Don’t Spread Hate
In the aftermath of the horrible shooting tragedy in Newtown, CT the Westboro Baptist Church — a Hate Cult posing as “Christian Soldiers” while operating under a tax-exempt status out of their stronghold complex in Topeka, KS — declared their intention to travel to Newtown to picket the funerals of the victims and to “sing praise to God for the glory of his work in executing his judgment.”
Hacktivist group Anonymous immediately went on the offensive against the WBC — not for the first time this year — by releasing an extensive document containing personal information of every person involved in the group’s hierarchy. Releasing such information is tantamount to encouraging harassment of every member of this group. Despite the abject loathing I have for this group, I do not condone reacting to them in a harassing matter. As deeply misguided and blindly uneducated as their stances are, and as vitriolic as their rhetoric is, waging war against them in such fashion only enables them to view such an assault as justification for their cause. Their religious fervor combines with their abject idiocy and unconscionable bigotry to become a self-sustaining group sociopathy; any attempt to attack the group behavior only strengthens their delusions. The only way to treat this disease is not to feed it but instead to starve it out.
To that end, Anonymous also started a White House petition to have the WBC labelled as a Hate Group. As of this writing this petition has received nearly 175,000 signatures, 150,000 more than is required for the current administration to review and consider the petition. This petition remains open until January 13 — 30 days beyond the day it was started — which allows a significant amount of time for more signatures to be placed. The reclassification of the WBC could pave the way to revocation of the group’s IRS Tax-exempt status, although this is a legally grey area, as the IRS is not necessarily beholden to Congress on matter of tax-exemption. Should this status be revoked, and possibly applied retroactively, it would severely impair the groups ability to continue their shameful, hateful behavior.
Please join me in this fight and add your signature to the petition. At the current pace, the petition could top 2 Million signatures! Such a response is both surely unprecedented.
Stay SINful, friends.