Here’s another pointless petition on the White House’s We the People website. It calls on the government to “legally recognize Westboro Baptist Church as a hate group.” This is the actual text of the petition:
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.
But there is no such legal status under any American law. The government does not designate “hate groups.” They’re asking the government to do something it has no authority to do.