Only in America
I think this crap is kina world wide not confined to the US.
Perhaps it is worldwide, but the US supposedly being a civilised country should put a gag on these people and stop them picketing funerals. I hope the parents of the children killed at the Newtown massacre are ready and waiting for these assholes with loaded shotguns…… I for sure would be waiting for them..
Putting a gag on the Westboro Baptist Church won’t change anything and completely violates freedom of speech laws in this country. This is reality – either everyone has freedom of speech or no one will have it.
As members of the gay community, we should know this quite well as we have often been on the receiving end of the gag based on moral disapproval of our message.
with freedom of speech come responsibilities and anyway picketing funerals is not a free speech its abuse of right to peaceful burial
It Canada, we also have free speech. But we also have anti-hate laws which place certain limitations on what people can say or do.
An example is that you can protest that corruption is ruining the economy. You can’t however protest that Jewish corruption is ruining the economy.
In the case of the WBC, several times they tried to come to Canada, but each time were turned back after being warned that as soon as they targeted an identifiable group, they would be arrested/charged.
These laws work well and really should be copied in other countries.
WBC are a bunch of lawyers waiting for someone to get too angry, suing is what pays their bills.
Show me another democracy where you would be allowed to do what west bro is doing
I wouldnt normally condone what Anonymous have done but in this case I will make an exception….Westboro are the most vile of people and if they do carry out what they say they will do then I think it will be a step too far for the American people and they will turn on them even more than they do already….what has happened at Newtown is such a tragedy and the residents should be supported fully and not have to put up with this nonsense
I second what you said in your first sentence.
Sorry, but you can’t pick and chose. If you don’t believe in the cause to begin with, don’t believe in it full stop. Irregardless of who they are targeting. It’s high time “fence sitters” make their choice.
“Irregardless” isn’t even a word.
Anon serve a greater cause than self, we help people see whats going on, we NEVER harm the innocent and 99.99% of us do not condone criminal activity in any shape or form.
Funny that people scream for us to help when i suits them.
what about the crimes that government, military and big business cover up?
freedom of speech, beliefs and lifestyle choice are a right, never to be formed by those who profit.people hide from the truth until it stands before them. WBC DO have the right of free speech after all. ‘everyone is equal’.
if you spread violence and hate?, expect nothing less in return.
WBC is a hate group, like the governments that export violence for oil wars which are protected by the media they control.
we simply expose these actions.
choose to place your head in the dirt, that is YOUR choice, not ours.
we are here, we are your friends, colleagues and you pass us on the street daily.
everyone is equal, accept nothing less.
we are legion
This nearly made my day until I realised that you meant hacked their computers rather than had at them with machete knives.
Well, unless you take their head, they will rise again from the dead. So, be thorough. Oh, and salt all the pieces and bury them on hallowed ground – something they know nothing about.
WBC may believe they have the right to be there and free speech under the constitution, but if they also believe this occasion is the time or the place…
Americans have been appalled and outraged by their behavior. In the past they may have been isolated from the mourners or the procession etc. This time I suspect they (if they do protest) will have crossed the line!
Americans troops are greatly respected by the nation, as are their children.
This event has unfolded to people who witnessed the pain and sorrow of all involved. There is anger untold in the people and their emotions and how they may react! WBC may be pushing the wrong buttons this time! I wouldn’t wish to be there… because this time I fear consequences in reaction to their presence.
With regard to Anonymous, I can’t condone their actions… but in this case I certainly don’t condemn them! WBC are the masters and manipulators of their own fate what ever, and deservedly so!
What’s not to condone? They should have posted the pictures and addresses of every single one of them. Perhaps then anonymous could have done something useful for a change.
What’s not to condone is hacking in general… but as I said I show little sympathy in this case.
Further to your comments Mooz has actually done home work and provided the following link, other than pictures it contains a great deal of information to address your comment!
I don’t really care about hacking provided its for a good cause. The Phelps family and their ilk are lawyers for a very good reason. In this case the structures designed to deal with such methods are flawed and serve only to shackle any attempt to deal with the problem. Anonymous have gone above and beyond the law – good for them. It wasn’t working.
Honestly I find the WBC funny. They go beyond the absurd I can’t help but laugh.
Those attending the funerals that the WBC picket with placards saying the mourners’ loved ones are burning in hell probably don’t find them as funny as you do.
Lloyd… I certainly agree that they are beyond the absurd, funny on the other hand not! I encourage you to read about Mathew Shepperd of Laramie, Wyoming. A young gay man who died a horrible beating and left tied to a fence to die! then go to the many clips of WBC in the earliest of their protests at his funeral which you can find on You Tube… No… WBC are NOT! funny in the least
WBC must be an example of just how evil, callous and stupid people can become under the influence of fundamentalist religion.
And the fact that the law allows them to picket funerals under the banner of “freedom of speech” is appalling.
Pink News: you have a great publication. But is there any chance you could pay a bit more attention to editing and proof-reading, to correct spelling, typos, and most importantly, syntactic errors?
Under the caption for this article, you write: “Anonymous says it hates Westboro Baptist Church as much as it hates gay people.” I was initially taken aback, because I assumed that meant Anonymous were a homophobic outfit, which I was shocked to read. Then I realised you probably meant to say, “Anonymous says it hates Westboro Baptist Church as much as the church hates gay people.”
Quite a big difference.
You beat me to it about the ambiguous caption!
PN needs a better poof reader… :-)
I think they need a proofreader, period. I’ve seen too many mistakes across their articles to accept that a professional proofreader could possibly miss so much. What I suspect is that the writers are proofreading their own articles and it’s particularly easy to miss your own mistakes.
Well, I’m a professional proofreader and available for hire, Pink News. ;)
How to troll a troll.
This is what Anonymous released:
Westboro Baptist Church
3701 SW 12th St
Topeka, KS 66604
Fred W. Phelps Sr., cell phone (785) 272-4135
Fred Phelps, Jr. (785) 273-0529
Benjamin Phelps (785) 273-0277 – (785) 273-1080
Shirley Roper (785) 272-8559
Charles Hockenbarger (785) 232-2485
Fax for Charles Hockenbarger (785) 233-4162
Phelps Family Law Office (785) 233-0766
Fax for Phelps Family Law Office (785) 969-9017
Raising a toast for Anonymous.
Let them picket, but arm the parents.
I don’t know who these Anonymous folks are, but from all I’ve read, I genuinely like and respect them. More power to ‘ em, I say….
This would be a new all time low for the WBC.
Is there no depth to which they would sink in the search for self publicity?
Anonymous is fantastic. Let’s be honest, if any of us had the computer skills that this lot had we’d all be hacking!
“Anonymous says it hates Westboro Baptist Church as much as it hates gay people”
Copy editors – that statement makes it sound as if Anonymous hates gays. Better copy would be “Anonymous says it hates Westboro Baptist Church as much as they hate gays.”
Ah, the furious cries of desperation screeched by theofascist lunatics starved of attention…
Man, I hope the Phelps have a dog…
Since when has Anonymous cared about the army or the bible? This is very populist by their standards.
(btw this video screams at you a bit at the end)
They say that the Anonymous people are really Christians who are attacking WBC because they give Christians like them a bad name.
James Park needs to proofread his work. Not a very good writer.
So glad these people exist! They show what it really means to be hateful. The rest realize how nasty they are and how nasty they themselves can be / have been / are. Then the change happens…