Anonymous vs. Westboro: A tale of two idiotic mobs
Westboro Baptist Church members are a nasty little pack of human-shaped smegma. There is, it appears, no limits to their hate, to their fear-fuelled protests in the name of God.
They’ve thanked their God for September 11, for IEDs. They’ve waved banners that say “God hates fags” and “Thank God for dead soldiers”. Their mutant brains somehow link every tragedy in the world to homosexuality.
They are somewhat obsessed with gays.
And they picket funerals. Because their God, apparently, wants them to torment bereaved families.
They threatened to attend the Newtown funerals and vigils, to target the community in its raw grief for its children.
This, they say is “to sing praise to God for the glory of his work in executing his judgment.” God sent the shooter to punish the innocent because Connecticut legalised gay marriage, you see. They wrote:
The blood of the Newtown dead is on the hands of every preacher, teacher, parent & leader of Connecticut. How many more of your children will you sacrifice to your filthy fag marriage?!
And they wrote a lot more that doesn’t bear repeating.
It’s no surprise that people feel just a little violent towards these dregs.
But should Anonymous – or, to be specific, some members of the nebulous group Anonymous - have given out their personal information?
Members allegedly released home addresses, mobile numbers and Social security numbers for leading figures of Westboro Baptist church.
Twitter quickly suspended one major account with more than 800,000 followers, telling them it was for posting other people’s private and confidential information.
Once something hits the World Wide Web, it’s out there.
There’s only one reason you’d publish someone’s phone number. There’s only one reason you’d publish someone’s address. No one will be sending Christmas cards.
As repulsive as the Westboro hate mob are, Anonymous should have stuck to what they do best, disrupting their online activities, sabotaging their websites, even naming and shaming them – because those evil little Jesusfreaks are already naming and shaming themselves.
But not telling people, all those people in a land rife with weaponry, where to find them. Not perpetuating the hate. Not, potentially, creating martyrs.
Half the battle, here, is in keeping the high moral ground.
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