The following is a list of the top 10 most popular petitions found on the official White House website this month. This is the most recent list. You may be surprised what made it on the list and how many signatures each petition has received. The petitions here are listed in order from least popular to most popular.
You can find these petitions on the White House website, under the tab:
“We the People: Your Voice in our Government”
Click on the tab that says “Popular” and you will find them. Right below the title, you see, We Petition the Obama Administration to: This is followed by all of the petitions that have been created. You also see the option of creating your own petition, with instructions on how to do it. Well, here you go. Enjoy….if you can.
10 – Remove the Westboro Baptist Church’s 501(c)(3) tax-exampt status and make it retroactive. Created by a gentleman from Minnesota on December 2012, this petition opens with the following line:
“The Westboro Baptist Church operates as a tax-exempt church. While it speaks volumes that many Americans value their right to free speech, this does not mean that we have to pay for their vitriol.”
Just to clarify this statement, we actually don’t pay for WBC, unless, of course, you volunatarily donate to it. This is not a federal or state levied tax as this gentlemean appears to suggest. You don’t “have to” pay for their vitriol. You could simply choose to ignore them. Just a suggestion.
Stating that WBC never should’ve been allowed to be a legitimate church with tax-exempt status, one of the reasons listed in the petition is that
“The WBC does not engage in any charity comparable in scope to their public image. They are only known for hate.”
What do you think?
Petition Signatures: 51,773
9 – Repeal Obamacare. It is killing jobs in this country. Choosing not to elaborate much on the subject, the petition appears to address the president directly.
“Please repeal Obamacare, it is destroying jobs in this country and is already taxing businesses into closing. If you care even a little about the middle class as you so adamantly said you did during your reelection campaign, than you will repeal it so the middle class can get back to work.”
The president has always claimed to be on the side of the middle class. Does Obamacare help or hinder America’s middle class? You be the judge.
This petition was started on November 2012. It was created by a resident of Brooklyn, New York.
Petition Signatures: 53,048
8 – Support mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods. This is one of those topics which seems to have garnered considerable public attention in recent months and is now a big topic in mainstream America. Started on April of 2012, by a lady from Maine, the petition opens with:
“We have a right to know how the food we eat and feed our families is produced, but under current FDA regulations, we don’t have that ability when it comes to genetically engineered foods (GMOs).”
The petition states that over 90% of Democrats, Independents, and Republicans are in favor of labeling food products for GMO’s and also mentions that nations such as Russia and China already require this kind of labeling.
Russia and China? We’re looking up to these countries for guidance on public policy now? Interesing. What do you think?
Signature Petitions: 58,622
7 – Recount the election! Yes, the exclamation mark is part of the petitions title, which one can presume is intended to emphasize the level of concern over this matter. Created on November of 2012, brief and to the point, the petitioner here states:
“It has become blatantly obvious the voter fraud that was committed during the 2012 Presidential elections. In one county alone in Ohio, which was a battleground state, President Obama received 106,258 votes…but there were only 98,213 eligible voters. It’s not humanly possible to get 108% of the vote!
If ID laws had been enforced (which the administration is completely against because that meant they would lose) then this wouldn’t be an issue.”
Agree or disagree? MSNBC would have you believe, of course, that asking an adult to confrim his/her identity in order to vote is equivalent to discrimination and/or “voter suppression”. Really? Do you buy that kind of “reasoning”?
Petition Signatures: 67,515
6 – Revoke the tax-exempt status of Westboro Baptist Church; classify it as a hate group. Westboro makes another appearance on this list. Are you surprised? Really? Do we need to elaborate on this one? One important line on this petition that is worth sharing:
“By granting their tax exemption WE ARE FUNDING THEIR HATE. This must change”.
You may or may not support Westboro, but one thing is crucial here. As a society, we cannot allow individuals to redefine words to suit their own agendas.
Tax-exemption is NOT the same as funding. To be tax-exmpt means that you, as an orginaztion, or entity, is not obligated to pay taxes because of your not-for-profit status. On the other hand, in order to “fund” an orginaztion or entity, you voluntarily donate of your own resources. They are not the same thing. Stop redefining words!!
It is a horrendous, misleading, dishonest, manipulative claim; regardless of your views over Westboro.
Petition Signatures: 69,000
5 – Investigate the IRS tax-exempt status of the Westboro Baptist Church. Bingo! Let’s not go there again…. Please?
