Blaming the Victim: Hate Campaign Crosses the Line With Serious Consequences
[Articles extracts from the ancient web site http://www.gnosticfreedom.com ]
In an alarming new development in the ongoing smear campaign against Belsebuub and the Gnostic community
who study his teachings, intrusive harassers – inspired by a hate site against Belsebuub and The Gnostic Movement – recently launched a two day long trolling attack upon a peaceful spiritual community at Belsebuubteachings.com, leaving a trail of destruction in their wake, with one woman resorting to a hunger strike in response.
The impacts have been so severe, that one forum user – so concerned by their onslaught – has determined to go on a hunger strike until the smear campaigners stop their ongoing smear campaign, despite other community users repeatedly imploring her not go through with it.
But in a disturbing and callous twist, those behind the attacks have blamed Belsebuub and the community they targeted, for the terrible impacts their harassment has had on the peaceful online congregation. This irresponsible act has thrown fuel on the fire, and made the woman more determined to continue with her hunger strike.
The new forums at Belsebuubteachings.com were established as a peaceful place where people with a common interest in practicing Belsebuub’s teachings could discuss, share and learn about the spiritual teachings they enjoy. People were happily discussing subjects such as awareness, spiritual films, flowers, favourite music, relaxation techniques and so on… until the harassing attacks were launched.
The woman who has determined to go on a hunger strike was just another participant in the online community taking active part in the discussions and enjoying the company of the community – until the relentless and disturbing harassment began on the forums.
From around the 15th of March 2011, a coordinated team of anonymous harassers, inspired by a campaign of lies, defamation and deception against Belsebuub and The Gnostic Movement (TGM), came in to violate that community, and began trolling the forums with openly hostile posts, spamming allegations found on a hate site and violating the peaceful assembly of the online community. The hate site also exists solely to harass Belsebuub and this peaceful community.
Some of them attempted to deceptively infiltrate the forums, taking on fake persona’s and pseudonyms, and pretending to be new interested students, in order to gain credibility and trust, to cover their trolling activity – of planting snide, loaded questions and comments designed to undermine Belsebuub and the online community.
The forum rules clearly forbade any postings from anyone openly or subversively opposed to Belsebuub or his teachings. In a flagrant violation of those rules, the trolls came in posting openly insulting comments, at times taunting, defaming and ridiculing Belsebuub and those in the community.
In some posts, false accusations were flung at Belsebuub and the community, many of which are found on the hate-site and have already been refuted here. Alarmingly, some of the trolls even claimed to be speaking for the Black Lodge – the term for an association of demonic beings in Gnostic theology.
One of the trolls has been traced to be the administrator of the hate site himself. Another user on the hate site admitted there that she had contributed to the trolling on the forums, and posted “accusatory” posts because she was ‘bored’, ‘very drugged on antihistamines’ and ‘angry with TGM’.
Many users in the forums stood up against the attackers, and collectively drove them out, incurring many insults and accusations from them as they did.
Being an active participant of the forums, the woman who has since begun a hunger strike, tried to talk down the attackers and answer many of their barbed questions sincerely, and was affected by their negativity.
She now says that she will not stop her hunger strike until the smear campaign ends:
“With this hunger strike, I do not want that my life ends there. I have lots of things to do yet. I hope my message will be heard, that the false allegations against Belsebuub will be removed and that I could stop my hunger strike.”
The stated purpose and reason for her actions is to stop the smear campaign, and she only announced such plans after the trolling attacks were conducted.
Obviously the community has been very concerned for her well being, with many users imploring her to abandon her plans, pointing out that it is dangerous, but she has not listened.
Her family has become aware as well and we understand they are also trying to dissuade her.
Many forum users have tried to speak to her verbally outside the forums, but she has stated she will talk about anything except the hunger strike. She has said that even Belsebuub himself cannot stop her.
Our main constant and regular contact with this lady has been through the online forum at Belsebuubteachings.com where dozens of people have reached out to voice their concern for her, imploring her to reconsider, noting that risking her health to help is not a good idea and that the idea is not supported by the teachings either.
Indeed, in order to dissuade her from going through with her hunger strike, she has been told her pleas will fall on the deaf ears of the attackers, who will not listen, since they have shown such disregard for others in their actions and won’t care.
And in demonstrating their desire to put their smear campaign before her health, the smear campaigners have now demanded she be banned by the Belsebuubteachings forum — trying to shift responsibility for the consequences of their negative actions onto the person and community
Given the sensitivity of her situation, cutting contact with the very community trying dissuade her from carrying out these actions may make matters worse. The forums are the only place many people have been able to raise their concerns and get in touch with her on this matter, since she refuses to change her mind when spoken to in person.
To reiterate, her family are aware of the situation, and both they and people from our community have been trying to dissuade her. Members of our community in her home city have also been in direct contact with her and her family.
The attackers, in their attempt to wash their hands of the impacts of their recent attacks, have claimed that no one cares about this woman in our online community. That is not true as can be seen from a review of the forums. At writing, there are more than 40 posts asking her to cease her hunger strike, and the vast majority of them because of the impact on her health. A few pointed out –accurately it seems – that due to the callousness of the attackers the smear campaigners may attempt to use her actions to attack Belsebuub. This was pointed out in an attempt to make her see the futility of her plans, out of care for her, so that she would stop. This has been twisted by the smear campaigners into claiming we only care about Belsebuub, not her, even though only a handful of the many posts made that point, and they only did so in order to talk her out of her plans.
Even the woman’s own family have been pointing out the same thing on facebook – that the hunger strike may be used against Belsebuub and make things worse for him, in order to dissuade her from going through with it. Are the smear campaigners going to claim that this shows her family cares more for Belsebuub than her as they did with us when some users pointed out the same thing?
Evidently, it seems the smear campaigners are more interested in harming Belsebuub than helping this woman, and as usual, taking comments out of context and selectively quoting them to suit their campaign and give a distorted impression.
From what we can tell, the smear campaigners are attempting to shift blame onto the community they attacked – even though the hunger strike only came about as a result of what they did on the forums.
We think it is appalling and hypocritical to use and manipulate the plight of a woman who is only doing what she is because of the psychological impact of their actions, in order to protect the smear campaign that spawned the attacks which led to her hunger strike.
We believe they are putting their smear campaign before this woman’s health.
We feel that they are attempting to protect their smear campaign by shifting blame, feigning concern for the woman and community they attacked. Such an attempt to blame Belsebuub may only make matters worse, and may even increase her resolve to continue. Indeed, judging by looking at her facebook page, their attempt to blame Belsebuub has only made things worse and encouraged her to go on with her hunger strike with more determination.
This is typical of their campaign, which from the outset, has shown disregard for the impact it has had on people’s lives – it has already driven apart families and sown much discord.
We hope that the smear campaigners do not continue to play politics with this woman’s life and instead take responsibility for what they caused when they attacked and trolled the forums. Instead they seem more interested in saving their own skins and protecting their smear campaign, than facing up to what they have done.
We realise that this woman has been shocked and troubled by the attacks upon our peaceful community which she was happily enjoying with everyone else, and we really hope that she can stop her hunger strike so that she can continue to enjoy the online community as she was doing before the attacks happened.
At writing, people in our online community continue to contact the woman to encourage her to stop. If you would also like to encourage her to stop her hunger strike you can do so here.
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