A compelling live exchange between a representative of the Westboro Baptist Church and an anonymous spokesman for the Internet hacktivist group Anonymous resulted in a rather predictable outcome. In the middle of David Pakman's radio program, during which Westboro's Shirley Phelps-Roper repeatedly taunted Anonymous, the rogue group apparently launched an attack on the church's websites.
Here's how the encounter went down:
Reaction to Westboro's confrontational attitude toward Anonymous, which had previously claimed it would not attack the church out of a staunch belief in freedom of speech, was nicely summed up by PC World's Tony Bradley:
The church, which had initially told Anonymous to "bring it," now finds its primary website, "godhatesfags.com," out of business.Assuming for a moment that the initial Anonymous threat was not orchestrated by WBC as a publicity stunt, there is still a lesson to be learned. When your supporters can be counted on your fingers, and your enemies outnumber the population of, it is unwise to brazenly invite attack.
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