Decentralized hacktivists group “Anonymous” has once again come out in defense of those targeted by the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church.
The community of hackers told WBP, a religious group known for picketing military funerals with inflammatory signs that read “God Hates Fags,” that if they decide to protest the funerals of the three victims of the recent Boston Marathon Bombings they should expect an online attack.
“If #WBC protests the Boston funerals, they will have to expect us,” the group tweeted from its official account on April 15, two minutes before midnight.
That tweet was in response to another by WBP earlier that day:
“Westboro Baptist Church to picket funerals of those dead by Boston Bombs! GOD SENT THE BOMBS IN FURY OVER FAG MARRIAGE!” the church tweeted.
WBP doubled down the dare with a similar tweet today (April 16) that read in part: “Massachusetts invited this special wrath from God Almighty when it was the first state to pass same-sex marriage on May 17, 2004.”
Last year, Anonymous put words to action after WBC threatened to picket the funerals of children killed in the Newtown, Conn. massacree, where a 20-year-old shot and killed 20 children and six adult staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
The hacktivists published WBC group members personal information online, took over the website and hacked the Twitter account of one of its church members.