Anonymous Targets Westboro Baptist Church Over Newtown Picket Plans

Disgusted by Wesboro Baptist's plans to picket a vigil for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, the hacker collective is waging a cyber war against the hate-mongering group.

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A Westboro Baptist Church member demonstrates before the celebration of the life of entertainment icon Isaac Hayes August 18, 2008 in Memphis, Tennessee.

Disgusted by Westboro Baptist’s plans to picket a vigil for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, the hacker collective is waging a cyber war against the hate-mongering religious group. The Topeka, Kan.-based church has announced its plan to come to Connecticut to protest memorials and funerals over the state’s 2008 legalization of gay marriage.

Anonymous, which has previously targeted the Websites of NATO and the Church of Scientology, says it has taken down Westboro’s atrociously named site, godhatesfags.com, and posted the phone numbers and residential addresses of church members. The hacker collective also announced on their Twitter feed that they are in possession of members’ social security numbers and have filed for a death certificate for Shirley Phelps-Roper, the spokeswoman of the church, Ars Technica reports.  “We will not allow you to corrupt the minds of America with your seeds of hatred,” they said in a video posted online.  “…We will render you obsolete. We will destroy you. We are coming.”

(MORE: Anonymous: Hey, We Just Hacked NATO!)

Others have since joined the cyber war, including hacker @cosmothegod, who hacked Phelps-Roper’s Twitter account overnight, changing her background picture to ‘Prayer for Newtown’ and posting photos of Phelps-Roper’s phone bill and email account. The hacker also tweeted a link to the White House’s online petition site, where nearly 172,000 have signed the petition to list the church as a hate group, according to CNET News. Many have expressed their appreciation for the hacker’s work:

Westboro Baptist Church has made many enemies thanks in large part to its practice of demonstrating at the funerals of of U.S. soldiers, AIDS patients and celebrities — whose deaths, according to the church, are punishments from God. Though many find the church’s hateful and homophobic stances offensive, the group won a 2011 Supreme Court case for its First Amendment right to protest at military funerals.

(MORE: Why the Supreme Court Ruled for Westboro)

Those affected have found ways to peacefully protest the group’s actions. In 2010, students at Henry M. Gunn High School drowned out the Kansas church’s anti-gay slur with singing when the church picketed near the school for its tolerance of homosexuality,  Slate reports. In 2012, when the church arrived in Columbia, Missouri, to picket the funeral service of a solider, thousands of the townspeople showed up in red t-shirts to build a “love wall” around the protestors, blocking their presence and their signs of “God hates fags” and “America is doomed.”

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RicLow-mitsLies
RicLow-mitsLies

anything from the phelps family or other side of the family is chruch of hates

CarolMackeyBuser
CarolMackeyBuser

@ Hadrewsky 

I agree with the lack of rationalization of fanatics. Fanaticism is a very sad thing. Fanatics exist everywhere and not just in religion. I consider myself logical and rational, and I am a Christian. These people aren't Christians. :)

fookalah
fookalah

religions truly are the curse of humanity. good job anonymous.

kamanayahoo
kamanayahoo

Never trust the words of people who quote the words of other people that they have never met, seen, heard or touched.

kamanayahoo
kamanayahoo

Gods are products of language and cannot exist without the use of language. Before the human male learned to use language there were no gods. It is only after the human male learned to talk that he began to create gods, angels, devils and miracles.The day will finally come when the human male will cease to exist and from that day on there will be no gods, angels or devils.

loquiviri
loquiviri

Follow the link under "signed the petition" and sign the petition to have them legally classified as a hate group and SHARE IT.

KarenMicheleWells-Lunsford
KarenMicheleWells-Lunsford

WE are not to judge....only God!! Those of you involved with this group....how would you feel if it was your INNOCENT child, family member, or better yet, yourself! You can't be a church knowing the Bible and act the way you do. I pray that God has mercy on your souls! Going to church does not make you a Christian....it is what is your heart and your actions.

LauraWinsett
LauraWinsett

I truly believe if they show up this will be the end of the WBC. People are to affected by this to let it pass. They will demand nothing less than WBC being listed as a hate group and being trailed for crimes against humanity!

KimJong_un2012
KimJong_un2012

WBC doesn't understand what they've done. They've pissed off the internet. The most dominant force in the USA. We're coming for them. 

