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Petition Against Westboro Baptist Church May Finally Be Its Downfall (VIDEO)

by Kiri Blakeley on December 26, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Pop quiz: What online petition could you create that would get a record number of signers in an extremely short period of time, making it the largest online White House petition in history? Why, that's an easy one. The petition to declare the Westboro Baptist Church a hate group. The petition, started on December 14, had a goal of 25,000 signatures by January 13, but it has already well-surpassed that, with almost 250,000 signatures. Why is this group so unpopular? Let me count the ways!

The anti-gay group is known for picketing the funerals of dead soldiers, holding up signs with disgusting comments such as "God hates f*gs" and "God sent the shooter." After the tragedy in Sandy Hook, the group threatened to picket the funerals of children and teachers. From what I can tell, they never arrived in Newtown, Connecticut, but they got a huge amount of publicity (which they love) from their stunt.

If they are officially labeled a "hate group" as opposed to a church, it would take away their IRS tax exempt status. What exactly is to stop anyone from proclaiming themselves a church if this group can do it? Baffling.

In 2011, the Supreme Court said that the group's picketing was protected under the First Amendment -- but President Obama earlier this year signed legislation saying that group members need to stay at least 300 feet away from funerals.

One of the group's leaders, Margie Phelps, who looks like a barrel of laughs, recently said that "God sent the shooter" Adam Lanza to Sandy Hook Elementary because of Connecticut's pro-gay marriage laws. "Those children are better off dead than in this nation," the loony Phelps told interviewer David Pakman.

Hate groups can be tracked by the FBI and monitored by other hate group watchers. Other groups recognized as hate groups include the Ku Klux Klan and White Aryan Resistance. It's truly ridiculous that Westboro hasn't yet been officially lumped in with these other losers. They need to be, and pronto.

Do you think Westboro is a hate group?

 

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Filed Under: death, human rights, in the news

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  • Flori...
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    Floridamom96

    December 26, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    I find it alarming that any group can be tracked and monitored by the FBI based solely on their beliefs. Talk about a direct violation of the first amendment.


  • bills...
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    billsfan1104

    December 26, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    Your counterpart was just talking about how people are not in infringe on the First Admendment.  So now, no matter how hateful they are, you want to infringe on their First Admendment. 


  • Lizzi...
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    LizzieBorden

    December 26, 2012 at 1:32 PM
    Why is it alarming that hate groups are tracked by the FBI? Don't we track what the Taliban does because they're a danger to American lives? That's what hate groups are, terrorists. I don't believe that Westboro counts as a hate group as of yet however; their message is disgusting but they have practiced it in non-violent demonstration.
  • amiec...
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    amiecanflie

    December 26, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    I signed the petition. They disgust me.


  • bills...
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    billsfan1104

    December 26, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    Amie, They disgust almost every American, but this is a slippery slope. 


  • Pinkmani
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    Pinkmani

    December 26, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    I understand where they are coming from, but I just wish that they would let families bury their loved ones in peace. 


  • amiec...
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    amiecanflie

    December 26, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    Exactly, BIllsfan. I don't know that I'm comfortable with taking away another groups rights, but it's hard to think like that when you see them doing these horrible things. 


  • Christie
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    Christie

    December 26, 2012 at 1:42 PM
    If they are not a hate group I have no clue what is. They deserve this and I am happy to sign this petition
  • Christie
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    Christie

    December 26, 2012 at 1:56 PM
    NO ONE is taking away their rights, they still have the right to do their hateful protests. They are taking away their label as being a church (because they are not a church) they will lose their tax credit and they would be monitored the way the black panthers and kkk are. They do not deserve a tax credit, and maybe they will not be able to afford to travel anywhere and harass anyone at their loved ones' funerals if they have to start paying taxes like the rest of us hard working americans. I don't know a church around that could afford to do what they do. And secondly I still don't get why this isn't considered harassment instead of a "protest" I mean how can you protest a funeral, the person is dead already, what exactly are they protesting? Ugh...they make me sick.
  • Ashle...
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    AshleyB1984

    December 26, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    Agree with the above. If this isn't a hate group - then that term shouldn't exist.


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