The Westboro Baptist Church has new neighbors and those new neighbors are announcing their presence with authority by painting their house to match the gay pride flag. According to a March 19 report by the Huffington Post, the nonprofit is know as “Equality House” and it is directly across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church, in the midst of the Westboro Baptist Church's compound.
Aaron Jackson, on of the founders of “Planting Peace,” bought the house. In the past, “Planting Peace” focused on opening orphanages and conserving the rainforest. After being inspired by Josef Miles, who held the “God Hate No One” sign at a Westboro Baptist Church counterprotest, Aaron Jackson decided to take the nonprofit a different direction. That is when he came up with the idea for “Equality House.”
Aaron Jackson met his new neighbors. He met Shirley Phelps, the daughter of the founder of the Westboro Baptist Church, and her husband. Aaron Jackson stated that she was “kind,” made him laugh and would “probably be fun to hang out with.” That was before he painted the gay pride rainbow on the house across the street.
At the time of publication, there had not been a response to Aaron Jackson or “Equality House” from the Westboro Baptist Church. They may have to stage a protest in their own neighborhood. Based on the recent actions of the Westboro Baptist Church, they will probably only threaten a protest and then fail to show up.