White House now requires ‘We the People’ petitions to have 100,000 signatures for official response

Progressives also used the petition process to call for curbs on gun rights and other left-of-center priorities, and to exclude a Christian minister from Obama’s second inauguration. (RELATED VIDEO — Lawrence O’Donnell: Get rid of the Bible on Inauguration Day)

The minister, Louie Giglio, has criticized the ideology of gas lobbies, and championed child-centered traditional marriage. That petition succeeded, and Obama removed Giglio from Inauguration Day ceremonies.

Many petitions on the site, however, are intended simply to be amusing. (RELATED: Top 10 most ridiculous White House petitions)

One called on the White House to build a “Death Star” planet-destroying spaceship. Another asked that “Congressman Ron Paul should be allowed to add his signature to the Original Constitution. He, more than any other public servant since it’s inception- has championed it, strived to uphold it, and reprimanded those who have not.”

A least one petition was a covert lobbying campaign, and included hundreds of computer-generated fake names.

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