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Media: Stop covering the Westboro Baptist Church

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June 13th, 2016

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It won’t be gun control or an end to mass shootings in America.

If there’s one good thing that can come from the hate crimes in Orlando, it will be an end to news coverage of the Westboro Baptist Church.

Predictably, the hate group attached itself to the latest headlines, not that they had anything new to say.

Just their usual “God Hates Fags,” “Thank God for Dead Fags,” and “God Sent the Killer.”

Why does this single family of haters from Topeka, Kansas, the Phelps, continue to get so much coverage?

No other hate group gets the same kind of attention.

There’s no reason to take them seriously.

No value to their words or thoughts.

They are not an officially recognized church, they’re just branded as such instead of a cult.

It’s not just LGBT people who they target.

The people they hate includes Catholics, Jews, Muslims, politicians, and soldiers.

But if you’re trying to find them online, it won’t be at westborobaptistchurch.com.

No, you’ll get to their official website at godhatesfags.com.

They picket outside funerals of soldiers and celebrities, and the headlines follow.

The Phelps were even set to protest outside the funeral of Tim McLean, saying God caused the Greyhound bus killing because Canada legalized same-sex marriage.

Their sick and twisted views say homosexuality should be a capital crime and that people in the LGBT community should be put to death.

When you categorize a group of people and devalue their right to humanity, you’ve crossed a line.

I refuse to put power to their words, knowing their opinions are delusional, hateful, and flat out wrong.

But the mainstream media doesn’t get this.

After this latest tragedy that plays right into their agenda, I call on all media to stop covering the Westboro Baptist Church.

Their rhetoric does not change. They have nothing new to say.

All you will get from clicking on stories about them is poison.

You generate ad views and revenue, in turn telling mainstream media you want this opinion.

It is just the same old hate speech recycled by the cult’s work to attach it to the latest headlines.

Is that really news? No, it always happens.

We know it’s going to happen like clockwork, and we know it fuels ‘lone wolf’ madmen like Omar Mateen.

I call on all media to stop covering the Westboro Baptist Church and to proudly declare it.

We can still cover something actually newsworthy about them, such as the death of one of the Phelps.

That’s a death that can be celebrated if there is one.

I’m not convinced there actually is, but what good does a hateful statement like the above do?

We need to stop calling their rhetoric free speech and it needs to be labeled the vitriol that it is.

If there’s one thing we can do so the deaths of the following are not in vain, it is to put hate in its place.

It is to smother the flame so it is extinguished.

Rest in peace, victims of senseless violence. We will not let let your death be for nothing.

  • Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34-years-old
  • Stanley Almodovar III, 23-years-old
  • Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20-years-old
  • Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22-years-old
  • Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36-years-old
  • Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22-years-old
  • Luis S. Vielma, 22-years-old
  • Kimberly Morris, 37-years-old
  • Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30-years-old
  • Darryl Roman Burt II, 29-years-old
  • Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32-years-old
  • Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21-years-old
  • Anthony Luis Laureanodisla, 25-years-old
  • Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35-years-old
  • Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50-years-old
  • Amanda Alvear, 25-years-old
  • Martin Benitez Torres, 33-years-old
  • Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37-years-old
  • Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26-years-old
  • Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35-years-old
  • Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25-years-old
  • Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31-years-old
  • Oscar A Aracena-Montero, 26-years-old
  • Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25-years-old
  • Miguel Angel Honorato, 30-years-old
  • Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40-years-old

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