• Mon, Dec 17 2012

Westboro Baptist Church Arrives In Newtown, Hacktivist Group Anonymous Calls For Action (UPDATED)

photo twitter westboroReports on Twitter have started flooding in that the Westboro Baptist Church has arrived in Newtown, Connecticut to picket the funerals of the Sandy Hook elementary school victims. The hashtag #Occupynewtown is appearing on twitter, with people opposed to the WBC joining forces to combat the message that Shirley Phelps-Roper tweeted, stating the group would be in Newtown to “sing praise to God for the glory of his work in executing his judgment.”

Hacktivist group Anonymous has tweeted their own call to action:

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The collective thought is that protesters against the WBC need to link arms and form a protective barrier against the mourners so they can lay the children to rest in peace.

I can’t imagine how painful it must be to bury a child, and I can’t imagine how horrific it must be to try and say goodbye to someone you love so dearly with a chorus of “God hates fags” in the background. If this is true, and the Westboro Baptist Church is actually in town to add pain and suffering to an already heartbreaking situation, our consolation is that there will be people there to counteract the hate with love.

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Anonymous has confirmed the WBC is in town and where exactly the hotel they are staying at is located, but no actual news if they have started picketing yet. I’m sure we will have updates to follow, but in the meantime you can sign the petition to get the WBC classified as a hate group here. 

No matter what your political or religious affiliation, whether or not you are pro or anti-gun, I think the majority of us are terribly saddened by the loss of these children. It’s only fair that the families get to mourn them in peace and not have their grief exploited in the name of protesting homosexuality. I don’t understand the logic behind this sort of behavior, and I hope that this is just another false threat by this group. If it isn’t, at least there will be people there to protect the families and loved ones of these victims who have already suffered so much.
Rebekah Phelps-Davis, daughter of Fred Phelps, made this update to her Twitter account:

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Stating the WBC’s intention of picketing the visitation of Sandy Hook principal Dawn Hochsprung, who died while protecting the children from Adam Lanza on Friday.
(photo: twitter)

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  • dlws8607

    WBC is a “church” of scum. If there is a god, I have no doubt they are on the wrong side.

  • Peggy

    I am shaking with anger right now. This is beyond disgusting. This is no church.

    • ribo

      Oh, yes it is. This is Huckleberry, this is Palin. This is the right-wing. This is the American Taliban, and it is very much in our future.

    • Swright

      This has nothing to do with right wing politics and everything to do with mentally distrurbed money grubbing people
      Looking for attention. That statement was ignorant!

    • marya

      As an active part of the Right-wing community, the Westboro thugs have every thing to do with the Right-wing community. Remove those scales from your eyes. If you don’t like the company you keep, look for some new friends.

  • Blueathena623

    I just don’t understand how anyone could think this is a good idea. I honestly believe those people are missing something, like a soul.

  • WBCisSatan

    WBC tries to get people to attack them so that they can sue to “prove a point”. Easy solution: Picket and surround them in their hotel so they can’t leave without THEM being the aggressors. Use their own tactics against them.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=723502003 Marci Perdomo Economidis

      Great idea ! Do it !

    • WBCisaSCAM

      They dont do it to prove a point, they do it to make money. They are all lawyers for a reason. That being said, this is a brilliant idea. I’m making my signs now.

    • Sarah

      I think they’re just money laundering attention whoring scum. Is it a coincidence the entire family consists of lawyers? Think not.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-Hughes/1504695227 Jessica Hughes

    There is a special place in hell for WBC. Thanks to Anonymous for their call to action. However, I do not believe in designating anything a ‘hate group’ or the associated increased legal action against them. I don’t believe in hate crimes legislation or cop-killer legislation or anything like that because I believe all people are equally entitled to protection under the law. Now, that said, the actions of private citizens like Anonymous in targeting these pigs to shut them down is just my cup of tea!

  • meg

    “Classified as a hate group” under what federal statute exactly? That’s a completely pointless exercise, and there are SO MANY more productive ways to use your time than to rage!sign meaningless petitions. WBC church is vile, and if there’s a hell, it’s built for people like them. But it’s still protected speech.

    • http://www.xojane.com/author/eve Eve Vawter

      You do know they have tax exempt status right?

