Via Litbrit, we learn:
Anonymous has set their aim on the “graceless sociopaths” of Westboro Baptist Church, demands the organization stop, or face the hackers’ wrath.
My first thought was Happy Birthday to me! It’s not my birthday. My second thought was something about how it was about time someone took those ghoulish fuckers at Westboro Baptist downtown but not me because I’m trying to think peaceful thoughts. How about you, Godzilla?
Sweet – and my hands are clean. The Westboro Baptist fuckers: they’re true believers and their belief is tolerance of all things gay is bringing God’s wrath down on America. Who doesn’t think the same thing, except for the “belief” and the “all things gay” and that part about “God’s wrath”, but essentially those sadistic fuckers who bring their children along to the traditional picketing-of-the-military-funerals fun sound so normal you could almost mistake them your local PTA zealots or those true believers of the Condo Association, right? Yeah. I get confused. But here’s the thing: as much as I wish the Westboro Baptist fuckers would take up a new hobby that actually makes the world a better place by, say, making the world a better place, they have a Constitutional protected right to be the fuckers they are and say the things they say. I don’t have to like it.
In the article, however, one finds a little extra annoying carnage: the open letter to Westboro Baptist from Anonymous demonstrates a little me-thee problem.
Being such aggressive proponents for the Freedom of Speech & Freedom of Information as we are, we have hitherto allowed you to continue preaching your benighted gospel of hatred and your theatrical exhibitions of, not only your fascist views, but your utter lack of Christ-like attributes. You have condemned the men and women who serve, fight, and perish in the armed forces of your nation; you have prayed for and celebrated the deaths of young children, who are without fault; you have stood outside the United States National Holocaust Museum, condemning the men, women, and children who, despite their innocence, were annihilated by a tyrannical embodiment of fascism and unsubstantiated repugnance. Rather than allowing the deceased some degree of peace and respect, you instead choose to torment, harass, and assault those who grieve.
Yes, those Westboro Baptist fuckers did those things. Yep, yep, yep.
Your demonstrations and your unrelenting cascade of disparaging slurs, unfounded judgments, and prejudicial innuendos, which apparently apply to every individual numbered amongst the race of Man – except for yourselves – has frequently crossed the line which separates Freedom of Speech from deliberately utilizing the same tactics and methods of intimidation and mental & emotional abuse that have been previously exploited and employed by tyrants and dictators, fascists and terrorist organizations throughout history.
ANONYMOUS cannot abide this behavior any longer. The time for us to be idle spectators in your inhumane treatment of fellow Man has reached its apex, and we shall now be moved to action. Thus, we give you a warning: Cease & desist your protest campaign in the year 2011, return to your homes in Kansas, & close your public Web sites.
I love Anonymous. In a short time, it’s grown from a little guy in a too-big Batman suit to a too-big guy in a Star Trek security suit. Hackers for free speech can’t silence detestable free speech. That’s like matter and anti-matter choosing a china pattern at Crackpottery Barn.
Westboro Baptist as a group is really, really small. Most of their disgusting protests are comprised of fewer than 10 starkly unattractive bigots. I’m not saying they’re harmless, but they sure could benefit from quitting the Flowbee and visiting hairdressers.
I think we can all agree on that.