A petition to get the Westboro Baptist Church labeled a hate group has become the biggest campaign ever on the White House’s “We the People” platform.
The petition was originally submitted on December 14, the day of the shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. It grew substantially after WBC announced plans to picket the funerals of slain students.
To date, it’s gotten more than 278,000 signees—well past the 25,000 needed to prompt a response from the White House.
While it’s nice to see so many are outraged by the Phelps’ antics, the government actually doesn’t keep lists of hate groups. President Obama can call them out as haters in a speech, but there’s no official dishonor roll. The Southern Poverty Law Center has one, and it slapped the Phelps cult as “arguably the most obnoxious and rabid hate group in America” years ago.
We’re more enthusiastic about two other petitions seeking to revoke WBC’s tax-exempt status. That’s something we’d like to see the IRS get behind.