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Watch: Westboro Baptist Church's Margie Phelps Responds to Questions About 'Anonymous' Hacking


Under a cascade of flickering rainbow lights, Margie Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church participated in a Q&A at the College Media Advisers’ 2011 spring college media convention, held in New York City last week, where she was asked questions about the recent Supreme Court decision, the First Amendment, and her law degree.

Phelps responded with anger when asked about the church's website being taken down by hacker group Anonymous (the '' site is still down, or severely disabled, btw).


(via reddit)

Margie Phelps of Westboro Baptist Church from Baylor Lariat on Vimeo.


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  1. Their site is always down. I occasionally go there to see if it's updated and it almost never works. They weren't hacked. They just have poor web hosting.

    Posted by: Tony | Mar 22, 2011 11:29:59 AM

  2. Holy crap, can't the state just commit these people to mental asylums?

    Posted by: Alhamdu | Mar 22, 2011 11:32:51 AM

  3. Btw, clicking on the after the jump link instead of the title/heading link takes you to a different article. ~

    Posted by: Moo | Mar 22, 2011 11:40:36 AM

  4. Tony, they actually have very good web hosting and have spent quite a bit of money on web security. They WERE in fact hacked (live on the air 2/27/2011 actually) and the continued assault is the reason the site is still down. Prior to the Anonymous hack the site was fairly solid and available. They host there own webservers, probably for various reasons.

    Phelps continues bad-mouthing of Anonymous is only making matters worse for her tech team. Keep it up Shirley.

    Posted by: Ian | Mar 22, 2011 11:53:49 AM

  5. Holy crap I crinch when I listen to her.

    Posted by: Andrew | Mar 22, 2011 11:56:02 AM

  6. There's a website on Youtube where someone asks this lady to sing and she responds "~WHO DO I LOOK LIKE, KAREN CARPENTER~?" or something. Makes me laugh every single time. What a bunch of annoying human beings.

    Posted by: RJ | Mar 22, 2011 12:27:04 PM

  7. Self righteousness is like a drug. You get the endorphin rush, the adrenalin dump factor, the whole thing. Some people do motocross and combat sports, this person exhibits her misanthropy and hatred, and calls it love. Manipulating people this way keeps her occupied when the kids are asleep and her barren self shows in her mirror. It's pretty par for the course in small town America, anyway. Haven't you ever dealt with the church ladies? It's pretty lonely in those little towns most of the time, and loneliness is boring as hell.

    Posted by: SeriouslySick | Mar 22, 2011 12:33:47 PM

  8. "Phelps responded with anger when asked about the church's website being taken down by hacker group Anonymous"

    To be clear, Phelps responded to every question with anger.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Mar 22, 2011 12:44:23 PM

  9. Defensive much?

    Posted by: Keith | Mar 22, 2011 12:59:07 PM

  10. I wonder if anyone has documentation on their web hosting platform and CMS? I mean, does GodHateLAMP? Is Drupal beloved of the Vengeful God? If they switch to IIS is that a portent of the Apocalypse?

    Posted by: Graham Anderson | Mar 22, 2011 1:10:20 PM

  11. regardless of how book-smart she is or how much of an expert she is on first amendment law or bible interpretation... everything this woman says seethes with rage and hatred right below the surface; it doesn't matter what she is talking about. an estranged family member confirmed rampant psychological and physical abuse in this family handed down by fred phelps. you can clearly see its effects whenever this woman opens her mouth. it's scary and very sad.

    Posted by: EO | Mar 22, 2011 1:16:34 PM

  12. I wonder if she has ever had a dick in her mouth?

    Posted by: Beef and Fur | Mar 22, 2011 1:20:05 PM

  13. So let me get this right. Their hate and ranting is based on that little black book that people once used to vilify those who believed that the earth was round? Got it!

    Posted by: Gigi | Mar 22, 2011 1:50:16 PM

  14. The WBC are doing great work, no one makes homophobia look so unpatriotic as they do.

    Posted by: jexer | Mar 22, 2011 2:06:30 PM

  15. Graham - Apache/2.2.3 CentOS Not sure about CMS, not Lamp, Drupal maybe.

    Posted by: Ian | Mar 22, 2011 2:19:15 PM

  16. "Phelps responded with anger..."

    That's like saying a fart responded with a bad smell. What else is it?

    Posted by: Bryan | Mar 22, 2011 2:26:52 PM

  17. Goddamnit commit these hateful despicable people already do the world a favor.

    Posted by: kenny | Mar 22, 2011 2:59:12 PM

  18. They all sound exactly like their abusive father. Chilling. And sad.

    Posted by: Sadie | Mar 22, 2011 3:15:54 PM

  19. If we don't believe in freedom of speech for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all. ~Noam Chomsky

    Posted by: DAN LAVOIE | Mar 22, 2011 5:09:54 PM

  20. I spent 3.5 hours the other night reading all about the entire family and their upbringing and Fred's life. It is incredible, I wish I still had the link.

    The reason she's angry is because her father took away everything that makes a child come into this world as a secure, happy person. His narcissism knows no bounds and he replaced any kind of love that is possible to give a child with beatings, hatred and anger and then focused his kid's resulting hatred and anger toward whatever group he wanted to. It's textbook brainwashing and he still has a hold on many of his family members.

    The whole thing is incredibly sick and incredibly sad.

    Posted by: johnny | Mar 22, 2011 5:46:40 PM

  21. I'm sure Margie's comments sounded better in the original German ...

    Posted by: Mike V. | Mar 22, 2011 6:56:50 PM

  22. I think it was law school that damaged her.

    Posted by: gwyneth cornrow | Mar 22, 2011 9:17:34 PM

  23. The Westboro Baptist Church websites were originally taken down by a hacker named The Jester. Anonymous took down one site just one time to prove that they had that capability, but The Jester is the one who has kept the sites down indefinitely.

    Here's an article from computer security mag Infosec Island. This is about the joint effort of The Jester and Anonymous in hacking the WBC site just once:

    Hacktivism makes for strange bedfellows

    Here is another Infosec Island article from an earlier date that explains how the Jester originally brought down the WBC sites:

    You can also follow The Jester on Twitter for more info:

    Posted by: NYC Girl | Mar 22, 2011 11:52:21 PM

  24. Nevermind the complete and inherent incorrectness in these people's interpretation of the Bible, the logical fallacies that they spew as their "defense" is so painful. She uses straw men and illogical associations like she's giving out candy on Halloween (or I should say as if she was a normal person on Halloween). And she couches it in belittling rhetoric hoping that people get so offended that they don't notice that she's full of crap. Just sad that anyone who has been through a freshman logic course would see through their so-called "examples" and "defenses".

    Posted by: Bradley | Mar 23, 2011 1:49:52 AM

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