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. We have always regarded you and your ilk as an assembly of graceless sociopaths and maniacal chauvinists & religious zealots, however benign, who act out for the sake of attention & in the name of religion.
ANONYMOUS cannot abide this behavior any longer. The time for us to be idle spectators in your inhumane treatment of fellow Man has reached its apex, and we shall now be moved to action. 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.
Unbelievably, Westboro did not respond by shutting down its web site, or swearing never to protest another soldier's funeral. The 24-year-old granddaughter of Westboro founder Fred Phelps, Megan Phelps-Roper instantly shot back on Twitter:
And later, Westboro issued their own hilarious open letter:
A puddle of pimple-faced nerds organized under the cowardly banner of "Anonymous" claim they plan to hack Westboro's Websites… Bad miscalculation, girls!
Let us tell you how this will go: rebels will build a full head of steam based on false hope; the media will predictably do much breathless anticipating while giving another tsunami of coverage to Westboro's message; God will defeat your council; your efforts will fail.
Now that the gauntlet has been thrown, though, Anonymous must wrestle with the Westboro problem. In the chatroom discussing a potential Operation Westboro, opinion is divided. Some urge a full-on attack on Westboro's website, godhatesfags.com : "Defacing their website does seem like a good thing to start off with… 'Just kidding. God LOVES fags.'"
Others realize the self-defeating nature of an attack on Westboro: "going to go with the, no to opwestboro, they're just protestfags who are really good at using the same troll line on the right people to get a reaction. we've got better shit to do." (That "better shit" would be operations in support of protests in Bahrain and Libya.)
An Anonymous associate we spoke with seemed uncertain if anything will come of the war of words. "I think at this point its just mud slinging. Typical Trolls Trolling Trolls moment. But after Megan called them out they might do something now."
Eh, should be more entertaining than protesting a soldiers' funeral.
Update: according to a new press release, Anonymous is actually not attacking Westboro because... some reason.