Westboro Baptist hacked for planned Sandy Hook protests

newtown-shrineTwitter has suspended an account linked to Westboro Baptist Church, either for messages detailing the group’s plan to picket the funerals of those killed Friday in the Connecticut school shootings or because the account has been hacked by the group Anonymous.

The URL for Westboro’s Twitter feed only says the account of  church spokesman Shirley Phelps-Roper has been suspended.

Phelps-Roper, hours after the shootings in Newtown, Conn., tweeted “‘Westboro will picket Sandy Hook Elementary School to sing praise to God for the glory of his work in executing his judgment.”

Westboro Baptist, which has just a handful of members in Topeka, Kan., has been in the news before, of course. It first gained notoriety for anti-gay protests at the funerals of U.S. soldiers.

Anonymous hackers must have been displeased, reports are the group hacked the church’s website — godhatesfags.com — and took control of Phelps-Roper’s @DearShirley Twitter account.

Examiner.com reports the hack is the work of a 15-year-old who goes by the name CosmoTheGod. The California teen is already on probation for hacking NASDAQ, so he might want to enjoy the online accolades while he’s still allowed to look at a computer screen.

The hacking group had recently published private emails, home addresses, phone numbers and social security numbers of Westboro members.

The hackers also want the White House to declare Westboro a hate group. An online petition has 183,000 signatures in four days.

Slate says the urge to cheer for Anonymous should be contained.

“Westboro may be the closest thing to an embodiment of evil that we have handy,” writes Will Oremus, but the tiny church is “best ignored.”

Meanwhile, residents of Newtown, Conn., many of whom are preparing for the funerals of 20 children and six adults, have created a Facebook page where they are making plans to block church members from picketing near mourners.

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Class of '98

December 18th, 2012
1:36 pm

The only thing that “God’s judgment” had to do with the Sandy Creek massacre was that He gave human beings the gift of free will. The rest was done by a deranged loser.


December 18th, 2012
1:51 pm

You might want to check your facts before writing nonsense you buffoon, CosmoTheGod is not responsible for this hack….do you honestly thing he would use the same handle if he was>????? Ignorant media n00bs always rushing out stories without verifying things…..


December 18th, 2012
1:59 pm

Way to go George Mathis, you blew the breaking story by scrambling the facts as usual. I wish you bozo’s over at AJC had an XBox or something to play with over there to keep you occupied. Why not go out on the street and find something productive to do with your life?


December 18th, 2012
1:59 pm

@poop stain. um I think class ‘98 read the entire article more closely than you did. God’s judgement is clearly what westboro claims to bring. The hackers name was cosmothegod. what is this buffoonery, sir?

Northof 100

December 18th, 2012
2:02 pm

God gives free will???
What do you call prayer??? Are you not asking God to change the course of events to suit your desires and wishes? By answering your prayer, God undeniably changes the course of natural events thus altering someone else’s ability to choose freely? Try praying for no more massacres and tell me how that works out. Your God and all Gods are impotent. So, continue to pray to God who didn’t act, can’t ac, or doesn’t exist. Billions of non-Christians do good works daily. Being good (or bad) is exclusive of any deity. Try being good for goodness sake, not for some reward in the sky you see fit to come your way when you die.


December 18th, 2012
2:02 pm

@PoopStain —– check yourself darling. The writer DOES have the facts correct and this delinquent CosmoTheGod idiot IS responsible for the illegal hacking. Ignorant blogsters rushing to post without knowing what they are talking about.


December 18th, 2012
2:07 pm

I’ve never had the unfortunate luck to run across those protesters at a funeral before. I know that if I did, I would likely not reply to them in a peaceful, federally protected manner (a squirrel jumped out in front of my car Officer). So if anonymous puts their collective knowledge to use in smacking these people down a peg or two, then all I want to know is how I can donate to help them do it.


December 18th, 2012
2:12 pm

Something needs to be done so this nasty group can shut up, and go away!

