Rumor: Westboro Baptist Church to picket Sandy Hook funerals

Members of the Westboro Baptist Church plan to picket Sandy Hook Elementary funerals.



As many people around the world mourned the victims of the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School (learn more about the tragedy), the controversial Westboro Baptist Church announced plans to picket funerals in Newtown, Conn.

Shirley Phelps-Roper, a spokesperson for the Kansas-based church, tweeted the organization’s intent, CBS and The Huffington Post reported. The church reportedly planned to “sing praise to God for the glory of his work in executing his judgment.”

The anti-gay organization (read about the group's other protests) has released statements saying the fatal shooting of six adults and 20 children was God’s way of punishing America for its acceptance of gays and lesbians.

Westboro protest thwarted by good Samaritans

Motorcyclists lined up Wednesday to protest the possible protesters. "All these guys see us and think we're bad. We're not. It's solidarity is what it is," New York native Jim Hannigan told Newtown Patch. "I just felt I had to be here."

The Newtown Patch reported later Wednesday that those offering to block any Westboro Baptist Church protesters from the victims' families are leaving because the Baptist group has left the area.

Hackers also target Westboro

According to CNN, Internet hacker activists known as Anonymous retaliated against the church by publishing what it claims to be the private email addresses, phone numbers and home addresses of church members. Forbes also reports that Anonymous hacktivists appear to have taken down Westboro's website.

See what new measures aim to silence them for good.



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