Westboro church petition: Collects record 260,000 signatures to name it a hate group after Newtown.

Petition To Name Westboro Church a Hate Group Breaks Record

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Dec. 27 2012 3:12 PM

Petition To Name Westboro Church a Hate Group Breaks Record

Should the Westboro Baptist Church be deemed a hate group?

More than 260,000 people who signed a petition to the White House say yes. The biggest ever on the White House's We the People site, the petition calls for the funeral-crashing independent church to be hit with some sort of "imposed regulation."

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The Kansas-based anti-gay group is notorious for picketing the funerals of soldiers and gay Americans, and most recently for threatening to protest outside funerals for the Newtown school-shooting victims.

Even if some official action is taken against Westboro, that doesn't guarantee it'll disappear anytime soon. President Obama signed a law earlier this year to prohibit protests two hours before or after military funerals and to keep demonstrators 300 feet away.

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