If you were to:
• claim to have accomplished something that, in fact, you weren't capable of doing (lying),
• that you did not have the authority to do (dissenting),
• that violated the very nature of what you said you were doing (causing scandal),
• and that openly attacked the authority and structure of the community which you claimed to be serving in humility and truth (rebellion and deception),
do you think you would be the subject of an endless stream of newspaper articles extolling your actions, your cause, your conscience, and your courage? No? Maybe? Not sure?
By the way, here's a little blast from the past regarding the same issue. The more things change...