Whew. This whole Satan tagline and hackers story is pretty crazy. Turns out the tagline was a legitimate mistake. The hackers thing–not true. We’ve received comments from the church’s webmaster and I just called the church to confirm. No hackers.
What is wild about this story is the way a ton of people (myself included) have jumped on board. One thing we bloggers are good at is jumping on a story. While some bloggers love to espouse the fact-checking virtue of bloggers, many of us just don’t do it. I trusted another blogger and went with the hacker story, and that was just dumb on my part.
But beyond the whole hacker sidestory, the pastor of St. James UCC pointed out to me that this all could have been avoided if the original blogger who noticed the wrong quote had just let them know instead of broadcasting to the world. He compared it to seeing pie on a friend’s face and telling the whole room before you tell your friend. Sometimes we’d rather point and laugh than actually help somebody fix something.
And we’re all guilty of that. So my apologies to St. James UCC. Church marketing often sucks, but that doesn’t mean we should just stand around and laugh.