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Legally recognize Westboro Baptist Church as a hate group.

White House Petition set up on the 14th December, the same day as the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, has become the most popular petition of all time, and currently stands at 262,708 signatures.

The petition reads thus:

Legally recognize Westboro Baptist Church as a hate group.

This group has been recognized as a hate group by organizations, such as The Southern Poverty Law Center, and has repeatedly displayed the actions typical of hate groups.

Their actions have been directed at many groups, including homosexuals, military, Jewish people and even other Christians. They pose a threat to the welfare and treatment of others and will not improve without some form of imposed regulation.

I must admit, if I were an US citizen, I’d sign it…..

UPDATE: It appears that following the success of the above petition somebody thought it a great idea to create a similar one pertaining to the Catholic Church:

Officially recognize the Roman Catholic Church as a hate group.

In his annual Christmas address to the College of Cardinals, Pope Benedict XVI, the global leader of the Roman Catholic Church, demeaned and belittled homosexual people around the world. Using hateful language and discriminatory remarks, the Pope painted a portrait in which gay people are second-class global citizens. Pope Benedict said that gay people starting families are threatening to society, and that gay parents objectify and take away the dignity of children. The Pope also implied that gay families are sub-human, as they are not dignified in the eyes of God.

Upon these remarks, the Roman Catholic Church fits the definition of a hate group as defined by both the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League.

This has garnered a whopping 93 signatures…..

Hillary Clinton has vanished

Did you see this over the weekend? A Hasidic newspaper photoshopped the Secretary of State out of the briefing room picture:

A big hat-tip to Failed Messiah (who gave a hat-tip to Critical Minyan) for breaking the news that an Ultra-Orthodox Hasidic Jewish newspaper, Der Tzitung, has determined that the photo of top U.S. leaders receiving an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden was too scandalous.

What was so offensive about the image? U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in the photo and, based on good intel, the editor of Der Tzitung discovered that she is a woman. The Hasidic newspaper will not intentionally include any images of women in the paper because it could be considered sexually suggestive. The iconic photo shows President Obama, Vice President Biden, and members of the U.S. National Security Team in the Situation Room of the White House. Secretary of State Clinton, wearing a long-sleeved suit jacket, sits with her hand over her mouth. I’m not sure how Der Tzitung determined this was a racy photo. Perhaps they just don’t like the idea of a woman with that much political power.

Hasidic Newspaper Photoshops Hillary Clinton from Iconic Photo | The Jewish Week.

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I am now part of the official White House Record

What? Surely not me? But, yes, I am. The White House Press Secretary said,

“The only thing that would be archived other than what I produce is if you respond directly to me and only me,”

So….

They say that if you tweet @presssec it becomes part of the official WH Records 4ever, so, here it goes – I, Joel Watts, is the bomb 4ever (here)

This is going to be fun. Real fun.

Does the President Read my Blog?

This is only since June 1st, when I switched to self-hosting, but I have to wonder, does President Obama read my blog?

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Should Religious Groups be free from Anti-Discrimination Laws?

The Rev. Jim Wallis, a political voice in his own right, has responded to a recent action by religious leaders who have asked that the Attorney General remove protections for religious groups who discrimination in hiring. His basic answer is that theses religious groups should discriminate in providing services (note, that they groups are those who receive money from the ‘Faith-Based’ office in the White House (something I have been against since the last Administration created it.) but can hire to preserve religious identity.

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