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Westboro Baptist Church to Picket Sandy Hook Elementary

Westboro Baptist Church came to Skokie in September 2010 to protest on the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashanah. Now, the group says they will protest outside of Sandy Hook Elementary, claiming, "God Sent the Shooter."

In September of 2010, Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) came to Skokie so they could protest outside the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center on Rosh Hashanah.

WBC members, known for demonstrating at military funerals and burning American flags, made their rounds in Skokie, Evanston and the Israeli Consulate in September 2010. Their message that day: "Obey God or Destruction."

Fast forward to today, and the WBC is once again trying to practice their 1st Amendment rights.  

A day after Friday's shooting in Newtown, CT, where police said 20-year-old Adam Lanza killed his mother and then 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary, Westboro Baptist member Shirley Phelps-Roper posted a message on Twitter that the group would "sing praise to God for the glory of his work in executing his judgment."

Fellow member Margie Phelps, according to Examiner.com, tweeted "Westboro 'God hates Fags' Baptist Church is planning to picket at Sandy Hook, to praise 'God's judgment.'”

Westboro Baptist Church is a Kansas-based organization that has gained national attention through its pickets at U.S. soldiers' funerals, by assailing homosexuality and even calling Barack Obama "the anti-Christ." Previous messages by Phelps-Roper have come prior to protests by the group. However, the group has threatened to protest at other high-profile incidents in the nation, but then failed to show up.

In apparent retribution for the protest threat, the hackers group Anonymous posted information — names, addresses, telephone numbers — of Westboro members online.

CNET reports that the posting of the data is part of a campaign dubbed #OPWestBoro to counter the efforts of Westboro Baptist Church members. Westboro also released a video called "God Sent the Shooter," saying it is a "message for Connecticut."

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Read more: See our previous coverage on Westboro Baptist Church

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Jen Pfaff December 17, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Why can't these people be arrested for a hate crime?
k demings December 17, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Please consider the children. Haven't the gone through enough. Please don't protest.
Duck December 17, 2012 at 07:45 PM
No need to hate the haters. First amendment, then the Second amendment and on down the line. What Bill of Rights? There is a plan and all it takes, read & understand it is a eihth grade education.
Mary Jones December 17, 2012 at 10:29 PM
These people from this backwards church are truly twisted. They take everything in the bible and twist it. This is not Christianity. Truly they are waiting until someone hurts one or more in their group so they can sue. This is their only agenda. That and to get their 15 min of fame. They too will be judged by the one true judge. Until that time, I will pray for their salvation as well. THAT is what Jesus wants us to do, not picket funerals of children and service men and women.
IAN STONE December 18, 2012 at 12:07 AM
America is not immune to the fanaticism of believers that we see all over the news. From the streets and villages of the third world; to the squares and bazaars of the mideast, to backwaters of civilization. Babblers of belief show their lack of humanity.
J. Peart December 18, 2012 at 01:37 AM
This clearly is not of God and a twisted view of God and the bible. No one should take lightly the suffering and death of these babies. I cried when I heard the news. However, we all need to pray. We need a savior and much self reflection and forgiveness. Think about the folks who dislike religion and American churches and can't wait to find out about some dirty money grabbing fallen church leader, smear their name, mock God and condemn the church,and say I told you so. People say none of those churches or religious people can live what the bible teaches and those fallen leaders deserve what they get and should be put in jail or destroyed; they will be judged and they are all hypocrites! Yet ...these people are not a reflection of the church at large .... there are those who practice the bible daily and have good character but are put in the same category as the bad christian or fallen leaders under the judgment thinking they all deserved it! We all need to learn to love, forgive, and see things correctly. We all should not punish or stereotype all for the evil that what one individual did at that time. Its a shame how insensitive people have become in this day and age...no matter what the situation is! shm ..
J.Johnson December 18, 2012 at 06:24 AM
I say do to them as they would do to others get their names and address's and when one of their loved one's dies tell them why they died , because of the sins they have commited and being punished and sent to HELL and see how they like it .They might stop.
laura hamilton December 18, 2012 at 08:16 PM
what sins could a BABY a baby of 5 yrs old have done that would lead someone to think that they deserve to die, this was an act of one person , who so seemingly had problems , this was not by God , only the work of the Devil who is so hateful , would use any tool by means to do his dirty work even if it meant using this young mans mind to make his way thinking so twisted and so full of hateto do such a horrible thing I am in no way justifing him or his actions he took lives that were not his to take God have mercy on his soul Rest in Peace sweet Angels.
Sandra thompson December 19, 2012 at 01:06 AM
Aggies unite. We kept them from Bryan/College Station and you can do it again.

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