Lying Reverend Now Accuses Atheists of Hacking His Computer

A few days ago, I mentioned that Rev. Austin Miles at The Christian Post deleted portions of an article he wrote after atheists called him out on it. Afterwards, he claimed he never wrote those portions of his piece (even though Google Cache said otherwise) and accused the atheists of trying to discredit him.

Now, Miles has a new explanation for what happened: Atheists hacked into his account, saw his rough draft, and used the draft’s words against him before the final version was posted:

It was discovered about two weeks ago that hackers had gained access to the brainstorming rough drafts of planned stories. These drafts are quickly written to keep the idea in the rough, mainly for reference to a possible subject. Much of those drafts are discarded before being developed but kept on file for a time to determine if their use would be viable. THIS is what seems to be most valuable to atheists looking for a launch pin for attack bombs.

They not only put bugs in my computer but managed to grab those drafts and circulate them, even those that were not published, to use them for whatever advantage they could cook up. Some stories were edited by me for space considerations and some that simply did not flow well.

Many times I re-read something when it is posted and immediately trim it down and forget about it. My stories are followed very closely so that the very moment one is published, there is an automatic rush of responses of personal attacks by atheists. My stories are obviously very important and threatening to them.

Apparently a reader of Christian Post commented on a statement that was not even in the story and then accused me of editing it out as soon as he commented on it. Nonsense! The comments are so vicious and insulting that I stopped reading them and will no longer answer a critic.

Well, isn’t that conveeeeenient…?

Miles’ explanation still doesn’t make any sense, though.

First, even if he were being honest, it means he actually wrote the words (“He literally was waterboarding the court with his avalanche of words”) atheists accused him of writing, even if he later edited them out. Before, he spoke as if he never wrote those words at all.

Second, it means that atheists hacked into his blogging account and the worst thing they did was press Control-C on a few paragraphs. Of all the things they could have done…

Miles may be lying so much that he no longer has any clue what the truth is anymore. He said something wrong. He got caught. He refuses to admit any fault. Instead, he accuses people who disagree with him for setting him up.

Need more proof of his irrational behavior? Later in his rant, he made this comment:

The atheist Communist homosexuals are so blinded they have paid no attention to the fact that when the world shift is completed, which will be a much shorter time than anyone expects, homosexuals will be rounded up and executed, which is going on in third-world Islamic-Communist countries today.


Again, I have to ask why the Christian Post still associates with this guy. Why are they so intent on keeping him on board?

(Thanks to ScottyO for the link)

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.

  • aoscott

    classic deny til ya DIE!
    its extra funny because this is what happens when an old guy uses a computer :/

  • m6wg4bxw

    1337 h4xx0rz s4t4n

  • Topher Kersting

    It should be a simple matter to ask the Christian Post’s admin to identify the IP addresses that accessed Miles’ account…

  • Stev84

    They are supporting him because the CP is there to promote a fundamentalist world view. They try to appear somewhat moderate, but they aren’t. The commenters are your typical Christian lunatics too.

  • wmdkitty

    I suspect the Christian Post keeps him on because they agree with him.

  • Jansen Waddell

    I’m patiently waiting for the Pope to fuck up twitter.

  • Doug

    This is quite genuinely one of the stupidest things I’ve heard this year.

    But we’ve just started 2013. I’m sure there are plenty more on the way…

  • jose

    Suuuuure, we know how well that excuse worked for Anthony Weiner.

  • 7Footpiper

    Of course, that makes total sense. If I discovered someone had posted a stolen rough draft of a thought I’d immediately edit it and post it anyway. If only those blogging platforms had a delete function this wouldn’t be an issue.

  • Richard Wade

    Mr. Miles’ last paragraph rises to a shrill crescendo of paranoia and self-grandeur: (emphasis mine)

    Satan will soon be destroyed, cast into hell forever along with those atheists who are his demons, carrying out his work and warring against God, the church and the ministers of God. They will truly believe in God when they face Him at that Last Judgement with trembling and pleading. But then, it will be too late. And those counterfeit Christians who joined them in their attacks on me will have a lot of explaining to do along with loud wailing and gnashing of teeth. Christians are the only group who shoots its wounded. Unless they seriously repent, their fates
    are sealed.

    It sounds like some Christians have tried appealing to him to calm down and stop digging his hole deeper with increasingly bigger lies and increasingly paranoid fantasies of persecution. It’s sad, really. When even his concerned friends appear to him as plotting, conspiring enemies, and when he begins to lose the distinction between his angry self and a vengeful God, blurring the two together, there’s not much that can be done until a complete collapse results in professional intervention.

  • Brian Westley

    It’s actually worse than that, Hemant; it means hackers put up a rough draft of his story, and somehow he didn’t notice the rough draft when he put up his “final” version.

