Anonymous hacktivists target the Westboro Baptist Church after members announce plans to picket Sandy Hook Elementary School, where a gunman killed 20 school children and six adults on Friday, Dec. 14.
On Saturday, Dec. 15, Shirley Phelps-Roperannounced that the Westboro Baptist Church would picket Sandy Hook Elementary School located in Newtown, Connecticut, with the following tweet:
Westboro will picket Sandy Hook Elementary School to sing praise to God for the glory of his work in executing his judgment.
In response, Anonymous released the personal contact information of members of the Westboro Baptist Church, including the home address, email address and phone number of numerous church members.
Preaching a hate filled gospel so obnoxious most Christians reject their teaching, the Westboro Baptist Church is an anti-gay Christian fundamentalist church notorious for its “God Hates Fags” signs and the picketing of soldiers’ funerals.
In addition to the release of personal information belonging to the church, Anonymous is also promoting a petition at whitehouse.gov asking the Obama administration to legally recognize the Westboro Baptist Church as a hate group. The petition notes that the church “has been recognized as a hate group by organizations, such as The Southern Poverty Law Center, and has repeatedly displayed the actions typical of hate groups.”
Promoting the petition, Anonymous @YourAnonNews sent the following tweet Saturday night:
If the #US govt were to officially recognize the #WBC as a hate group, maybe they would finally lose their tax exempt status.
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