LemmeCornHoleYa
LemmeCornHoleYa

I'm sure hacking into Godhatesfags.com was easier than taking down a retarded 12 year old's My Space page. As for  the petition with 170,000+ signatures, its a meaningless exercise. Hell, I've got 200,000+ signatures for my petition to have Nancy Grace bound, gagged, and fisted by former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson on live television.

225VOLT
225VOLT

I wish these Westboro retards good luck, because if they show up with their putrid signs at this remembrance of the slaughter of innocents, they may leave the area in pine boxes.

CKoentges
CKoentges

What a sad, sad bunch of people.  I don't even know how you can call yourself a church.  You comfort and embrace no one but yourselves.  Your hearts are filled with hate.  Turn it all around and do services of love and generosity. There are so many in need, hungry children, homeless family, mentally ill people who need guidance and care.  Make yourselves useful.  You are not God's children, you have deceived yourself with hate and vengence. If you believe in God, you know he can take care of his own revenge if he is so inclined. Why not care for his children, as he asked you to.

TomK
TomK

Here's the tip. You are all fruit loops. If there is even a god, I can tell you now that no man comes close to comprehending him/it. You all talk about knowing all the rules and believe in a "history" of religious doctrine, which is as plausible as meeting Superman one day. So ridiculous.

BabeofBedStuy
BabeofBedStuy

@TroyAdamson 1John 4:20 

Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.

Please tell where does any of the WBC hate spewing logic fits in here. 

My brother was a solider that was killed in Afghanistan and for you to have the audacity to sit there behind your screen and say that a soldier's funeral is like worshiping the dead is appalling. That almost leads me to think you have never lost a loved one or if you did, you didn't attend their funeral for fear of being considered worshiping the dead.

But anyway, The WBC uses only the scriptures that seem to help them in their destructive ways and the scriptures are not to be  used in our own interpretations. 

Matthew 7:1-6

“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounceyou will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured toyou. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do notnotice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to yourbrother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the login your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye,and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother'seye.

Anyone who spews hate in the Lord's name is not a Christian but a mockery of his holy word.

KimJong_un2012
KimJong_un2012

@LemmeCornHoleYa you're right. 

A) Because it wasn't a hack. It was a Ddos attack (distributed denial of servece). Basically the server hosting the website is so inundated with packets of information that it can't handle the load, resulting in a server shutdown. 

B) Myspace was a massive website, with a big department dedicated to web security. Hacks were very rare. It usualy ended up being social engineering (using the security measures already in place to gather the email and password) that would result in taking a myspace page over. 

TroyAdamson
TroyAdamson

@BabeofBedStuy  Hmm. I can't help but wonder where God's love was when he destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah. Or where it was when he drowned the entire world, save Noah and his family.

Like it or not, there are rules to living in accordance to God's will.

As to love, how could you stand out on a street corner, getting cursed at, spat upon, trash thrown at you, in the hot sun, knowing that everybody that comes near HATES YOU, and continue to speak God's word and warn others of their transgression, if not by love?

As to your brother, I feel for your pain. I really do. But, we live in a nation that has turned away from God. We have a president that endorses gay marriage, which is clearly against God's word. We promote sexual deviance on TV, in movies and music, and even on the street.

As sad as it is, your brother died protecting a nation that has thrown God to the wayside, in favor of carnality. That is why the funerals are protested.

Again, I'm sorry for your loss.

CKoentges
CKoentges

Why not spend precious time and resources on something productive, such as starving children in Africe, or carrying medical supplies into Latin American slums, or volunteering at the local hospital to hold premature babies, or at the local hospice to sit with the dying that have no family.  There are so many loving acts that should please your God and bring love to all those you come into contact with. Trying to pass your own judgement on people in the gay community or denigrating people who do not believe as you do is a negative act, an act of hate, and negativity.  Fill your lives with love and you will change the hearts of those you want to reach.  Acting in hate will turn everyone again you and the God you want them to love.  Noone is going to work in the service of negativity and hate.  You don't need a college degree to figure this out.  Think on it.

