Should the Westboro Baptist Church be deemed a hate group?
More than 260,000 people who signed a petition to the White House say yes. The biggest ever on the White House's We the People site, the petition calls for the funeral-crashing independent church to be hit with some sort of "imposed regulation."
The Kansas-based anti-gay group is notorious for picketing the funerals of soldiers and gay Americans, and most recently for threatening to protest outside funerals for the Newtown school-shooting victims.
TODAY IN SLATE
The Ebola Story
How our minds build narratives out of disaster.
The Budget Disaster That Completely Sabotaged the WHO’s Response to Ebola
PowerPoint Is the Worst, and Now It’s the Latest Way to Hack Into Your Computer
The Shooting Tragedies That Forged Canada’s Gun Politics
A Highly Unscientific Ranking of Crazy-Old German Beers
Welcome to 13th Grade!
Some high schools are offering a fifth year. That’s a great idea.
The Actual World
“Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.