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White House Petition Against ” Churh – Hate Group” That Blames The Elementry School Shooting Because Of The Gays, becomes Largest Ever with 250,000 Signatures

Nearly 250,000 people have signed a White  House petition that would label Westboro Baptist Church as a hate group after  its members announced plans to picket a vigil for children killed in the  Newtown, Connecticut school massacre.

The  petition, which was created on  December 14, had logged 247,170 signatures by Wednesday morning – making it the  largest online White House petition in history.

Petitions need 25,000 signatures to be  reviewed by the administration.

Westboro Baptist Church has made national  news in the past for its strong views against homosexuality. The religious group  blames most tragedies – from the death of American soldiers to the recent  massacre of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School – on what  they call a ‘pro-gay’ agenda in the U.S.

Petition: Nearly 250,000 people have signed a White House petition that would label Westboro Baptist Church as a hate group after its members announced plans to picket a vigil for victims of the Sandy Hook massacre

The White House petition was formed after  church spokesperson Shirey Phelps-Roper tweeted plans to protest a vigil for the  Sandy Hook victims to ‘sing praise to God for the glory of his work in executing  his judgement.

Westboro’s Margie Phelps said in a  video-taped interview that God sent the 20-year-old Adam Lanza, the Sandy Hook  shooter, to kill people in Connecticut because the state legalized same-sex  marriage.

‘Connecticut was one of the first states to  come out with same-sex marriage,’ Phelps said as she sat beside a  blood-red-stained sign that read: ‘God sent the shooter.’

Outrage: Margie Phelps of Westboro Baptist Church said God sent the Sandy Hook shooter to Connecticut because the state had legalized same-sex marriage

‘Many more shooters, many more dead are  coming,’ she said.

The Southern Poverty Law Center calls the  Westboro Baptist Church ‘arguably the most obnoxious and rabid hate group in  America.’ The Anti-Defamation League calls it ‘a small virulently homophobic,  anti-Semitic hate group.’

The White House petition was formed after church  spokesperson Shirey Phelps-Roper tweeted plans to protest a vigil

Despite widespread opposition against the  group, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the church in 2011,  saying that it’s  right to picket funerals was protected under the First  Amendment.

President Obama signed legislation earlier  this year, however, requiring protests to be held at least 300 feet from  military funerals.

The hacking group known as ‘Anonymous’ has  started separate White House petition to strip Westboro Baptist  Church of its tax-exempt status. The petition had garnered more than 63,000  signatures as of Wednesday morning.

‘The Westboro Baptist Church is better-known  for homophobic displays, suing people and picketing funerals than for providing  Christian care to a community,’ according to the petition. ‘Due to their  harassment and politicking, their IRS tax-exempt status should be immediately  investigated.’

Anonymous also claims that it hacked  Westboro’s website and released personal information about church members  including names, street addresses, phone numbers and email addresses.

 

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