A little known Christian group that’s been leading a boycott of a reality television show about American Muslims saw their website hacked and defaced last night by an unknown person claiming to be part of the hacker activist group “Anonymous.”
The hacker said they had obtained all of the Florida Family Association’s (FFA) donor information, including credit card numbers, but weren’t releasing them because it would hurt members of the 99 percent.
The hacker also said that a further investigation was underway into the group’s supporters, threatening, “[I]f i find information such as anyone being a part of other hate groups such as the Klan or anything similar all bets are off for those people.”
According to broadcaster TLC, “All-American Muslim takes a look at life in Dearborn, Michigan–home to the largest mosque in the United States–through the lens of five Muslim American families. Each episode offers an intimate look at the customs and celebrations, misconceptions and conflicts these families face outside and within their own community.”
The FFA called the show “propaganda clearly designed to counter legitimate and present-day concerns about many Muslims who are advancing Islamic fundamentalism and Sharia law.”
“The show profiles only Muslims that appear to be ordinary folks while excluding many Islamic believers whose agenda poses a clear and present danger to liberties and traditional values that the majority of Americans cherish,” they claimed.
“Anonymous will not stand for hate and divisive vitriol to be spread across our country and whenever we can… we will stop it…” the hacker wrote. “FFA you managed to use your power to influence Lowe’s to follow you into your racist stupor and they too will answer for that… For now, you will answer to it..as well as your unfortunate followers having personal information shared with the world so everyone can know how racist and hateful you all are.”
In the hacker’s initial leak of private information, which included some donor emails and the types of credit cards they use, the individual warned, “I’m not done with you yet either BTW.”
The group’s website still bore the scars of the attack by Tuesday morning. “Because of our real concern for the terrorism that is a way of life for some folks, we ourselves have become victims,” a message on the front page read. “Because we urge others to be vigilant, we become the targets. Don’t let it happen folks, take a stand before it is too late.”
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