Sheila Woods

December 18th, 2012
2:20 pm

Only someone who is either diranged or pure evil would show up at what is proably the most horiffic day of their lives for these parents and spouse and family of those slained to protest. They should be arrested as soon as they begin to proceed. Please let these parents and other buried their love ones in peace. As a Christian I belive those children and educators went straight to heaven. Could it be that this happen to open our eyes to gun control or gun out of control people.


December 18th, 2012
2:32 pm

@poopstain, Mr. Mathis was reporting what Examiner.com is reporting . . . no where in the article does he try to take credit for cosmoisgod . . so before you rail, you might want to read and more importantly think :)


December 18th, 2012
2:39 pm

26 innocent people were murdered. Some idiot group is going to “protest” – protest what? Funerals for the innocent? If they are trying to tell the grieving families that they should be happy and celebrating the fact that they will never see their loved ones again, I don’t think they’ll have very many takers. Shame on them all.

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December 18th, 2012
2:51 pm

Let someone go into this church with a gun, kill all of its members so the rest of society can DANCE ON THEIR GRAVES!!!!!!


December 18th, 2012
2:54 pm

I’m a Christian. The folks at Westboro are just as deranged/lost/crazy/etc. as the guy who did the shooting on Friday. They should call themselves Westboro-ians, not Christians, because they clearly don’t understand the Gospel.

(the other) Rodney

December 18th, 2012
2:54 pm

Westboro is not a church. They are a hate group masquerading as a church.

If you need proof, you can stream (on Netflix, and probably others) “Fall From Grace” – with interviews with Phelps and his brood. It took me three tries to watch it – had to keep stopping it and would come back to it later.


December 18th, 2012
2:58 pm

One of these days those idiots are going to show up at a funeral and start protesting and a grieving father or brother is going to go back to his car and get HIS automatic weapon and come back and solve THEIR problem! I doubt if there is a jury in this country that would find that father guilty of murder. I’m surprised it hasn’t happened already.

Taxi Smith

December 18th, 2012
3:02 pm

Sometimes, the right to free speech just drives you crazy. But if you shut them up…who’s next?


December 18th, 2012
3:04 pm

Northof 100: It is not that God doesn’t act or changes the course of natural events as He already knows what will happen. God did not cause this…SIN did and God will not be associated with sin. As a neophyte christian, I too have trouble wrapping my head around something as terrible and tragic as this and can’t even begin to imagine the incredible amounts of pain and suffering. However, it is times like these that God not only walks with us, but carries us, through these trying times. We just may not know it at the moment.

..and I agree with Rodney, Westboro not a church, but are a hate group and have twisted the Word to their own hateful ends.


December 18th, 2012
3:15 pm

I hate to share this, but for the sake of “shedding light” on why these wackos are protesting in Newtown, CT…here goes:

This came straight from their website!

The blood of the #Newtown dead is on the hands of every
preacher, teacher, parent & leader of Connecticut.
How many more of your children will you sacrifice to your filthy
f@g marriage?! You prove you hate your kids by making
Connecticut one of the first states to institute f@g marriage.
Marrying & giving in marriage. You marry wives (divorce &
remarriage) and give men in marriage (same-sex marriage), just as
Christ said would happen just before the time that He returns in
power and glory, taking vengeance on the disobedient (Luke 17; 2
Thes.1). The truth is, your children are better off dead, than raised
for such great wrath and destruction as you have brought to this
land. What sorrow! What lamentation! What woe! No hope for any
child of this nation outside of Westboro Baptist Church. Teach
them to fear God, or leave them to desolation, darkness &

As sure as day follows night, these people will be destroyed in the worst way.


