It’s not that the White House doesn’t see the insensitive activities of the WBC and its 50 members, in fact, they also find the practices of protesting at funerals of men and women who have died in service to the country very distasteful but “as a matter of practice, the federal government doesn’t maintain a list of hate groups.”
The unaffiliated Baptist church is very anti-gay and targets any person or people who they feel have an association with homosexuality. The group perhaps hit its lowest when members attempted to picket the funerals of Newtown, Conn., Sandy Hook elementary school shooting victims.
Their latest attempt of a protest is to picket the funerals of the 19 Arizona firefighters who died attempting to contain a wildfire.
More than 280,000 people have signed the petition on the White House’s website. Although the Obama administration hasn’t mandated the WBC as a “hate group”, measures have been taken to limit the group’s actions. Back in August, Obama signed a bill that prevents protesters from coming within 300 feet of military funerals and prohibits protests two hours before or after a service.
The group also attempted to protest the funerals of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. Local citizens lined up in front of the services to make sure it didn’t happen.