An anti-poverty group has purchased a home across the way from the Westboro Baptist Church compound in Topeka, Kansas, and is planning on painting it the colors of the rainbow flag.
Planting Peace, whose mission is to “providing sustainable initiatives to impoverished areas around the world,” purchased a small house on SW Orleans Street six months ago for $80,000, and plans to turn it into a drop-in center for LGBT and anti-bullying campaigns.
“It hit me right away,” said Aaron Jackson, who founded Planting Peace with John Dieubon. “It would be interesting to own a house across from the Westboro Baptist Church and turn it into something.’ And then, within five seconds: ‘And I’ll paint it the color of the pride flag.’ Perfect.”
A statement on the Planting Peace website explains more:
For too long, the Westboro Baptist Church has been targeting the LGBTQ community with messages of hate and radicalism. Often, protesting American soldiers’ funerals and organizations that support equality.
This faction preaches extremism in our communities and directly targets our youth. To combat their messages of hate and to support equality and anti-bullying initiatives in schools and in our community, Planting Peace has established the Equality House in Topeka.
Planting Peace operates solely through donations, and Jackson is hoping to raise an additional $1 million to support the center. If you want to help, you can donate here.