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Is Westboro Baptist Church a Hate Group?

AdriHead 2012/12/26 23:15:12
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We've all been thinking it for quite some time, but now, people are trying to make it official. A petition up on the White House website aims to define the Westboro Baptist Church -- the religious institution that often protests funerals with the all-too-familiar controversial picket signs -- as a hate group.

The petition, which was created on December 14, has gotten about 250,000 signatures (and counting) -- which makes it the largest online White House petition in history! Petitions need 25,000 signatures to be reviewed by the administration.

The Wesboro Baptist Church's latest news-making action has been its attempt to picket various vigils for those who died at the recent Sandy Hook massacre. One church member, below, said God sent the Sandy Hook shooter to Connecticut because the state had legalized same-sex marriage. Do you think the Westboro Baptist Church is a hate group?

DAILYMAIL.CO.UK reports:
Nearly 250,000 people have signed a White House petition that would label Westboro Baptist Church as a hate group after its members announced plans to picket a vigil for children killed in the Newtown, Connecticut school massacre.
announced plans picket vigil children killed newtown connecticut school massacre

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  • RushSchlafly 2013/01/01 21:09:59
    No
    RushSchlafly
    +38
    They are extreme and they are insensitive but they are presenting a viewpoint that has some validity. Many devout Christians are feeling angst and alienation from a society which not only rejects their values but also rejects them as people. See this book::

    Persecution: How Liberals Are Waging War Against Christianity
    by David Limbaugh
    http://books.google.com/books...
    "In Persecution you'll enter the hotly contested battle for the soul of our public schools. Here are appalling - but true - stories of how anti-Christian social engineers not only prohibit school prayer and forbid students from wearing Christian symbols, like a simple cross, but even expunge the real story of Christianity in America from history textbooks. Worse still, in the name of "diversity," "tolerance," "multiculturalism," and "sex education," the social engineers actively inculcate hatred of Christianity as ignorant, repressive, and offensive. Not exactly the agenda of most parents whose tax dollars support the public schools." "Looking honestly at the dominant influence of Christianity in America's colonial culture and schools, where the Bible was routinely used as a textbook, Limbaugh makes a compelling case that the education students receive today is not what the Founders would have endorsed. Inde...
    They are extreme and they are insensitive but they are presenting a viewpoint that has some validity. Many devout Christians are feeling angst and alienation from a society which not only rejects their values but also rejects them as people. See this book::

    Persecution: How Liberals Are Waging War Against Christianity
    by David Limbaugh
    http://books.google.com/books...
    "In Persecution you'll enter the hotly contested battle for the soul of our public schools. Here are appalling - but true - stories of how anti-Christian social engineers not only prohibit school prayer and forbid students from wearing Christian symbols, like a simple cross, but even expunge the real story of Christianity in America from history textbooks. Worse still, in the name of "diversity," "tolerance," "multiculturalism," and "sex education," the social engineers actively inculcate hatred of Christianity as ignorant, repressive, and offensive. Not exactly the agenda of most parents whose tax dollars support the public schools." "Looking honestly at the dominant influence of Christianity in America's colonial culture and schools, where the Bible was routinely used as a textbook, Limbaugh makes a compelling case that the education students receive today is not what the Founders would have endorsed. Indeed, they would have been outraged at what is taught - and what the courts say - in their name, under the pretext of the non-constitutional and woefully misunderstood phrase "separation of church and state.""--BOOK JACKET.
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  • gurecho 2013/12/15 03:23:39 (edited)
    No
    gurecho
    They are only ignorant. It is not Gods will that people kill each other. In the lords prayer people ask that Gods will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Gods will is clearly spelled out in the 10 commandments and the two commandments of Jesus ”You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself’. I do not see how anyone with the ability to think or reason could claim that killing your neighbor is the same as loving your neighbor.
  • melanie 2013/11/16 14:50:04 (edited)
    Yes
    melanie
    +1
    They are wrost the christians
  • Zamboni - Madoka Magica fan... 2013/08/07 01:41:36
    Yes
    Zamboni - Madoka Magica fan BN0
    +1
    Ehhhhh... This is kind of a no-brainer. Really, they have hate articles for everything... Even their websites have the word hate all the time... No brainer.
  • Ali42 2013/04/28 04:29:01
    Yes
    Ali42
    +2
    I mean, I don't think ANY church should get tax breaks but I don't really see how this group can call themselves a church.

    You would think Christians would be horrified by the way these people represent them. This is not going to win anyone over to religion if they were on the fence.

    I mean, they may not fit the definition of hate group because they have not physically harmed anyone to our knowledge but at the same time, they proselatize hate, so they are a group that ...hates.

    They are free to believe in whatever stupidity they like but they need to keep it within the walls of their "church." When they start picketing funerals and messing in the lives of normal people is when they cross the line.
  • melanie Ali42 2013/11/16 14:51:53
    melanie
    To me they aren't christians at all
  • hajkorten 2013/03/16 16:27:35 (edited)
  • Cookie Monster 2013/03/03 23:33:32
    Yes
    Cookie Monster
    +2
    It's either a hate group or a group of trolls.
  • Troy 2013/03/02 21:56:51
    Yes
    Troy
    +2
    Is this the stupidest question on Sodahead?,

    Have you seen the $hit these hate mongers spew?

