“But I say to you: Love your enemies”

“But I say to you: Love your enemies” July 18, 2012

Leah Libresco reports that some bozos are launching DOS attacks on the Secular Student Alliance servers. No word on who’s doing it, but if it’s Christians, they should be ashamed of themselves. Our Lord does not need the defenses of Jerks for Jesus. Leah suggests Christians contribute to a charity to help them defray the costs of cyber-security. Seems reasonable to me.

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  • Dave G.

    Since we don’t know who, we should probably wait to see before saying anything. It would be nice if no Christians in the world did such things. It would be nice if atheists didn’t do such things. But since someone is doing it, let’s wait and see. And if Christians want to contribute, that’s fine. But let’s not assume it’s because they are guilty until we know.

  • Dennis Mahon

    Unfortunately, such behavior is all over the place — this morning, a “hacker” calling themselves “AnonPinkNinja” attacked a couple of Catholic websites in Scotland because the Church is pushing for a national referendum on gay marriage. Such things are a combination of pettiness and ego, combined with low impulse control.

  • “Jerks for Jesus” sounds like the name Nigel Tufnel would give his new band after he comes to Christ.

    • ds

      11 Commandments?

      • Chris M

        I’m considering hiring a hacker to install a “like” button just for that comment. Until then, I’m pressing the imaginary “like” button really hard

      • Well it’s one more, isn’t it?

  • ds

    Love your enemies

    And these guys should probably not even be viewed as enemies.

  • Forgive me for going OT but…

    What exactly does the Secular Student Alliance do? I guess what I’m getting at is, how do you hold together an organization whose central principle is a negative?

    • ivan_the_mad

      That’s a silly question. Duct tape, of course.

      • Red Green is a much wiser man than people give him credit for.

        I think secularists are wrong about the nature of reality, but I still sympathize with them in their efforts to organize. I suspect it must be like herding cats.

        • Ted Seeber

          Red Green gave me the absolute best piece of marriage advice. I’ve only followed it twice, but it saved me a major hassle both times:

          Step 1. Go buy your spouse a present, wrap it, hide it in your car.
          step 2. One day she’ll look at you and you KNOW you will have forgotten something important. That is the day to go out to your car, get the present, and give it to her.

          • Heather Price

            “I’m a man, but I can change. If I have to. I guess.”

            How is duct tape like the Force?
            A light side, a dark side, and it holds the universe together.

      • S. Murphy

        *like*like*like* !!!!

    • jcb

      By making it consist of people who care about and want to act upon the negative?

    • Brian Westley

      Google not work in your area?

  • Observer

    A Quick Logical Deduction of a Bad or an immoral non-Christian
    1. Most, if not all, hakers remain anonymous.
    2. No matter how much supposed pent up frustration one has, deliberate vandalism is plainly wrong.
    3. The verb “to hak”, merely means to breakdown.
    4. Thus, the haker is someone who tries to breakdown something through an act of online vandalism.

    So, where in Christian morality does someone think vandalizing is not against the God’s will?

    Therefore, either the person is..:

    A. A bad Christian
    B. Not a Christian

    • Ted Seeber

      I disagree strongly with your definition in step 3. And it’s spelled “to hack” with a c.

      I hold to the ethical hacking standard that *people have a right to understand the universe, technology and society in which they live*. To Hack is merely to conduct an experiment that explores some part of the universe, technology, or society.

      To break down is to Crack, in hacker jargon, and a DDoS attack is most certainly the arena of a black hat, aka evil, cracker.

      For more on hacker culture, I refer you to the poorly maintained since the early 1990s Jargon File.

      • ivan_the_mad

        Agree. *nix hacker is a compliment where I work.

      • Yes, hakers means are people who catch hake for delicious fish and chips dinners.

      • Ted Seeber

        Though, I must admit, in my old age and with the Google Machine now available; I am beginning to wonder if unlimited free-as-in-speech data (the ultimate dream of the original ethical hacker) is a good thing.

      • sjay

        I don’t know. I was around the UMd CMSC dept circa 1975 and “hackers” were those who tried to crash the campus Univac 1100 series Exec 8 OS. So at least in some locales, “hacker” had a bad connotation as early as the mid 1970s.

  • Hi, Mark–

    This happens to my Catholic blogs every day too. Obviously, it’s an attack by Evil Liberals, right? No; it’s worse than that. Evil Spammers have their armies of robot PCs out there trying to post spam-comments on any blog they can find. It’s possible that the secularists’ site is being overloaded by another case of the same thing.

    I posted a note on Leah’s blog, offering to share my homemade load-monitoring solution, for free, even. 🙂