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Westboro Baptist Church says it will picket at Sandy Hook funerals

Sunday, December 16, 2012

The Westboro Baptist Church, home of anti-gay extremists and the “Gods Hate Fags” fundamentalist movement, announced via Twitter on Sunday plans to picket at the scene of the Newtown, Conn., elementary school shooting that occurred Friday.

Shirley Phelps-Roper, daughter of WBC founder and pastor Fred Phelps, tweeted Sunday, “Westboro will picket Sandy Hook Elementary School to sing praise to God for the glory of his work in executing his judgment.”

It is unclear if WBC members will actually be present, as the group is known for planning pickets and then not showing up, as they did after the Aurora, Colo., shooting earlier this year.

The internet hacker collective known as Anonymous was swift to respond to WBC’s announcement by bringing down the group’s “God Hates Fags” website, and subsequently released private information of Westboro members, including email addresses, phone numbers and home addresses.

Based in Topeka, Kan., the Westboro church is not affiliated with the Baptist denomination or any other Baptist church. According to news reports, almost all of its members — fewer than 100 — are related to founder Fred Phelps either by blood or marriage.

The hate group is best known for its protest of the funerals of U.S. service members, and first came into the national spotlight in 1998, when it picketed at the funeral of Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old gay man who was brutally attacked on the night of October 6, 1998, then tied to a fence and left to die.

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  1. Those people are fucking sick. I hope they get theirs one day.

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 1:44pm
  2. I’m not one bit surprised. Why can’t a shooter and kill all them. I’m not sure anyone would be upset.

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 1:46pm
  3. Just fucking shoot them in the head and it will be over with. i am lucky i live in England

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 1:46pm
  4. They will. It’s obvious they have a lot of hatred for themselves in their hearts and want to take it out on others.. THEY ARE WHY RELIGIOUS GROUPS GET BAD NAMES.

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 1:47pm
  5. No, because the good people up there will no doubt come together to block them from view.

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 1:47pm
  6. They make my blood boil. They think THIS kind of attitude is going to ‘get them into heaven’. Please someone join me in attempting to assassinate these disgusting ‘people’. >__<

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 1:48pm
  7. I hope someone slashes their car tires, and they get thrown in jail.

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 1:51pm
  8. God i hate these fucking idiots. wish they’

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 1:51pm
  9. They should be shot !!!!! :(

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 1:52pm
  10. Un fucking believable I’m with you Lacy this has me so pissed off right now. I don’t even know if hell is a fitting place for people like them.

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 1:52pm
  11. This is really low for Westboro. They will be blocked I’m sure.

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 1:54pm
  12. Westboro Babtist Church knows nothing of God. They will rot in hell and deserve it for what they preach and express. God bless the ones affected in the hateful act at Sandy Hook.

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 1:55pm
  13. Are you freakin’ kidding me? Do these people have absolutely nothing better to do?

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 1:55pm
  14. Stop giving them attention everyone! They thrive off of the attention! If we stop giving them attention, they will cease to exist!

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 1:55pm
  15. I hope someone kicks the dogshit out of them. I really, really, really do.

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 1:55pm
  16. These people obviously have no life

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 1:56pm
  17. What do they even have to be mad about this time? Jesus fucking christ, these people are such attention whores.

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 1:56pm
  18. Let’s all agree that this isn’t about free speech…

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 1:56pm
  19. Perfect site for a drone strike!!! Westboro Craptist Church.

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 1:56pm
  20. Why am I not surprised?? *sheesh* #idiots

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 1:57pm
  21. Thanks to ‘Anonymous’ you can now let the Phelps clan precisely how you feel: http://theerant.yuku.com/reply/581478/Re-Leaked-WBC-Personal-Contact-Information#.UM4twW9jqUm

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 1:58pm
  22. publicity whores

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 1:59pm
  23. And this surprises you because………?

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 2:00pm
  24. I vote that the Westboro Baptist Church gets nuclear bombed.

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 2:00pm
  25. okay dude, what the hell.
    20 innocent 6-7 year olds were killed, and these people are gonna go protest their funeral? i mean im against the church in general. but picketing a soldiers funeral is one thing. that guy died for our country. but picketing the funeral of an innocent first grader that was murdered…you just deserve to die.

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 2:03pm
  26. Is anyone really surprised? They protest major deaths and tragedies from the news, soldier funerals, schools, and pop concerts. Is anyone surprised here?

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 2:03pm
  27. What do they possibly have to picket about there???? Seriously. I am not even christian, but isn’t it obvious if christianity is right that the shooting would have been the work of the devil and whatnot? You know, It continually surprises me that they are all still alive.

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 2:05pm
  28. so everyone rally around these families so that these sick bastards cant get even one foot near the families.

