When the Westboro Baptist Church announced that they planned to protest the funerals of those lost during the Sandy Hooks Elementary shooting, the world set forth to shut them down. The efforts to have this "church" recognized by the government as a legal hate group has blown up the internet with response. 

We are all familiar with what Westboro Baptist is about. They use God as a reason to hate. Their twisted minds have convinced them that protesting funerals is an acceptable action to take.

They have not just terrorized those in Connecticut, they have also been found protesting at soldiers funerals. They carry signs that say things like, "Thank God for IEDs." They answer that God is killing soldiers to show that He is upset with all of his children because we allow homosexuals to live.

The Westboro Baptist Church believes that they have the idea of what God is thinking and they are doing all of the rest of us a favor by telling us. But, that voice may soon be silenced.

There are now three different petitions on the White House footsteps that regard Westboro Baptist.

1. Legally recognize Westboro Baptist Church as a hate group.

2. Revoke the tax exempt status of the Westboro Baptist Church & re-classify Westboro Baptist Church as a hate group.

3. Remove the Westboro Baptist Church's 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, and make it retroactive.

That is right, Westboro Baptist's hateful signs saying, "Thank God for dead soldiers" was paid for with your tax dollars. They have been receiving money from the government for years because they are classified as a non profit church. That may not be where you would like to see your tax dollars go.

Here are more examples of their signs.


These petitions have become so popular, they have stolen almost all of the spot light from the recent push of gun rights petitions. They have become so popular that they are actually the most signed and visited petition of the White House initiative website.

With over 250,000 signatures, the petition to have Westboro Baptist Church recognized as a hate group could actually start the movement to silencing Westboro.

These petitions aren't the first round of action against this group. Huffington Post explains, "In August, Obama signed the Honoring America's Veterans Act, which declared that protests must be held at least 300 feet from military funerals and were prohibited two hours before or after a service."

This was a great improvement, but knowing that only a few hundred feet away from the burial of your loved one is still a hurtful reality. That is why so many have been trying to take these more drastic measures. The complete shut down of Westboro Baptist is what a majority of America is looking to accomplish.

We will see soon what will come of the Westboro Baptist Church. But, let me ask what you think.