The Westboro Baptist Church is known for its hate speech against the LGBT communities, Jews, Christians, Muslims, etc.
— just about anyone who is not like them. Members can even be found picketing the funerals of U.S. soldiers.
Aaron Jackson is the cofounder of Planting Peace, a charity that supports rainforest conservation and orphanages around the world. In 2013, Jackson decided to do something to help the thousands of kids who commit suicide because of bullying over LGBT issues. So he came up with the idea to transform an otherwise ordinary house into a home that represents equality for all.
As soon as Jackson heard there was a house for sale across from the Westboro Baptist Church headquarters in Topeka, KS, his organization bought it on the spot for $81,000.
Jackson was hard-pressed to find any painters who would take on the controversial job, until a military veteran and contractor stepped up to the plate. “I don’t like them [Westboro] messing with veterans,” he told the Topeka Capitol-Journal.
Thousands of people have stopped by the “Equality House” to take photos and marvel at the brightly colored siding. The house sticks out like a sore thumb in the neighborhood. Jackson says he didn’t paint the house to offend anyone, but to show that hate can be trumped by love.
To this day, the Gay Pride colors can be seen from the Westboro Baptist Church windows.
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