Westboro Baptist Church Hacked!
After the Westboro Baptist Church posted on
Twitter its intention to picket the Newtown, Conn., site where 26 shooting
victims died, including 20 children, hackers retaliated.
The reason for the protest? Reportedly
because Connecticut has legalized same-sex marriage.
Shirley Phelps-Roper, a spokesperson for
the Topeka, Kan., Westboro church and daughter of church founder Fred Phelps, put on
Twitter, "Westboro will picket Sandy Hook Elementary School to sing praise
to God for the glory of his work in executing his judgment."
Over the weekend, the hacktivist group Anonymous posted what it said was
church members' personal
information. In a video posted on
Vimeo, the hacker group accused the organization of "breeding hatred" and
adding, "We will destroy you. We are coming."
The Anonymous site has also directed
readers to an online petition, found at a portal on the White House website,
asking that the church's tax-exempt status be investigated. Over 9,000
signatures have been added. The petition reads
The Westboro Baptist Church is better-known for homophobic displays, suing
people and picketing funerals than for providing Christian care to a community.
Due to their harassment and politicking, their IRS tax-exempt status should be
Another petition, found at the same portal,
wants the Westboro Baptist Church to be identified as a hate group, not a
religious group. It notes that the church has been designated
a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center and has "repeatedly
displayed the actions typical of hate groups." That petition has received over
107,000 signatures so far.
Westboro Baptist Church members have been
present at funerals for victims of mass shootings in Tucson, Ariz., and Aurora,
Citing the First Amendment, the Supreme Court
ruled on Westboro's behalf that it may protest at funerals.
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