They make me sick, too....which is why I counter-protest with them when I can.
While it is true that they will not go away no matter what opposition they recieve, I think they are a valuable tool to the Atheist community. They an opportunity to spotlight what religion is and who it is that stands on the side of God. They are a lightning bolt for publicity. I think we can go one step further than making them look ridiculous, and that would be to make ALL religion look ridiculous.
I don't think we need to slience them at all, but instead deprive them of all sorts of attention(including this) that they thrive on and can't do without. Then their family, which the church consists mostly of, would collapse on itself from inner conflicts and cease to exist.
I was watching videos of WBC on youtube and people in the comments were asking for them to be killed because they defamed christianity and completely overlooked the element of irony there. Their spokeswoman Shirly Phelps' been interviewed by Fox news only to be yelled at for showing Christianity for its true colors, and Fox anchors basically shouting that their interpretation of the bible is the right one not hers.
And I just hope they won't wind up like David Koresh the proclaimed massiah of the Branch Davidian sect who was allegedly accused of molesting children of his own in the compound he resided in Texas, which he and the children among other members were found dead in after the FBI put them on fire.
This is the best yet interview I've seen of Shirley Phelps who claims that a hacktivist group called Anonymous is involved in blocking and putting down their websites, they disclaim that but then put a message up on the churchs' website during the interview after she tells him that he's probably going to hell.
I've heard of Anonymous and support them.
I think that we are going to have to live with the court's decision to allow this group.
It's just that it seems "WRONG" to me that this is allowable. Inhuman.
Anonymous is a self-given title by the hacktivist group (activist hackers). Online hacking into other servers and computers is genuinely illegal(except when it's done by the gov't, maybe) so all hackers must remain anonymous in that sense.
This particular group did an astounding job backing Wikileaks from networks that tried to put their server down, so I'm absolutely in favour of their work.