Petition Signatures: 74,780
4 – Remove marijuana from the federal Controlled Substance Act and allow the states to decide how they want to regulate it. The petitioner’s argument:
“Some states have clearly indicated that they wish [to] determine how to regulate marijuana at the state level through medical marijuana programs or by legalizing personal use. Please remove federal implications by removing marijuana from the Controlled Substance Act.”
Nope, Cheech and Chong, surprisingly, are not the ones behind this one. This petition was initiated by a woman in Yorkville Il. on November of 2012.
What do you think? I wonder if these folks are also interested in allowing states to make other determinations over public policy without federal government intervention? For example, healthcare.
Petition Signatures: 82,497
3 – Deport British Citizen Piers Morgan for Attacking 2nd Amendment. This one might have Mr. Morgan sweating a little bit. Piers Morgan is sure rubbing a lot of Americans the wrong way these days. Granted he may just be doing this for ratings. Recently, he’s made repeated suggestions that the bible is out of touch with modern society and that it must be changed to fit today’s trends. That didn’t go over very well either.
Initiated on December of 2012 by a gentleman from Texas, this petition, regarding Pier’s coverage of the 2nd Amendment, states the following:
“British Citizen and CNN television host Piers Morgan is engaged in a hostile attack against the U.S. Constitution by targeting the Second Amendment. We demand that Mr. Morgan be deported immediately for his effort to undermine the Bill of Rights and for exploiting his position as a national network television host to stage attacks against the rights of American citizens.”
Not surprisingly, on the wake of the horrific shooting rampage in Connecticut, many have rushed to conclude that greater gun control is the solution, while ignoring the root of the problem: human evil, which cannot be legislated. On the other hand, people like Mike Huckabee have reminded us that this increase in violence in America’s streets is consistent with the growing insistence that God and prayer be removed from schools and society. Less God, less love equals more hatred.
What do you think? Should we send Piers Morgan packing?
Petition Signatures: 103,443
2 – Peacefully grant the state of Texas to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government. Yes, that is the official title of the petition found on the website. This is not very surprising, considering that millions of Americans are greatly at odds with our federal government. The American Revolution came about, in large part, a result of abusive British taxation without representation. What Americans are experiencing today is massive taxation with gross and negligent misrepresentation. Taxpayer dollars going exactly in the opposte direction taxpayers want their tax dollars to go.
The petitioner’s request:
“The US continues to suffer economic difficulties stemming from the federal government’s neglect to reform domestic and foreign spending. The citizens of the US suffer from blatant abuses of their rights such as the NDAA, the TSA, etc. Given that the state of Texas maintains a balanced budget and is the 15th largest economy in the world, it is practically feasible for Texas to withdraw from the union, and to do so would protect it’s citizens’ standard of living and re-secure their rights and liberties in accordance with the original ideas and beliefs of our founding fathers which are no longer being reflected by the federal government.”
You may be surprised how much support this petition has received, landing this petition as the #2 most popular petition on the White House website.
Petition Signatures: 124,544
1 – Legally recognize Westboro Baptist Church as a hate group. You think Westboro is aware of their ranking here? This makes it the 3rd petition for the beleaguered church out of the top 10. Ouch!
One of the downsides to this petition, is the one source it cites as evidence that Westboro Baptist is a hate group: The Southern Povery Law Center, which (many would argue) should itself be on a list of hate groups.
This petitioner’s argument:
“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.”
Regardless of whether you oppose or support Westboro Baptist Church, there are two key issues to consider here.
1. True Christian doctrine is strongly rooted in God’s amazing grace.
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:8
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16
Unfortunately, to justify all kinds of immoral behaviors, this love has been manipulated and misconstrued to suggest that God condones sin. God does not tolerate sin. In fact, God hates sin.
“Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness.” – 1 John 3:4
“I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am [the one I claim to be], you will indeed die in your sins.” – John 8:24
God does, however, grant us forgiveness when we sincerely repent of our sins.
Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” – Acts 2:38
Does Westboro Baptist preach the Good News of Jesus Christ? You decide.
2. 1st Amendment rights
The second issue of importance is the free-speech protections under the 1st Amendment to the constitution. We might despise what WBC stands for, but do we want government intervening and weakening the freedoms afforded by the constitution?
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”
Yes, petitions are a legitimate way to “petition the government for a redress of grievances”. Where does this leave Westboro Baptist?
Petition Signatures: 306,798
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