The three articles I linked to above evidence cyber attacks which have occurred in the latter part of this year and I have no doubt that such attacks against our community are on the increase. I can cite an example from today’s news feeds, in which hackers defaced the website of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.
Cyber attacks have traditionally been the viewed as the major threat to Christian websites, however, a move by the Serious and Organised Crime Agency has perhaps changed that view.
The political blogger Guido Fawkes first noted the fact that Nominet – the entity which controls the .uk part of the Internet - plans to allow the police to take down any website without recourse to the courts. This power has been requested by the Serious Organised Crime Agency.
Richard Baron had this to say:
Sometimes, it may be appropriate to close sites at the request of law enforcers. But there is a huge danger that this would develop into a power of censorship of extreme social, political or religious views. The police must never, ever, be given such a power. Even the courts’ powers in this area should be either zero, or very very limited.
Here is the comment that I sent to Nominet. I encourage all friends of freedom to send in their views, too.
And this is the rub, namely, as the Christian worldview is increasingly viewed a subversive by our ‘elite class’, there is a danger that Christian websites could be censored by the police for falling foul of ‘politically correct’ legislation.
As the Hermeneutic of Continuity blog notes:
The danger for Catholic blogs is that “equality” legislation is increasingly opposed to the free expression of Catholic doctrine. Pope Benedict reflected on this in some of the less controversial parts of his recent interview “Light of the World” and in his excellent book “Truth and Tolerance”. If law enforcement agencies are allowed to decide motu proprio that a site must be closed down, we have then moved another step nearer to a police state.
Roger Pearse nails it with this observation:
….But surely we don’t want the police deciding who may and may not run a website?