What comes to your mind when you hear Westboro Baptist Church? Words such as degrading, evil, disrespect are just a few labels this organization has come to proudly embrace. The organization loves to receive attention for their various controversial displays of actions towards what seems like anything, anybody. They have gained more and more hatred over their actions, and Americans have simply seen enough and have banned together to sign a petition to officially label the organization as a “Hate Group”
With the Westboro Church latest action in which they announced its intent to picket the funerals of the 26 victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting in Newtown, CT, has boiled the blood of thousands of Americans.
The same day as the school shooting the White House page “We the people” digital petition platform was once again flooded with thousands of people wanting to sign a petition to label the Westboro church as a Hate group. This is the third time in the last few months that this page has been this busy, it previous was flooded with a few states wanting to secede from the union, gun control petitions, and now the Hate group petition.
Since the Sandy Hook school shooting on Dec. 14 the petition to officially label the Westboro Church as a Hate group has currently received over 250,000 signees. This makes it the most popular single petition ever created through the White House initiative according to Huffington Post. Here is what the exact petition reads:
“This group has been recognized as a hate group by organizations, such as The Southern Poverty Law Center, and has repeatedly displayed the actions typical of hate groups”
“Their actions have been directed at many groups, including homosexuals, military, Jewish people and even other Christians. They pose a threat to the welfare and treatment of others and will not improve without some form of imposed regulation.”
Since the petition has easily surpassed the 25,000 signatures needed to be viewed by President Barrack Obama, it has prompted Obama to give a response. This is not the only petition aimed at the Westboro Church; a little over 25,000 people have already signed a petition in the last week that calls for the congregation’s tax-exempt status to be revoked.
It is interesting that the only way the church receives money in the first place is by winning court cases or settling civil lawsuits. For example several cases in the 1990’s have supported the church with close to $150,000, along with Fred Phelps who heads the church donating money to the church as well.
In 1993 the Westboro church sued Topeka, Kansas multiple times for failing to provide sufficient protection during its protests, even though they almost all their cases they did end up gaining around $45,000 in legal fees according to PolicyMic. The church biggest case came in 1995 when they decided to sue the Kansas Funeral Picketing Act, which they claimed violated their First Amendment rights.
So as a new year approaches who knows if given the Westboro Church the label of a Hate group will change them or change things period. I know one thing is for sure and that with leaders of the Westboro church like Margie Phelps saying things like this:
“God sent the 20-year-old Adam Lanza, the Sandy Hook shooter, to kill people in Connecticut because the state legalized same-sex marriage,”
I really hope something can be done to limit the church from continuing their ridiculous acts.
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#Operation Westboro Baptist Church – We are Anonymous
Ask yourselves, Westboro Baptist Church, what if “your” kids were the victims of a rampage that killed 28 innocent vibrant individuals? Would you still be stating that “GOD sent the shooter” and picketing the funeral? We didn’t think so!