Westboro Baptist Church Plans To Picket Funeral Of Slain Newtown Children (UPDATED)
UPDATE: Members of the Westboro Baptist Church have reportedly arrived at Newtown.
Members of the Westboro Baptist ChurchÂ took to Twitter after the Newtown, Connecticut massacre to
offer condolences to the families of the slain victims announce their plans to comfort the families picket the funerals with messages of love and condolenceÂ “God Hates Fags.” Because the hacktivist group Anonymous is basically the only thing that makes sense in the world right now, they hacked the website of the Westboro Baptist church and posted all of their leaders personal information online, just in case anyone feels like sending these lovely humansÂ hate-mongers a greeting card that reads something about the Golden Rule or how using the funeral of innocent children to spread your hate agenda isn’t a nice idea.
The Inquisitr ran the story and received an update from Anonymous at around four a.m. this morning:
A few minutes after the original commentary was published,Â The InquisitrÂ received an email from a sender who claimed to represent Anonymous. The email is similar in content to many other â€œofficialâ€ Anonymous emails and we decided to share it with our readers.Â The email included the following statement:
â€œJust hacked Westboroâ€™s site. Freedom of speech is one thing. But freedom to hate is another. A domain such as â€œgodhatesfags.com should not exist despite rumblings of members picketing Sandy Hook. Those families have enough anguish to deal with.â€
On Reddit, a poster has asked for help in dealing with the members of the WBC if they do show up:
The Westboro Baptist Church says they will be present at the funerals for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. Let’s counter their protest by forming a silent blockade during the funeral processions!
The only good thing about this is, the Westboro Baptist Church claims they will picket many things, but then they get too exhausted from being filled with so much hate that they have to take a nap and are too tired to show up. They had stated that they would protest at the memorial for the Aurora, Colorado victims after TheÂ Dark Night shootings Â but they didn’t show up there either.
The WBC are sort of the biggest trolls in the universe, because they know as soon as something horrific happens that they will get a lot of publicity by using national tragedies for their own purposes.
It’s such an interesting juxtaposition, we have a church group, and one sort of assumes religious people would be offering help and condolences to the families and community after this terrible, unspeakable tragedy who are busy damning people to hell and talking about how God is punishing everyone by killing innocent children. And on the other hand, we have Anonymous, who is posting things like this:
Between shutting down revenge porn websites and trying to put a stop to the fate filled rantings of the WBC, I’m starting to think we may see a lot of “Soccer Moms Heart Anonymous” bumper stickers in the future.
UPDATED: Â I’m all too gleefully happy to report that Cosmo The God, hacking prodigy and my new favorite person on earth today, has hacked the Twitter account of Dear Shirley, who is the spokesperson for the Westboro Baptist Church. Not only has Cosmo redecorated the Twitter background of the Dear Shirley account to read “Pray For Newtown” instead of “God Hates Fags”, but Cosmo has been tweeting messages of love and support to the families in Newtown and updates about the petition to have the WBC classified as a hate group.Â Even though I can’t condone illegal activity ( I have kids who read my articles, ya know) on the day when parents are starting to bury their children who died after this horrible tragedy, it brings joy to so many of us that a group such as the WBC can have their hate-mongering agenda switched from messages of intolerance and bigotry to one of love and support to everyone affected by this awful event.