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Westboro Baptist Church Decides Against Protest of Reddit Co-Founder Funeral

Following the suicide of Reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz, hacktivist group Anonymous vowed to halt picketing efforts of the Westboro Baptist Church. The church was threatening to picket the funeral of Swartz on Tuesday. Members of the group Anonymous along with other supporters arrived to prevent a picket, but no one from the church was to be found.

In a press release called “GOD H8S Cyber Criminal THUGS,” Westboro Baptist Church said the following:

“Cyber criminals are the latest face of this nation’s and this world’s raging at God and His Servants at WBC. Now the gloves are off, cyber rebels! … We will picket the funeral, the LORD willing, so that in that Great Day of His Wrath, your blood is not on our hands.”

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A large crowd arrived at the funeral home, located in Highland Park, Illinois, to protect the funeral procession from members of the Westboro Baptist Church. A lawyer for the church contacted police to let them know that they would not be protesting the funeral.

A video was posted to YouTube by ChannelZeroYT11 that said Anonymous would block attempts of Westboro Baptist Church to picket the funeral.

“Before discussing the operation, there is something that needs to be said to Aaron’s family and his friends: We’re sorry,” says the Anonymous statement. “It is likely that our continuous condemnation and attacks against this cult is the very reason Aaron is being targeted by them. We would do anything to stop them from attending Aaron’s services. Aaron deserves peace and we will not allow this cult to overpower what should be the media’s focus, the monsters at DOJ who ruthlessly targeted your son.”

Swartz committed suicide on January 11 and had been charged with felony hacking for allegedly stealing five million academic articles from JSTOR. In September of 2012 he pled not guilty, but still faced a possible sentence of prison time.

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  • David Hollenshead

    Why doesn’t the media cover the wbc’s “apparent” child abuse and endangerment?

    Help stop the wbc’s “apparent” Child Abuse, as children are not a “human shield”, for their extreme hate campaign. The reason for their offensive “picketing” is that they want the U.S. to make being homosexual a Capital Crime.

    Young children should not be taught: that “god hates”,
    that it is okay to celebrate the death of children at Sandy Hook,
    how Fred believes gay men have sex,
    or that everyone who does not join the wbc will go to hell.

    Please visit facebook.com/WestboroBaptistChurchsApparentChildAbuse
    use [ Sign the Petition ] to go straight to the petition,
    use [ Menu / Site Map ] to view articles in the media.

  • Krymsun

    The members of the Westboro Baptist Church do have a constitutional right to free speech, however even this right has limits; an example is that no one may yell ‘FIRE!’ in a crowded theater.

    There is another section of the Constitution: “Title 18, Part I, Chapter 115, § 2381. Treason
    Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.”

    aid and comfort to the enemy: Any act that deliberately strengthens or tends to strengthen enemies of the United States, or that weakens or tends to weaken the power of the United States to resist and attack such enemies is characterized as aid and comfort.
    Oran’s Dictionary of the Law (1983) defines treason as “…[a]…citizen’s actions to help a foreign government overthrow, make war against, or seriously injure the [parent nation].”

    Can anyone seriously argue that the statements and actions of this hate group do not seriously injure America, to say nothing of the grieving families of loved ones whose funeral is picketed by WBC?
    Charge them with treason, convict them, and make an example of at least one by execution.

    Secondly, Libel and slander are both forms of defamation. Defamation is a common law tort (a civil wrong), governed by state law, in which an individual makes a “publication” of a defamatory statement of and concerning the plaintiff that damages the reputation of the plaintiff.
    The distinction between slander and libel comes in the form of the publication.

    Slander involves the oral “publication” of a defamatory remark that is heard by another, which injures the subject’s reputation or character.
    Slander can occur through the use of a hand gesture or verbal communication that is not recorded.
    Libel, on the other hand, is the written “publication” of a defamatory remark that has the tendency to injure another’s reputation or character. Libel also includes a publication on radio, audio or video. Even though this would be considered oral, or verbal, communication to someone it is actually considered to be libel because it is published in a transfixed form.

    Seems to me that they, individually or collectively, could (should?) be sued for libel.

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