December 18th, 2012
3:17 pm

North of 100: Not all Christians are “trying to be good” for some kind of “reward”. SOME of us are relying on our faith and what we believe to be the sacrifice (Jesus) that was made for the very fact that I cannot BE good enough to earn it. And then some of us do try to live good lives. And as a Christian, I don’t look down my nose at someone who isn’t, I don’t try to brow-beat them into believing as I do, and I don’t judge them. And I certainly don’t get on a blog and then demean them for their beliefs as you did. Try a little tolerance to go along with your ignorance.

Bill the Tool

December 18th, 2012
3:20 pm

Keep in mind, Westboro Baptist Church is not a Christian church, but a cult. I.e., charismatic leader who misinterprets and misapplies Scripture for his own personal agenda, and surrounds himself with a small group of (generally) weak-willed followers who are easy to manipulate (see David Koresh, Jim Jones).


December 18th, 2012
3:22 pm

Westboro Baptist Church is no church — it is a hate group wrapped up in religious clothing.


December 18th, 2012
3:25 pm

I’M CONCERNED ABOUT NORTHOF100 – You keep believing what you typed and when the end of time comes, don’t be surprised to realize the only thing your looking for is a drop of water to quench the thirst that 40 yards of hell will give you :) PRAYING FOR PEACE IN YOUR SOUL


December 18th, 2012
3:42 pm

LOL You are all morons…………It says it on the internet so it must be true. n00bs. I know for a FACT Cosmo had nothing to do with the hack.


December 18th, 2012
3:58 pm

If you look at the list of members of Westboro and their occupations (easy to find with a google search), you will see that several of them are lawyers and work for state or local government in Kansas, including the Kansas Department of Corrections and the Shawnee County Dept. of Corrections. Inquiring minds might want to inquire why they are allowed to continue their employment there.


December 18th, 2012
4:17 pm

As a Christian, as a Father, as a Brother, as a Son, and most of all as a human I condemn these actions. My faith comforts me in crises. If you believe that God is all powerful and the spirit of Jesus is in your life, why do you choose to bring so much additional pain into these people’s lives? Have you no humanity? Have you no soul? Have you no heart? Can you truly look into the eyes of the survivors and claim a divine calling to cause them even more suffering?

Jesus comforted the sinners. Jesus condemned the Pharisees. No Christian I know and respect would take these actions. May God have mercy on the victims, the survivors and their families. May God grant us a measure of peace and the ability to make sense of these evil acts. I want to believe that the man that pulled the trigger was mentally ill. I want to believe the members of Westboro Baptist Church are mentally ill as well. For if not, both have deliberately inflicted unbelievable pain to secure their glory. That makes those actions evil. You are in my prayers.

Sad for Newtown

December 18th, 2012
4:24 pm

The good thing is all the Westboro members will get to meet the shooter since they will all end up in the same place in the afterlife…


December 18th, 2012
5:21 pm

Don’t kid yourself that many churchgoers–especially Baptists, especially in the South—aren’t saying essentially the same things that Westboro say. They say it in their Sunday schools, church suppers, etc. They blame abortion, gay marriage, Obama, liberals–basically the same things Westboro blame. They just couch in slightly less incendiary terms. Instead of “Godhatesfags” ala Westboro, they call it “Focus on the Family” or some other drivel.
If you don’t believe this is true, then you don’t talk to many old people who attend Baptist church in Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, etc. who aren’t shy about saying what gets said there.


December 18th, 2012
5:40 pm

Although I believe in freedom of religion and speech, I do believe the Westboro group violates the privacy and freedom from oppression when they protest so rudely at funerals. This is NOT what Jesus would do. He would mourn with those that mourn and comfort those that needed comfort.

SnottyNoze Bratt

December 18th, 2012
5:48 pm

The use of censoring is dangerous. Everything about this incident is inciting foolish decisions that cannot change the way people behave. The same day these children were killed a chinese man attempted to kill children there with a knife and other groups routinely use terrible tools to do the same every year and in every country.

