If god won't attack the SSA…

Twice this week the Secular Student Alliance website has been the target of denial-of-service attacks.  You can read about them on the SSA’s main page.

Personally, I’m thrilled about this.  It means that somewhere out there some believers have accepted that god isn’t going to do shit and that praying for misfortune to befall the SSA wasn’t going to accomplish anything, so they had to actually do something themselves.  The absence of god and the impotence of prayer are important realizations on the path to ditching religion.

Who knows, perhaps soon they’ll realize that any religion that praises you for attempting to win by means other than the greater reliability of your beliefs and, in this case, for criminal activity if it’s in the religion’s best interest, probably doesn’t occupy the moral high ground.  Baby steps.

Anyway, the attacks have targeted our donations pages, which has so far prevented the SSA from being able to take donations for a few days.  Wouldn’t it just chap the perpetrators something fierce if we made a chip-in widget, put it on the side bar of our web site, and then people donated more on account of this?

I’d lol.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • John Eberhard

    Jesus loves you. God works in mysterious ways…..very, very mysterious ways.

    • Richard

      Through… criminal acts? Fascinating, tell me more…

      • Drew

        They may be criminal in the US but it’s not against GOD’S LAW!!!1!!11!11!!!!1!!11eleventy-one.

        There’s nothing in the bible about thou shalt not DDoS, after all.

  • Za-zen

    Yaweh told us of the communication age in the bible, check out the ten commandments for the first ever text message

    • anteprepro

      The Ten Commandments: A history

      Moses: helo gawd, u wnted to giv me mesige?
      God: Yes, itsa 10-parter, so wate 4 it to git to u.
      Mah 10 comandmants: 1. thow shlt nt warshp ne gawdz b4 m3
      2. thow shlt nt bow b4 idolz (bcuz im jellus, lolz)
      3. thow shlt nt uz mah naym n vane (or ill git u. Srs)
      4. reemmbur sabith keep it holey (i only work 6 dayz, dont mayk m3 look bad gaiz)
      5. onur thi fafer and muver (so ur daiz may be long. U kno, cuz no onurin’ meenz def penlty)
      6. thow shlt nt kil (or merdr or whtever lets u stil kil wen it soots us bof)
      7. thow shlt nt comit adoltry (poligimy is fine)
      8. thow shlt nt steel
      9. thow shlt nt ber fals witnis
      10. thow shlt nt covit naybor hous wife serfnts ox ass (lol) or nething.
      heer u lowd n cleer, c u ltr

      [40 years in desert later]

      wut do u meen i shuldve beleeved in u mor? F U!
      wutevs, im gawd biyach.

      [1000 years of Jewish herpderp later]

      Apostle Phone:
      i dont undrstnd bsics of mah religun
      Jesus Phone:
      10 commanmnts r bsicly luv gawd and luv thi naybor as thislf.
      Apostle Phone:
      nao i totes undrstand thnx gzus. also chk out mah nu ringtoen

      [2000 years of Christian herpderp later]

      Random Christofacist 214012403:
      10 comanmints = srs biznis
      Random Atheist 1014456:
      WTF is this shit? Did they seriously translate “kidnap” as steal, and seriously have a law against killing, period, while having executions for dishonoring parents, idol worship, adultery, and working on “sabbath”? And this is supposed to the foundation of modern law and “objective” morality?
      Random Christofascist 214012403:
      stfu, ur opresing n harasin me. Im blokin ur #


      • otrame

        Entirely too close to the truth.

  • http://eternalbookshelf.wordpress.com Ani Sharmin

    God is secretly on the side of the SSA and orchestrated this whole thing so that the donation widget would be more noticeable and the SSA would get more donations.

  • C Rowan

    Crediting god for the (mis)deeds of people… rationalizing criminal behavior… Sabotaging an organization that helps raise money for cancer research & academic scholarships… yeah that’s super Christ-like.

  • Mark

    Besides default prejudice and paranoia, do you have any indication that the source is “believers?”

    • Drakk

      Atheists are DDoSing the SSA website.

      I see no flaw in this logic.

    • Narvi

      When someone grafittis anti-God messages on a Church, we assume it’s being done by atheists.

      When someone fire-bombs an abortion clinic, we assume it’s a anti-choicer.

      When someone writes racist messages on the meeting hall for a black club, we assume the culprit is white.

      And when someone takes down a secular site through a hostile attack, we assume it’s someone religous.

      It has nothing to do with “prejudice and paranoia”, and everything to do with not wasting time on “No True Scotman”s and possible, but unlikely culprits. Occam’s razor at work, basicaly.

      • anteprepro

        Come on guys. So paranoid! It’s not like, in America, Christians outnumber atheists by at least 15 to 1! You’re just being prejudiced and unreasonable!

      • Reginald Selkirk

        When someone grafittis anti-God messages on a Church, we assume it’s being done by atheists.M

        Abs not. If they claim to be athiests, I think we should take them at their word. I support education, I can’t take responsibility for someone else’s illiteracy.

      • Mark

        It sounds like you are confusing cynicism with skepticism.

    • invivoMark

      Just want to point out, that Mark is not this Mark.

      I’ve made a couple posts under the name Mark, and I don’t want them associated with this guy.

  • Eidolon

    Just donated.

  • the bug guy

    As of 8:00 PM EDT, 13 July, it looks like the entire SSA website is down.

    • Robert C. Sheets

      The site should be back up and running now.