Religion to Science: “Bring It”

Posted on February 21, 2011 by

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Anonymous has now supposedly targeted an anti-gay church in the US which responded to threats from the cyber group by saying; “Bring it.”

The Westboro Baptist Church’s response to a post on AnonNews.org was met with scepticism as claims emerge that suggest the threats were not made by Anonymous. Unfortunately without having a recognised figure head it’s difficult to be sure whether or not this is an official threat from Anonymous, a group of unrelated hackers, or from the Church itself. A press release on AnonNews.org stated:

While Anonymous thanks you for your interest, and would certainly like to take a break and have some
fun with you guys, we have more pressing matters to deal with at the moment.
But, we will keep this application on file, and will certainly contact you if any openings become
available in future.
Next time, don’t call us. We’ll call you.

All claims are posted on AnonNews.org which unfortunately allows anyone to contribute and so cannot be regarded as being a n accurate representation of Anonymous’ views.

Regardless of this it seems like attacking the church is a worthwhile cause, the Westboro Baptist Church is known in the US for its extreme anti-gay stance. The thing is though that I find myself asking; ‘If these threats are from Anonymous then why are they doing this?’ Once again it seems like Anonymous is losing sight of its original aims. There seems to be no sense to all these attacks, more like random strikes that have hints of megalomania attached to them.

Only last week they claimed to have possession of the Stuxnet virus which was responsible for sabotaging the Iranian nuclear programme and nearly resulted in the country blowing itself up last year. They’ve spent so long trying to fight for free speech and the sharing of information, now if the new claims are true then it seems they’re trying to control how people think?

I'd like to think that I don't know anyone who would agree with Pastor Fred Phelps' views but still, doesn't he have a right to express himself?

I certainly do not agree with the beliefs of Pastor Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church but I respect their right to express them, I believe that the average person would be able to come to a sensible conclusion when met with someone who is promoting discrimination. Nick Griffin and the BNP taught us that at the last election.

This message was left on the Anonymous news site for Pastor Phelps, the author, whether from Anonymous or someone else is unknown:

Should you ignore this warning, you will meet with the vicious retaliatory arm of ANONYMOUS: We will target your public Websites, and the propaganda & detestable doctrine that you promote will be eradicated; the damage incurred will be irreversible, and neither your institution nor your congregation will ever be able to fully recover. It is in your best interest to comply now, while the option to do so is still being offered, because we will not relent until you cease the conduction & promotion of all your bigoted operations & doctrines.

The warning has been given. What happens from here shall be determined by you.

WE ARE ANONYMOUS.
WE ARE LEGION.
WE DO NOT FORGIVE.
WE DO NOT FORGET.
EXPECT US.

This message to Anonymous was written on the website for Westboro Baptist Church:

A puddle of pimple-faced nerds organized under the cowardly banner of “Anonymous” claim they plan to hack Westboro’s Websites, including www.GodHatesFags.com & www.GodHatesTheMedia.com, because they hate Westboro’s Bible preachments. They mistakenly suppose because of pseudo-success with ruined-and-doomed-USA’s government or financial Websites that they can take on the servants of the Living God.

Bad miscalculation, girls!

Let us tell you how this will go: rebels will build a full head of steam based on false hope; the media will predictably do much breathless anticipating while giving another tsunami of coverage to Westboro’s message; God will defeat your council; your efforts will fail.

Anonymous is warring with God; very stupid for little boys claiming to be so smart.

Is this all a hoax? If not then it seems like Anonymous has found someone who will retaliate with the extremely dramatic language. This is Science versus Religion on a scale I never thought I would see, it feels like something out of a Sci-Fi novel.

If it is all a hoax then the point I made in my previous post has been proved. From fighting all these battles they’ve lost sight of their goals and now they have people piggy-backing on their name. With no head figure to deny these claims there is nothing to stop anyone from taking on the Anonymous name and attacking someone they have issues with.

Despite this recent addition to the saga of Anonymous I hope the group can find some direction and a way to control their representation because if history has taught us one thing, it’s that fighting a war on too many fronts never works for very long…

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