Westboro Baptist to protest Newtown?

posted at 12:31 pm on December 16, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

As if things weren’t bad enough in Newtown, Connecticut already, word has begun circulating that they may be the recipients of some unsavory and most decidedly unwelcome “guests” today in connection with President Obama’s visit. The members of Westboro Baptist Church, (yes… those guys again) are apparently threatening to protest at the funerals of the slain children.

On Saturday, Shirley Phelps-Roper – a member of the extremely controversial Westboro Baptist Church – messaged with a tweet on the social media platform of Twitter:

Westboro will picket Sandy Hook Elementary School to sing praise to God for the glory of his work in executing his judgment.

The message on Twitter was sent the day after 20 children and six adults were killed by Adam Lanza in the horrific massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

Words simply can not describe how disgusting this would be nor the possible reaction to it. But the Westboro clan won’t have all smooth sailing. Members of Reddit are planning a counter-march to block them if they show up. The Phelps folk have attracted some enemies of their own as well, including one of the most odd pairings I can recall seeing. The hacker group Anonymous has set their sights on Westboro, already hacking their web site and releasing the personal details of their members.

The hacking collective known as Anonymous renewed their war on the Westboro Baptist Church today. After the haters from the infamous church posted their intentions to picket the funerals of the twenty children killed in the shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, Anonymous responded by re-posting the personal and professional information for members of the church on the Internet. Now the general public can contact the church members directly and tell them what they think about people who would desecrate the funerals of murdered children.

No matter how revolting this entire situation becomes, I still have one question about the key players here. Does the Baptist Church have any measure of control over who uses their name? I know that when there is a new Catholic church erected, closed or moved, there’s a rather lengthy process involved so they maintain some level of control over their locations. Do the Baptists have nothing similar, or can just anyone go throw a sign up on their garage proclaiming it a Baptist Church and begin slaughtering chickens? It just seems to me that they would have distanced themselves entirely from these Phelps idiots by now if they have any control over it.

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“Have you no shame?’

Well, Jazz Shaw, have you no shame for giving these pukes mention. Have you no shame for bringing it up in the first place. The whole country has noticed with many comments on the outrageousness of the mainstream media in handling this tragedy. This was your chance to stand up and be counted as a journalist with real historic competence. Oh well.

Old Country Boy on December 17, 2012 at 8:31 PM

Look for a biker group to take out the trash.

If Phelps’ group does this, there WILL be a beat-down. Bikers will just barely put up with this nonsense at soldiers’ funerals. When it comes to kids, this will go badly.

The local cops may be just a litle too busy that day to provide security. I could only hope.

NoPain on December 17, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Westboro Baptist is only a church in name. In practice, it seems to be a pack of attorneys working a scam to get rich.

Here’s how it works:

(1) They know 1st Amendment law inside and out.
(2) They publicly say the most inflammatory things they can think of — but avoid saying a single word that is not fully protected speech. They never, ever attack anyone personally.
(3) They picket all over the country, selecting the most inflammatory slogans for each event and location.
(4) They get attacked.
(5) They sue their attackers — and win.

These are scumbags taking advantage of the chinks in the law. They mostly likely do not believe the things they say. Mr. Phelps’ past, the fact that they’re attorneys, and their amorality regarding the abuse of the legal system, suggests “progressive,” but doesn’t prove it.

Here’s a pair of articles suggesting how they’re getting away with it.



philwynk on December 18, 2012 at 8:29 AM

Inclusiveness and diversity demands that we embrace the horror that is Westboro.
If we’re going down the road of inclusiveness and diversity, let’s stay on the path.

J_Crater on December 18, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Dear God:
How could you allow this monster to come into our school and slaughter our babies like this?

To which God replied:
You can’t hang this one on me, I’m not allowed in YOUR schools.

Pole-Cat on December 17, 2012 at 2:17 PM

THIS!!! A thousand times elevnty!11!

AH_C on December 18, 2012 at 3:26 PM

You can’t hang this one on me, I’m not allowed in YOUR schools.

Pole-Cat on December 17, 2012 at 2:17 PM

THIS!!! A thousand times elevnty!11!

AH_C on December 18, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Exactly. A nation that is ‘too smart’ for God can hardly expect Him to always come and bail them out from the consequences of their own ‘smarts’.

MelonCollie on December 19, 2012 at 8:48 AM