In today's Atheist Revolution blog, there was a report about a Baptist pastor who posed as an atheist and left hateful commentaries on the site Unreasonable Faith. The content of these posts which appeared to be written by a non-believer were intended to make atheists look like monsters, reinforcing the negative image that unbelivers already have in the eyes of the rest of society. Talk about bearing false witness against one's neighbor!
The pastor's disinformation campaign is reminiscent of "The Protocols of The Elders of Zion", a forgery written by the Russian Secret Police during the czarist era in order to falsely depict the Jewish people as fomenting an international conspiracy to take over the world. This tract became a worldwide best seller that is popular among anti-Semites even today.
The point is that all it takes is a well placed, well timed attack to do severe damage against a cause or a people that results in long-lasting or permanent damage. Fortunately this time the perp was a bit player and was busted early on, but what about next time?