The goal of this petition is to compel the White House to designate the Catholic Church as a “hate group” officially. It comes after Pope Benedict XVI’s Christmas address to the College of Cardinals, in which he made a firm stand against homosexuality.
According to the Catholic News Agency:
The petition reveals an “underlying agenda,” which is not simply to prevent violent crimes, but to “stigmatize any disapproval of homosexuality at all and essentially to silence us,” said Peter Sprigg, senior fellow for policy studies at the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C.
He explained to CNA on Jan. 3 that applying the “hate group” label to organizations that are morally opposed to redefining marriage is simply “name-calling designed to cut us out of the public debate.”
Initiated on Christmas Day, a petition on the White House website had collected 1,640 signatures by Jan. 3.
The petition – which is aiming for 25,000 signatures by Jan. 24 – argued that Pope Benedict XVI’s 2012 Christmas address to the College of Cardinals “demeaned and belittled homosexual people around the world.”
The pontiff brilliantly points out that, “The manipulation of nature, which we deplore today where our environment is concerned, now becomes his fundamental choice where he himself is concerned.” Of course, this statement references the unnatural LGBT lifestyle.
He continues, “When the freedom to be creative becomes the freedom to create one’s self, then necessarily the maker is denied and ultimately man too is stripped of his dignity as a creature of God.”
The petition accuses the Pope of “hate speech” and “discriminatory remarks.” Apparently anyone who disapproves of gay marriage now is a hateful zealot — unless they are muslims,of course.
The petition is a result of the administration’s idea to allow nearly anyone to petition anything via the White House website. Its author is only identified as Zach N. of Atlanta, Georgia. The petition is likely symbolic, as the White House does not designate organizations as hate groups. The Southern Poverty Law Center has designated the Family Research Council as a hate group due to its controversial stance on gay marriage, so this could be the beginning of the conversation to persecute the Catholic Church as well.
Unfortunately, when a crazed gunman entered the FRC and shot an employee, it is not a “hate crime,” as Christians are the target of rather than protected by this bizarre ideology. Time will tell if these opinion forming tactics work. Let’s pray they don’t.
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