'Tis the season and my kids and I have been playing a lot of this:
and singing in Christmas programs. There are two final music events this week. Music is so wonderfully healing and was certainly a nice distraction from some heavier subjects.
But hey, did you happen to read about Westboro Baptist Church's website getting hacked last week?
The Anonymous collective has once again turned its attention to the Westboro Baptist Church.On Sunday, the hacktivist group uploaded to Pastebin the names, phone numbers, and social security numbers of numerous people it said are members of Westboro Baptist Church, which is based in Topeka, Kan. The data dump also includes the names of multiple members' children and grandchildren.
The Anonymous outreach was fueled by Westboro members promising to picket the funerals of people killed last week at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
Can you imagine the audacity of this so-called Christian church picketing in a community that is grieving so badly? It is truly sickening. I imagine there are many who secretly (and vocally) applauded the efforts of Anonymous. I don't agree with their approach at all, but the message they sent was very good.
Check out this video Anonymous made for Westboro folks. This is a very well-written message. The computer voice is ever-so-creepy, too!
Here is part of the message from Anonymous to Westboro Baptist Church:
“Since your one-dimensional thought protocol will conform not to any modern logic, we will not debate, argue, or attempt to reason with you. Instead, we have unanimously deemed your organization to be harmful and have therefore decided to execute an agenda of action which will progressively dismantle your institution of deceitful pretext and extreme bias, and cease when your zealotry runs dry.” From Anonymous – Message To The Westboro Baptist Church
I would not like to be the enemy of Anonymous. Just sayin'....
One benefit of social media is that many heard about Westboro's plan to protest at funerals in Connecticut today. Check out what happened:
Members of the quasi-religious group, Westboro Baptist Church, planned to gather in Connecticut to protest the funeral of Newtown, Conn., shooting victim Principal Dawn Hochsprung. However, Good Samaritans were already there to thwart any possible protest with a human wall.
The Westboro Baptist Church announced plans to picket Hochsprung's funeral on Wednesday in Woodbury, Conn., and "sing praise to God for the glory of his work in executing his judgment." The group has blamed the mass shooting on Connecticut's same-sex marriage legislation. On Dec. 14, 26 people were shot at Sandy Hook Elementary School, 20 of those victims included children ages 6 and 7.
Motorcylists lined up on Wednesday to protest the possible protesters. "All these guys see us and think we're bad. We're not. It's solidarity, is what it is," New York native Jim Hannigan told Newtown Patch. "I just felt I had to be here."
Bravo to those who joined strangers to become a human wall to protest the disgusting efforts of Westboro Baptist! I am so impressed by the power of those who stand shoulder to shoulder against a powerful force. I kind of feel that some of you have been a human wall against spiritual abuse - especially those who have stood by me over the past 9+ months. Thank you! Your voices, prayers, support have been powerful!
Changing subjects, I followed blog hits and it looks like the recent developments regarding the Impostor Site are getting more publicity, perhaps not the kind of publicity in which was intended:
ToddRhoades.com has done an article on my former pastor's recent blog endeavors: Pastor starts website to attack church's attackers
Additionally, Ken Silva of Apprising Ministries has published his second article on O'Neal: TODD RHODES ON PASTOR CHUCK O’NEAL’S WEBSITE ATTACKING “CHURCH ATTACKERS” Ironically, I remember learning about Ken Silva's discernment ministry site while attending BGBC.
and a couple more sites which link back to the Rhoades.com article here: Christian Research Network and Faithfulnews.com
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