According to information and a video posted online, the decentralized hacktivist collective known as ‘Anonymous’ touts being “prepared to consider [the LDS Church’s various official online outlets] fair game.” The 3-minute video uses a computer-modulated voice to communicate its “Greetings, Mormons” message. A screenshot of the lengthy, detailed message from the video—uploaded to archive.org—is posted below, as well as a copy of the text itself.
The first warning message was sent on Jan. 25 at 4:06 pm via Anonymous’ Twitter account, and features the usual “they will have to expect us” refrain.
The impetus of the so-called threat was supposedly sparked months ago when Ordain Women’s Kate Kelly was excommunicated from the LDS Church, but has only recently surfaced and allegedly will be exacted when and if “[the LDS Church] excommunicate[s] Mr. Dehlin and do[es]n’t reverse Ms. Kelly’s eternal discipline for sincere doubt, open discourse, and dissent.”
The video also mentions the Granite Mountain Records Vault, money dispersal on behalf of church leadership, and a reference to Sheri Dew, CEO of Deseret Book Company.
The tactics of Anonymous’ “preparations” have not been made public, but a DDoS is assumed to be one possibility, as well as leaked audio and video recordings of some of the church’s procedural goings on. It’s perhaps too early to ascertain what the messages, “We left our umbrella behind” and “now is the time for our return. ‘Visitors Welcome,’ indeed” mean with regard to operative, concrete terms, other than its likely reference to Paul Pry, whose name is attached to both the video and the document uploaded.
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We are Anonymous.
Recently, leaders from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (widely known the as the Mormon Church), set in motion an imminent disciplinary hearing for Mr. John Dehlin, a rising voice with regard to controversial, unflattering issues in the Mormon community.
Mr. Dehlin provided an outlet for the ever-growing number of those who felt disenfranchised by the revolving and evolving complexities of the Mormon Church, an outlet that the Mormon church neither provided nor allowed. The church is, in effect, deriding those whose curiosity and concern ranged from small questions to paradigm-shattering crises by excommunicating Mr. Dehlin, who in many instances worked one-on-one with the disenchanted.
This is not the church’s first rodeo. They’ve excised and threatened members throughout history, from the so-called September Six in 1993 to the more recent instance of Mrs. Kate Kelly, a human rights attorney whose organized pleas for gender parity were considered grounds for excommunication by an all-male panel in the overwhelmingly patriarchal micro- and macro-leadership of the Mormon church.
The world is watching, Mormon church.
Anonymous is familiar with the official online outlets of the church, as well as the large cache in the Granite Mountain Records Vault. Anonymous is aware of the internal emails of various Church Office Building employees and the benign hilarity of the inside jokes found therein. We are apprised of the reasons behind Sheri Dew’s as-yet-unmarried status. The precise dollar amounts allocated to the various ranks of leadership, such as, say, the alarming amount spent under the umbrella of ‘landscaping’ on behalf of a mission president in Rochester, New York between the years 2007-2011. If you excommunicate Mr. Dehlin and don’t reverse Mrs. Kelly’s eternal discipline for sincere doubt, open discourse, and dissent, we are prepared to consider these assets fair game. We left our umbrella behind when Mrs. Kelly was excommunicated and now is the time for our return. ‘Visitors Welcome,’ indeed.
We Are Anonymous.
We Are Legion.
We Do Not Forgive
We Do Not Forget
Because We Are Mormon Stories Fans, and we are prepared to fund the Book of Mormon musical to play in perpetuity.