Man Turns House Across the Street From Westboro Baptist Church Into Gay Pride Flag

A group infamous for its virulently homophobic views has a colorful new neighbor.

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Repainting your house with an unorthodox color scheme can sometimes make your neighbors a little touchy. Particularly, this house — and particularly, these neighbors. Aaron Jackson, who runs the nonprofit group Planting Peace, has painted his newly bought house in Topeka, Kansas with bright rainbow colors — the same as the Gay Pride Flag. But what makes this house special is that it sits right across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church.

Jackson, a self-described news junkie, used Google Earth to locate the church — an organization famous for its virulent anti-homosexual views and its tendency to picket military funerals. But as he zoomed in on the Westboro compound, he realized that the house right across the street had a “For Sale” sign on it. He immediately called a realtor and began drawing up plans to turn the building into a LGBTQ museum — and though zoning laws prohibited that plan he went ahead with the idea of painting the house the colors of the rainbow Pride Flag. Jackson’s mother, an artist, designed the color scheme and flew from Florida this week to help oversee the painters doing the work. Jackson wanted a professional paint crew, he says, because he “wanted [the house] to be taken seriously.” But after they got wind of what he had in mind, five painting companies didn’t return his follow-up calls; a realtor in Kansas City finally put him in touch with a company that was interested in helping out.

Fearing a prohibitive change in town ordinances, the entire project was kept under wraps until earlier this week. But by Wednesday, Jackson says, hundreds of people — not to mention media outlets — were coming to the neighborhood from as far away as Australia to deliver flowers, share their stories or just take a picture in front of the house. Jackson says he’s surprised by the outpouring of support and coverage — “usually people come here to check out the Church,” he tells TIME, “now the attention is on this house.”

For its part, the Westboro Church also welcomed the house — but mostly for the attention it believes Jackson is helping bring to their message: “We thank God for the Sodomite Rainbow House!” begins a church statement emailed to TIME.

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42 comments
danielpeterskelley
danielpeterskelley

Excuse me while I roll over on the ground laughing this is one of the greatest things ever done purely out of spite.

hydrasaur
hydrasaur

good for him. that 'll stick a sword in the WBC's side!

glot
glot

Cmon do you realy think that god would care about sexual orientation and the colors of houses much less rainbows ? I'm not a christian anymore but i was brought up in christian ways so i know what jesus and the religion is about everyone who calls themselves a preacher or just a christian and talks in spite about gays is a hypocrite and if you have ever taken the time o actually read the bible and not try to interpret the scripture with bias then you will see that the one of the rare thing jesus hates are hypocritical people Christianity is a religion about love and compassion and forgiveness anti hate preaching individuals are not speakers of christ but just sad little men and women with narrow little minds and i only feel sadness for the fools 

danica
danica

I am a Christian, and I won't log back on here in case people are planning to start an argument, but I felt a need to let people know that some Christians are different. I wonder how many of these people quoting scripture on here have ever fed the hungry, loved an unloved child, or visited someone in prison the way that Jesus commanded His followers to do. Some Christians believe that God cast judgement on Sodom because of the immortality of not caring for their neighbor and that was the true wickedness. But it is easier to wag your finger in someone else's face to make you feel better about yourself rather than taking a look inside and making a change. God also told us that He is the judge, not us, but some people prefer to select the scriptures that they like rather than following Jesus. If all of these people who were so worried about homosexuality spent the same amount of time on the orphan crisis, there would be no crisis. If only 1% of Christians adopted an unloved child there would be no orphans. When children are dying alone due to a lack of love and basic needs, what is the real sin? Loving someone of the same sex or living selfishly and ignoring the needs of "the least of these"? Maybe it is both. I am not God and can't judge but I certainly hope that people start looking within before they begin condemning others.

avangingangel
avangingangel

Nothing and I mean NOTHING to be proud of stealing God's rainbow [symbol of covenant that he will not flood earth anymore] and parading immorally on streets in the so called "gay pride parade",...remember satan was cast down for his pride,...pride comes before the fall and oh how great that fall will be [look in history "fallen empires"].

axle518
axle518

let the bad people suffer.... no rest for the wicked, and they dont take rest to hating gay people so let them enjoy hating them as they get mocked for it. thier own website link says "god hates fags"... so let them say thier motto till they die whenever they go IN to church and out reminded as they walk from thier cars to the church and vice versa of the real reason they are there staring at the nice rainbow house in its neighborhood: to hate like little punks with teenage issues unaware of the gravity of thier actions and ignorant of thier own failure. more people should take arms against  them and do things like this. they think they can get away with harassing and terrorizing people like the little punks they are and they cant

pachelbels
pachelbels

Good for this guy!  When next Obama gives out medals for public service, this guy ought to be the first one in line!  Kudos!

CrossWinds
CrossWinds

This evil and adulterous generation has had more light of Gods Word than any other. Can they spurn His Gift of salvation and expect anymore than the generation that was witness to Christs warnings.........

.........Luke 19:43-44..........

43 For days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment around you, surround you and close you in on every side, 44 and level you, and your children within you, to the ground; and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not know the time of your visitation.”

BarryDiLibero
BarryDiLibero

That's great! The Westboro people are hate mongers. While the homosexual sect has their fair share of intolerance while screaming for tolerance,  those are just the radicals, just like the Westboro group of the Christian faith. This form of protest is outstanding. Finally someone put a burr under the Westboro saddle. Keep up the good work!

LeanneMichaels
LeanneMichaels

This takes balls and WBC deserves any kind of revenge, but let God be the judge of that.  Those people picket at military funerals and create newsletters on their websites to do such.  They are horrible, horrible people.  Give'em a taste of their own medicide.  Those satanists deserve everything they get. 

PeterBurns
PeterBurns

Good on you!  Anything that shows the WBC as the vile people they are is amazing.

CeltricNight7
CeltricNight7

Oh boy, these colors are just colors used as natural colors and shouldn't represent gay pride. Dimwits and their disgusting selves! Homosexuality is so unnatural.

JohnJayFoster
JohnJayFoster

Very cool....how you like Freedom of Expression now Westboro Cult?

RebeccaMyersLauer
RebeccaMyersLauer

Love it! So glad this guy did this! That church is so full of evil and it makes my skin crawl to know they call themselves Christians!!!

BadKarma86
BadKarma86

Sodomite Rainbow House



Sounds like a gay 70s disco group.

VIsidore
VIsidore

Great idea. Poetic justice.