When the White House began its ‘We the People’ online site, they probably never imagined that this petition would rise above the rest in numbers. The petition to recognize the Westboro Baptist Church as a hate group has garnered 248,027 signatures thus far, making it the largest online White House Petition since the site’s inception.
The petition site gives thirty days to collect at least 25,000 signatures in order for proper attention to be given by the White House. Since December 14th, just under a quarter of a million people have poured in to sign.
After Westboro’s church spokesperson Shirley Phelps-Roper tweeted plans to protest a vigil for the Sandy Hook victims to ‘sing praise to God for the glory of his work in executing his judgement’, the petition was promptly crafted by ‘Grant B.’
According to this, the collective activists ‘Anonymous’ produced a separate White House petition to strip Westboro Baptist Church of its tax-exempt status. The petition has garnered more than 63,385 signatures since December 16th.
Both petitions have gathered enough signatures for the White House to take notice.