  • DougI

    Gasp! He’s onto us. How did he know that we corralled the forces of Anonymous and LOLSec to hack into his computer? Our efforts of dismantling the Christian religion by disgracing this pastor will be for naught. It’s a shame too, because this pastor was the most relevant, influential Christian out in the public and discrediting him would have resulted in millions abandoning their faith.

    But he found us out, he’s so clever. We might as well give up.

  • Kevin_Of_Bangor

    This is pure fucking comedy gold.

    One atheist, years ago, got into my computer shortly after I had suffered a stroke and put screaming sound effects in it that would suddenly erupt in the middle of the night while I was working. AOL technicians found how he got in, did it, and identified the individual who did it. Apparently that atheist, knowing my condition, was scheming to have me shock-startled to induce a heart attack. He also garbled some of my news sites.

    The AOL tech part gave me the best laugh.

  • wmdkitty

    So… popcorn?

  • Lefty

    i came here to laugh about the AOL tech.

  • wmdkitty

    I’m assuming that’s because “AOL tech” is an oxymoron…

  • Kevin_Of_Bangor

    I’m not saying AOL never employed some damn good technicians, I’m sure they did but when it comes to what I posted; yeah, it is pretty much an oxymoron.

  • Reverend Robbie

    He actually contradicts himself from one paragraph to the next. He says in one paragraph that they “…managed to grab those drafts and circulate them, even those that were not published…”

    In the next paragraph, he says, “Many times I re-read something when it is posted and immediately trim it
    down and forget about it. My stories are followed very closely so that
    the very moment one is published, there is an automatic rush of
    responses of personal attacks by atheists.”

    So which is it? Did they hack his account and grab something he hadn’t published or did they quote him on something he had published by that he quickly revised? There’s a big difference between the two, but he seems to claim that both happened. I seriously doubt anyone hacked his account for his drafts (if you’re going to do that then why not just make up things he never said), but if that’s his story he should stick to it.

  • ortcutt

    I have a hard time imagining the level of megalomaniacal paranoia required to think that anyone is interested in hacking his computer to read drafts of his writing.

  • ScottyO

    It’s stuff like this that makes me wonder if he is a Poe. If he is, he has been doing it for a long time. But it is just a bit suspicious – he was a circus ringmaster, he has met famous Christian evangelists like some sort of Pentecostal Zelig or Forrest Gump, and his stuff is so crazy that you can easily read it as comedy. He wrote a few books back in the 80s and 90s.

  • Octoberfurst

    Miles sounds like he has truly gone off the deep end. Why is it impossible for some Christians to just admit they were wrong?

  • PsiCop

    I’m not entirely sure how the Christian Post’s software works, but if it’s like other blog or content-management software, “drafts” are not published openly on the Web and then vacuumed up by Google Cache. It’s possible Miles had the administrative authority within the software to change them from “draft” to “published” status, which could have been used by an evil “atheist hacker” who’d broken into his account, but I think it much more likely that an organization like CP wouldn’t set it up that way, it’d be an editor’s function.

    If Miles is correct, then some “atheist hacker” not only got control of his own account on CP’s servers, but an editor’s, too. And used both to get those “drafts” fully published on the Web.

    I’ll leave aside the fact that the site’s administrators, and possibly Miles himself, would probably have received some kind of notification once the “drafts” were “published” to the Web, meaning the evil “atheist hacker’s” misdeeds wouldn’t have gone unnoticed for very long.

  • Bubba Tarandfeathered

    Hats off to the hackers that hacked this whack.

  • DigitalAtheist

    Sadly, there are many more days to go in the year 2013. It pains me to think that things much more stupid are going to crop up. Some will even make this look like sane and reasoned argument i’m afraid. sigh.

  • Pepe

    Isn’t there something in the bible about how you’re not allowed to lie? Or maybe that part is subjective..

  • J-Rex

    He finally came clean!
    …in a way that makes it seem like his only mistakes were an 1) an accident and 2) responding to atheist-Communist commenters
    He doesn’t admit to lying about editing it, pretending that by saying, “I don’t see that quote! You made it up!” he meant “That quote does not appear in the article and I forget about it.”
    He doesn’t even acknowledge this whole atheist-hacker scandal.

  • corhen

    i read your comment, and assumed you were paraphrasing him.. when in fact he wrote that!.. Oh my…

  • AxeGrrl

    And people wonder why atheists so often make the point that being religious/devout has absolutely nothing to do with ethical behaviour.

  • Sandy Kokch

    You could always do what I did – write to the Christian Post and complain. Be nice, stick to the facts. I just pointed out to them the background, the Rev’s paranoid delusional rant and the fact that not content with that he then launched into a bigoted and inflammatory attack on homosexuals and Muslims as well as atheists. I topped it out by explaining that while said post is not on their own site, guilt by association is a powerful force online, and that they will be getting a reputation as a site that supports and facilitates liars, bigots and haters like the good Rev.

