— Anonymous (@YourAnonNews) May 24, 2013
Dozens of people are tweeting, retweeting — and celebrating — that members of the hateful Westboro Baptist Church have been arrested in Oklahoma, where they were planning to protest to funeral of 9-year-old tornado victim Nicolas McCabe.
However, an LGBT rights group suggests the arrest was not of Westboro members:
Just got word that the arrest was NOT Westboro…but just a couple of “attention getters”
— SoonerRights4OK (@SoonerRights4OK) May 24, 2013
That tweet is drowned out by claims to the contrary, including this “confirmation”:
It’s confirmed that Westboro Baptist Church has been arrested in Moore for trying to protest without permit. #Boom
— Shane Morrow (@ShaneGrafton) May 24, 2013
Two years ago Oklahoma passed a bill specifically targeting Westboro’s funeral protests, barring protests within 1,000 feet of a funeral. But this tweeter claims a new law was passed yesterday:
“@hailey_nicole__: Westboro got arrested?!” The governor passed a bill yesterday saying its illegal to protest funerals. Hooray for the law!
— Austin Duncan (@austinduncan24) May 24, 2013
Many are citing the lack of a permit, but again this has not been verified:
Westboro members get arrested for protesting without permits! That’s amazing! I love Oklahoma!
— JoSePh_MuElLeR_#52 (@Doom0723) May 24, 2013
This person mocks Westboro’s history of litigious action:
Westboro Baptist Church has allegedly been arrested in Moore protesting a funeral. Guess they have someone to sue now.
— Nathan H (@norm_1142) May 24, 2013
Looks like Westboro got arrested. At least that’s what friends who are at the funeral are saying. I hope it’s true.
— Necia Phoenix (@Necia_Phoenix) May 24, 2013