The Westboro Baptist Church has an agenda based on intimidation and hate, but many people are starting to find creative ways to fight back. Huffington Post shared the details on March 19 about how a charity called Planting Peace has come up with a unique approach to try to push the buttons of the Phelps family who lies at the core of the WBC.
The WBC, led by the Phelps family, has become famous for their anti-gay stance. They are well-known for picketing the funerals of dead soldiers, celebrities and even the victims of Sandy Hook or the Gabrielle Giffords shooting. Sometimes they show up, sometimes they don't, but the Westboro Baptist Church seems to soak up the attention they get either way. Now they may have met their match with the Planting Peace Equality House.
The website for Planting Peace shares that the house they purchased across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church is painted in the colors of the Pride flag. They note that the house will be used as a resource center for their anti-bullying and equality initiatives. In addition, the house “will stand as a visual reminder of our commitment, as global citizens, to equality for all.”
Aaron Jackson is one of the founders of Planting Peace, and he has been living in the midst of the Phelps family for about a month. He says the Equality House has definitely caught the attention of the Westboro Baptist Church, and Jackson has plans to push things even further. He says that “We want this house to be a message that where there's hate, there's also love.” The money they raise via the attention on the house will be used for anti-bullying programs.
Huffington Post has an extensive slideshow featuring the transformation of the house into the Equality House, and it also shows the proximity to the Westboro Baptist Church. Many say kudos to Planting Peace for their creative approach to countering the agenda of the WBC. Whether or not it makes an impact on the Phelps family remains to be seen, but the Planting Peace efforts are definitely garnering attention.