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Anonymous take down Vatican website, declares WAR ON CHRISTIANITY

Posted in Anonymous, Anti-Christian Bigotry, Church Security, Church Violence with tags , , , , , on March 7, 2012 by saynsumthn

Hackers group Anonymous take down Vatican website

ROME (Reuters) – The Italian branch of the hackers group Anonymous took down the Vatican’s website on Wednesday, saying it was an attack on the Roman Catholic Church’s scandals and conservative doctrine.

The Vatican website http://www.vatican.va was inaccessible. A spokesman said he could not confirm that the crash was the work of the hackers group but said technicians were working to bring it back up.

A statement on the Italian website of the loosely-knit cyber-activists group accused the Church of being responsible for a long list of misdeeds throughout history, including the selling of indulgences in the 16th century and burning heretics during the Inquisition.

“Today, Anonymous has decided to put your site under siege in response to your doctrine, liturgy and the absurd and anachronistic rules that your profit-making organization spreads around the world,” the website said.

It also accused the Vatican of being “retrograde” in its interfering in Italian domestic affairs “daily.”

Anonymous, along with another group LulzSec, has taken credit for a number of high-profile hacking actions against companies and institutions, including the CIA.

‘Anonymous’ hacks church websites, declares ‘War on Christianity’

‘Anonymous’ Hackers Call Religion a ‘Sickness,’ Declare War on Christianity?

Members claiming to be part of the formless Internet hacker group “Anonymous” took down three church websites on March 2, replacing their main pages with a clip from evolutionary biologist and atheist Richard Dawkins and posting a statement that branded all religion as a “sickness.”

“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,” the message by Anonymous begins and continues to accuse religion and Christianity as being a source for most of the wars that have occurred throughout history.

It also identifies religion, along with the world’s governments, as being the main source of oppression and a force that keeps most people down while giving power to the select few.

It is difficult to ascertain if the attackers really were from the Anonymous group, who have no recognized form of leadership and do not adhere to a membership code of conduct. The group has previously shut down the FBI and Recording Industry Association of America websites in support of content-pirating websites, such as The Pirate Bay, and have been a driving force behind the “Occupy” movement.

A 30-minute long YouTube video, “Richard Dawkins: An Atheist’s Call to Arms,” was posted on the websites of Bethel Outreach International Church, Charlotte International Church, and Crossfire Ministries, all from North Carolina but seemingly chosen at random, in which Dawkins encourages non-believers to unite and stick up for their belief.

Anonymous dOes have a Twitter account, however, which has over 276,783 followers, and it announced the church attack in a tweet on Friday that read: “HACKED Reason:religious idiocy and foh dah lulz #Anonymous #AntiSec #OWS #ROOTED #DAWKINS.”

According to Digital Journal – 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.

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. ^(;,;)^

Anonymous allegedly declared War on America in a recent YouTube here

Church violence is a growing problem, develop a security plan !

Posted in Anti-Christian Bigotry, Christian, Christian Martyrs, Church, Church Security, Church Violence, terrorism with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 21, 2011 by saynsumthn

National Black Church Initiative President, Rev. Anthony Evans speaks out against church violence and the need for increased security and vigilance on church grounds.

Jimmy Meeks with Cop and Cross

His new website is http://www.sheepdogsafetytraining.com/

Old sites: ( http://www.copandcross.com) and ( http://www.safeatchurch.org ) Aside from being an ordained pastor, Jimmy has served as a hostage negotiator, a police training officer, and a school resource officer. He is a certified police instructor and has his Master’s Certificate as a police officer. Jimmy is also a certified crime prevention specialist. Presently serving at the rank of corporal, he is assigned to the criminal investigation division.

Here is a good resource: Safe At Church

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Here are some of the notes I took from a conference which I highly recommend everyone have in their community !

Things that can happen at a church: Shootings, Kidnappings. Sexual Molesters, rapes, murders, suicide, stabbings, robberies, medical emergencies, weather related disasters, accidents, and more…

Sex Crimes in Church are thru the roof, statistically they occur 30 PERCENT of the time from Staff and 50% from volunteers, 2369 kids are molested daily in America.

We have not been taught Biblically to “Believe the best in people” we know from scripture that man is deceitful and wicked. Hosea 4:7, Acts 7:42, Rom 1:28….

Biggest obstacle to protecting the flock is MENTAL. Not knowing the facts and working on assumptions.

75 million believers HAVE BEEN MURDERED For the cause if Christ since ST Stephen was killed in Acts 7

45 million killed in the 1900s… do we think we will escape harm?
230 people have been killed ON CHURCH PROPERTY SINCE MARCH 1999
136 dead bodies have been found OUTSIDE churches since 1999.

IMPORTANT: WATCHING And LISTENING!!!!

EYES AND EARS TEAMS:

1- Select Leader
2- Not the Pastor
3- Do not advertise, hand pick those you want on your team
4- Initiate an interview process- get a resume and know their background…
5- Should not select new Christians or all they will know of church is this. Pick women as well- they can be very intuitive.
6- Do background checks
7- Servant’s Heart – need to accept an assignment and do it cheerfully
8- Physically Fit
9- Not a Police- Wanna-Be

Safety teams need to arrive early at every event and check the perimeter. They have found dead bodies have been dumped at churches and this is something NO CHILD should ever find- it could scar them for life.

