US baptist church in Anonymous publicity stunt?

Darren Allan -

The Westboro Baptist Church is infamous for its charming slogans which appear at various “protests”, along the lines of “God hates fags”.

And it emerged yesterday that the church’s website had been taken down by Anonymous. Or had it?

The BBC reported that an open letter, which was allegedly penned by the online activist collective, told the church that its “flagrant and absurd displays of inimitable bigotry and intolerant fanaticism” would not be tolerated.

On the Anonymous news site under latest external news sources, the Beeb’s story is listed, with the following added: “BBC wrong, correction needed.”

In fairness, the BBC does note at the close of the article that while it was published on the AnonNews site, there is some “uncertainty surrounding the provenance of the letter”.

Furthermore, in a separate report, The Escapist noted that Anonymous has issued a press release denying it had written the letter, and calling it a trap to collect IPs to potentially sue.

Anonymous wrote: “To the Media: Just because it was posted on AnonNews doesn’t mean every single Anon is in agreement, in fact in this case it doesn’t even mean a single Anon is in agreement. Next time, if you could give us a few minutes to put all our paperwork in order, we’ll be sure to let you know what we’re up to.”

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