Now here's a hacker target that even conservative politicians—who despise WBC's protests at military funerals—may be able to get behind:

Anonymous, the hacker collective, has written (or, update, maybe hasn't written) an open letter to Fred Phelps & Co. warning the troupe of semi-coherent, anti-everything attention addicts that they must "cease and desist" or be destroyed:

ANONYMOUS cannot abide this behavior any longer. The time for us to be idle spectators in your inhumane treatment of fellow Man has reached its apex, and we shall now be moved to action. Thus, we give you a warning: Cease & desist your protest campaign in the year 2011, return to your homes in Kansas, & close your public Web sites. Should you ignore this warning, you will meet with the vicious retaliatory arm of ANONYMOUS: We will target your public Websites, and the propaganda & detestable doctrine that you promote will be eradicated; the damage incurred will be irreversible, and neither your institution nor your congregation will ever be able to fully recover.

Clock's ticking! While we wait, remember when WBC showed up in Seattle to protest... Bitch Burgers?

  • Kelly O

In a Stranger Classic, Kelly O investigates the origins of the term: