Response to the Westboro Baptist Church has been swift since the organization announced on Saturday, Dec. 15 its intention to picket Sandy Hook Elementary School where a gunman killed twenty children and six adult staff members. The tragedy is being called the second-deadliest mass shooting in the history of the U.S.
Shirley Phelps-Roper, activist and Westboro spokesperson, posted the following announcement on her Twitter page; “Westboro will picket Sandy Hook Elementary School to sing praise to God for the glory of his work in executing his judgment.”
The fundamentalist group first grabbed national headlines when they protested the funeral of Matthew Shepard, a Wyoming man tortured and killed for his sexual orientation. The hate group remains in the news choosing high profile memorial services and fallen soldiers.
But the Westboro members crossed a line with the Sandy Hook Elementary School announcement.
Hacktivist Anonymous – engaged in its own personal war with WBC – was outraged, not only divulging personal and professional information of group members, but managed to shut down the group’s website.
“Just hacked Westboro’s site,” Anonymous emailed The Inquisitr.
“Freedom of speech is one thing. But freedom to hate is another. A domain such as godhatesfags.com should not exist despite rumblings of members picketing Sandy Hook. Those families have enough anguish to deal with,” The Inquisitr reported.
Anonymous delighted in tweets: “Damn it!!! My favorite site, godhatesfags.com seems down.”
“Phone numbers, and addresses, and social security numbers! Oh my!”
“WBC U MAD, BRO?“
“On a scale between one and over 9,000, how butthurt do you think WBC is?”
A personal note read: “Dear WBC, We are Anonymous, We are legion, We never forgive, We never forget, Expect us.”
With its website down WBC re-routed its message to Reddit where it could be found under username GodSentCTShooter.
Former First Lady of California Maria Shriver took a different approach reflecting on the tragic event while focusing on the heroes who emerged. Shriver pointed to Robbie Parker, father of 6-year-old daughter Emilie Alice who was not among the survivors.
“I saw this and wept. He humbled me this morning. What a leader…so inspiring. Look how yr voice can change the world.”
Shriver’s attempt fell on deaf ears. Shirley’s response: “Their blood is on his hands.