Hacker defaces Irish Catholic paper: 'Gotta love false hope'
'Continue believing in your false religion'
A security breach has left several sites including the Irish Catholic defaced.
Atheistic hackers defaced the paper's site at http://www.irishcatholic.ie/site on sunday with a message mocking religion that also fired barbs at a site admin.
The message, headed, You.Got.Taken (screenshot below), states: "The Irish Catholic - Ireland's biggest and best-selling Catholic newspaper since 1888 is currently hacked We should be back shortly. Thank you for your patience. And wish you to continue beliveing in your false religion."
"Gotta love false hope," it adds.
Unusually the defacement goes on to criticise the administrator of the site by name. "Get your act together. Several large sites on one server? Not a smart move Aidan Murphy. Watch your data." ®
So, what's the problem?
I think it's perfectly reasonable and definitely in the public interest to inform those that hold a totally irrational and unfounded belief in the deity who generally goes by the name of God that they are, indeed, barking up the wrong tree. Or maybe just barking.
The fact that this information is being disseminated on the web site of a broader and ignoble organisation that has an extremely long and unenviable history of persecution, subjugation, suppression of the truth, and generally making people feel pretty bad about themselves from (quite literally) the moment they are born, and which holds unknown (but almost certainly obscene) amounts of wealth and yet gladly leaches from its unfortunate followers on a daily basis, gives it bonus points in my book!
the right to mock
Nobody has the "right" to be free from mockery for two main reasons:
1. This stifles legitimate criticism
2. This stifles the individual right to free speech
3. This tacitly sanctifies certain opinions, whilst leaving other rational, evidentially based opinions as fair game.
Would it immediately solve all of the world's problems? Nope. Would the human condition be fundamentally improved if the majority of mankind stopped blindly believing in unprovable hypotheses? You bet.