White House Petition: Call Westboro a Hate Group
Church hit with 5 petitions, others want to yank tax-exempt status
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 27, 2012 7:09 AM CST
Rachel Hockenbarger from Westboro Baptist Church protests outside Reliant Stadium where The Response, a day long prayer and fast rally is being held Aug. 6, 2011, in Houston.   (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

(Newser) Piers Morgan. Death Stars. And now Westboro Baptist Church. The unusual White House petitions keep adding up, and now not one, but five petitions calling for action against everyone's least favorite funeral protesters have passed the 50,000-signature threshold requiring a response. Indeed, one petition calling for Westboro to be identified as a hate group has hit 260,000 signatures—believed to be the most popular petition ever on the We the People site, notes Politico.

"They pose a threat to the welfare and treatment of others and will not improve without some form of imposed regulation," reads one petition, which says Westboro has targeted groups including homosexuals, military, Jewish people, and fellow Christians. The four other petitions want the government to yank Westboro's tax-exempt status.

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Dec 30, 2012 12:23 AM CST
Hi, My name is Melinda Schroeder. I am a former resident of Topeka, Ks and a former member of the WBC. I left the church in 1996 after being sexually assaulted. I have remained in contact with a few of the members and have learned that some members of the church may have created a suicide pact and plan to drink poison if ever cornered, similar to what happened in Jonestown, French Guyana. Some of the members also may have military style assault weapons and may have trained extensively in their use.They have stockpiled tons of food and other supplies in the event of what some members describe as an "Apocalypse". Please help me save the children that are still in the congregation before their minds are filled with hate also.
Dec 28, 2012 4:47 PM CST
I ahve always said the best way to handle people like this is by shunning them all you need is a group of people willing to walk in front of the protestors face them and then turn your backs towards them do not say anything to them! Of course it seems they always stand on public property so that would seem to be a good time to water and fertilize the grass and what better fertilizer than manure They also could spray for deer control they use lion urine for that! Just put out signs warning that the project is in progress! In one town all of their cars got block in at the Motel they were staying at by the time the Police got there they were unblock but the had missed the protest! Also the Police arrested some of them on suspicion of Burglary but release them after the funeral saying it was a mistake sorry Wink Wink Nod :>
Dec 28, 2012 3:31 PM CST
I've said it before on other sites and I'll say it again here: to paraphrase Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks, we're not exactly proud they're from Kansas