Anonymous Targets Westboro Baptist Church Members For Digital Terrorism


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:

Anonymous – Message To The Westboro Baptist Church from @kyanonymous on Vimeo.

A transcript:

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?

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • Roy_Bean

    What the Westboro people do is bordering on shouting “fire” in a crowded theater. They have the right to say what they have to say but their choice of venue is the problem. Confronting the families and friends at a funeral when they are in the process of coming to terms with their loss is totally irresponsible. In the past they have spewed their hate at the funerals of one soldier at a time and there have been enough supportive family and friends to prevent any retaliation. With so many victims I only hope there is enough support in the community to go around. The last thing these people need is to add to the turmoil by having a family member who has just suffered an unimaginable loss pushed over the edge.

    • Russell Schiwal

      Fire is a good response.

  • sbark

    Do the sheep know how close to being a wolf, the sheepdogs have to be—in order to destroy the wolves?

    Seems as if the sheep are content to let the Palins, the Clarence Thomas, The Borks of the world get mauled by the wolves without any repercussions except words from talking heads.

  • mikemc1970

    Good! Two groups of overly moralistic retards set up a long running death match of mutual distraction. Let them chase each others tails.

  • Thresherman

    While I do not approve of what Anonymous is doing, I have to admit that it couldn’t happen to a more deserving bunch of people.

  • gustav

    You are a pathetic individual, trying to say that anyone is worse than that hate-mongering church. Is your name on the list that they released? My family members who died fighting probably wouldn’t have done it if they knew it would allow scum like you and the wbc to exist.

  • Rick Olson

    Just because the Westboro Baptist Church has the word “Baptist” over their doors, it in no way means that they are Christians. I believe they are a cult which cares nothing about the cause of Christ. As you say, they are a hate-mongering fringe element group. Most of the nation’s most prominent religious leaders have spoken out against the Westboro church and their tactics.

  • Me

    Westboro is a cult, not a church. They deserve to be eradicated

    • Rick Olson

      Well, I personally wouldn’t go that far. So, given your statement; are you saying that the Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Church of Scientology, Christian Scientists among other cults should be eradicated as well?