MatthewBryant
MatthewBryant

@TroyAdamson @BabeofBedStuy You're referring to the old testament that no longer applies.  God committed no acts of violence against any humans in the new testament and Jesus ate with sinners and tax collectors.  He communicated with prostitutes and even forced himself to heal a gentile child once.  That's right, Jesus came for the Jews.  It wasn't until Paul had a dream about eating a pig that Christianity let gentiles in.  So really your arguments are completely invalid.  Jesus argued that whatever punishment will come, will come after death not during life.  He said the heavenly kingdom would be a spiritual one AFTER death.  Furthermore, God said that anyone who is placed in authority was put there by God.  You are the one bastardizing your religion.  Not anyone else.  God said to love your neighbor.  He didn't say to only love your neighbor if they are straight.  He didn't say to hate your fellow man if they are a homosexual.  You need to spend a little more time learning your religion, and a little less time committing hate crimes in its name.  You're a terrible person.  If God does exist, then I feel really bad for you because reality will not be what you think it is.

KimJongUn
KimJongUn

@TroyAdamson @BabeofBedStuy You must not like korean people. You insolent devil, you shall face my wrath. For i am the one true Savior of all. You may sit there and feel smug, but remember this. I will obliterate you from this earth

TedFerguson
TedFerguson

TroyAdamson Some interesting points Troy.  There is just one problem though. You say, "we live in a nation that has turned away from God. We have a president that endorses gay marriage, which is clearly against God's word."

Even if it were true that God is against gay marriage (which contradicts your statements later saying everything is done by God's will - so how could something that is His will be something He's against?) there's still ONE BIG PROBLEM. If every man, woman, and child in this country had agreed to live under a religious rule, you'd be all set.  However, we have separation of church and state here. This is so you can follow YOUR religious customs and beliefs and leave other people to follow theirs.

Why you think it's okay to tell others what they can and cannot do is beyond me. Who the hell are you? How about I pick a religion for you in 2013 and force it down your throat?

TedFerguson
TedFerguson

@TroyAdamson You say "Nothing can happen without God's will, right?"  Wrong.  God gave man free will. Did you even read the stuff you're claiming to have read??

To claim that everything you and I do has been pre-determined by God is laughable.  If that's the case, that's awesome!  We don't have to worry about consequences of our actions because it's all been pre-determined that it would all go down this way anyway - nothing we can do about it so might as well party it up!

Do you belong to a cult perhaps?  I think someone messed with your head a little bit.

CemWalkII
CemWalkII

@DanieLove This experience you speak of...though hard to explain, was it positive? Negative? Of course, early believers didn't have the Bible we have today. There were certainly laws they had, the 10 Commandments. There is some moral code to be about; you speak as if the Bible is irrelevant because of an experience.

Croatoan
Croatoan

@DanieLove @Croatoan @TroyAdamson And the book never made it to print, the only reason it's available now is that the author made a court case out of it making the entire transcript public domain. you can only find it online

DanieLove
DanieLove

@Croatoan @DanieLove @TroyAdamson Also, to believe that some people are just "of the devil" without knowing them is a horrible judgement to make. It makes absolutely no sense. Perhaps they are spiritual bigots? And if they really believe that why are they even doing anything? Why inform anyone? What difference does it make? What they are doing sounds like something a bully would do to make themselves feel better about who they are.

Croatoan
Croatoan

@DanieLove @Croatoan @TroyAdamson Several have left, two of his sons put in on that book I mentioned it's all available online here: http://www.rslevinson.com/gaylesissues/features/collect/phelps/bl_phelpsmain.htm

The book explains what type of person Fred is better than I ever could, I could say more, but i'd basically be paraphrasing this book, its the best resource on the family...It doesn't get much into their actual religion (Five Point Calvinism is certainly not unique to wesboro)And they claim that they don't hate anyone, god does. I truly believe that they believe that....they (the kids, not Fred..there's genuine hate in that man) likely feel as sorry for me as I do them.

DanieLove
DanieLove

@Croatoan @DanieLove @TroyAdamson  I am sorry for the family too when I don't think out of a place of reaction and I take the time to think of how they were raised in a house so full of hate. There have been a few moments in my life when hate entered my heart and it was a heavy burden to bear. I can't imagine feeling like that all the time. Most cult leaders use their belief structure to control others. I think he must be one as well. I hope the family and the children find a way to break free from him and those beliefs. Sooner or later someone in the family is going to break free. You can't brainwash everyone. Hopefully they will then help free others.