Knee-jerk reaction will only result in another stupid unwinable war against arms-dealer violence. There are many groups waiting in the wings to smuggle guns here as they do EVERYWHERE they are not able to simply sell them.

Insanity killed the kids and no guns won’t stop it. It will cost us just the same and engender an organized crime group who pays not taxes and STILL sells guns in the US, Not to mention our govt is currently quite fond of stepping on the constitution and gun bans will set up our childrens generation to be in the exact same position the children of syria have been in since summer with their own govt violently putting down any opposition.

Why single out this group when dozens and dozens of violent islamic groups tweet every day? What differentiates THIS group? They are the single bunch of insane’s who say they hate for christianity. Delete them all, or stop censoring what you don’t believe in.

The constitution allows for free speech. Buying into one more step of denying people the ability to speak their minds (as long as its words only) is simply another dangerous step towards totalitarianism. If the media didn’t use these deranged people in an attempt to destroy american freedoms, you would NEVER have heard of them. The media gives them a platform for clicks and for a larger purpose of putting ALL power of the american people in the hands of the 1%. That’s a global percent, not the silly idea that only repubs wish to lord over you. Obama spent his first year in power appoligizing to the world for you. Now he will spend the next destroying your freedoms in a wrong headed notion a tool destroys and not hate.


December 18th, 2012
6:05 pm

“They are the single bunch of insane’s who say they hate for christianity.”

That is far from the truth, though they might be one of the few to be totally honest about it and not hide behind euphemisms.
And yes, they have the right to free speech, but they do not have the right to say whatever they want AND work at the Kansas Dept. of Corrections, the Shawnee County Dept. of Corrections and the Topeka YMCA, to name a few of their employers. No where does such a right exist.

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December 18th, 2012
6:24 pm

The Westboro cult has the absolute right to express their opinions, and (to a point) protest near funerals on public rights-of-way….just as WE have the absolute right to ignore them. By giving them attention we empower them. Only by marginalizing their impact can they be stopped.

When they show up at a funeral, they should be surrounded by counterdemonstrators, all facing away from them and blocking them from view, holding up signs that read “The people behind us are idiots, but they have the right to protest here. Nothing to see here, move along!”

Kenneth Stepp

December 18th, 2012
6:50 pm

One word “Snipers”. Nuff said.

teaching taxpayer

December 18th, 2012
7:11 pm

If it turns out to be true that a 15-year-old who calls himself “CosmoTheGod” has hacked both Westboro and the NASDAQ, I want that youngster working in national security. I’d love to know, for example, exactly where Iran is on its nuclear program.

tex G

December 18th, 2012
7:28 pm

Dont despair, these fools will meet their bitter end.

Westboro Baptist rot in hell.

tex Ulyess

December 18th, 2012
7:30 pm

A disgrace to Baptists world wide. Stand up Baptists and condem these pukes


December 18th, 2012
7:35 pm

Declare them a hate group? um..they ARE a hate group! I live very close to where those 2 little boys lived that were hacked with an axe then set on fire by their father, who alos died in the fire..anyway, westboro was going to picket their funeral supposedly because our governor supports gay marriage. well a big bad motorcycle gang sent word out that they were going to come up here and stand guard at the funeral and if westboro showed up they would not allow it. what happened? The motorcycle gang showed up and westboro backed out and didnt show up. How have they not been catagorized as a hate group? Thats what they are! Wake up whitehouse! wake up slimey fish! People like that, if thats what we call t hem these days, should not be allowed to harass greiving families. Period! someone burn down that church already!

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December 18th, 2012
8:16 pm

Dear Westboro Baptist “Church” idiots,

If you love God as much as you claim to, why don’t you go live with Him? Now would be a good time.


Its not guns its crazy people

December 18th, 2012
8:25 pm

They are not a church group –its a club using Baptist to be tax free.. Another Jim Jones cult…..baptist don’t believe in hate, killing…this cult is the devil just like the killer that killed the Children.