    Yes I know that maybe this is pissing into the wind, but hey – its worth a go, and if enough people do it maybe the CP will get rid of him and send the Rev packing off to Wing Nut Daily land.

    The Contact Us link is at the bottom of the CP homepage.

  • Alexander Ryan

    Implying we’d have to do any work to discredit him. He does it all on his own.

  • trj

    Somebody’s gotta keep those atheist Communist homosexuals in check.

  • not-a-yank

    When all else fails blame communist homosexuals… because everyone knows what happens when you start blaming jews…

    USA: you are officially the dumbest nation between Venus and Mars.

  • Glasofruix

    It is difficult to understand why CP would give carte blance access to
    atheists, Communists, gay rights advocates, and God-haters in general to
    enter the site specifically to attack Christian writers and their
    stories. This is an especially puzzling unequally yoked partnership.

    He obviously hasn’t heard about freedom of speech or is it because such freedom only applies to people like him?

  • Jane Maple

    Because they are terrified that if they admit they were wrong on one thing they might start questioning their other beliefs.

  • RobertoTheChi

    Ohhh..that is priceless!

  • TiltedHorizon

    I have a mental picture of Austin Miles, as a six year old in a dimly lit room, curled up in the fetal position and hiding under his blanket, shivering in fear of the atheist under his bed and the homosexual in his closet (no pun intended).

  • anniewhoo

    You can’t be too sure. Maybe an atheist hacker wrote it… I hear that’s their new way to attack the poor reverend.

  • trj

    It’s not a freedom of speech issue. Censorship is perfectly legal on a private site.

    That said, his whining about how opposition (conveniently labeled as God-haters) should not be allowed is revealing.

  • primenumbers

    Let’s all sing together: “Liar, Liar, pants on fire!”

  • Rich Wilson

    And it wouldn’t be an “AOL tech” doing that. At most they would identify and remove the virus (and probably not even then, they’d just tell you to go buy Norton or re-image your computer) It would be some law enforcement agency, and not because there was some screaming sound effect on your computer. Tracking down “how” and “who” is time consuming and expensive and not anything like in the movies. It could easily cost thousands of dollars in expert person hours. It wouldn’t be tossed around lightly. Just evidence that this guy likes to make shit up rather than accept personal responsibility.

    Heck, he could even cop it all to a mistake. Posted the rough draft by mistake, was busy, and honestly forgot that he had. Mea Culpa, end of story.

  • Glasofruix

    Yep, but unless you want 500 ass kissing comments for each blog post (like on bad catholic) you’re better off with open comments.

  • Rich Wilson

    And further evidence that it’s amazing that he can operate a computer well enough to actually make a blog post. The internets don’t know or care if one is gay/atheist/communist/stupid-as-shit.

  • Antinomian

    We are Legion!

  • nakedanthropologist

    This is par for the course with these people. I mean, really – if he had just wrote/said, “Yeah, it was an emotional day and so I got hyperbolic. Real torture has absolutely no equivalency to the situation I was writing about, and to equate the two was insensitive at best. Sorry.” this could have all been over, and smoothed out. In fact, had he admitted his error I could have conjured up a bit (tiny) of respect for him – you know, since he showcases traits like humility and a willingness to learn. But, as I have repeatedly observed, fanatics like this asshole think they’re never ever wrong.
    Of course, then he showed everyone his truly horrific personality by advocating concentration camps for gay people. Tsk, tsk, Mikey – what would Jesus say? If he existed, I’m pretty sure it would be something like “shut the fuck up asshole, and go feed, clothe, and house some people who need it” or something like that.

  • nakedanthropologist

    With m&ms – popcorn tastes best when accompanied by M&Ms and a smooth cabernet sauvignon. Mmmmmm.
    P.S. When the vatican finally implodes, we can make a special popcorn seasoned with sugar, cayanne, smoked sea salt, dark chocolate bits, and pistachios. I’m going to call it “popecorn”.

  • nakedanthropologist

    Quickly heathens! He’s onto us – call back the lolcats of war! (And we would have succeeded too, if it hadn’t been for those rotten kids.)

  • coyotenose

    To add to that, his lack of integrity as a writer reflects on the CP. How many newspapers would tolerate a columnist who denied his documented words when criticized for them?

  • SeekerLancer

    Taking lying for Jesus to hilarious, self-parodizing heights.

  • Robin

    What a dick! Doesn’t he know that the internet is a series of tubes!

  • Scott Gifford

    “YOU’VE GOT MAIL!” it would scream into the night.