It appears that “Anonymous” – a loose-knit group of Internet
protesters united in their campaign against the Church of Scientology
its promise of worldwide demonstrations. This past Sunday,
activists identifying themselves as members of Anonymous appeared in
cities around the globe to peacefully
demonstrate against the Church and its so-called crimes.
Demonstrations occurred in a reported
93 cities worldwide, including Sydney, Los Angeles, New York,
London, Dublin, and Stockholm. Donning signs with slogans such as
“Knowledge is Free,” “Question $cientology,” and
“Enlightenment should not cost £100,000,” Anonymous took a
vocal stand against the Church of Scientology’s alleged human
rights violations and relentless suppression of dissent.
Demonstrations proceeded peacefully, with protesters concealing
themselves behind Guy Fawkes masks – among other things – as
popularized in the movie “V for Vendetta.”
Anonymous seemingly rose out of nowhere to declare war on the
Church late last January, claiming that the Church brainwashes its
members and drives them into bankruptcy through expensive spiritual
treatments. Anonymous’ medium of choice is YouTube. The group’s
first video, a shot-across-the-bow titled “Message
to Scientology,” now has over 2 million views. In it, Anonymous
promises to “expel” the Church from the Internet and
“systematically dismantle Scientology in its present form.”
While Anonymous’ exact origins are unclear, its members are
known to coordinate on social networking sites such as MySpace and
Additional videos appeared late last week, authored by a pair of
YouTube members identifying themselves as participants in Anonymous:
“Do not misread our intentions,” says Anonymous1321 in Anonymous
Message to Scientology, “ours is not to judge your beliefs. We
oppose the [Church] as a business, not a religion, of which it claims
to be both. How can a supposedly nonprofit organization cause its
believers to go bankrupt?”
Scientology officials condemned the demonstrations, equating
Anonymous to nothing more than “cyber-terrorists.” In an official
statement released later on Sunday, Church officials said that
“Anonymous is perpetrating religious hate crimes against Churches
of Scientology and individual Scientologists for no reason other than
Previously, the Church of Scientology dismissed Anonymous,
offering little response to the group’s messages. “We don’t
get into responding to such threats on the Internet,” said Church
spokeswoman Janet Laveau in
an interview last week, later noting that “those wishing to
find out the Church of Scientology's views and to gain context …
have the right to search official
Referring to the recent
attacks against Church websites, Scientology officials claim that
Anonymous has “repeatedly attempted to suppress free speech through
illegal assaults on church websites so as to prevent Internet users
from obtaining information … [in addition to engaging in] other
harassment, including threats of violence in telephone calls, fax
transmissions, and emails, not to mention the Anonymous mailing of
white powder to dozens of our churches.”
Organizers say the date of February 10 was picked to commemorate
the birthday of Lisa McPherson, who died under the Scientology’s
care in 1995. Criminal charges filed over McPherson’s
death were later dropped in 2000.
Lynn Fountain Campbell, a former Scientology member and
participant in the Los Angeles protests, explained the sudden rise of
Anonymous as a response to public apathy: “it’s just reached
critical mass. People aren’t scared anymore.”
quote: The reason is it that it's goal is to help people lead happier lives.
quote: Then I'll stop on over at the creationist museum to observe how the earth is 5,000 years old...
quote: I do believe that the total number of Anonymous protesting on Sunday was OVER 9000.
quote: Voilà! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of Fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is it vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a by-gone vexation, stands vivified, and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin vanguarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition. The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta, held as a votive, not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous. Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose so let me simply add that it's my very good honor to meet you, and you may call me V.
quote: Bam! To behold, a public bulletin board, built of both brilliance and barbarity by bastards with boners. This bastion, no mere bulwark of boredom, is a brutal barrage of blistering bullshit, barely benevolent... but behind the bigotry and boobs, beyond the bitter broadcasts of bragging buffoons: here be the body politic. A brotherhood of blashphemy, blessed with more balls than brains, battling the bland, the bogus, the benign. Bedlam? Bring it on. But I babble... Better be brief.You may call me...e/b/aums?
quote: with protesters concealing themselves behind Guy Falkes masks – among other things – as popularized in the movie “V for Vendetta.”
quote: Bill signed Scientology into a religion after many of his financial supporters pressured him.
quote: I guess you and your friend fail to see that the bulk of the problem was caused by
quote: All this has only taught us one thing. If a democrat is president and you've got enough money you can get anything passed off as a religion.
quote: The Inside Account of the Story That Almost Killed Me
quote: Anonymous stated outright that they have no quarrel with Scientology as a 'religion'... but rather as a business.
quote: Yes one can say the belief in a "god" is equally absurd but its really not.
quote: Imagine a person in today's society with a standard education level and normal logic capabilities. Now imagine that by some freak chance they've never heard of any religion. Imagine that they stumble across the Bible and read it cover to cover. Do you really think they're going to live their life by it? Or will they just assume it's crazy talk and move on?
quote: The only reason our major religions aren't viewed as "crazy" is because they're so old that our culture is based around them. But objectively viewed, they're just as crazy as Scientology. They just gained acceptance in a time when "crazy" was all we had, and now they're just grandfathered in.
quote: go to www.scientology.org and try that on for size
quote: I'm not willing to pay the big bucks needed to hear about their true beliefs.
quote: I've seen numerous community benefit programs, people gotten off killer drugs, literacy programs and more.
quote: L. Ron Hubbard is widely rumored to have said "The way to make a million dollars is to start a religion."