Sunday, December 16, 2012

Anonymous Takes Down Westboro Baptist Church Website

Today the group known as Anonymous hacked the website of the Westboro Baptist Church in response to the church’s intentions to protest the funerals of the victims of the Sandy Hook school shooting that occurred in Connecticut on Friday. The Westboro Baptist Church (WBC for short) is well known for protesting funerals of soldiers who died while fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, claiming that they were killed in action by God because he was upset with our country for allowing gay rights to pass legislation. They’re plan to protest this upcoming funeral, which consists of twenty children ages 6 and 7, and six adults, who were killed when a mad man named Adam Lanza, age 20, forced his way into the school armed with two hand guns and a semiautomatic rifle and started shooting, saying that this was an act of God and that those who died were killed because God is upset with our country allowing gay marriage and other such civil rights.

WBC took a poke at the group (which I’ll just call ANON) a while back when they claimed that ANON sent them a message telling them they were going to be hacked for their hate messages. WBC responded to ANON in a message saying “bring it” and in a video where a member of ANON speaks with Shirley Phelps the member says that the message sent to WBC was a hoax and was never sent to them with any knowledge of the ANON group. Shirley Phelps continued to disagree with the ANON member, calling the group names and saying that no one will ever silence them and that the internet was created specifically for them to send out their hateful messages and that it is God’s will. After ten minutes of silliness ANON became impatient and shut down the WBC websites, replacing them with this message:

This domain has been seized by Anonymous under section #14 of the rules of the Internet.
Greetings Westboro Baptist Church,

If you're reading this, it means that Anonymous has lost its patience with you, likely because you've threatened us again after we denied you a war.

Your recent antics to gain media attention for yourself were found to be laughable. In response to your rather poorly-written "bring it" letter, wherein you tried to goad Anonymous into giving you yet more attention by calling us "crybaby hackers", we wrote, sincerely, a press release explaining clearly the hoax behind the initial declaration of war against your church.

We had thought this latest release would be enough to make you realize that we have no interest in going to war with you. Anonymous is hard at work with ongoing operations such as those involving Bahrain, Libya, and Iran, not to mention we are working tirelessly to maintain coverage of all our HBGary leaks for the public to enjoy.

Your continued biting of the Anonymous hand, however, has earned you a swift and emotionless bitchslap, in the form of this very message. Despite having had the capability to hack your sites previously, we chose not to and instead responded maturely to your threats, but you have not respected this.

For this unremitting display of overzealousness, we award you no points. Take this defacement as a simple warning: go away. The world (including Anonymous) disagrees with your hateful messages, but you have the right to voice them. This does not mean you can jump onto Anonymous for attention.
God hates fags: assumption. Anonymous hates leeches: fact.

Now after the tragic events that occurred in Connecticut WBC wants to picket the funerals, a truly unfathomable action, but hey they’ve done shit like this before. They’re crazy, and nothing is going to stop them from this craziness. Unless…maybe ANON could?

I asked a few for their opinions and the most conversation I got was from Bree Still, who believed that this is a case of media mongering and that both WBC and ANON are just going for the flavor of the month and that ANON is silly for doing this saying that WBC has already lost and it’s like kicking a dying rabid dog before it stops breathing. I happen to disagree, only because I dislike WBC so much and I think it’s great that ANON is willing to step in and disrupt their hate machine.

When WBC said they were planning on picketing the funerals ANON shut down their sites and sent them this nice little message:

"We will not allow you to corrupt the minds of America with your seeds of hatred. 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. We are coming."

I think that WBC members should be ashamed of the things they say, do and feel about everything. I’m glad to see that members of ANON are willing to shut down the hate machine and disrupt their evil ways. What I would like to know is how much more will they do? I can’t wait to see this unfold.

I will agree with Bree on this one though. WBC has lost, it lost a long time again and the majority of America disregards their message. Hell even Fox News pundits don’t like the messages that WBC spreads, now that is saying something. But I don’t really mind watching this dying, rabid, evil wolf get kicked a few more times before it takes it’s last breath, and then maybe a good shock from a cattle prod.

(What do you think about Anonymous attacking the Westboro Baptist Church’s website because of their plan to picket the funerals of those who died at the Sandy Hook school shooting? Feel free to post a comment.)



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