In the whole "I know it when I see it" mindset, Westboro Baptist a hate group. They are an evil bunch of bullies who kick people at their lowest in an attempt to make a point completely unrelated to those that they protest. Yes, it is their 1st Amendment right to be a bunch of douches, but it is also our right to call it what it is.
It speaks volumes that a petition
to the president has more than ten times the required 25,000 signatures. What that says to me is that most people that are not Fred Phelps' mindless minions sees Westboro for what they truly are: hateful. I would add spawns of satan, but that is just me.
There are some additional petitions calling for their tax-exempt status to be removed due to their being a hate group. I completely agree with that because they are a sorry excuse for a religious institution. They should receive no preferential treatment from the society and government they hate so much. If they don't like it, there might be close to 300,000 people willing to chip in for one-way plane tickets to the destination of their choice. I could suggest a few homophobic Muslim countries ....