Hackers claiming to represent Anonymous have hacked websites of three different North Carolina churches replacing their homepages with a Richard Dawkins speech against religion and a message declaring "war on religion."
WebProNews reports that the AnonymousIRC Twitter account announcd to its 276, 783 followers on Friday, attacks on three church websites. IB Times reports the first message, sent out at around 10 a.m. EST, read: "http://www.betheloic.org HACKED Reason:religious idiocy and foh dah lulz #Anonymous #AntiSec #OWS #ROOTED #DAWKINS."
Two other tweets followed the first, announcing attacks on two other churches.
According to Examiner.com, the homepages of Bethel Outreach International Church, Charlotte International Church and Crossfire Ministries were hacked and defaced. The homepages were replaced with a 30-minute long YouTube video, "Richard Dawkins: An Atheist's Call to Arms," and declaration of "war on religion," with the message "Religion sucks, LOL."
The Richard Dawkins video is a 30-minute speech in which Dawkins urges atheists to stop hiding their beliefs and to fight against the influence of religion in politics and education. The hackers said religion is a sickness and left a message on the hacked websites that said:
Greetings fellow pirates,
Let us be clear from the start: any kind of religion is a sickness to this world. A sickness that creates hate and intolerance, a sickness that brings people to wage war on their fellow people, a sickness that has come to this world long time ago, when mankind wasn’t educated, a sickness that brought false hope and suppression to those who believed and often even more terror and suppression to those who dared not to believe.
Religions are authoritarian hierarchies, designed to dominate your free will. Religions are mind control.They’re power structures that aim to convince you to give away your power for the benefit of those who enjoy dominating people. When you subscribe to a religion, you enroll in a mindless minion training program. Religions don’t market themselves as such, but this is essentially how they operate. In case you ever wondered why religious teachings are invariably mysterious, confusing, and incongruent? This is no accident — it’s intentional.
We see religion pretty much the same way as we see many governments. Fear mongering and making lots of money,so a small group of ppl will become insanely rich, while the believing masses can eat dirt. As long as they are afraid that "omgomg god will come and strike great vengeance upon me" all is good.
To quote Encyclopedia Dramatica (bringing you answers to life, the universe and everything since last Thursday) on this issue:
»Religion is a severe mental illness created over 9000 years ago, at the
same time as the Earth. Since then, religion has been one of the biggest sources of drama, f----try, and unwarranted self-importance in the world today, secondary only to the internet. It is responsible for such insanity as Christf-gs believing that beating someone half to death with a 2,000 year old book will heal them and Muslims believing that if they blow themselves up they will get 72 virgins. Even atheists are not immune to the psychotomimetic effects of religion; the mere mention of religion is enough to send any atheist into hours of butthurt sh-tfits.«
So people of the world, don’t let religion control your life. Don’t fight against each other for contrary beliefs.This world and our life can be a wonderful adventure, where you have the unique chance to help mankind and your fellow citizens. Where we can all work together to make this earth a better place for ourselves,our children and all those generations who will come after us. ^(;,;)^
Friday's attack is yet another in a series of Anonymous online attacks on groups they see as representing what they are opposed to in the world. IB Times reported a week ago that Anonymous hackers took down several FBI affiliates websites. Dayton Daily News reports the targeted sites included the Dayton, Ohio branch of InfraGard, a partner organization to the FBI.
Anonymous also said it has declared war on America in a YouTube video released earlier in the week and called on U.S. citizens to rise up against the U.S. goverment.
WebProNews comments on the oddity of Anonymous announcing a war on religion but only targeting Christian churches, and wondered why Anonymous targeted Christian religious organizations that "put on a good face" instead of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church. WebProNews recalls, however, that Anonymous had reluctantly launched an attack on Wesboro Baptist Church last year after the church issued a challenge.