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The Cult of Scientology being attacked

I don't normally support intolerance, but I have not heard a single good thing about the cult that is Scientology. Its founder, L. Ron Hubbard, was even quoted as saying he got into religion because "that's where the money is." They treat their celebrity members like kings and queens, and suck the money and life out of their everyday believers. So I find this attack on them by the group called Anonymous to be very amusing. I wish them luck.

"Anonymous" releases statements outlining "War on Scientology"
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January 23, 2008

The Internet-based group "Anonymous" has released statements on YouTube and via a press release, outlining what they call a "War on Scientology". Church of Scientology related websites, such as religiousfreedomwatch.org have been removed due to a suspected distributed denial-of-service-attack (DDoS) by a group calling themselves "Anonymous". On Friday, the same group allegedly brought down Scientology's main website, scientology.org, which was available sporadically throughout the weekend.

Several websites relating to the Church of Scientology have been slowed down, brought to a complete halt or seemingly removed from the Internet completely in an attack which seems to be continuous. The scientology.org site was back online briefly on Monday, and is currently loading slowly.

On Monday, the group released a video titled: "Message to Scientology" on YouTube concerning their intentions to attack the Church of Scientology. A robotic voice on the video begins with "Hello leaders of Scientology. We are Anonymous," and continues by explaining their motivations: "Over the years we have been watching you, your campaigns of misinformation, your suppression of dissent and your litigious nature. All of these things have caught our eye. With the leakage of your latest propaganda video into mainstream circulation the extent of your malign influence over those who have come to trust you as leaders has been made clear to us. Anonymous has therefore decided that your organisation should be destroyed." The message goes on to state that the group intends to "expel Scientology from the Internet". As of Wednesday, the video had been viewed 370,347 times, favorited 2,473 times, and is currently YouTube's top third video of the day.

The "Message to Scientology" video was highlighted as the "YouTube Video of the Week" by The Michigan Daily. Commenting on the video, the piece states "if this video is any indication, it seems like the assailants mean business". In a blog post on USA Today's website, Jess Zielinski wrote that it was "not a shock that hackers hold a grudge against Scientology," and in a followup post on another USA Today blog, Angela Gunn wrote that "those of us who remember ... the adventures of Operation Clambake are fascinated to see this kind of thing flare up again". Blogging for Wired magazine, Ryan Singel wrote about the incident in a piece on Wednesay titled "War Breaks Out Between Hackers and Scientology -- There Can Be Only One". Singel wrote that the Project Chanology wiki page "directs Anonymous members to download and use denial of service software, make prank calls, host Scientology documents the Church considers proprietary, and fax endless loops of black pages to the Church's fax machines to waste ink". According to Wired, "The Church of Scientology did not immediately respond to a call for comment".

The viewpoints expressed in the video are echoed on the "Project Chanology" website, an open source of information and direction for those within Anonymous, which talks of tactics such as blackfaxing and prank calling alongside other "real-life" methods of attack. The satirical website Encyclopedia Dramatica also has a similar page devoted to "Project Chanology".

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gkathellar
Jan. 27th, 2008 01:54 pm (UTC)
My problem with scientology isn't that it's a cult. Cult is just a mean word for a small religion. My problem is that it systematically brainwashes people, and that part of that brainwashing teaches them not to go to the one group of people who know how to fix brainwashing - trained psychiatric professionals.
gkathellar
Jan. 27th, 2008 01:55 pm (UTC)
Well, I also have a problem with it because it's a religion and I have a problem with all religious faith, but this is a whole different can of noodles.
fayanora
Jan. 28th, 2008 04:35 am (UTC)
Ah yes, (pseudo)Scientology, I see what you did thar.

Whatever cult used to mean, it now means "a group of brainwashed followers held sway over by a leader or leaders."
kengr
Jan. 28th, 2008 11:29 am (UTC)
In common usage, "cult" is pejorative. But as an anthropological term, it merely means "religion you join as an adult". No more, no less.
gkathellar
Jan. 28th, 2008 06:39 pm (UTC)
In common usage, "cult" is pejorative.

So ... a mean word for a religion.
fayanora
Jan. 29th, 2008 07:39 am (UTC)
See my comment to gkathellar.
slurmqueen
Jan. 28th, 2008 03:09 am (UTC)
I got to see someone take a scientology test outside of one of their buildings in LA last year. The tone of the woman's voice who was administering the test sounded very manipulative -- kind of salesman-like.
fayanora
Jan. 28th, 2008 04:37 am (UTC)
Doesn't surprise me.

lillakat says her ex, a very gentle soul, hates Scientology so much because of what they do to their followers that he makes a point to spit whenever he walks by one of their buildings.
slurmqueen
Jan. 28th, 2008 04:32 pm (UTC)
Haha, awesome. "The only prerequisite to joining is money so come down to our office for a visit." You know, religion had the potential to be something very beautiful, but that potemtial was destroyed by many of the seven deadly sins.
fayanora
Jan. 29th, 2008 07:43 am (UTC)
There is a religion that makes fun of Scientology. It's called The Church of the Subgenius. http://www.subgenius.com/ It's funny as fuck!

Church of the Subgenius - eternal salvation or triple your money back!

Edited at 2008-01-29 07:45 am (UTC)
slurmqueen
Jan. 29th, 2008 01:08 pm (UTC)
HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA!
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fayanora
Jan. 29th, 2008 07:41 am (UTC)
o_O
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