Westboro Baptist Church

A petition has gone live on the Whitehouse’s website, asking the Obama Administration to legally recognise the infamous Westboro Bapist Church as a hate group.

Westboro Baptist Church
CREDIT: Westboro Baptist Church

The Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) is a small, independent fundamentalist group based in Topeka, Kan, known for its extreme ideologies especially those against homosexuals, the military and Jewish people – and hosts a number of websites such as, godhatesfags.com,godhatesislam.com and priestsrapeboys.com.

The group has recently come under fire after MargiePhelps a memeber of the WBC announced on twitter that members would picket the funerals of the 26 murdered teachers and children of the Newtown massacre which happened last Friday in Connecticut, USA. Most of the children killed by the twenty year old gunman were between the ages of six and seven.

WBC has outraged many people by blaming the massacre in Sandy Hook on the state’s equal marriage policy.

The petition, which can be found on the Whitehouse.gov website has already gained over 175,000 signatories, since its creation on the 14th December..

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It reads:

Legally recognize Westboro Baptist Church as a hate group.

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.