White House petition against Westboro Baptist ChurchDecember 29, 2012 8:55 pm
Westboro Baptist Church might have barked up the wrong tree when it decided to try and protest at the funerals of the Sandy Hook tragedy victims. It almost seems like the church’s prime goal is to tick as many people off as they can in the shortest amount of time possible. For this reason, it shouldn’t surprise them that folks are trying to take grassroots action to put a stop to their tasteless tactics. Utilizing the White House ‘We the People’ petitioning program, there has been a push to have WBC labelled as a hate group and even one to have their tax-exemption status revoked. The first has already received a quarter-million signatures -ten times more than is necessary to get a review from the White House. The Huffington Post writes:
The individual push has since received the support of nearly 250,000 signees, making it the most popular single petition ever created through the White House initiative. It recently cruised past a call for federal action on gun control, which along with a number of other petitions on the issue of gun rights, drew a response from President Barack Obama last week.
COMMENT below: Do you think the government should do anything to limit or regulate what the Westboro Baptist Church does, or is this just a poor side-effect of having freedom of speech?