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 2:08pm
  29. God bless that hacker.

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 2:12pm
  30. See what inbreeding does? It breeds irrational hate.

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 2:12pm
  31. They truly do the work of the devil and dare to even say they do the work of God. They will rot in hell, they are blasemous, (sp) no good followers of Satan himself

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 2:13pm
  32. These assholes need to be stopped in their tracks somehow.

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 2:13pm
  33. They are a cultish family if lawyers. They make money by being hateful and abusive, trying to get people so upset they will somehow violate their rights. Then, they sue. This is their business. Ignore them. Block them at events and drown then out. But do not, for one moment be upset by any of the nasty crap they vomit. That would be crazy.

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 2:16pm
  34. I said they should be shot and have their own kind picket and rally at their funerals, oh wait no one does that to their own kind right. :/

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 2:17pm
  35. I’m cute folks from surrounding Towns will.build a wall of love. This church as they call.themselves but those calling for their deaths & violence against them how are you any better? You are spreading hate too.imho. I get they anger u. They anger me but calling for violence what does that do?

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 2:18pm
  36. for shame… for shame to protest at a funeral of little kids and those that tried to protect little kids…

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 2:22pm
  37. Wtf???? They r seriously fucked in the head I swear! 20 kids and 7 teachers were killed for no reason! I hope when their judgement day comes that they’re all condemed to HELL!!!

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 2:27pm
  38. These ppl are evil

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 2:27pm
  39. Lets hope this backfires on them and shows the world what we all know.

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 2:27pm
  40. you as a group are no better then the young man who performed this devilish act! Tell me how you can bring a sermon of hate to the children lost here not even 8 years of age!

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 2:29pm
  41. I agree w Jim Reynolds…..the sooner the better!

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 2:30pm
  42. This is complete shit, why in the hell would they do such a horrid thing, it was a shooting, small children died because of it and they are picketing it? I has nothing to do with the LGBT community at all.

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 2:33pm
  43. These are very sick individuals! They are a waste of perfectly good air! (I can only hope that someone stops that waste)

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 2:37pm
  44. …..VERY SICK PEOPLE……

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 3:04pm
  45. stupid fuckers, hope they get hit by lightening

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 3:06pm
  46. These people have no humanity.

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 3:07pm
  47. I can’t believe the audacity of these idiots.

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 3:07pm
  48. This article makes a critical statement, one I haven’t seen elsewhere:

    “Based in Topeka, Kan., the Westboro church is not affiliated with the Baptist denomination or any other Baptist church. According to news reports, almost all of its members — fewer than 100 — are related to founder Fred Phelps either by blood or marriage.”

    A buddy of mine called them an ingrown bunch of lawyers trying to make money. They certainly don’t represent Jesus! Let’s stop paying attention to these guys.

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 3:08pm
  49. This group is sick and need to be stopped! This is tragic event and this group wants to spread their beliefs/picket too cause more pain and hurt for the families of these kids that where murdered. Shame on this group!

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 3:13pm
  50. this is disgusting.

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 3:42pm
  51. Sick, twisted bastards…

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 3:43pm
  52. I don’t care who you are or what you believe…anyone who is going thru a death should legally not be allowed to have this crap happen to them. They already have enough to deal with. How dare you call yourself a “church” when all you’re doing is hurting other people instead of reaching out and helping these poor people. F-u Westboro

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 3:49pm
  53. I affirm to God I hope some group there in CT arranges to herd that evil group far far away! Maybe with pepper gas.

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 3:53pm
  54. And didn’t we know they would?

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 4:32pm
  55. ASSHOLES!

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 4:39pm
  56. Are you fucking kidding me!

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 4:40pm
  57. Are you fucking kidding me!

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 4:40pm
  58. These nut cases need to move to some other country.

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 5:01pm
  59. I keep wondering what would happen if bus loads upon bus loads of people showed up to picket them? Their so called church is really just a twisted family cult.

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 5:03pm
  60. Hello? This is a terrorist group! Why can’t people see this?

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 5:41pm
  61. Whats even sadder than them trying to picket a funeral.. is that 34 people liked this.. sad indeed

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 6:00pm
  62. I am not a biblical scholar, but I am pretty sure that it doesn’t say anywhere in the Bible that it is okay for them to act they way they do.

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 6:02pm
  63. Why hasn’t Kansas bar association disbarred those assholes yet

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 6:23pm
  64. Amazing amount of hate.

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 9:07pm
  65. Get lost Westboro and let these families grieve in private

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 10:39pm
  66. Pray for these misguided people that their creator will show them the light and and help these people spread that message.

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 12:25am
  67. Fuck Those WBC HATERS! They all need to simply fuck off and ___!

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 9:00am
  68. WTF are they serious?!

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 12:00pm