DanieLove
DanieLove

@CemWalkII The God I know is the God I experienced, and the God I experience on the days when I am paying attention, and the God I see in all things and people (when I am paying attention and not letting my ego take over - which honestly, is hard to do). Before I experienced God I was an atheist. I find it strange that I had this experience where I came to know God, and God spoke to me (God only said one word - Dance) and people tell me that isn't real, and then go tell me to read a book to find out what is real? I know it's real, I experienced it. God existed before he bible. Each culture, each religion, has it's own books - it's own bible. They are all accounts of different people experiencing God. It's just usually those books get twisted by others for their own purposes and then I think this makes it harder to experience God through that path.  My faith is based on my experience. I'm not sure that would even be faith considering it actually happened. It is very hard to comprehend. It wasn't a mental thing, to feel everything infinitely isn't mental. I couldn't comprehend it mentally, even now I can't think about it, I had to know it. I  feel our language doesn't even have the words to express what I experienced. The word God in our language means a very specific thing - it is an idea, a label, it has all this weight around it, it is very separate from us - although I use that word because it is the only one I have. What I felt wasn't separate at all, it was as if a veil was lifted.  Our language itself is so dualistic it is hard to even express what I felt. Even the word felt isn't right. It's okay if you experience God differently. I don't have to be right and you don't' have to be right. I don't think it really matters. Since God is infinite it's possible to experience God in an infinite amount of ways.

Croatoan
Croatoan

@DanieLove @TroyAdamson @BabeofBedStuy DanieLove: The WBC are five point Calvinists. They believe in predestination. In otherwords, they believe that god has an "elect" the elect are born elect and are the only ones who get into heaven. The rest are born "for the Devil" and are therefore beyond salvation. ass you can see, by this line of logic there is no point in converting people as they cannot be converted. They are simply informing us of our impending damnation. Fred Phelps uses this belief  as a control mechanism over his children, once they got too big for him to beat them into submission he needed to use other means. He is a sad individual, I feel sorry for the kids (even Shirley) they are damaged beyond repair. A book was written with input from some of the children that left. It was never published, but you can find it online "Addicted to Hate"

CemWalkII
CemWalkII

@DanielLove What you speak of... it's very hard to comprehend. There are many Bible verses that contradict the points you are trying to make. The god you are talking about is not the God from the Bible. You are making a personalized god that fits into your belief of what God is. I understand the things you are saying, but your basis is opinion and feelings. 

Croatoan
Croatoan

@TroyAdamson @DanieLove @BabeofBedStuy Spoken like a true Five Point Calvinist. However, the elect will not be known until judgement day, as it says in the bible. The truth is, the WBC take it on faith that Fred is the only person guaranteed to be part of the elect and is therefore their key to heaven. Complete BS in my opinion. Wouldn't gods chosen act with a tad more class? Instead, they waste their time picketing when they believe everyone else to be beyond salvation. (you know....predestination and all that)

DanieLove
DanieLove

@TroyAdamson @DanieLove @BabeofBedStuy The God I know is energy. It is not dualistic. It is not above us or below us. It is not father or mother. It is not good or evil. This split, this dualism, is from the mind of man - from the ego which lives on fear. This split is the reason for almost all of mans problems. If you read Genesis figuratively instead of literally it's all there. God is all. God isn't some being from heaven who controls everything. "He" doesn't control the universe. God is the universe. God is everything. God is nothing. It's all God. Besides that your argument is a logical fallacy. It's circular reasoning. Basically what you said is: God is exactly what the bible says God is because God had the Bible written therefore God is exactly as the Bible says and we should do exactly what it says. 

"Right are wrong" you should question the bible, you should question everything, even God, it is the only way to come upon truth. It is the only way to experience God and find your path. Did God exist before the Bible? Yes. And God will exist after the bible is forgotten. You don't need the bible to experience God. Actually I think for many people the bible has replaced God. They go through all their lives never actually having a relationship with God - the only have words, stories. And all though stories are important, and even probably the best way to communicate with other men, you don't need stories to communicate with God. You don't even need words. God is beyond words.  As for the end of days, there will be none. Energy doesn't cease to exist it only changes forms. God won't cease to exist and neither will we, we will only become some other form of God.

KimAndersen
KimAndersen

@TroyAdamson @DanieLove @BabeofBedStuy Wasnt it gods will to make us all sinners, the only perfect person is Jesus so dosent that mean he is the only one being saved?I'm sure since Troy knows God personaly(ITS THE VOICES IN HIS HEAD) Troy should have the answer!

TroyAdamson
TroyAdamson

@DanieLove @TroyAdamson @BabeofBedStuy  A very well thought out response. One I wish were true in the sense that God loves us all. But, and the logic of this cannot be denied, there are a lot of people that are going to Hell. Most likely I'll be among them, but that's another story.

