Map of signatures to petitions to name Westboro Baptist Church as a hate group.

Official White House GIF Shows Where Westboro Baptist Church Is Most Hated

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July 4 2013 8:39 AM

Where Do People Hate Westboro Baptist Church the Most?

Where people signed petitions to name the church a hate group.

A new GIF from the White House shows the Westboro Baptist Church is most resented in its home state of Kansas and in Newtown, Conn., where it threatened to picket the funerals of children killed in the December massacre. The map, which comes from a White House response to several petitions to classify the group as a hate group, shades ZIP codes by the number of people who signed those petitions. Although the White House finds the church’s activities “reprehensible,” the response explains, the federal government does not maintain a list of hate groups. The church remains a tax-exempt 501(c)(3)—here’s why.

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