The Westboro Baptist Church, best known for its anti-gay agenda has decided to bring their protesters to Newtown, Connecticut right after Friday’s tragic shootings. But an online hacktivist group has a response for them this time.
The hate-spouting church has often picketed at funerals of celebrities and military servicemen, while Anonymous is a loosely organized group of online hackers who mainly oppose Internet censorship.
The Huffington Post reported that Church spokesperson Shirley Phelps-Roper tweeted on Saturday that Westboro would be protesting at Newtown to "sing praise to God for the glory of his work in executing his judgment."
Anonymous had an answer with a video posted on Vimeo by KY Anonymous. "We will not allow you to corrupt the minds of America with your seeds of hatred," a voice says. "We will not allow you to inspire aggression to the social factions which you deem inferior. We will render you obsolete. We will destroy you."
According to CNET News, KY Anonymous said they posted personal information of a number of alleged Westboro Baptist Church members, including names, phone numbers, e-mail addresses, and home addresses.
In a live radio interview on The David Pakman Show, CBS News reported that a source claiming to be from the Anonymous group called the program to confront Phelps-Roper, and then hacked a Westboro Baptist Church-owned website while the interview was taking place.
An e-mail to The Inquisitr from someone claiming to be an Anonymous representative read , “Just hacked Westboro’s site. Freedom of speech is one thing. But freedom to hate is another. A domain such as “godhatesfags.com should not exist despite rumblings of members picketing Sandy Hook. Those families have enough anguish to deal with.”
In the past, the Westboro Baptist Church has picketed the funerals of victims from the Arizona and Colorado shootings, along with the funerals of noteworthy people like Steve Jobs. Inquisitr points out that the Supreme Court has allowed the group to protest at funerals, but many states have enacted laws requiring the pickets to stay a certain distance away.