Westboro Baptist Church is in the news again, this time on the receiving end. An organization called Planting Peace has bought a house across from the infamous church and painted it to resemble a gay pride flag.
Spokesperson for the church, Steve Drain, claims via email that the church ‘thanks God for the Sodomite Rainbow House.’
‘This is not a novel idea – there are hundreds of similarly-painted houses around the world – the only reason why this one is a story is because of where it is!’ Drain said.
The church went on to say that they were "the only church that loves people enough to tell them the Bible truth about the filthy, soul-damning, nation-destroying sin" of homosexuality.
The house was bought by Planting Peace six months ago as part of a project called ‘Equality House’ and is also the first house in a campaign aimed against Westboro.
‘I didn't know anything about the church or where they were located, but that story kept popping up. And one night I wondered, ‘Where is this church?’ I got on Google Earth, and I was 'walking down the road,' and I did a 360 view. And I saw a 'For Sale' sign sitting in the front yard of a house. Right away it hit me, ‘Oh my gosh, I could buy a house in front of the WBC!' And immediately I thought: ‘And I'm going to paint that thing the color of the pride flag,’’ Jackson told Huffington Post.
Planting peace, according to its website, was founded in 2004 ‘for the purpose of spreading peace in a hurting world.’ They emphasize the ability everyone has to make a difference.
Westboro is known for their protests within the country. They have protested soldiers funerals, as well as most recently, the services for those in Sandy Hook.