20 December 2012

Anonymous, WBC and Faith in Humanity

We watched and read. 
A nation in stunned horror and grief as we learned that 26 six innocent people had been gunned down in a school.
We cried as the names of the 6 and 7 year old kids were released.
We hugged our kids tighter, worried about sending them to school.
We reviewed safety plans at schools, and tensed when we sent them to the bus stop.
We prayed.
We sent cards and teddy bears and wrung our hands, wishing there was something, anything, that could be done.
Some people debated gun control, the lack of God in schools, the failure of the US to arm our teachers and our absolute failures in protecting our children. 
But for all of the debating and arguing and reviewing of laws... nothing can ease the sorrow of those parents, or the horror of a nation.

Then we learned that the Westboro Baptist Church was planning on protesting.
They have a right to free speech. 
What they do not have, apparently is a shred of human fucking decency.
What can you do, though? They hide behind our Constitution, and the fact that they are a religious organization. As outraged as everyone was to learn they would be there, there simply wasn't anyway to stop them. 
Legally.

The group Anonymous, apparently felt the same way. I applauded them when they released the personal information of some of the members of the church.
I laughed right out loud when someone hacked one of their Twitter accounts.
As the church websites were shut down and videos were posted by Anonymous, I gave them an "atta boy". When they released social security information and filed a death certificate for one of the members, I pretty much had a tear in my eye.

For the first time in my life I spent hours on Twitter watching the feeds and I was maybe actually crying. They posted the whereabouts of the church group, hotels and phone numbers and photos. Information flooded in and was quickly released, making it impossible for the church to keep their whereabouts secret. 
People kept the group posted, signed petitions, called the hotels and the company that hosts their website.
And as the plans to protest were finalized?
Bike clubs, 1% and otherwise, police, firefighters, citizens, and Anonymous followers, even the fucking KKK stood watch, ready and willing to help protect the families.
And the tiny spark of faith in people that started when the first Westboro website fell, swelled. 
The church left, their plans thwarted.
Anonymous continues their attacks. 
Westboro, it seems, is finished. 
They may not know it yet, but they're done. 
It may not have been entirely legal... but it needed to be done.
Anonymous, from a mother, a human being, and someone with a renewed faith in humanity...Thank you.



12 comments:

  1. Keep up the great work krissy. I always enjoy reading your very insightful, sometimes funny, sometimes serious, always entertaining writings. Best wishes to you and your family this holiday season.

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  2. I love this post and I also read about the activity of Anonymous on some of my Facebook sites. The...cough, cough...church does have freedom of speech. But they are not protected from others freedoms, too. There is a price to pay for your speech freedom and I applaud anyone who exercises that power.

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  3. If I could have one wish, it would be to witness the "Reverend" Phelps on his last day, standing before the Lord our God and attempting to justify his actions.

    I'm thinking the end result will be very unpleasant for him.

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    1. I'm reasonably sure the guy won't even get the chance to try to justify his actions..

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  4. Merry Christmas Krissy.

    Hope you have a great new year.

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    1. Merry Christmas to you and yours, and best wishes for the new year!

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  5. Have a Blessed Christmas Krissy. I enjoy the blog and you take on things.

    ps To hell with the wbc

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  6. Have a Blessed Christmas Krissy. I enjoy the blog and you take on things.

    ps To hell with the wbc

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  7. Have a Blessed Christmas Krissy. I enjoy the blog and you take on things.

    ps To hell with the wbc

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    1. Well thanks. I'm glad you enjoy, and Merry Christmas to you!

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