Skip to comments.Warning to Churches: 'WikiLeaks for Religion' Is Here
Posted on 01/31/2018 10:57:59 AM PST by SeekAndFind
We live in an age where privacy is quickly becoming a relic from the past, much like dial-up modems and AMC Gremlins. No longer can we have a "reasonable expectation of privacy" in our communications, whether online or on our smartphones. Oh, legally we still have some privacy rights, but rogue individuals and organizations are increasingly releasing sensitive information in pursuit of some perceived higher calling. It used to be that conversations with medical professionals, counselors, lawyers, and clergy were inviolate what you said in the privacy of their offices stayed between those four walls. No more. Now we almost have to assume that anything we say, write, email, or text could eventually end up plastered all over the media.
Case in point, a new whistle-blower organization called "FaithLeaks," which allows individuals to anonymously leak sensitive information to everyone with an Internet connection. The Truth and Transparency Foundation (TTF), the nonprofit that created FaithLeaks, says it will give leakers the ability to "anonymously submit sensitive documents for use by professional and citizen journalists for starting and expanding news reporting, public commentary, and criticism related to religion and faith."
Earlier this month FaithLeaks release a trove of documents related to the Jehovah's Witnesses. "FaithLeaks releases 33 letters and internal documents detailing an internal investigation of alleged sexual abuse within a congregation of Jehovahs Witnesses," a press release declared. "The documents, spanning from 1999 to 2012, detail accusations from three accusers and present communications between local leaders of Jehovahs Witnesses and various legal entities that represent the Church that are commonly referred to collectively as 'Watch Tower.'"
Founders Ryan McKnight and Ethan Dodge, who also founded the controversial MormonLeaks site, said their goal is to shed light on church finances, policies and procedures, and sex abuse settlements.
Our goal is to reduce the amount of deception and untruths and unethical behaviors that exist in some facets of religion, said McKnight told Religion News Service. If someone is in possession of documents they feel deserve to be made public, were simply here to help facilitate that.
FaithLeaks uses an encrypted open-source system that utilizes the Tor network to ensure the anonymity of submissions.
While at first glance it may seem like McKnight and co. are on the front lines of some grand noble experiment, in reality, what they're doing is quite dangerous. FaithLeaks has the potential to become a target-rich environment for everyone from disgruntled former members to religion-hating outside entities. And don't think for a minute that the damage will be limited to "abusive" churches that "probably deserved it." All churches are now vulnerable to having their most sensitive documents and communications leaked to the public.
Make no mistake, Christians. There are people who hate your church, hate your Bible, hate your doctrines, and most important, hate your Jesus. Some of them, perhaps to silence their own tormented consciences, want to hurt you to destroy your church. A "service" that allows people to violate the privacy of church members and leaders could not only damage relationships and families, but it could potentially open the floodgates for lawsuits against churches.
Watch and see what happens when they go after Scientology.
Watch and see what happens when they go after Scientology.
99.999% sure islam will be labeled a “religion of peace.”
I’m not scared. Human frailty should always be exposed and humiliated, no where greater than with religion.
Imagine how much better off the Catholic Church would be, if in the 1960’s some Catholic Bishop had said: you know, there are a lot of homosexuals in our seminaries, and instead of trying to play down boy-rape, we are going to expose the perps and their enablers.”
Seems like George Soros has written another check.
RE: Im not scared. Human frailty should always be exposed and humiliated, no where greater than with religion.
As long as the “leaks” meet the following criteria:
* The source of the leak is credible and not someone with an agenda.
* The Leaks are TRUE and not made up.
* The Leaks are understood “in the context” by which the statements or actions are made.
"Perhaps the clearest statement concerning the threat we face today, and which all free people will always face, was expressed years ago by President Woodrow Wilson. He observed, 'The history of liberty is a history of the limitation of governmental power, not the increase of it. When we resist, therefore, the concentration of power, we are resisting the processes of death, because concentration of power is what always precedes the destruction of human liberties.'Perhaps the dour faces on Democrat faces at the SOTU can be attributed to a sudden realization that the Trump Presidency has exposed their decades-long scam of "restrict(ing) the individual liberty of minorities in order to "'help them'"--all the while catering to teachers' union support, instead of improving the quality of education for minority youth and allowing school choice; and, by creating dependency upon government instead of wealth creation for the nation in order to provide jobs and prosperity for minority families.
This astute comment can be aptly rephrased to include the concepts of poverty and prosperity, for concentration of governmental power and poverty go hand-in-hand, while human liberty and prosperity have always accompanied each other. Regardless of the sincerity of the intentions, to restrict freedom in the name of helping the poor is to engage in a destructive endeavor. The creative way to help the needy is to secure the freedom for individuals to pursue their interests voluntarily and peacefully. In such pursuit, free men will bring about an expanding economy, unlimited opportunity, and enduring prosperity." - Roger Ream, FEE Chairman
Interesting. Can you cite which of the teachings of Jesus led you to believing this?
I wonder what made Woodrow Wilson think the formation of the Federal Reserve and the passing of the 16th Amendment would result in limitations on governmental power.
It’s a shame he did not practice what he preached.
Matthew 23 1-36 covers quite a lot also.
The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses seat; so practice and observe whatever they tell you, but not what they do; for they preach, but do not practice.
Mathew 6:1 - “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of people, to be seen by them. Otherwise, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.”
Nothing there about humiliating others by exposing their failings.
Romans 10:3 - “For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.”
Nothing there instructing us to humiliate others by exposing their failings...
Matthew 23 1-36
I’m not going to post it in its entirety, but once again I do not see anything in this Chapter which instructs us to set about humiliating other people for their failings.
“There is no such thing as ‘privacy’, get over it”
Scott McNeeley, CEO Sun Microsystems, 1985
"They are sooo sued!"
The topic was about institutions, not individuals.
I recommend you read the article again.
A “service” that allows people to violate the privacy of church members and leaders could not only damage relationships and families, but it could potentially open the floodgates for lawsuits against churches.
The implication that individual attacks will be made is certainly there.
Churches shouldn’t have anything to hide.
Would it be OK to call them “white-washed tombs” or “vipers”?
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