Hackers gonna hack, and this time the deserving target is the Westboro Baptist Church.
The notorious Christian fundamentalist group, never one to miss a chance to offend everyone on earth, decided that “God hates Oklahoma,” and in the wake of the massive EF5 tornado that killed 24 people in the city of Moore, Okla., on Monday, the Westboro folks set up a website called just that.
The site’s contents — surely nothing more than a string of hateful remarks and hurtful insinuations — are no longer visible to visitors. They’ve been replaced by just two pages that flip the script on Westboro (we refuse to link to their offensively named homepage), which likes to allege that just about everything tragic that happens in America comes as a result of an evolving list of alleged “sins.”
When Web users first arrive on the site, they are greeted by a painting of Jesus Christ giving the middle finger, accompanied by the message “Westboro Faptist Church — Even Jesus Hates You” (“Faptist” combines the word “Baptist” with the term “fap,” online slang for masturbate).
Below that image is another message that reads, “‘On the 8th day, God created hackers, and he saw that it was good.’ From the Gospel according to @th3j35t3r Redirecting in 5 seconds…….”
Moments after visiting the site, Web surfers are directed to the donation page of American Red Cross Disaster Relief, where they can make a contribution to help Oklahomans recover from the disaster.
The hacker, who also refers to himself as Jester, aims to redirect the hate of the Westboro folks and perhaps turn it toward good. And it’s hilarious.