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Anonymous stages worldwide protest against Scientology

AzioAzio Registered User regular
edited August 2008 in Debate and/or Discourse
You are all probably aware of the feud between Scientology and the channers. Today, Anonymous is holding protests against the Church of Scientology in cities across the world. Hundreds of people have already turned out in Australia.


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The protests are currently the top story on News.com.au.

Video of the story from Channel 7 news.
Video of the Melbourne and Sydney protests.
Live video feed from London.

2 months ago, if someone had told me Anonymous was going to actually do some real good I would have laughed in their face. This all looks incredibly promising and fills me with joy. I hope every city sees this kind of turnout.

I think this could be history in the making. Epic win.

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  • PillsAreNicePillsAreNice Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    This probably won't make big waves in the news, but it will probably start bringing more attention to how screwed up Scientology is. Which is good enough.

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  • AldoAldo Hippo Hooray the swamp, always the swampRegistered User regular
    edited February 2008
    I'm looking forward to the Scientologists pointing out how screwed up 4chan is. :P

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  • The CatThe Cat Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited February 2008
    but everybody already knows scientology is crazy!

    and aldo makes a highly relevant point, because even Tom Cruise looks sane next to a thread full of the shit that gets posted on 4chan.

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  • PillsAreNicePillsAreNice Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    The Cat wrote: »
    but everybody already knows scientology is crazy!

    and aldo makes a highly relevant point, because even Tom Cruise looks sane next to a thread full of the shit that gets posted on 4chan.

    Not everybody knows about the evil shit they've pulled.

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  • noobertnoobert Registered User
    edited February 2008
    I'm just amazed that this even working. Sure, 230 people may not be many, but they are still achieving their goal, media attention.

    Hopefully the rest of the protests around the world get this much attention.

  • TavTav Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    I'd like to go to the Dublin one, just to see what your average Irish chantard looks like, although this probably won't do much, overall it's causing quite a bit of spectacle.

  • RichardTauberRichardTauber King of the north Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    The Cat wrote: »
    what kind of a stupid thing is that to say? My point is that they're not going to meet their goals. They're going to have a fun party in the park and go home feeling like big men because a couple of coppers eyeballed them. Acting like they're going to take down the scientologists is fucking retarded.

    Sitting on a bus was retarded too. She just wanted to feel like a man. Or wait.

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  • AldoAldo Hippo Hooray the swamp, always the swampRegistered User regular
    edited February 2008
    The Cat wrote: »
    what kind of a stupid thing is that to say? My point is that they're not going to meet their goals. They're going to have a fun party in the park and go home feeling like big men because a couple of coppers eyeballed them. Acting like they're going to take down the scientologists is fucking retarded.

    Sitting on a bus was retarded too. She just wanted to feel like a man. Or wait.

    Are you comparing a few hundred kids yelling at Tom Cruise to Rosa Parks? D:

    Elendil wrote: »
    said Aldo hazily, before clop-clop-clopping out of the room
  • CouscousCouscous Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    I wonder how many of the reporters will end up going to the hentai/alternative section of 4chan.

  • DerrickDerrick Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    The point of a protest is attention. They're getting it. Go them.

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  • KageraKagera Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    The Cat wrote: »
    tell me you're being sarcastic please

    seriously anyone who thinks this will make more waves than that bit at the end of the evening news where they talk about lost kittens and people who enter pie-eating competitions is kidding themselves

    That's a great attitude you have there.

    Don't try to change things.

    I mean 4chan is a shithole of fucks but if they want to play activist together and actually follow through with it then more power to them.

    But I guess it's easier sitting back and mocking them then doing anything proactive.

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  • see317see317 Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Aldo wrote: »
    The Cat wrote: »
    what kind of a stupid thing is that to say? My point is that they're not going to meet their goals. They're going to have a fun party in the park and go home feeling like big men because a couple of coppers eyeballed them. Acting like they're going to take down the scientologists is fucking retarded.

    Sitting on a bus was retarded too. She just wanted to feel like a man. Or wait.

    Are you comparing a few hundred kids yelling at Tom Cruise to Rosa Parks? D:
    Why not?

    Today, Rosa Parks is held up as a champion of equality.
    Back in the day, she was a tired woman whose feet hurt. I've never read any account of Rosa Parks that said she had wanted or planned to become an icon for a movement. But by standing up (or more accurately not standing up) she helped set in motion drastic change that needed to happen.

    If the Channers can bring real media attention to the unpleasent side of scientology, more power to them.
    If they just wanted to get together with internet buddies and wear masks while waving signs, again more power to them.

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    Well except what see317 said. That guy's always wrong.
  • KageraKagera Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    At the very least they are socializing and getting fresh air, probably not the most common thing for them.

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  • delphinusdelphinus Registered User
    edited February 2008
    thanks cat,
    no ive never been to a protest before. i didnt realize there was a standard number on how these things were graded.
    next time people say something about something else, ill make sure to crunch the numbers before theyre allowed to.

    some feel they get away from corrupting cops, murder, slander, breaking up families, emotional and physical abuse of its members. so how about you just let them stand in front of a building that is VERY far away from where you are? is that okay?

    in other news:
    -the UK protest has become the IRL version of meme chanting (400 people)
    -Aussies had a turn out of 400-1000 people
    -New Zealand had a turn out of 5 people
    -Japan had a turn out of 1
    -1 Scio arrest for assault trying to unmask a protestor so far

  • AldoAldo Hippo Hooray the swamp, always the swampRegistered User regular
    edited February 2008
    see317 wrote: »
    Aldo wrote: »
    The Cat wrote: »
    what kind of a stupid thing is that to say? My point is that they're not going to meet their goals. They're going to have a fun party in the park and go home feeling like big men because a couple of coppers eyeballed them. Acting like they're going to take down the scientologists is fucking retarded.

    Sitting on a bus was retarded too. She just wanted to feel like a man. Or wait.

    Are you comparing a few hundred kids yelling at Tom Cruise to Rosa Parks? D:
    Why not?

    Today, Rosa Parks is held up as a champion of equality.
    Back in the day, she was a tired woman whose feet hurt. I've never read any account of Rosa Parks that said she had wanted or planned to become an icon for a movement. But by standing up (or more accurately not standing up) she helped set in motion drastic change that needed to happen.

    If the Channers can bring real media attention to the unpleasent side of scientology, more power to them.
    If they just wanted to get together with internet buddies and wear masks while waving signs, again more power to them.

    I am not saying that what these kids are doing is stupid, but I consider it rather disheartening to compare their get-together with the brave deed of Rosa Parks. These are just some kids standing outside with picket signs, Rosa Parks stood up against a racist regime.

    In short: Rosa Parks was a brave hero, these 4channers are just protesting. People protest against horrible things every day, there's nothing brave about it.

    Elendil wrote: »
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  • DracomicronDracomicron Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Hey, folks, let's just chalk this up as a win, alright? The video I saw was pretty entertaining (my immediate reaction: "Holy shit they have Stephen Hawking doing the voiceover!"), and there's nothing wrong with attacking Scientology because it's a cult led by scam artists.

    Better that than all the horrible trouble that bored technokids could be getting into.

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  • [Tycho?][Tycho?] Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    The Cat wrote: »
    but everybody already knows scientology is crazy!

    and aldo makes a highly relevant point, because even Tom Cruise looks sane next to a thread full of the shit that gets posted on 4chan.

    Yet nobody is doing anything about, but these people are.

    When this was first announced, everyone just scoffed at this. Hell, Cat, you locked the original thread on this, dismissing the entire topic out of hand even though people wanted to discuss it. And now that it turns out that 4chaners actually are getting out of the house to protest, you still just come in here to criticize. Chill the fuck out a bit, this isn't a bad accomplishment for a bunch of nameless internet geeks to pull off, and the cause is worthy.