    • meg

      I don’t think ANY church should have tax exempt status. But otherwise, what’s your point? We can’t start punishing individual groups with tax legislation because they’re jerks, or we don’t agree with their opinions. That’s again the law (multiple laws, in fact.)

    • http://www.xojane.com/author/eve Eve Vawter

      My point is that they have no business picketing the funerals of innocent kids with their hate mongering and “God hates fags” screaming.

    • meg

      I fully agree. They’re 5000% awful. I have no affection for people who go out of their way to cause pain to others. But there is no federal “hate group” designation for ANYONE, and nor should there be. The petition is wholly meaningless at best, a cry to attack the first amendment at worst. I understand that we’re all casting about in the dark, seeking a channel for our pain and rage and grief at what happened at Sandy Hook elementary. But “hate speech” (for which is there ALSO no federal designation in the US) didn’t cause Adam Lanza to murder 26 people, and censoring people we don’t like won’t bring them back. National tragedy is a moment to mourn, regroup, reflect, and move forward with meaningful policy – gun reform, increased accessibility for mental illness treatment, whatever. Taking out our pain on WBC is neither useful nor wise.

    • meg

      Alternatively, are you insinuating that they’d be so flummoxed by a standard 1040 that they’d be too distracted to picket? I don’t put MUCH stock in their intelligence, but they could between them figure it out …

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=723502003 Marci Perdomo Economidis

      Protected by ……..law, maybe…but not from all consequences.

    • meg

      Depends on the consequence. Do folks have the right to beat them with sticks, or shoot at them with assault rifles? No. Do people have a right to counterprotest, express their OWN free speech, donate to causes that enrage the WBC, wave their own signs, write angry blog posts about WBC’s money schemes, or (my personal favorite) stand directly in front of them on public property wearing giant angel wings to block them from the view of the funeral a la Matthew Shepherd? Indeed. Free speech doesn’t mean freedom from rebuke or, yes, consequences.

  • IAmAnon

    So when the WBC members finally make soneone angry enough to gun them all down with a semi-automatic weapon, who will protest at their funerals?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=723502003 Marci Perdomo Economidis

    WBC exists to sue people and organizations. They do this awful stuff just to provoke retaliation so they can sue. They have been very successful but not enough. They have wealthy donors from Wichita, apparently, as they fly all over the place to picket. Blocking them is a very good strategy as well as using them to raise money for the causes that they disagree with. Everytime they picket , we should donate $ to Disabled Veterans or LGBT groups. A synogogue in New York did this and they raised a lot of money. Pass it on.

    • meg

      I like this idea a great deal – for every picketer that shows up at these events, we all give a buck (or a nickel, or whatever we can afford) to a veteran/LGBT/rape survivor/child abuse advocacy/whatever sort of charity they would find most objectionable. Much more proactive than trying to limit their speech, which plays right into their “WE ARE MARTYRS FOR A VENGEFUL GOD” narrative.

  • Karl

    Law only exists when there are people their to enforce it. And my guess is it’ll be difficult to find a Newtown cop that will “notice” if some WBC members get hurt.

    • meg

      Yeah … wishing violence on people, even very cruel people, isn’t cool.

  • Hooohahhh

    They are staying at the Motel 6 in southington

  • Mary

    This… honestly, this makes me want to get violent. I’m taking deep breathes and hoping these crazies start reading the bible they’re thumping and realize the underlying message is love, not hate.

    • Mary

      PS. Anonymous VS. WBC. It’s like a celebrity rogue-activism WWF. Maybe Julian Assange will take on the winner.

  • marya

    This could be an excellent time for people who play war games with paint guns to practice their hobby…with all barrels loaded. Quiet and colorful….and non-violent.

  • marya

    The Westboro thugs have done more to create positive changes in attitudes toward the gay community than any other one entity. No decent person wants to be lumped with them. We are known by the company we keep.

  • minnesota teacher

    This is so low. I am a teacher and I have not been able to get the precious little faces that were plastered all over the news out of my mind. My niece is the same age as these kids and I just can’t even fathom the fear and pain these kids felt. Even people who dislike children are horrified by this event. This group needs to be put in their place, picketing funerals of little kids who have barely lived. They are heartless.

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