Target: Senator Mark Udall, Senator Michael Bennet, Congressman Jared Polis, Congressman Ed Perlmutter, and Congresswoman Diana DeGette
Goal: Recind the Westbro Baptist Church’s privileged religious status and label them a hate group.
Westboro Baptist Church is a perfect example of a religious institution taking advantage of their freedoms as Americans. Hiding behind the veil of the First Amendment, this extremist group has publicly bashed gays, Jews, and even America itself on the anniversary of 9/11.
While members of the church are adamant in their means of peacefully protesting, they do so in a disgusting and terribly offensive way. They picket important cultural memorials, religious institutions, progressive social rallies, and even funerals “in the name of God”. Of course the Westboro Baptist Church is free to believe these things. It is when they intrude on other citizen’s rights that they cross the line.
At the very, least this institution should lose its tax exemption status, and should be labeled as an official hate group. It is intentionally attempting to limit almost every American’s right to freedom without persecution.
In Colorado alone, the Westboro Baptist Church has picketed the funerals of the Aurora shooting victims and the death of an army Chaplin in Colorado Springs. Please sign this petition and speak out against such hateful acts.
Dear senators and congressmen,
The Westboro Baptist Church has become infamous for disgusting public shows of what they call faith—protesting the modern rights of man and damning all those disagree to hell. While they are free to believe what they will, their public displays of hate have clearly impeded on the rights and freedoms of thousands of Americans and they must be reprimanded.
This petition is being written not only to implore the federal government to repeal the Westboro Baptist Church’s tax exemption status and any other privileges bestowed to religious institutions, but also to officially label them as a hate group so that they can be kept from protesting any more sensitive occasions, such as the memorial for the Aurora shooting victims or a gay pride parade.
This group has taken advantage of their rights as Americans. It is time they understand that those rights are a privilege of those who obey the laws and respect the rights of others—especially in terms of a religious institution.
Please help and bring this public persecution to a stop by bringing this subject to the floor of your respected houses for debate.
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