An online petition asking the U.S. government to label the Westboro Baptist Church a "hate group" has become the most popular petition on the White House website "We the People," with more than 265,000 signatures (video below).
The petition was created after the Westboro Baptist Church threatened to protest at the funeral of Sandy Hook Elementary School principal Dawn Hochsprung, reports NY Daily News.
More petitions calling on the U.S. government to investigate or revoke the Westboro Baptist Church’s tax-exempt status have gotten more than the 25,000 signatures required to get an official response from the White House.
There has not yet been any response from the White House.
The Westboro Baptist Church is infamous for picketing the funerals of U.S. soldiers and famous people, who supposedly supported homosexuals.
The Westboro Baptist Church is already recognized as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.