Anybody who knows their ear from their elbow when it comes to the world and how ridiculous some of us can be knows how creepy the world of Scientology can be. Those who are unaware of this wacky world and missed the episode of South Park that explained it all, it’s a religion based on the writings of famed science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard and is practiced in nearly 5,000 churches by some of the most powerful people in the world in over 100 countries.
And of course, with how open and freely accessible the Internet is, there will always be people with two cents that scream up and down about how evil and/or crazy this religion and its followers may be. While most videos and news pieces posted online against the Church of Scientology can be categorized as hogwash and petty, one-sided arguments, a new group calling themselves “Anonymous” is making quite the ruckus against the church and some of its biggest followers.
It all started when a video was “leaked” onto YouTube of Tom Cruise in an interview talking about his beliefs and practices with the church. The video was taken down several times after complaints from the church stating the content infringed upon their copyrights. That didn’t seem to stop some users, case in point here.
After the video was taken down, the Church of Scientology homepage was hacked, shutting down the server for hours, while flooding the church’s headquarters in Los Angeles with constant silent phone calls, unordered food deliveries, and faxes of just black pages. Once the organization got their website up, a radical group calling themselves “Anonymous” posted this video where they threaten to “destroy and dismantle the church due to crimes against humanity”.
This made waves in the media, making headlines that were soon squashed when the church stated that they were “a group of hackers who were merely pulling pranks.” A second video was then released by the same group where they establish that they are not simply computer hackers, but made up of “all walks of life.” The video also claims to “be wary of February 10th.”
Finally, in an email sent to CNET, the group informs on unspecified action against the church at 11am on February 10th in such cities as New York, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Montreal, Houston, and London. Some speculate it’s merely a peace protest, but with creepy videos like we’ve seen, I’m not entirely sure what to expect. As many of you may be feeling out there, I’m both excited and terrified to see what will happen next.
As usual, we’ll keep updates rolling in as they come.