Westboro's New View: Neighbor's Rainbow House
He makes pro-gay statement in face of anti-gay church
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 19, 2013 1:10 PM CDT
Rachel Hockenbarger from Westboro Baptist Church protests outside Reliant Stadium in Houston.   (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

(Newser) – The folks at Westboro Baptist Church probably won't like the new color scheme of the house across the street, even if they'll likely embrace the publicity that comes with it. The new owner of the home across from the anti-gay church in Topeka is painting it in the rainbow colors of gay pride, reports NPR. As a final touch, Aaron Jackson will plant a rainbow flag in front of what he's calling "Equality House."

Jackson, founder of the Planting Peace charity, says he was inspired by a 10-year-old who staged a protest of the group. He poked around on Google Earth to find the church and spotted a for-sale sign at the house he now owns, he tells the Huffington Post. "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.'" He and volunteers are painting it today, and Gawker has a photo. Click for more. (Westboro, meanwhile, has responded (NSFW) as only it can.)

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Mar 21, 2013 9:35 AM CDT
Moderators: how do I challenge a comment removal? I can't get a response from Seth.
Mar 20, 2013 9:07 PM CDT
I wonder how long it will be till the good church folks bomb his house, & kill him?
Mar 20, 2013 5:51 AM CDT
While I don't agree with the WBC's tactics, I have actually had to protect a funeral from them. I always find it interesting that the groups that want to put words like Equality and Inclusion into their names, only include or give equality to those they agree with. I'm sure if the coin were flipped and the church was preaching a pro-gay message and a person bought and painted a house to make them uncomfortable, no one would applaud and most would work to get it removed.