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The Westboro Baptist Church has abandoned plans to picket Aaron Swartz's funeral after Anonymous threatened to stand in the way of any such effort.

Upon the tragic suicide of the Reddit co-founder and Internet activist, WBC members announced plans to picket the event (as they are known to do).

Swartz Funeral

However, when hacktivist group Anonymous and supporters showed up to block the WBC's picket line, the so-called "religious" group was not present.

A crowd showed up Tuesday at the funeral home in Highland Park, Ill., willing to stand in the way of WBC members to prevent them from getting close.

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In what has become the largest petition in White House history, 259,000 people have joined the online effort to label the Westboro Baptist Church a hate group.

The petition was created on the White House website after WBC members announced plans to picket a vigil for children killed in the Newtown, Conn., shooting.

Backlash came fast and furious.

Westboro Follower

Anonymous hacked Westboro Baptist Church and has been trolling spokeswoman Shirley Phelps-Roper hard. Now the petition seeks to have it designated what it is.

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Westboro Baptist Church and specifically spokeswoman Shirley Phelps-Roper have been besieged by trolls from the notorious hacktivist group Anonymous.

After WBC reprehensibly announced plans to picket a vigil for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, Anonymous retaliated hardcore.

Shirley Phelps-Roper so far is bearing the brunt of the group's efforts.

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In a video posted to Vimeo by Anonymous, the group vowed payback:

"We will not allow you to corrupt the minds of America with your seeds of hatred. We will not allow you to inspire aggression to the social factions which you deem inferior."

"We will render you obsolete. We will destroy you. We are coming."

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The hacker network Anonymous has released what it claims to be a cache of personal details on the members of the extremist Westboro Baptist Church.

This after after church said it planned to picket Sandy Hook Elementary School.

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The scene of a mass shooting where 26 children and adults died Friday would seem an unlikely spot for a protest ... for any other group of humans.

Westboro Baptist said it planned a demonstration at the Newtown, Conn., school, which apparently didn't sit well with supporters of Anonymous.

Itself a subversive community of activists and trolls of a different sort, the "hacktivist" group appears to have taken down the church extremists' website.

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In awesome news, a Westboro Baptist Church protest was overshadowed Friday as a horde of "zombies" arrived to counter the radical group's efforts.

Demonstrators dressed as the undead swarmed a DuPont, Wash. military base that the infamous Kansas-based church was in the process of picketing.

After hearing that Westboro planned ta protest at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, south of Seattle, 27-year-old Melissa Neace decided to mobilize her own.

"We wanted to turn something negative around, into something people could laugh at and poke fun at," Neace said. Mission accomplished ...

She called her Facebook group, Zombie'ing Westboro Baptist Church AWAY from Fort Lewis, "the easiest way to divert attention from something so hateful."

About 300 counter-protesters showed up in varying degrees of zombie garb, far outnumbering the visibly overwhelmed picketers from Westboro.

"I think that their message is very hateful, and Jesus was not a hateful person. He loved everybody," one of the counter-protesters told KIRO.

While it is unclear why Westboro Baptist Church targeted the DuPont military base for its latest effort, the group frequently pickets military funerals.

The group, whose protests are legal under the First Amendment, believes war deaths are God's punishment for America's tolerance of homosexuality.

Because they can't legally be removed from the premises, counter-protests like the DuPont zombies took part in are becoming increasingly popular.

Earlier this month, thousands of people in red shirts formed a "human wall" around a fallen soldier's funeral to block the anti-gay protesters.

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The morons at the Westboro Baptist Church announced plans last night to protest Steve Jobs' funeral, but even they can't resist Apple's really cool tech stuff.

Margie Phelps, daughter of the church’s founder and a lawyer who represented the church during their First Amendment case at the Supreme Court (which Westboro won), Tweeted about the death of Steve Jobs using ... wait for it ...

Her iPhone.

Steve Jobs Photo

“Westboro will picket his funeral. He had a huge platform; gave God no glory & taught sin,” Margie tweeted, apparently unable to appreciate the irony in embracing the cutting-edge advancements of a decent man they somehow condemn.

One church member, Shirley Phelps-Roper, offered this take: She suggested that God was manipulating Jobs to help advance the message of Westboro Baptist Church, writing: “God used Steve Jobs to create amazing STUFF for WBC to preach!”

Amen, sister.

The Topeka, Kansas based church believes God punishes America for its tolerance of sin, acceptance of homosexuality, and so on. They often have demonstrated - legally but reprehensibly - at funerals of celebrities and armed service personnel.

They can suck it.

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The Westboro Baptist Church is at it again.

The notorious, radical Kansas group responsible for protests at the funerals of gay rights supporters, Iraq war veterans, Elizabeth Edwards and innocent children alike, announced plans to picket the funeral of Jackass star Ryan Dunn.

In the news release, titled "Ryan Dunn is in hell!" Westboro calls for the picket due to "vulgar stunts" and involvement in MTV's Jackass franchise.

Dunn, R.

The 34-year-old Dunn perished in a car crash early Monday morning, along with friend Zachary Hartwell. Dunn was driving drunk and very fast.

Ryan's death has generated controversy in part due to comments by Roger Ebert, who criticized his apparent drunk driving the very same day.

It's clear Dunn's bad decision making played a role in his demise, along with Hartwell's. But both men deserved to be buried in peace and remembered fondly by those close to them without Westboro Baptist Church's meddling.

We're not advocating any sort of violent confrontation by any means ... but let's just say if Bam Margera and the Jackass crew decided to f*%k with the Westboro peeps via some elaborate pranks, we wouldn't stand in their way.

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The Westboro Baptist Church is at it again. These people need lives.

As it has in the past with Elizabeth Edwards, Heath Ledger, Natasha Richardson and countless fallen U.S. soldiers, the small Kansas church is directing its rhetoric at Hollywood in threatening to protest at Elizabeth Taylor's funeral.

Aren't church groups supposed to be compassionate? Just asking.

Liz Taylor

R.I.P. Elizabeth Taylor (1932-2011).

"No RIP Elizabeth Taylor who spent her life in adultery and enabling proud f**s. They cuss her in hell today. #Westboro will picket funeral!" tweeted Margie Phelps.

She's the daughter of Westboro Baptist Church pastor Fred Phelps, who has called for such protests, recently upheld by the Supreme Court (if not human decency).

Elizabeth Taylor passed away yesterday at 79 after being ill for some time. She was a tireless advocate for AIDS awareness and revered by the gay community.

Not surprisingly, that community is livid over Westboro's threats.

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Incredibly, and depressingly, it's possible that Jared Lee Loughner is not the most twisted individual associated with the deaths of six people in Arizona over the weekend.

Members of the Westboro Baptist Church - an organization that has protested Adam Lambert and Justin Bieber in the past, while picketing Elizbaeth Edwards' funeral last month - plan to cause a scene at the funerals of those killed in Loughner's January 8 shooting spree.

As evidenced by their sign below, these creatons believe the deaths are punishment from God because the nation has taken action against the church. It's truly despicable stuff.

Westboro Baptist Church Message

* UPDATE:Arizona legislators have approved legislation that makes it illegal to protest at or near funeral sites.