Anonymous responded to the Westboro Baptist Church’s plan to picket the funerals of the Charleston shooting victims by launching an operation aimed at shutting down the hate group.
In a press release, Anonymous explained why they are coming after the Westboro Baptist Church, “The so-called Westboro Baptist Church is not actually a church at all. Rather, it is a small but well-funded and highly organized hate group. It’s core leadership and membership consists of a single family, the Phelps. They specialize in picketing funerals and spewing their unique and disgusting brand of hate, disturbing grieving family members and the public in their time of loss. Over the past approximately five years, Anonymous has confronted them several times, both online and on the ground – over their announced plan to picket certain funerals. In each and every case, our combined cyber and ground operations were enough to cause the WBC to cancel their plans to picket entirely. In addition, these Anonymous campaigns have decimated the membership ranks of the Westboro Baptist Church, and cost them tens of thousands of dollars in damages to their cyber infrastructure. But this can never be taken for granted. And so when the Westboro Baptist Church recently announced their plans to picket at least some of the upcoming funerals in South Carolina for the “Charleston 9″, Anonymous once again moved into action.”
The group offered a message to the grieving people of Charleston, “We ask that you put these hateful people from your mind entirely. Anonymous has this for you. We know how to deal with these animals, and we will do so. Forget them. Let us handle this for you as our gift of condolence for your unspeakable loss.”
Anonymous also issued a final warning to WBC:
We are coming for you. We will defeat you just as we always have. Your best bet is to stop this foolishness at once. We know you will not, so you can fucking….EXPECT US.
The Westboro Baptist Church is planning on picketing the funerals of the Charleston shooting victims because in their warped view Rev. and state Sen. Clementa Pinckney “did an evil thing” when he attended a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton. The WBC is picketing the funerals as a warning to people to stay away from Hillary Clinton fundraisers.
WBC has never been above exploiting the pain and misery of a community to push their hate-filled agenda. Anonymous would be doing the world a favor by successfully shutting down the Westboro Baptist Church.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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