Westboro Equality House is getting a lot of attention in the media after conservationist, Aaron Jackson, painted his home in rainbow colors. Jackson, who is known to be an advocate for rainforest conservation, helping build orphanages, and deworming programs, purchased a house directly across Westboro Baptist Church.
According to a March 19 report on Huffington Post, Jackson decided to buy the home so he could paint the home in rainbow colors to protest the controversial church's stand on gays. It's been appropriately called "Equality House," as part of the organization he co-founded -- Planting Peace.
Westboro is notorious for their demonstrations at military funerals and attacking political stances on gay rights. They believe God hates gays and have no issues with voicing their hate-filled views with intimidating and threatening tactics. Now, Jackson is going to beat the church at their own game with the "Westboro Equality House."
Here's what Jackson told the Huffington Post:
"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 bought the house for $83,000 in Kansas and has lived there just a little over a month. Most of the homes in the Topeka community there are owned by Westboro. He admits to having good interactions with the Phelps family, who run Westboro Baptist Church. What kind of reaction will get from church now? Jackson is expecting some kind of response from the organization soon.