Planting Peace protests Westboro Baptist Church with rainbow-colored Equality House

Planting Peace, Humanity House

This Topeka, Ks., home sits just a brief walk down the street from the Westboro Baptist Church and is being painted the colors of the gay pride flag by Destin-based Planting Peace. The "Equality House" will show that "where there is hate, there is love."

Special to The Log
Published: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 10:30 AM.

Two Destin residents are taking the fight against hatred into the front yard of the Westboro Baptist Church.

As part of an anti-bullying campaign, Aaron Jackson and Davis Hammet joined other members of Planting Peace Tuesday morning painting the home they own across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church in the rainbow colors of the gay pride flag.

"The concept is to show that where there is hate, there is also love," said Jackson, the founder of Planting Peace, a progressive nonprofit organization based in Destin that aims to “spread peace in a hurting world.” “There is no better place to counterbalance hate than at the Westboro Baptist Church."

They call the home Equality House and say the house “will stand as a visual reminder of our commitment, as global citizens, to equality for all.”

"This home, beyond the powerful imagery of what it represents, is also going to be used as a place for our volunteers to live in," he said. "We are going to spread the word of the 'silent genocide' affecting our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender population.”

According to records from the Shawnee County, Kansas, property appraiser, the home is located just a short walk down the street from the Westboro Baptist Church.

The church was founded in 1955 by Pastor Fred Phelps, according to its website, and "engages in daily peaceful sidewalk demonstrations opposing the homosexual lifestyle of soul-damning, nation-destroying filth.” The group has been known to picket high-profile funerals around the nation with incendiary signs deriding gays or with slogans like “God Hates America.”

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