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  • One Thousand DicksOne Thousand Dicks :D! Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Hey, folks, let's just chalk this up as a win, alright? The video I saw was pretty entertaining (my immediate reaction: "Holy shit they have Stephen Hawking doing the voiceover!"), and there's nothing wrong with attacking Scientology because it's a cult led by scam artists.

    Better that than all the horrible trouble that bored technokids could be getting into.

    Yeah, I don't see what all the hate is about. The 4channers get to feel like they're doing something important (and they go outside to do it), the high-level Scientologists get something to laugh at while they sip champagne and bathe in a hot tub filled with $100 bills, and we get to ignore it thanks to the wonders of the internet, if we so choose. The world, nay, America wins.

  • AldoAldo Hippo Hooray the swamp, always the swampRegistered User regular
    edited February 2008
    [Tycho?] wrote: »
    The Cat wrote: »
    but everybody already knows scientology is crazy!

    and aldo makes a highly relevant point, because even Tom Cruise looks sane next to a thread full of the shit that gets posted on 4chan.

    Yet nobody is doing anything about, but these people are.

    When this was first announced, everyone just scoffed at this. Hell, Cat, you locked the original thread on this, dismissing the entire topic out of hand even though people wanted to discuss it. And now that it turns out that 4chaners actually are getting out of the house to protest, you still just come in here to criticize. Chill the fuck out a bit, this isn't a bad accomplishment for a bunch of nameless internet geeks to pull off, and the cause is worthy.

    No, the original thread didn't have an appropriate OP for this subforum. I believe it got locked with the specific message to try again with a decent OP.

    Elendil wrote: »
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  • MimMim Well you paid the price, no doubt. And I wanna have your babies.Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    I'm heading over to the Philadelphia protest right now (though I'm late). Frankly I just see this as a bit of fun. There are other stuff going on around this (if you checked the message boards they have set up, you'd see some pretty interesting things). Lots of people have labeled things stupid and a waste of time that have shown not to be when it came to writing history books and such. Not saying that this will be the outcome, but to not knock it, especially if you only get the "shallow" aspect of the entire thing.

    Some people are actually putting their heart and soul into this, you know.

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  • CrimsonKingCrimsonKing Registered User
    edited February 2008
    I've been following this since the beginning it really is interesting and for a good cause. Anon doesn't think its going to get the church shut down. They are trying to educate people on why and how its a dangerous cult by garnering attention. I mean, I know I learned a lot about Scientology and how it kills people and such like by me looking up Project Chanology. Its a worthy cause and I think its pretty fucking awesome that this was started and kept momentum on the internet, with no leader and only a set of guidelines agreed upon by Anon.

    Go them.

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  • [Tycho?][Tycho?] Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Aldo wrote: »
    [Tycho?] wrote: »
    The Cat wrote: »
    but everybody already knows scientology is crazy!

    and aldo makes a highly relevant point, because even Tom Cruise looks sane next to a thread full of the shit that gets posted on 4chan.

    Yet nobody is doing anything about, but these people are.

    When this was first announced, everyone just scoffed at this. Hell, Cat, you locked the original thread on this, dismissing the entire topic out of hand even though people wanted to discuss it. And now that it turns out that 4chaners actually are getting out of the house to protest, you still just come in here to criticize. Chill the fuck out a bit, this isn't a bad accomplishment for a bunch of nameless internet geeks to pull off, and the cause is worthy.

    No, the original thread didn't have an appropriate OP for this subforum. I believe it got locked with the specific message to try again with a decent OP.

    Yeah, thats not the one I'm talking about though:

    http://forums.penny-arcade.com/showthread.php?t=48483

    The Cat's reason for locking:
    This is getting locked because nothing's going to happen in here besides us all confirming our impression of 4chan as a haven of idiots and circlejerking over that. Entertaining idiots, to be sure, but still.

    I sent a PM asking that the thread be re-opened, that it was a valid topic and worthy of discussion. I received no reply.

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    edited February 2008
  • Loren MichaelLoren Michael Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    At least they're deriding something worth deriding.

    They could be doing things far less worthwhile.

    Like hawking Ron Paul.

