The Westboro Baptist Church's attack against the city of Joplin and the survivors of the May 22 tornado began in earnest today with a cyber assault on YouTube memorials to Joplin High School graduate Will Norton and JHS student Lantz Hare, both of whom were killed during the tornado.
In the comments, some of which have been removed from the site, the church members, going by the name of their website "God Hates Fags," wrote hurtful things about the two Joplin teens. As they have done at the funerals of American soldiers, the fringe congregation taunted those who loved Will and Lantz by insisting that both of them would "rot in hell." It appears to be an effort to provoke some kind of violent reaction today that would enable the group to launch yet another lawsuit.
The church, led by Rev. Fred Phelps, is scheduled to protest at Sunday's 2 p.m. memorial service for tornado victims at Missouri Southern State University. President Obama and Gov. Jay Nixon are scheduled to speak. The Rev. Randy Gariss will officiate.