Friday, February 25, 2011

Server not found: Fred Phelps' Website Has Been Hacked

Shirley Roper-Phelps, a prominent member of th...Image via WikipediaThe Washington post has confirmed that the website of the homophobic Westboro Baptists Church ( was shut down by the hacktivist group ANONYMOUS on Thursday.

I checked it out myself yesterday and the site is indeed down. What comes up on Google is the site name with the message, "Site of anti-homosexual propagandist Fred Phelps of Topeka, Kansas." When I clicked the link, I got the error message "Server not found".

It's been a bizarre week of back and forth accusations between the two groups after a post appeared on the ANONYMOUS website saying they'd had enough of Westboro's hate speech and picketing the funerals of children and would take out their website if they did not cease and desist their hateful activities this year. 

The official response from the Phelps klan was "Bring it!"

ANONYMOUS denied posting the threat on their message board and accused Westboro of planting the post in order to gain publicity.

The Post reports:
However, just days later, Anonymous did, in fact, attack the site. During a live radio interview, a member of Anonymous challenged Westboro spokeswoman Shirley Phelps-Roper, daughter of Pastor Fred Waldron Phelps, on the origins of the first press release. Anonymous then said the group had tired of the Westboro Baptist Church's antics and broken into the site.

"Take this defacement as a simple warning: go away. The world (including Anonymous) disagrees with your hateful messages," a letter posted to the Westboro Baptist Church's Web site read.

Phelps-Roper shrugged off the attack, "You cannot shut us up."
Well, boys and girls, it seems you can shut them up, at least temporarily. However, it's a safe bet that we haven't heard the last of these unAmerican homo-haters, not by a long shot.
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