White House: Westboro Protests ‘Reprehensible’

(AP) – The White House says it can’t fulfill a request to deem a group that protests at soldiers’ funerals a hate group. But it says President Barack Obama believes Westboro protestersuch actions are reprehensible.

The Obama administration is responding to petitions through the White House website to label the Westboro Baptist Church a hate group and revoke its tax-exempt status. Almost 700,000 people signed five related petitions.

The group claims when American troops die, it’s God’s punishment for America tolerating homosexuality and abortion.

The White House says the federal government doesn’t maintain a list of hate groups. But it’s releasing a map showing where the petition-signers come from. The map shows high density in Kansas, where the Westboro group is based, and Connecticut, where church members threatened to picket Newtown victims’ funerals.

  • Just my 2 cents….

    That doesn’t surprise me- Obama usually supports subversive groups like the POS WBC

    • Justice

      In the US, two main organizations that monitor intolerance and hate groups are the Anti-Defamation League and the Souther Poverty Law Center. Hate groups are also tracked by the FBI, however these lists are not published and and investigations are conducted only when a threat or advocacy of force is made; when the group has the apparent ability to carry out the proclaimed act; and when the act would constitute a potential violation of federal law. No one ever said they agreed with what Westboro does and they certainly did not give their support. Until the conditions are satisfied that would consititute a violation of the law, there is nothing taht can be done without infringing upon the rights of US citizens.

      Not that you care. Had he deemed them a hate group you would likely have just claimed religious intolerance, just so long as you get to bash the president.

  • Molan Labe

    Need some drone practice Barry- here ya go

  • hmmmmm

    This group of MORONS need to be banned from all funerals. I have not problem with them standing up for what they believe, but protesting our heros funerals is idiotic. I am a Patriot Guard Member, and love what I do to protect our heros families from these poor excuses of Americans.