A petition to name the Westboro Baptist Church as a hate group has become the biggest online White House petition in history.
Almost 250,000 people have signed a White House petition that would label the church as a hate group.
The Westboro Church has been in the media news for many years for their views against homosexuality and they have caused many issues and problems at funerals of soldiers and leaders with their protesting and picketing at these and other major tragedy sites.
With the fact that the church had said they would protest at the vigil and funeral services of the 20 children who were tragically killed in the December 14, 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, the petition was created.
By Wednesday December 26, the petition had logged, 247,170 signatures and to have a petition looked at by administration, it needs 250,000.
The church spokesperson, Shirley Phelps-Roper had tweeted plans that they would picket at the funerals and the massacre site saying;
“Westboro ‘God hates Fags’ Baptist Church is planning to picket at Sandy Hook, to praise ‘God’s judgment,’”
When President Obama issued a statement regarding the massacre, and shed tears as he talked about the deaths of the 20 innocent children, she tweeted;
“President Beast @BarackObama! Stop the phony tears!You brought this mayhem! STOP MARRYING FAGS! God is not joking! You’ve brought His wrath.”
Westboro’s Margie Phelps said in an interview that God sent Adam Lanza, the shooter of Sandy Hook, 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”
In 2011, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the church saying thaty had rights under the First Amendment to picket at funerals.
Obama signed papers this year saying they had to be held at least 300 feet from military funerals.
The petition for the church to become a hate group has even surpassed a call for federal action against gun control. Two other petitions that garnered large amounts of signatures are those that ask that the church’s tax exempt status be revoked as well.
Many people have taken it upon themselves to fight the church by making human barricades at the funerals and sites that the church plans to picket.
They recently announced plans to protest at a funeral for a Slidell, Louisiana marine who was killed in Afghanistan this past month.
Many people on Facebook and Twitter rallied together to be there to stop them, though the hate group was nowhere to be seen that day.
You can sign the petition here.
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