The thing is, everyone wants to tout God's love, but seem to think God lacks the capacity to hate. Well, God knows who is going to be with Him in Paradise, and being that he knows, it stands to reason that His love only extends to those people.

Jesus didn't die for everyone. Jesus died for those who believe in Him. Hence, Jesus died for a small number of people who would live as He taught. His Elect.

You say that the Bible is penned by man, and that's true. With all it's contradictions and errors, it's a wonder that we even refer to it anymore. But here's the thing. Nothing can happen without it being God's will, right? Well, that being said, it must have been God's will that the Bible be in the state that it is, else it simply wouldn't be. God must want the Bible to say what it does, how it does, else you run into the possibility that God has no control over this world or anything else.

The WBC have made this point countless times, but people seem to want to ignore the logic. Right or wrong, I'm in no place to question something as powerful as God's Will, but I'd be willing to bet that come the end of days, those that think "God love everyone no matter what" will be in for a rather big surprise.

DanieLove
DanieLove

@TroyAdamson @DanieLove @BabeofBedStuy  I agree that doing the loving thing is not always doing the easy thing. But is what the WBC doing actually helping or changing anything? They aren't. How do we know this? Because nothing has changed, especially for the better. You can't hurt others in the name of helping them. That doesn't even make sense.If you truly feel that someone is hurting themselves and you want to help them to change, you are not going to be able to do that by violent hateful speech or actions. You also aren't going to be able to do that without their help. In order for people to change they have to be a participant. You can't just force change on someone. True lasting change doesn't happen because of violent words or actions, it doesn't happen because of fear, because once the violence is removed the people simply revert back to whatever they were doing before - only now they very well may have hate in their heart, or be more broken and act out of that.By your own argument the two times God decided to smite man or wipe man off earth (and I don't even believe God did this ) man should have changed. But that just isn't the way change happens. Violence, only begets more violence, fear and separation from God. The Bible, just as many spiritual texts are, is a reflection of of GOD, but it was penned by man, in this case many men, who changed it over and over to suit their needs, and it is flawed because we are flawed. Much of what is in the Bible I don't believe to be from God but what the men of that time interpreted God to be - or even what they wanted people to believe God to be so they could control them and rule them. Arguing from the bible is silly as it is flawed by the pen of man. I speak from the heart where God resides. WBC knows nothing of the heart, or of love, or how to truly help those that are in need of help. They serve only their own egos - and they do so in the name of God. It is truly sad. The God I know resides in every particle of this infinite universe. The God I know is of love and forgiveness. Of truth. Of kindness and of empathy.I feel God. I have spoken with God. I need no book penned by man to tell me this. If you truly feel that what the WBC is doing is upholding the spirit of GOD, and are using the bible to argue this, then the bible is inherently flawed, or your heart is.

CemWalkII
CemWalkII

@TroyAdamson It would stand to reason, if you're not a Christian, that you don't attend Sunday school. Focusing on Old Testament laws is useless; Jesus died and took care of all of that, bringing forth a new covenant. No one has the strength of character to live perfectly. Paul, one of the greatest persons in Christian history, he himself claimed HE was not a complete person, not a complete Christian, still containing flaws and deficiencies. Our sinful nature won't allow us to live sinless lives, as the Westboro radicals act they do.

TroyAdamson
TroyAdamson

@KimJongUn @TroyAdamson @BabeofBedStuy  Each to their own, I suppose. I'm not Christian, nor have I claimed to be. It takes a strength of character I don't possess to live a life in full accordance with the bible. But I can read.

What I read is a far different picture than what they teach in Sunday school.

KimJongUn
KimJongUn

@TroyAdamson @KimJongUn @BabeofBedStuy You have dodged yet another trial, :). How would you know what Christianity really is? You can be one of those people who believe what Christianity to be. For all that matters, it could actually be about flying spaghetti monsters.

KimJongUn
KimJongUn

@TroyAdamson @KimJongUn @BabeofBedStuy Using Christianity as a scapegoat is quite unoriginal. But nevertheless, let us commemorate your efforts. Why try to argue that this is not the truth? You already have contradicted yourself, why try more? Slowly sinking into a tar pit like the mammoth you are. What the Kim Jong Il, I'd bet if the most popular universalizing religion was Cthuluism. You'd jump on the wagon with your little friends to start the process all over