The Washington Post tells us there are some eccentric petitions on the White House’s petition site. That’s not really very surprising.
There’s a petition to designate the Catholic church a hate group. Yes well that’s not going to happen, but the idea itself isn’t crazy. The Catholic church does foster certain kinds of hatred. It’s silly to deny that.
The “We the People” petition was filed on Christmas Day and was prompted by Pope Benedict XVI’s Dec. 21 year-end address to Vatican administrators in which he denounced gay marriage as a threat to Western civilization.
The petition blasts Benedict for “hateful language and discriminatory remarks” and for implying “that gay families are sub-human.”
Well? Is that inaccurate?
Atheists and secularists could file a similar petition. What about Protestants? Muslims? Jains? Would that fly, or has the pope’s interfaith work immunized him?
I don’t know. I merely watch from the sidelines.