    Awe... that was a rhetorical bait question wasn't it, you bad (but good)
  • pammerjammer 2013/01/27 06:23:27
    Yes
    pammerjammer
    +1
    Uh huh...nuts
  • Fanghur 2013/01/27 02:53:56
    Yes
    Fanghur
    +2
    If they aren't a hate group, nothing is.
  • hajkorten Fanghur 2013/03/16 16:34:19
  • boognish989 2013/01/24 00:17:42
    Yes
    boognish989
    +2
    yes, they are a hate group. however, their interpretation of the bible is just as (in)valid as anyone else's. the bible, especially the old testament, reads like a manual on how to eradicate your enemies and still feel like the 'good guy'.
  • Gordon 2013/01/23 02:42:15
    Yes
    Gordon
    +1
    Those Westboro Baptist members obviously follow Satan the Devil, who is the great Pretender.
  • Troy Gordon 2013/03/02 22:12:07
    Troy
    +1
    If Satan exists and was crafty, the best thing he could do to create anarchy, misery, hatred, war and turmoil would be to create religions, to have those religions hate!!!
    Hate and kill infidels, take slaves, hate homosexuals, steal other peoples land under instruction from an imaginary divinity..... hmm..... does any of this sound familiar?
    Who do you thinks winning?
  • hajkorten Troy 2013/03/16 16:39:55
  • hajkorten Troy 2013/03/16 16:41:05
  • hajkorten Gordon 2013/03/16 16:37:42
  • Gordon hajkorten 2013/03/17 01:03:52
    Gordon
    But, I have known many fine true followers of Christ Jesus who are not evil and full of spiteful malice.

    If only Christendom had more of them.
  • hajkorten Gordon 2013/03/17 01:40:12 (edited)
  • Gordon hajkorten 2013/03/17 02:00:18
    Gordon
    +1
    That is understandable. I have no repect for mean spirited and greedy people of any religion. Satan the Devil is their master, just as the Bible tells us.

    There is a huge difference between being a Christian, and being a member of Christiandom. Those Roman Catholic priests and bishops who buggered little boys are not Christians. This list could be miles long with false Christians, Jews, Muslims, etc. preist pervert
  • hajkorten Gordon 2013/03/17 01:45:17
  • Red 2013/01/23 02:33:11
  • Troy Red 2013/03/02 22:15:48
    Troy
    +2
    Or better still, I know you and your an a$$hole, I have demons waiting to sodamise you in hell right now, their pitchforks are sharpened - now begone heathen!!
    Regards,
    Troy.
  • hajkorten Red 2013/03/16 16:43:53
  • Troy hajkorten 2013/03/16 19:26:54 (edited)
    Troy
    +1
    Unlike the organised bigots they need to defend themselves against I suppose? What pisses me off is how people like YOU get pissed off because we keep asking for our rights. We shouldn't have to ask your fecking permission for anything. Then you would be deafened by our silence. So long as you surpress, we will seek redress!

  • hajkorten Troy 2013/03/16 22:15:52 (edited)
  • Troy hajkorten 2013/03/17 14:01:49 (edited)
    Troy
    OK they have to stop allowing computer and internet access in mental institutions if this is the garbage they allow you to spew!
  • hajkorten Troy 2013/03/16 22:21:27 (edited)
  • Troy hajkorten 2013/03/17 14:27:50 (edited)
    Troy
    Typical tactic of religious bigots. the way they try to demonise and ostricise gays is to equate them with peadophiles so they are reviled.

    The problem with this argument is that there are at least ten times more heterosexuals than homosexuals and propotionally the same amont per capita of peadophiles in each group. Nessisarily then, there are ten times more peadophiles in the straight community as the gay.

    The rest of the gay and straight population are equally revolted by the practice. Considering that it is a favoured practice of the religious and the Church, I don't think religionists are in any position to condemn anybody!
  • hajkorten Troy 2013/03/16 22:33:06
  • Troy hajkorten 2013/03/17 14:21:51
    Troy
    Well I could easily write under a pen name as a religious right winger advocating the hanging, castration or general imprisonment of gay's. I dont need to though, there are so many people doing so for real!
  • Joe 2013/01/21 16:11:30
  • ApostasyManifest 2013/01/16 08:13:45
    Yes
    ApostasyManifest
    +3
    Pretty sure that if there is a God that God doesn't HATE anything. Why would God be petty and jealous enough to HATE anything? As far a Phelps being a Democrat yes he was a Good Ol Racist Southern Democrat who's views are more inline today with the Republican Party.
  • Sofahead 2013/01/15 00:46:32
    Yes
    Sofahead
    +2
    Does one really need to ask? The most toxic group of people to ever call themselves Christians. Jesus weeps.
  • boognis... Sofahead 2013/01/24 00:22:19
    boognish989
    +3
    you forgot about the crusaders, the inquisitors, witch burners, catholics, missionaries who spread lies and destroyed cultures...
  • Sofahead boognis... 2013/01/25 16:36:58
    Sofahead
    +1
    I didn't forget about them, they weren't a part of the question asked.
    It seems all religions have histories that aren't worthy representation to their belief in God.
  • hajkorten boognis... 2013/03/16 18:02:34
  • hajkorten Sofahead 2013/03/16 16:49:01
  • Sofahead hajkorten 2013/03/16 17:17:32
    Sofahead
    +1
    And why do you in conspiracy like fashion assume they are more than simply religious zealots? A little proof backing up your comment would go a long way.
  • hajkorten Sofahead 2013/03/16 17:58:33 (edited)
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