Anonymous Attacks Westboro Baptist Church Over Sandy Hook Funeral Protest

Following the Sandy Hook shooting tragedy, the nutbag brigade, also known as the Westboro Baptist Church is unsurprisingly stirring up controversy by doing one of the things they do best: being arseholes and picketing funerals. Your friendly, faceless, neighbourhood hacking group Anonymous has responded by doing what they do best: publishing private information, in this case, about the members of the Westboro Baptist Church.

Anonymous has now published a list of Westboro Baptist Church members along with plenty of personal information such as home addresses, emails, and phone numbers. On the more legal end of the activism spectrum, the group is also pushing a petition to legally recognise the Westboro Baptist Church as a hate group. And what do you know, it's already gotten the required number of signatures.

Anonymous also released a video, explaining — with characteristic Anonymous flair — the group's beef with the church:

"Since your one-dimensional thought protocol will conform not to any modern logic, we will not debate, argue, or attempt to reason with you. Instead, we have unanimously deemed your organisation to be harmful to the population of The United States of America, and have therefore decided to execute an agenda of action which will progressively dismantle your institution of deceitful pretext and extreme bias, and cease when your zealotry runs dry. We recognise you as serious opponents, and do not expect our campaign to terminate in a short period of time. Attrition is our weapon, and we will waste no time, money, effort, and enjoyment, in tearing your resolve into pieces, as with exposing the incongruity of your distorted faith."

It's on. [BetaBeat via Salon]

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Comments

    its probly not a bad thing that world will end in few days...

      Not a bad thing for grammar, that's for sure.

    Hey this is one thing i agree with, These people are sick, they deserve to have there organization torn to pieces. seriously they are out of control, God is about love and forgiveness not hatred. these people need to be stopped.

      You ever actually read the bible?

        I read it every morning.
        @xjamesthegreenx is right. God is about love and forgivness. It's sad that a lot of people don't know that.

          You know that in the Old and New Testament, God kills just under 2.5 million people - many innocent?

            Come on dude! Gizmodo has spoiler tags for a reason.

            But the lesson at the end is Love and respect one another it's showing that even though there is so much death and destruction and brutality there is a part of us that is meant to love and help our fellow man.... Thats what i got from it anyway

              That sentiment loses its meaning when according to the bible it's God who causes much of that death, destruction, and brutality in the first place.

              love and respect one another by commiting racial or religious genocide..... that makes heaps of sense.....

          nah, trust me. God doesn't love you or me. Maybe because he isn't real, but oh well.

            ha ha i wasn't trying to start a religious debate i was just stating that these sick F**k's need to be stopped and its about time some one stood up to them.

            Lol, I read that as "Google doesn't love you or me". Is Google God?

              Google is our internet God, for he is all knowing and powerful.

          You must be reading a very selective sample of the bible.

            Isn't that what all religious people do.

    Yeah this is one thing I really back Anonymous with, I'd love to see this hate group taken down, the stuff they get up to is appalling.

      P.S. Seeing them mentioned reminds me of one of the Chaser team's videos back when they were still funny. lol.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trqvKp0TzaY

    SEND WESTBORO TO HELL

    and no I'm not trying to inspire violence. Just hoping the Devil takes back his own

    Newtown is the EPITOME of a small good Christian town... They have known enough evil

    WTF - they registered their main website thru GoDaddy?? They must have missed the ads with the bikinis and hot chicks

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    Unfortunately, if you want the right to free speech, you also have to put up with dick weeds like these. You have to take the good with the bad. Now if one of those assault weapon toting, gun nuts were to get their freak on with them, I'd be OK with that..

      That's not entirely true. There are many limits to free speech enshrined in law, including defamation, copyright, and anti-discrimination statutes. Unfortunately, there is no specific law dealing with the particular *kind* of hate speech practiced by Westboro, as it is as unusual as it is abhorrent.

        Yes there is; Although I'm not sure about the US, there is such a law in Victoria, and in many other places. Such hate speech and hate speech related assemblies can fall under 'Disturbing the peace'. It's a pretty broad law that can be used to criminalise any behaviour that isn't considered acceptable but doesn't have a specific law to deal with it. Discretion is up to the highest ranking officer at the time, but given how retarded these people are I can't see how you wouldn't use such a law.

          That doesn't change my original premise, Free speech comes at the cost of situations like this.

            Ahh bugger this was meant for "dreadpiratewesley" :)

        That's what I'm thinking. Can a manager verbally abuse an employee with no consequences? A husband inflict psychological torture on his wife? This is no different and there should be protection against this sort of behaviour.

      I think it is also a basic human right to have a funeral for loved ones and not be harassed by a hate group. I disagree that this constitutes freedom of speech.

      They have the right to free-speech. BUT, this does not make them immune to legal consequence. They have the right to say what they want, but the individual must also accept responsibility of their speech. People are free to slander/discriminate/etc but they then must accept the consequence. "Freedom isn't free" Was once said by a wise man. :P

    Timmah - sorry bro but that's bullsiht.... To phrase US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas

    'If as much effort & time was spent on our responsibilities in society as our rights, we would be a richer country, a richer world'

    In other words our responsibilities are what we must fulfil to earn our rights. Contrary to modern thought process, we are not automatically entitled to our rights from day one. A right is not valid when it impinges on others rights, such as Westboro does

    Sooner or later we must give back what has been given to us.

