts. “The revival of Christian nation-states is required for the advancement of Truth,” helium writes successful one conception of his Blood and Faith site. “There is nary substitute for the nationalist acclamation of Jesus Christ arsenic the King and Lord of a nation.”
A important chunk of Berggren’s commentary appears focused connected the destiny of achromatic people, particularly those of European and Christian descent.
In a Oct. 24 post titled “The Demon-God of Diversity,” helium states: “The satellite gasps successful fearfulness with each caller ‘endangered’ sub-species, but cheers the elimination of White civilization from full regions of the earth. This volition not halt until White radical halt it — we person been handmaidens to our ain demise.”
At slightest 1 video of Berggren recovered online is little controversial.
He appears successful a little Department of Defense clip urging radical to “track Santa” done a fashionable task of the North American Aerospace Defense Command.