Hackers warn anti-gay Westboro Baptist: Stop or else.

Mon. February 21, 2011 11:40 AM by GoPride.com News Staff

Topeka, Ks. - Updated: A loosely organized group of hackers might be warning the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church and its minister, Fred Phelps: Shut up, or you will be very sorry.

Westboro Baptist operates a website, godhatesfags.com, and is known for carrying viciously homophobic signs at the funerals of U.S. servicemen and also at gay events.

The hackers, who call themselves "Anonymous," posted this letter on their website:

"We, the collective super-consciousness known as ANONYMOUS - the Voice of Free Speech & the Advocate of the People - have long heard you issue your venomous statements of hatred, and we have witnessed your flagrant and absurd displays of inimitable bigotry and intolerant fanaticism.

"ANONYMOUS cannot abide this behavior any longer. 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.

"Should you ignore this warning, you will meet with the vicious retaliatory arm of ANONYMOUS: We will target your public Websites, and the propaganda & detestable doctrine that you promote will be eradicated; the damage incurred will be irreversible, and neither your institution nor your congregation will ever be able to fully recover."

"Anonymous" is not a lark; they successfully helped crash several Egyptian government websites during the uprising there. They also recently attacked Amazon and Paypal to draw attention to Wikileaks.

2/22 Update: Keeping in mind that "Anonymous" is a group of hackers, and not necessarily a group that keeps regular hours with a secretary keeping minutes of the meetings, there seems to be some debate among the hackers themselves as to whether Westboro Baptist is currently a good target:

"We must resist our urge to smash the crap out of anything that moves, like the troll," reads a new press release on their website. "A successful troll waits under the bridge, not to kill anyone who passes by, but only to kill the fattest one that passes by at the right time. The WBC is naught but a small fry, compared to the other things that have crossed the bridge which Anonymous has camped under, and they should thusly be allowed to pass unmolested so that they have a chance to grow."

You can go to the Anonymous website and judge for yourself.