My head hung a little lower, in the aftermath of the school shooting in Connecticut, when I learned that the bigots from the Westboro Baptist Church would be targeting the mourners in Newtown with protests. It was horrid enough when this hateful collective masquerading as a church limited their protests to homosexual issues, but now these idiots are everywhere trying (and more often than not succeeding) to get in the public’s eye with stunts aimed at some of our saddest, most tragic moments.
But worse than this “church’s” antics is that they’re now being targeted by the so-called “hacker collective” Anonymous for an attack which includes publishing their private information (obtained through illegal means) on the internet.
Here’s the video they published justifying their actions:
Since your one-dimensional thought protocol will conform not to any modern logic, we will not debate, argue, or attempt to reason with you. Instead, we have unanimously deemed your organization to be harmful to the population of The United States of America, and have therefore decided to execute an agenda of action which will progressively dismantle your institution of deceitful pretext and extreme bias, and cease when your zealotry runs dry. We recognize you as serious opponents, and do not expect our campaign to terminate in a short period of time. Attrition is our weapon, and we will waste no time, money, effort, and enjoyment, in tearing your resolve into pieces, as with exposing the incongruity of your distorted faith.
In other words, because the Westboro Baptist Church members do not hold views that Anonymous likes, the group is violating their privacy and endangering their lives, all while claiming to act on behalf of us all.
To be sure, I don’t agree with the Westboro Baptist folks on much of anything. If those lunatics released a press statement saying the sky was blue I would be sorely tempted to take the position that it’s red, if only to be on any side other than theirs.
But nobody has the right to try and silence speech through threats and intimidation, even when it’s speech most of us detest. As awful as the Westboro Baptitst bigots are – and they’re awful – these self-appointed digital brownshirters from Anonymous are worse. We shouldn’t overlook that simply because their victims, in this instance, aren’t very sympathetic.
Because who knows who they may target next?