KANSAS CITY, MO (WDAF) – Two separate petitions with thousands of signatures have been circulating to classify Topeka’s Westboro Baptist Church as a hate group. This would strip the church of its tax exempt status.
The petitions started after Westboro announced plans to protest a Sunday vigil for the victims of the school shooting in Newtown Connecticut. The church is known for protesting soldier’s funerals in the Midwest.
The activist and computer hacker group known as known as “Anonymous” has also threatened the church on a video they released on Vimeo. An automated voice says in the video, “We will not allow you to corrupt the minds of America with your seeds of hatred. We will not allow you to inspire aggression to the social faction which you deem inferior. We will render you obsolete. We will destroy you. We are coming.”
The group has also hacked the group’s twitter account.
A total of 16,062 signatures are needed before the White House will review the petition. As of noon on Monday, nearly 10,000 people had signed it.
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