A petition calling on the White House to declare Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization has far surpassed the 100,000 number of signatures needed to require a response, but there has been no word on the petition from the Obama administration.
NEWSMAX (h/t Mary L) The petition was posted on July 7 by a resident of La Mesa, Calif., days after the Egyptian military ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood.
“Muslim Brotherhood has a long history of violent killings and terrorizing opponents,” the petition states. “Also MB has direct ties with most terrorist groups like Hamas. A book by one of their prominent figures, Sayyid Qutb, is the bible for many terrorist groups.” The Muslim Brotherhood, the petition also asserts, has shown that “it is willing to engage in violence and killing of innocent civilians in order to invoke fear in the hearts of its opponents. This is terrorism.”
A White House “We the People” petition that garners at least 100,000 signatures within 30 days requires a response from the White House. The Muslim Brotherhood petition quickly collected that number, and at the end of this past week had received more than 187,900 signatures.
When CNS News asked if the Obama administration would respond, the White House referred to the Frequently Asked Questions section on the “We the People” site, which states that every petition, with some exceptions, that reaches the numerical threshold will get a response, with the caveat that there may be delays due to the volume of petitions.
But the White House in the past has been quick to respond to some petitions,” CNS News noted. “For example, after the Dec. 14 attacks at a school in Newtown, Conn., the White House responded in just seven days to petitions calling for increased gun control.
The Obama administration supported Morsi, who was elected in June 2012, until protests seeking his ouster broke out in Egypt earlier this summer.
In recent weeks Morsi’s Islamic backers have rejected negotiations with Egypt’s military-supported government, setting the stage for confrontations with authorities that have cost the lives of hundreds of Egyptians. The State Department has a list of more than 50 Foreign Terrorist Organizations, including Hamas, Hezbollah, and several al-Qaida groups.