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Petition Response: Here's what we have to say about the Westboro Baptist Church Show Details From The White House

Posted by on Jul. 2, 2013 at 7:57 PM
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The White House
 


Here's what we have to say about the Westboro Baptist Church

Thank you for your petition.

The We the People Terms of Participation explain that "the White House may decline to address certain procurement, law enforcement, adjudicatory, or similar matters properly within the jurisdiction of federal departments or agencies, federal courts, or state and local government."

To the extent that these petitions request a particular law enforcement or adjudicatory action, we cannot issue a comment. In addition, as a matter of practice, the federal government doesn't maintain a list of hate groups. That's the prerogative of private organizations like the Anti-Defamation League and Southern Poverty Law Center.

That all said, we agree that practices such as protesting at the funerals of men and women who died in service to this country and preventing their families from mourning peacefully are reprehensible-- a point that President Obama has made for years. That's why he signed a law to ensure that protesters keep an appropriate distance at military funerals. As the President has said, “The graves of our veterans are hallowed ground, and when men and women die in the service of their country and are laid to rest, it should be done with the utmost honor and respect.”

Moreover, one of the remarkable things about this set of petitions is that it shows just how strong the bonds that unite us can be. Together, we’re more resilient than those who would try to drive us apart.

Take, for instance, this map of all the signers of the petition "Legally recognize Westboro Baptist Church as a hate group" -- that we built with the zip codes that people chose to share with us when they signed. The darker color indicates a higher percentage of signers for that particular area's population. While support for these petitions came from all over the country, it was densely clustered in two places that have unique insight into the actions of the Westboro Baptist Church -- Kansas, the state the church calls home, and Newtown, Connecticut, where the church threatened to picket the funerals of those killed at Sandy Hook Elementary.

Map: Petition signatures by zip code







thoughts????????   



by on Jul. 2, 2013 at 7:57 PM
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Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Jul. 2, 2013 at 8:00 PM
Bump!
peanutsmommy1
by Ruby Member on Jul. 2, 2013 at 8:01 PM
Havi g them classified as a hate group doesnt do anything to them
I do wish they could revoke their non profit status though
NanaMomo
by Platinum Member on Jul. 2, 2013 at 8:04 PM
I wish they would just go away :/

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mommysangelface
by on Jul. 2, 2013 at 8:04 PM

thanks!

Quoting Anonymous:

Bump!


mommysangelface
by on Jul. 2, 2013 at 8:05 PM

it doesnt do much but i do think it is a start you know

hmmm i wonder if there is a petition for that. 

i think once they are labeled a hate group they cant profit. im not sure though. 

ill have to check into that and see if there is a petition floating around to revoke the non profit status

ill get back to you on that one. 

Quoting peanutsmommy1:

Havi g them classified as a hate group doesnt do anything to them
I do wish they could revoke their non profit status though


mommysangelface
by on Jul. 2, 2013 at 8:06 PM

you are so not the only one.  lol

Quoting NanaMomo:

I wish they would just go away :/


Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Jul. 2, 2013 at 8:07 PM
This doesn't say anything people, as a whole, didn't already know. And it reinforces my belief online petitions are a waste of time.
mommysangelface
by on Jul. 2, 2013 at 8:09 PM

here darling!

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/revokewbcstatus/

Revoke Westboro Baptist Church's tax-exempt status IMMEDIATELY!

THE PETITION

We, by petition, call upon the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Government to enforce existing 501(c)3 tax-exempt law for religious organizations by revoking Westboro Baptist Church's tax-exempt status for violation of the ban on political activity by churches. We consider Westboro Baptist Church to be a danger to the well-being of society. Their hate speech and political activity advocate psychological (if not physical) violence upon those different than themselves and bring NOTHING of positive value to life or society. WBC continually advocates against certain political parties, philosophies, and views in a public setting and therefore constitutes a violation of the law. Again, we call upon the Federal Government to REVOKE WESTBORO BAPTIST CHURCH'S TAX-EXEMPT STATUS IMMEDIATELY!

SIGN PETITION

Quoting peanutsmommy1:

Havi g them classified as a hate group doesnt do anything to them
I do wish they could revoke their non profit status though


lyork1
by on Jul. 2, 2013 at 8:14 PM

I think they should have to maintain a respectful distance at ALL funerals. A person is being laid to rest, and grieving families are present.

mommysangelface
by on Jul. 2, 2013 at 8:16 PM

there are laws in place in some states where if you picket a funeral you have to be so many feet away or be arrested. 

i do think there needs to be changes there though

Quoting lyork1:

I think they should have to maintain a respectful distance at ALL funerals. A person is being laid to rest, and grieving families are present.


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