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…..

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5 Replies to “Legally recognize Westboro Baptist Church as a hate group.”

  1. You don’t have to be a US citizen to sign, or even a US resident. I just signed the White House petition to keep Piers Morgan in the USA. But you do have to give a place of residence, and they might give less weight to foreign addresses.

  2. If I were a benevolent dictator and could make Westboro go away or make their life harder with an executive order I would certainly do it. Anyone co-opting the name of Jesus for their own personal gain, greed, or hate makes it harder to spread the true peace of Christ.

    That said, the US government is founded on the idea is that government can easily do more harm than good. Trusting the US government to ban one particular group without then using the precedent to legislate against anyone they don’t like or who is on the wrong side of public opinion is contrary to our nature. I think most people in the US love free speech even more than guns 😉

    Regarding the Piers Morgan thing, it’s obviously a stupid petition that couldn’t/shouldn’t go anywhere, but the right to bring up that kind of nonsense is, itself, protected speech. Many people signing the petition probably don’t get the irony of that.

    – Bob

    1. Bob,

      Having it declared a hate group wouldn’t ban them, but it would have them unable to receive tax-exempt status like other churches do. Also, I’m not sure about that particular myth of the founding of the U.S. Gov’t.

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