Anonymous hackers are taking on the Florida Family Association for “All-American Muslim” boycott.
Here’s what the battle between America Future and America Past looks like: an Anonymous-related group has gone after the archaic, hateful Florida Family Association for boycotting “All-American Muslim.”
Home improvement giant Lowe’s received the most heat for joining what Anonymous calls FFA’s “racist stupor,” but Cyber War News now reports hackers under the Anonymous C/antisec rubric want the right wing group to “answer” for its actions.
“Florida Family Association feels the need to put hate at the forefront of what it stands for,” the group said in a statement posted on the ihazcAnNONz twitter account alongside some snagged data. “Your hatred, bigotry and fear mongering towards Gays, Lesbians and most recently Muslim Americans has not gone unnoticed!”
“Anonymous will not stand for hate and divisive vitriol to be spread across our country and whenever we can…we will stop it.”
From the sounds — and looks — of it, the hackers’ time on FFA’s website yielded a treasure trove of information about the group’s members and bank accounts. Anonymous C vows not to misuse this information, though, because they realize many of FFA’s members may be part of the 99%. But anyone associated with a violent group like the KKK will be exposed.
From Anonymous C’s warning:
I am going to assume most of the people who receive your newsletter, email you and make donations are potentially part of the 99%. They are likely lower middle class people who have been mislead by all of your bullshit and god talk…therefor they too are unwitting victims. So I will NOT share all of the Credit Card information I got.
I am though reading the emails and getting information on those who did donate to make sure they are not worthy of the scorn of Anonymous as well…if i find information such as anyone being a part of other hate groups such as the Klan or anything similar all bets are off for those people.
Also, I am looking for you Steve Ensley…and I will find you.
Steve Ensley’s heads up a Christian web security firm called American Family Online and proudly fights alongside organizations like the FFA.
In the late 1990s, Ensley took on CyberPatrol after the British filtering company deemed the American Family Association’s website “intolerant” for hideously homophobic content. Ensley, who lives in Florida, said at the time AFA was simply practicing their free speech.
His current website makes clear how Ensley merges his tech-savvy career and faith-driven activism: “As a Christian husband, father and grandfather, Mr. Ensley knows the critical need for personal holiness and has dedicated his company and his life to helping to protect families and individuals from the dark side of the Internet.”
One can only assume, based on his ideological affiliations, what the “dark side of the Internet” looks like — some of your best friends are probably over there.
The FFA is of course playing the victim card in all of this. RawStory reports the group posted a message that read, “Because of our real concern for the terrorism that is a way of life for some folks, we ourselves have become victims.”
They also claim that “because we urge others to be vigilant, we become the targets” and call on their followers to “take a stand before it is too late.”
So one side we have Christian fundamentalist group that prefers an 18th Century America in which gays don’t exist, Muslims live in a faraway land and anyone who’s not like them lives a caste below. And on the other side we have 21st Century hacktivist group that envisions a nation, and world, in which all people are accepted and bigotry is disdained. And they’re battling it out online. The Culture Wars are virtual, and the gloves are coming off.
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