Bonkers leader of Westboro Baptist Church, Phred Phelps who runs a website called godhatesfags.com claimed that headless mischief makers Anonymous were planning to attack his site.
Anonymous, however, claims the statement brandished by Phelps was a fake and reckons it was probably concocted by Phelps himself in order to drum up publicity for his own dodgy brand of fire-and-brimstone religion.
Although the original statement was posted on an anonymous site here, warning that it would target the church's "public Websites, and the propaganda & detestable doctrine that you promote," the nature of the Anonymous collective means that virtually anyone could have posted the statement to the page.
In a later open letter to Phelps, Anonymous spokesfolk say they're 'a bit groggy and don't remember sending' the original. They write: "Our best guess is that you heard about us on that newfangled TV of yours and thought we might be some good money for your little church.
"You thought you could play with Anonymous. You observed our rising notoriety and thought you would exploit our paradigm for your own gain. And then, you thought you could lure some idiots into a honeypot for more IPs to sue."
The missive adds: "While Anonymous thanks you for your interest, and would certainly like to take a break and have some fun with you guys, we have more pressing matters to deal with at the moment."
They write: "When Anonymous says we support free speech, we mean it. We count Beatrice Hall among our Anonymous forebears: 'I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.'"
They the address themselves to the media, writing: "Just because it was posted on AnonNews doesn't mean every single Anon is in agreement, in fact in this case it doesn't even mean a single Anon is in agreement. Next time, if you could give us a few minutes to put all our paperwork in order, we'll be sure to let you know what we're up to. (LOL)
(Note: This letter was written by more than 20 Anons, at the same time, and none of them were inbred family members. Unlike that other, shitty "Press Release".)"
So that clears that up then.