An online trans-Atlantic battle is being waged over CNN anchor Piers Morgan — by Americans petitioning to deport him from his current host country and by petitioning Brits who don't want him back in his native United Kingdom.
After the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., the outspoken British journalist decried the lack of U.S. gun control laws. Gun owners and gun-rights advocates weren't very happy with Morgan's comments and a petition was established on the White House's "We the People" site to boot Morgan from the country. In less than a week it has garnered more than 81,000 signatures.
"British Citizen and CNN television host Piers Morgan is engaged in a hostile attack against the U.S. Constitution by targeting the Second Amendment," the petition reads.
"We demand that Mr. Morgan be deported immediately for his effort to undermine the Bill of Rights and for exploiting his position as a national network television host to stage attacks against the rights of American citizens."
Critics of the petition said it was irrational to deport Morgan for attacking the Second Amendment, because it infringes on his First Amendment free-speech rights. Even as a British immigrant, he's entitled to those rights, a lawyer told ABC news.
All of this occurred before Morgan sparked another controversy on "Piers Morgan Tonight" on Christmas Eve when he told Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren that there needs to be an amendment to the Bible for same-sex marriage, because like the Constitution, the Bible is inherently flawed.
"Both the Bible and the Constitution were well intentioned but they are basically, inherently flawed. Hence, the need to amend it," said Morgan.
Not so fast with this deportation talk, says a second petition from Brits that appeared the next day on the "We the People" site. While it agrees that free speech is a good reason Morgan should be able to stay in the U.S., the new petition makes a more direct point, as well.
"Second and the more important point," the Brits wrote in their appeal. "No one in the U.K. wants him back."
Morgan has come under scrutiny in the U.K. for his possible involvement in the phone-hacking scandal when he was an editor for News of the World and the Daily Mirror.
The petition's third and final reason to keep the CNN host in the U.S. is a little more vindictive than the first two: "Actually, there is a third. It will be hilarious to see how loads of angry Americans react."
The retaliatory petition was created on Tuesday, Christmas day, and has amassed 4,828 signatures thus far.
Meanwhile, Twitter users all over the world have offered their spare bedrooms to Morgan were he actually to be deported — and the celeb responded to a couple of them.
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