Sunday was the date of mass protests against the Church of Scientology, which gave passersby the chance to see a bunch of teens in Guy Fawkes masks waving signs about how eeeeevil Scientology is. I bring this up because it seems the novelty of a handful of anonymous hackers and a bunch of their groupies attacking a major organization has worn off. Time for a new spin on things.
The Anonymous versus Church of Scientology war, dubbed Project Chanology, has, once again, turned the world into an annoying place of black and white. I harbor no love for Scientology. However, I do not rabidly hate them. I simply ignore them. I’ve never had to deal with any Scientologists and I’ve never been pushed to become one. If it weren’t for the glorious Internet, I’d know next to nothing about them, and I’d be perfectly happy.
However, this isn’t good enough. If you don’t despise everything Scientology stands for, you may very well be an actual, Dianetics-reading Scientologist for all some people care. I’ve been rebuffed a few times various places on the Internet for daring to speak moderately about the Church. Nasty comments on YouTube, edit wars on Wikipedia…it’s quite ironic, actually. Anonymous, or at least people who say they’re members, claims to be in favor of free speech. It’s one of the main reasons they’re waging war against the Church of Scientology. However, if you use that free speech for anything that isn’t outright condemnation of Scientology, you’re not going to make any friends. You’re either with us or against us, eh? Sounds eerily familiar.
Also, if you’re up for a laugh, you may want to take a look at some of the questions on the Church’s special personality test, including number 92: are you a slow eater? Anyone who can figure out how that’s relevant to anything, especially Scientology, gets a cyber-cookie.