Petition urges White House to classify Westboro church as hate group

Dec 27, 2012 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Reuters

More than 475,000 people have signed petitions asking the White House to crack down on Westboro Baptist Church after the group, known for holding anti-gay demonstrations at funerals, threatened to picket in Newtown, Connecticut.

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“What Goes Around, Comes Around”

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Caleb wrote:
Such nonsense only gives Westboro what it wants: publicity.
Publicity as a hate group, they want that? Prob. not. LOL
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Church? Ha. They're no more a church than Waco or Jonestown and just as insane.
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They ARE a hate group, and everyone knows it. They are despicable, and the minor members of that CULT need to be taken by CPS, and put up for adoption so the deprogramming can begin.
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Church? Ha. They're no more a church than Waco or Jonestown and just as insane.
Most "churches" that homosexuals belong to are not really churches in the traditional sense, in which actual religion is involved.

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I hate to break it to these folk, but this isn't something that the President can do with just the stroke of a pen. Taking away a church's tax exempt status ain't easy and the Freak Show of Hate isn't about to let it happen without one hell of a fight.
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WBC is an extreme fringe group, but their repugnant actions are only different in degree from other right-wing religious groups, who all believe in their so-called "hearts" that being gay is a sin. They cannot accept that gay people do not choose their orientation.

And it's easier for these groups and churches to condemn homosexuality than the multitude of other "sins" that their religious text condemns - because it's not one that they (or at least the majority of them) fall prey to.

Adultery, for instance, is condemned many more times than same-sex behavior in their sacred text, but it is engaged in by many more of these blinded sheep, so they won't go after that sin. That would cause offerings to drop. Homosexuality is a much easier "sin" to target.

I think it's all rubbish. Westboro just shows the rest of us rational humans the logical conclusion of their warped thoughts. But I say again, the difference between Westboro Baptist and other so-called "christian" churches who condemn homosexuality, is a mere difference of degree. Westboro holds their animus up to the light so everyone can see it. Other religious organizations and churches think the exact same thoughts, but keep it hidden.

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The good Christians at Westboro are the 1st Amendment's worst nightmare, all that free speech and all that free expression, all wrapped up in a God fearing, Bible believing Church full of lawyers well practiced in civil rights law.

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Caleb wrote:
Such nonsense only gives Westboro what it wants: publicity.
Never thought I'd agree with you on anything.

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Caleb wrote:
Such nonsense only gives Westboro what it wants: publicity.
Nice projection.

We all know how much you desire negative attention David.

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Still noticing on a daily basis the fact that Kweers fail to take a shot at Islam or suggest that Muslims are a hate group. Bunch a no good fk'n cowards you are that's why or did the Yewman tell you to direct your own hate @ Christains only?
When the Muslims try to inject their superstitions into American law, they'll get the same treatment. Religious fundamentalists are the same no matter which death-cult they belong to. The only difference between xtian fundies and muzzie fundies is location.

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Where can I sign up?

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The Worlds Biggest Lie wrote:
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So what about the sinagogue's and their own superstitions that they can subvert a society and still be 'the ones'
Why not have a Christain or a Muslim print our currency? Or control and polarize the country through various media outlets? Does Ishrael qualify as a death cult?
Homosexuals aren't fundamentalists? SS parenting isn't radical? Gaydays@disney?
Troll of a thousand socks. You don't want a discussion. You only want attention. Troll on.

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JrEsq wrote:
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Most "churches" that homosexuals belong to are not really churches in the traditional sense, in which actual religion is involved.
GOOD!

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I think that this petition is very wrong-headed and unconstitutional in sentiment. I'd go so far as to call it unamerican.

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JrEsq wrote:
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Most "churches" that homosexuals belong to are not really churches in the traditional sense, in which actual religion is involved.
You are going to have to expand on that and give some examples. You know ... concrete examples ... not more vaporous imaginings.

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Dirty White Schlepper wrote:
Still noticing on a daily basis the fact that Kweers fail to take a shot at Islam or suggest that Muslims are a hate group. Bunch a no good fk'n cowards you are that's why or did the Yewman tell you to direct your own hate @ Christains only?
Still noticing your thousands of false names that you slap down here every day. What a LIAR.

It's funny, but I have YET to see a Muslim or Jew or Buddhist or any other religion barking like a dog on these sites, but I see PLENTY of Chriztians flapping their gums and trying to tell others how to behave. How strange!

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I don't believe the U.S. government is in the business of designating "hate groups", at least not officially. And be very careful about getting them to start. Remember, once they get into that sort of thing, who is going to make the decision about whom to include in that list? Maybe some day a right-wing conservative, and you know where that would lead.
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Dirty White Schlepper wrote:
Still noticing on a daily basis the fact that Kweers fail to take a shot at Islam or suggest that Muslims are a hate group. Bunch a no good fk'n cowards you are that's why or did the Yewman tell you to direct your own hate @ Christains only?
That is because they're on our team; sugar
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They recently opened a gay mosque; the first of many to come
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