Put God back into schools and teach moral and character..Adam had no consience to tell him what was right and wrong. It was a game to him..kill kill like in the games and movies. Guns was not the problem..he could have used a bomb etc…This is a wake up call to christians and USA…this country is going to hell fast if it don’t change. I have a permit to carry because of the danger on the streets..they’re alot of crazy people out there…just watch the news everyday.


December 18th, 2012
8:27 pm

If you own guns invest in a gun vault and keep it locked when you are not home.

Its not guns its crazy people

December 18th, 2012
8:28 pm

TEX…the are not Baptist…they’re just using the name. Its a cult..The Devil!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Brandt Hardin

December 18th, 2012
8:34 pm

Where in Christianity is hate-mongering an involved practice? What are Fred Phelps and the WBC afraid of anyhow? Rainbows? Unicorns? A flaming pink queer apocalypse? I attempted to address this with a portrait of the good reverend on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/03/fred-phelps-and-westboro-baptist-church.html Drop in and let me know what you think!


December 18th, 2012
8:40 pm

Since Friday morning …This pass week-end there was record number of guns sells in US..I went to gun store in Atlanta and couldn’t even get up to the counter for so many people buying….Why? because we can’t depend on the Govt and police to protect us. Congrees and Pres are not protecting us with there stupid laws..when the good people don’t have gun then it will be like Hitler again..The Founding Fathers knew what they were doing when they wrote the 2nd amendment.

Greg Camp

December 18th, 2012
8:48 pm

The big issue here is that Westboro Baptist is a cult of sick and depraved individuals who hide behind First Amendment rights to promote their agenda. They don’t just hate gay people, they hate Catholics, Jews, and Muslims as well. To picket a funeral of ANY kind is bad enough but Soldiers and children is as low as it goes. They are a HATE group and should be branded as such. For an organization to CELEBRATE the murder of innocent children and teachers qualifies them as such.


December 18th, 2012
9:16 pm

Someone needs to get rid of all the members of the Westboro Baptist Church.

Dave Francis

December 18th, 2012
9:21 pm

My son has Autism and has drawn a knife on his Mother several times. It’s very sad that the opponents of gun control dribble out of the woodwork, like the political maggots they are demanding new gun laws when there is a traumatic incident as the one in Massachusetts. However there are limits to what help you can receive from the medical profession as my family has found out. THERE IS LITTLE INTERVENTION OR ASSISTANCE TO HALT THIS TERRIBLE NEUROLOGICAL BRAIN IMBALANCE. ONCE AGAIN IT’S ALL ABOUT MONEY AND THE SILENCE FROM THE PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES WHO ARE BENEFITING FROM THIS ISSUE WITH BUCKETFUL OF DRUGS.OF COURSE THERE IS ANOTHER FACTOR THAT THE GUN ADVOCATES SAY LITTLE ABOUT, IN THAT THE DRUG COMPANIES MAY BEAR SOME RESPONSIBILITY IN THE INJECTIONS CONTAINING SMALL AMOUNTS OF TOXIC MERCURY GIVEN TO BABIES AT TIME OF BIRTH. In addition an only small contribution is evident to the growing problem of Autism, which is reaching uncomfortable proportions? More money is needed for research relating to the Autism Spectrum Disorder, which thousands of families must deal with on a daily basis. There are no guns in my household and yet I do not blame gun owners, the NRA or others who possess them to protect their families from heinous criminals who will circumvent any new gun laws.


December 18th, 2012
10:02 pm

would you bunch of na na na na boo boo’s quit !!!!!!!!!!!! ,no it did’nt, yes it did, no it did’nt yes it did…..STOP.NONE OF IT IS IMPORTANT…WHO CARES WHO IS RIGHT LET IT GO


December 19th, 2012
6:12 am

Seriously take one look at this massacre and tell me you believe in a fat guy on a cloud who knows what everyone is thinking, loves all of his children and can work miracles.

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