Westboro Baptist Church Threatened to Picket Aaron Swartz's Funeral

The group that came to Skokie in 2010 protest outside the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center said it planned to picket the funeral Highland Park native Aaron Swartz. They didn't show up.

Updated 9:50 p.m. Jan. 15

The church members did not end up coming to the funeral.

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The Westboro Baptist Church, the group that came to Skokie in 2010 protest outside the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center on Rosh Hashanah, plans to picket Tuesday's funeral of Highland Park native Aaron Swartz, The Chicagoist reports.

Swartz, an Internet activist, co-creator of social news website Reddit and founder of Demand Progress, was found dead in an apparent suicide on Friday in his apartment in Brooklyn. He was 26.

Patch's full coverage of Aaron Swartz's death

An activist for free online content, Swartz got in trouble with the federal government in 2011 when he was indicted for gaining illegal access to a subscription-based service that distributes literary and scientific journals and then downloading nearly its entire library. 

In a press release published on the Chicagoist, the WBC indicates it has a grudge against cyber criminals. 

"Cyber criminals are the latest face of this nation's and this world's raging at God and His Servants at WBC," the church's press release reads. 

Swartz's funeral is Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Central Avenue Synagogue in Highland Park.

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Joel Wochner January 15, 2013 at 03:37 PM
I think if you read this article and view the attached videos of Aaron, you'll see a whole different side to the truth of what Aaron was doing. http://www.naturalnews.com/038650_Aaron_Swartz_suicide_assassination.html Clearly the church's and governments don't like to have their empire in this much light...so all they can do is feign righteousness in the face of truth...same old song and dance that the aware have awoken to...
Picket 2013 January 15, 2013 at 05:17 PM
Free America Let them picket!!
Gordon Kenmuir January 15, 2013 at 07:00 PM
Sure let them picket, they can show the world what kind of idiots they truly are. Does anyone even take these people seriously any more?
sibuna January 15, 2013 at 07:10 PM
Note to self: Steer clear of Westboro Babbling Church. They know not what they do.
a.meyer January 15, 2013 at 09:11 PM
dont taze me bro
Procrustes' Foil January 16, 2013 at 10:31 AM
Michelle Bachman does - along with the other Congressional idiots!
Dennis Robin January 17, 2013 at 07:21 PM
While I do believe that my personal internet files should be kept private, I hope that there are no Federal Agents among these "mishugene" protesters. Respectively,


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