Now, I have no idea how Cristina Odone fits into the demonology or iconostasis of your average member of the Raccoon Arms clientele.
But … ouch … an admitted non-techie going for an easy and dramatic answer when her website goes wrong:
Last Friday, a sophisticated hacker embedded a malicious code in my FTP access, and disabled FreeFaith.com. I’m not pointing any fingers, but a review of the Tweets my appearance onQuestion Time prompted, reveals that my faith earns me some vicious enemies. The programme did not raise any religious questions; nor was I introduced as a Christian or even as the ex-editor of the Catholic Herald; yet the tweets are all about my being a “theocrat” and a “Christian apologist”. As such, I must be condemned – and silenced. So much for tolerance. So much for an easy life.
I think not, at least without some cast-iron proof.
When Occupy tell us that Ed Milliband is only talking about regulation of Lobbyists because they are making a fuss about it, without noticing that it was in all three Manifestos of the parties at the last election. And Naomi Colvin, listed delightfully as Freelance Press/Publishing Person at Occupy London Stock Exchange on Linked-In, did make that claim on Sky.
When British bloggers wondered whether they were being individually targeted during the Chinese Olympic protests.
When the Green Party imagines that being the only Far Left party to obtain 0.8% of the vote at the last General Election constitutes an entry into a position of importance in UK politics.
And, indeed, when Cristina says that her Free Faith campaign site has been hacked by militant campaigners, and that it ‘shows the intolerance of religions enemies’.
Then the Monster we imagine ourselves to be in our Head, or imagine ourselves to be in somebody else’s Head, or They represent in our Head, has probably become bigger than the reality.
I’d make a comparison with an Able Seaman (or in Christina’s case, a Lieutenant – the rest of us are just bloggers) on the 3-musket HMS Gruntfuttock at Trafalgar who wonders whether he has been singled out by Napoleon for individual attention when the ‘Futtock sinks.
The Gruntfuttock is far more likely to have hit a rock, a reef, or a bit that fell off another ship, or somebody opened the seacocks by mistake.
And any blogger is far more likely to have been autohacked by another autohacked website through a hole in WordPress security or the webhost server software, than to have been singled out for attention by a hacking atheist – even if they are an ex-denizen of both the New Statesman and the Catholic Herald.
Militant – indeed. Contemptuous – probably. Reflective – occasionally.
Hacking a website? Unlikely.
As one of the commenters nails it, with evidence:
Freefaith.com loads fine on my iPhone but gives a malware warning in Chrome on the desktop.
Ms Odone has presented absolutely zero evidence that the malware attack was anything to do with the religious content of the site.
As such, her whole pitch about religious persecution comes across as paranoia. The most likely explanation for the issues with her site is that it was simply insecure and got hit as a vulnerable target just like thousands of websites every day.
Personally I have quite a lot of time for some of what she says sometimes, particularly – and as an Anglican – on anti-RC prejudice.
But this time?
They are more likely to be down the pub with a pint of Top Totty.
[Updated: Unity confirms in the comments that while this was a hack, as I suggest, it looks like a normal criminal hack.
i.e. Cristina is essentially making a piccolo fool of herself on this occasion by over-reacting with a slight conspiracy theory.]