Anons Flash Scientology

Things between Anonymous and the Church of Scientology have been getting downright nasty lately. Vindictive, even.

For much of the last week, Project Chanology’s local adherents have been holding court at Scientology’s Yonge Street chapter, carrying out what they call “flash raids.” Unlike the broader, theme-based demonstrations of the past few months—addressing everything from the Church’s notorious Fair Game policy to its very own, admittedly hilarious private navy—the community-targeted, information-based flash raids are, in comparative terms, not unlike the ubiquitous mall kiosks festooned with remaindered copies of Dianetics and stress tests: it looks like Scientology will just have to get used to them.

That’s not to say they’re taking it in stride. In response to Anonymous’ constellation of indictments—ranging from an alleged history of tax fraud to more than a few disturbing human rights violations—operatives within the church, and definitely the local organization, have taken to the streets themselves, although without the en-masse presence that Project Chanology has maintained. While Anonymous’ unnervingly exhaustive manifesto stops short of dropping the t-bomb, Scientology’s response has been peppered with truncated, unofficial quotes lifted from YouTube and 4chan, essentially profiling the web-based movement as a band of hate-motivated terrorists.