’God Hates Fags’ Church Among Most Popular Subjects on White House Website
Since December, several petitions have been launched on the "We the People" section of the White House’s website against the Westboro Baptist Church. The church is best known for their ’Gods Hates Fags’ slogan and their protests of military funerals.
Out of the 15 most popular petitions currently on the website, five of them relate to the church and are listed below:
-Define the Westboro Baptist Church as a hate group due to promoting animosity against differing cultural demographics.
-Investigate the IRS Tax-Exempt Status of the Westboro Baptist Church.
-Remove the Westboro Baptist Church’s 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, and make it retroactive.
-Revoke the tax exempt status of the Westboro Baptist Church & re-classify Westboro Baptist Church as a hate group.
-Legally recognize Westboro Baptist Church as a hate group.
In total, the petitions have garnered more than 620,000 signatories with "Legally recognize Westboro Baptist Church as a hate group," collecting more than 345,000 signatures and is currently the most popular petition listed.
That petition reads:
"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."
Organizations like Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League have already labeled the church as a hate group.
Even though all of the official deadlines have passed the website is still accepting additional signers to the petitions.
We the People is a section of whitehouse.gov and was launched in September of 2011. Any petition that meets a certain threshold of signatures gets an official response from the White House. That threshold started at 5,000, but because of its popularity, the threshold has been bumped up twice, first to 25,000 and more recently in January it was moved to 100,000.
So far the White House has not issued an official response to any of the above listed petitions.