Rainbow house fights Westboro Baptist with love

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Location, location, location. It’s what often sells a house or
determines the success of a business, and it’s the case for the house
that was painted in rainbow colors this week on S.W. Orleans Street in
Topeka.

Dubbed the “Equality House,” it’s right across the street from the
home of the cult-like homophobic Westboro Baptist Church, the group
notorious for picketing the funerals of U.S. soldiers and for its signs
proclaiming, “God hates fags.”

Aaron Jackson, 31, co-founder of the charity Planting Peace,
which supports rainforest conservation, de-worming projects and
orphanages around the world, wanted to do something to help the
“thousands and thousands” of kids who commit suicide because of bullying
over LGBT issues, he told me.

After hearing about 9-year-old Josef Miles staging a counter protest last year with a sign, “God hates no one,” Jackson looked up the location of the Westboro Baptist Church.

“I was ‘walking’ down the street [on Google Earth] and saw a for sale
sign,” he told me. “Oh man, I want this house and how great would it be
to paint it in the colors of the gay pride flag.” That house was no
longer available, but a real estate agent located another property that
was  across the street from Westboro; Planting Peace bought it for
around $81,000 — sight unseen.
Written By: Diana Reese
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13 COMMENTS

  1. “Dubbed the “Equality House,” it’s right across the street from the home of the cult-like homophobic Westboro Baptist Church”

    As opposed to the cult-like homophobic Catholic church?
    Or the cult-like homophobic Anglican church?

    Now what would be really cool, would be to paint the buildings of Rome around the vatican in gay pride colours.
    Let’s hope this starts a precedent.

  2. Just heard a story about this group on public radio. I think “homophobic” is misleading – they aren’t afraid of gay people, they are (however illegitimately) afraid FOR gay people. Obviously both are nonsense positions, but there is a difference.

    • In reply to #7 by GentlemanX:

      Just heard a story about this group on public radio. I think “homophobic” is misleading – they aren’t afraid of gay people, they are (however illegitimately) afraid FOR gay people. Obviously both are nonsense positions, but there is a difference.

      I think I heard the same interview. The guy was so anxious to ‘understand’ the Phelps’ POV (and the POV of various other anti-gay religious types) that he became an apologist for them. I disagreed with it then and I disagree with you now.

      Homophobia is the perfect term for the WBC position, and for the motivation behind it. The distinction you try to draw here is a devoid of a meaningful difference. Of course THEY don’t accept the term, and would claim that they are motivated by love. I simply reject this as rationalization. I don’t have to accept their POV or their language to understand them.

      And homophopia is not necessarily the fear of gay PEOPLE, it is the fear of homosexuality. “Hate the sin, not the sinner” still qualifies. Even if I accepted the “we’re afraid FOR gay people” canard, it wouldn’t negate my charge of homophobia. I’d just say, “exactly, you’re homophobic because you fear that ‘gayness’ will ‘get’ those poor people (and then ‘get’ the rest of us in turn…somehow.) From my POV, that is a TEXTBOOK example of a phobia, or irrational fear.

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