Cease and desist from Anonymous to Westboro Baptist Church

I'm not how sure how legitimate this is, but it looks like Anonymous is going to target Westboro Baptist Church if they don't stop their hate campaigns.

I'm torn on this issue. I stand with Westboro in that they deserve their right to Free Speech as much as anyone else. But they are clearly evil, and a force for bigotry and nearly everything I stand against.

Is cheering on Anonymous hypocritical? I haven't made my mind up, so let's talk about it.





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Stephan - What is your source for this information. I attempted to find it but was unsuccessful. All of the references are either from highly unreliable sources or speak to ComicCon counter-protests in New York and California. At this point, this appears to be a hoax,
Hence why I questioned its legitimacy in the post.  Is Anon News reliable info for Anonymous?  I don't know.

WTF is 'Anonymous'?

Evil? That's a word theists use. I just think they're misguided and misinformed.

I just skimmed the letter, but if I were WBC, I'd take it as a threat and forward it to the FBI, even if it were just to be on file.

Anonymous is a hacker group.

Anonymous is a group of anonymous individuals who protest harmful groups such as the Church of Scientology and they supporters of people like Julian Assange. They are trolls yes, but they are also protestors. When they protest in public, they wear the masks from V for Vendetta to hide their identity.


They are also the ones responsible for making most memes popular.

Evil from dictionary.com


morally wrong or bad; immoral; wicked: evil deeds; an evil life.
harmful; injurious: evil laws.
characterized or accompanied by misfortune or suffering; unfortunate; disastrous: to be fallen on evil days.
due to actual or imputed bad conduct or character: an evil reputation.
marked by anger, irritability, irascibility, etc.: He is known for his evil disposition.
There are of course religious uses for the word too, but just because the religious use it doesn't mean we should abandon the term when it fits.  I find them immoral, harmful, bad of character and conduct, and overly angry.  I think, for them, evil fits.

"I think, for them, evil fits."

That's fine, I just disagree. ;)

Fair enough.

I finally got to the site. Interesting enough that I am reprinting this on my blog.

Justin - Your comment epitomizes the the problem with those who read commentary and respond. as a columnist for a large city newspaper, I find that many responders who disagree with my position either have just read the headline or "skimmed" the article, as you said you did. The unfortunate side affect is that these responders lack any skills in critical thinking. And, yes, I am including you in this group.

For example, did you know that WBC spends close to $250,000 a year for their travels to dishonor those who "gave the last full measure of devotion – that we highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain; that this nation shall have a new birth of freedom; and that this government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from this earth." (A. Lincoln)

given their last true divosion for their country?

Skimming an article has the 'side affect' of a lack of critical thinking skills? Maybe you should take another look at that and see if it makes sense. Hmm, I think not. I'm also not sure that the word you want to use there is 'effect', but I digress.


I'm not sure what was so disagreeable about what I said or even what your position is that I disagreed with. So let's review.


I'm familiar enough with WBC, I think, to make some statements about them. To my knowledge it's a 'church' comprised primarily of members and extended members of one family who gets a lot of press for going to various functions and saying 'God hates X' and 'God hates Y'. I don't think they threaten anyone personally, or do any damage to property, or do anything illegal, for that matter. Are they loud, rude, obnoxious people who show up unwanted and uncalled for at functions, yeah. But I don't advocate anyone threatening them for what they say, just as I wouldn't want that for myself if I decided to speak my mind in public. Do you disagree?


Why would I care how much WBC spends, and how is that relavent to someone sending them a threatening note?


What is your 'position' that I disagree with that shows a lack of critical thinking skills?

More to the point, I don't see how 'critical thinking' enters into it, at all.  It's a purely knowledge-based issue he's having with you.  I have no idea what he was getting at.

For those wondering who Anonymous is, here's their Wikipedia article:






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