You may have heard of the Westboro Baptist Church near Topeka, Kansas, from their practice of anti-gay picketing at military and celebrity funerals. Their latest publicity stunt is picketing a vigil for the victims of the recent Newtown, Connecticut, school shooting. There are not many things that I can think of lower than exploiting someone’s grief.
In retaliation for this latest, the hacking group Anonymous has posted online the names, business information, addresses and phone numbers of the members of the Church (it’s a small group).
I won’t publish a link to the member list, but I will publish Anonymous’ list of web domains owned by the church:
- americaisdoomed.com (not listed by Anonymous)
I checked several of them this afternoon and the sites were all not responding, although just a minute ago, BeastObama came up long enough for me to snag the screen shot at the right, although the site remains extremely slow or times out. This could be a distributed denial of service attack, or something more pedestrian.
The Obama antichrist conspiracy theory is somewhat different from the usual ones in that instead of a conspiracy of individuals who allegedly keep the truth about Obama hidden, this conspiracy involves supernatural powers as well. One of the proofs of this conspiracy is that, according to them, saying “Yes, we can” backwards sounds like “Thank you, Satan.” Check out the video.
Popular imagination about the identity of the antichrist, or the “beast” mentioned in the New Testament book of Revelation has persisted since John wrote it some time near the end of the first century CE. During the Protestant Reformation, the Pope was one target of such speculation.