      I'm talking about the basic right to free speech. Without that we would all be victim to the thought police. This is a basic right that we must have to be a free society. Otherwise all those Hitler's, Stalin's, Gadafi's etc, would be the norm and not the exception. What you are talking about comes about because of free speech, not instead of it. I agree that you have to be responsible for your actions in order to have a free society. But not at the expense of free speech!

        i believe in free speech, to the absolute point of having the appropriate forum to discuss ones thoughts.
        picketing at a funeral in the face of mourning parents, friends and loved ones, imho, outcasts these people from any civil society. Franky i dont think they have the right.

        have your free speech. do it in an appropriate forum, or dont do it at all. it's called being an adult! (not having a go at timmahh in the slightest, but Westboro reaally make me mad!)

        I think your argument lost validity in the last line of your opening statement. To condone gun violence against a group that include children (although I understand it was meant in jest) really shows that although we might have the right to free speech doesnt mean we should say everything we think.

          Not sure how a joke invalidates the initial premise.?

          I'd rather laugh at Westboro, dead or living, than take them serious even for a moment

          I have long since realised I do not live in a perfect world, so to my mind, line em all up.... And don't wait for dawn.

            You're not the real batman he'd never use guns haha

    These nut jobs were on loui Theroux last night. It was a revisit from 4 years ago. They are just as nutty. Poor kids know nothing other than what parents brainwash them with. Was a good episode.

    I defend their right to free speech, but I am totally disgusted by their agenda and lack of...humility. I cannot disagree more with the cult, it is not a church. it is a cult. A hateful group of people. Delusional to think they preach the words of god.

    Bottom line - not all rights are implicit. If a right impinges on another's rights then its not an entitlement.

    How about this Timmah - were all entitled to our opinions. Just not allowed to force them on others

    Besides, Hells Angels NY have already said they will ride to wherever Westboro goes in Newtown

    Now that's a right,the right to freedom of movement. Lucky for Westboro the constitution gives the Hells Angels THAT right

      I agree that we are all entitled to our opinions, however I'm not sure you have the right, or in otherwords, I don't think you are legally allowed to 'force' your opinion on other.

      pretty sure I've read somewhere that there is a group of bikers from various backgrounds who act as guards of honour/security etc whenever these fruitbats picket a serviceman's funeral. Makes me wish I lived in the States and rode a Harley.

    A lot of "Phelps" on that list. Give them a few years and they'll all die out from inbreeding.

      Haha I was going to make the same comment.

      The Phelps family IS the Westboro Church. They're also known as "America's Most Hated Family".

    Does anonymous want us to understand what it is trying to say? My god, all there videos, why no subtitles

    they want to spread their evil and hate across the world! fuck that! I have had enough of religious groups trying too push their shit on everyone else! they want hate lets give them hate! lets kill every single one of them!

    I knew these guys were arseholes but I thought even they would have their limits, Obviously I was naive

      Nothing in their history suggests they have limits.

    As said by a friend today, something I had not considered, 'I'm looking forward to the day that the entire world can go and picket Fred Phelps funeral.'

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      Can't believe I never thought of this one! I agree, I'm looking forward to this also.

    UPDATE: The listed Westboro Baptist Church members have all just had their social security numbers cancelld and are now all listed as "deceased/legally dead".

    As one person recently Tweeted: "Gonna be hard for #WBC to travel with no SSN's, maxed credit cards, no phones, & being "dead""

    Even funnier: "'And w/ furious wrath, the h4x0r5 rained down 1's & 0's of great wailing & pain upon the blasphemous sinners of #WBC' Book of #Anon 10101:01"

    Also, here are all the WBC members' Twitter handles. =====> http://pastebin.com/PtkQAJec

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      Jesus these kids have a lot of power to have people legally declared dead.

      Source?

        @YourAnonNews (Anonymous' official news handle) I think. Twitter, anyway, so you know it's extremely reliable. ;)

          Ah well I checked the pastebin link I found somewhere, it's pretty lengthy.

    Russell Brand interviews two members of the Westboro Baptist Church
    http://youtu.be/2JAErHl7lZ4

    Awesome vid.

    These guys are beginning to look almost tame compared the the Evangelical reaction to this shooting. Claiming it happened because Americans don't allow god in schools. American culture terrifies me.

    Of course, if a member of the congregation is murdered, and it's found that revealing their personal details was a key part of the murder, does that still make it right? Anonymous is just the other side of the coin. What Anonymous says about Westbro can equally be applied to Anonymous.

      I consider the Declaration of independence to be a good guide on something like this with the phrase: 'If there is something wrong, those who have the ability to take action have the responsibility to take action'

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      Sydney, these guys seem to put themselves in harm's way every time they step outside. The Theroux docos showed an attack on one of the young kids; some motorist chucked a missile at one of their pickets. Another member had his dog's throat cut.
      The problem with these dingbats who spout eschatological mumbo-jumbo is that they welcome this sort of attention and see it as clear evidence of the impending end times. Even a hack that took down all their IDs etc would be seen as a positive thing. Ole Pastor Fred would get his bible open to the Book of Revelation and start spruiking about "no man being able to buy or sell" etc etc. I was brought up with this crap; I know what I am talking about.
      The most hurtful thing you can do to Westboro is to simply turn your back on them and ignore them and maybe hope ole Fred has a few boxes of grape Kool-Aid stashed away somewhere.

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