• Form a Security Policy
• Practice..practice..practice

Hire Off Duty Police Officers to just stand in the lobby. Much violence is diverted when people see an officer is on campus.
• Protect the Sunday School Rooms/ Kids, even if you have a desk there with an elderly man who won’t let anyone pass w/o a reason.
• Place people strategically by all kids rooms…no one is allowed to walk near the children without an escort. Kindly tell new people this is your policy and you will be happy to escort them if needed.
• It comes down to the little things churches are not doing.
• When you arrive – come early before the rest of the congregation. Check all Doors from the outside- if any are unlocked- you know the building must be searched before anyone can answer. Homeless people have been known to spend the night in churches…bodies can be dumped on the property, etc….
• Look for anything left outside the building- now we face terrorism and explosive backpacks, pipe bombs are possible.
• Keep building locked during the week, especially if women are left there alone.
• During the week, Do not go into the church with people you do not know
• Have code words for the Safety Team and also for the staff in case you are having trouble with anyone and need help.
• Cameras, intercom systems, panic alarms, any sound that may scare off an intruder or someone who would do harm…
• Program 911 into the phone, so all someone has to do is hit “line 1” to call police.
• Do not keep large amounts of cash
• When answering the phone, never tell someone “ I am here alone”
• Maintain adequate lighting
• Staff during the week should not park far from the door
• Know self-defense – but- better to always have pepper spray and even a few handcuffs available!
• Have a Safety Team in Place at any events that have kids, or have meetings with substance abuse groups, sex addicts groups etc….

ID Those who propose a risk:
1 – Mentally unstable
2 – People who may be off their meds ( Bi-Polar)
3 – The Angry
4 – Domestic Violence problems
5 – Problems between members
6 – Is the person dressed according to the weather…does he have a trench coat in 90 degree weather? Could be a problem.

Other issues to address;
Lovingly confront all known sex offenders and tell them you are glad they came, but do they have a plan for recovery. Help them implement that plan by not getting access to children AT ALL!

You can tell ANYONE to leave, anyone who disrupts the service can legally be ordered to leave, call 911. Especially if they are using “Fighting Words.”

Pay attention during the invitation- protect the Pastor at all times and protect the Front- stay visible but allow people to get ministered to. Some pastors have been assaulted during the “Prayer Call” – so stay vigilant.

Watch people’s hands police always watch where a person is placing their hands – if they are tucked into a pocket- the person could have a weapon.

Monitor the parking lot- MANY incidents happen in the parking lot before or after a service…fights, domestic violence, pipe bombs, etc…stay until everyone is gone. It is also the first line of defense- if a person is coming there to do harm- they will have to come thru the lot.

Call 911 at anytime you feel there COULD be a problem- immediately!

Monitor the Foyer…. Stations people at every door.

Look at a person’s physical appearance, facial expressions, what they are wearing. DO they look you in the eye, are they sweating or shaking?

Approach anyone suspicious. A Soft answer turns away wrath. If someone looks despondent, ask them how they are, and say, I am also having a bad day, can we come over here and talk? Try to get them away from the general public and call for additional help using your code word.

Remember- some come to hurt but MANY are HURT – we do not want to scare people off – just be wise.

Inside the sanctuary-sit strategically so you can see entrances, sit in the back, monitor stations…have several eyes inside the sanctuary.

WATCH…WATCH…WATCH…
Report Terroristic Threats of any kind!
NEVER touch people unless you have to.
USE WHATEVER FORCE IS NECESSARY to RESTRAIN them if NEEDED!
Do not allow skits that involve weapons….
To disarm someone- DISRUPT THE RHYTHM….you may get shot…but do what you have to if there is a shooter. Throw chairs, books, coffee, tackle and get the gun away….they are not usually expecting a fight!

Equipment:
Radios- Good ones UHF to be able to use inside buildings.
Golf Carts to be able to patrol the campus.
Pepper Spray
Hand Cuffs
Cameras
AED/First Aid

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This is a recent shooting in Florida:
Vodpod videos no longer available.

Church shooting in Florida detailed , posted with vodpod

Another one from Tennessee

Said he had a “Problem with Christianity”

RICHMOND, Calif. — Richmond police Thursday arrested a 15-year-old boy in connection with a brazen shooting at a Richmond Church during a Feb 2010 Sunday morning service.

March 2009, Illinois: A gunman walked down the aisle of a church during a Sunday service and killed the pastor, then stabbed himself and slashed two other people as parishioners wrestled him to the ground, authorities said.
“Some thought it was some type of skit”

Experts say churches should have security plans in place, but often don’t. First Baptist Church in Maryville, Ill., where the Rev. Fred Winters was fatally shot Sunday, was working on a security plan but had not yet implemented it.

Garland Texas – Youth Meeting Shooting: Youth Pastor Shot !!!!

A Brockton teenager has been charged with shooting a 51-year-old woman in the back just after she left church.

A Catholic priest pleads for the City of Kansas City to do more, after a man is shot and later dies on the steps of his church.

The Church shooting at New Life Megachurch in Colorado springs Colorado in December 2007. New Life is the megachurch founded by Ted Haggard.

here is another act of violence