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  • Look Out it's Sabs!Look Out it's Sabs! Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    The only special thing I see about these protests is just that 4channers are behind it.

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  • Mojo_JojoMojo_Jojo When life gives you lemons... ...eat your delicious lemonsRegistered User regular
    edited February 2008
    The only special thing I see about these protests is just that 4channers are behind it.
    And that they're very small.

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  • ShintoShinto __BANNED USERS
    edited February 2008
    At least they're deriding something worth deriding.

    They could be doing things far less worthwhile.

    Like hawking Ron Paul.

    I guess.

  • Fuzzy Cumulonimbus CloudFuzzy Cumulonimbus Cloud Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Shinto wrote: »
    At least they're deriding something worth deriding.

    They could be doing things far less worthwhile.

    Like hawking Ron Paul.

    I guess.
    Yeah, ronally, I mean totally.
    Spoiler:

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  • WyndhamPriceWyndhamPrice Registered User
    edited February 2008
    Shinto wrote: »
    At least they're deriding something worth deriding.

    They could be doing things far less worthwhile.

    Like hawking Ron Paul.

    I guess.
    Yeah, ronally, I mean totally.
    Spoiler:

    It was "for the lulz" initially but then it sort of spiralled into the crusade against the many injustices that the CoS has engaged in over the past 30 years once they realized how hard Scientology was trying to suppress their criticism.

    They picked today (Feb. 10th) because it's Lisa McPherson's birthday.

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  • Loren MichaelLoren Michael Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Shinto wrote: »
    At least they're deriding something worth deriding.

    They could be doing things far less worthwhile.

    Like hawking Ron Paul.

    I guess.

    I don't foresee a lot of other options for them.

    They could be supporting net neutrality or something, but there's nothing weird or crazy about that.

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  • ShurakaiShurakai Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Whatever thier motive, I think it's a good cause.

    If I had ample transport and didn't work today, I would have joined the protest in Edmonton.

  • Loren MichaelLoren Michael Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Would you have made idle conversation re: what kind of porn your fellow activists are in to?

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  • ShurakaiShurakai Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    If it came up, I don't see a reason why not. No reason not to be social in a socio-political situation.

  • DracomicronDracomicron Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    I have to say that their analysis of scientology is keen.
    Anonymous wrote:
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  • InquisitorInquisitor Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    I wish they would have publicized this a little more before hand.

    I might have actually gone for the hell of it, plus a burning hated for scientology.

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  • corcorigancorcorigan Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    There were 80+ people outside the Scientology shop in London on Totthenham Court Road. It was quite impressive.

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  • spamtastickspamtastick Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    I think that when 4chan which is widely regarded as the asshole of the internet gets offended, then there is something seriously wrong with Scientology. I mean (some of) 4chan likes scat porn.

    Anyway I think its noble of them, Bravo 4chan, Bravo.

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  • ElkiElki hegemon globalSuper Moderator, Moderator, ClubPA mod
    edited February 2008
    The Cat wrote: »
    what kind of a stupid thing is that to say? My point is that they're not going to meet their goals. They're going to have a fun party in the park and go home feeling like big men because a couple of coppers eyeballed them. Acting like they're going to take down the scientologists is fucking retarded.

    Sitting on a bus was retarded too. She just wanted to feel like a man. Or wait.

    I bet you felt clever typing that. And you know what? Rosa Parks by herself was useless. Very brave, but wouldn't accomplish anything by herself.

    The civil rights movement wasn't Rosa Parks. It was million of people protesting, boycotting, lobbying, engaging in civil disobedience to try change minds sets and the laws that made African Americans second class citizens.

    Do you want to tell me how this one day event is similar?

  • deadonthestreetdeadonthestreet Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Elki wrote: »

    Do you want to tell me how this one day event is similar?
    I do believe the point is that every movement starts somewhere.

  • Mega PlayboyMega Playboy Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    I look at it like this. At least they pick a cause to get behind and protest legally. Sure most of the time chaner just make a few prank calls and shoup a few photo and call it the day.

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