This “in your face WBC” news is most warranted, and in the words of Bill and Ted, “most excellent.”
If you’re not familiar with the Westboro Baptist Church, two words sum them up. Hate mongers. Pure and simple. All they know is how to hate, and they do a lot of it. The WBC has found their way into the news and limelight by picketing at high profile events and funerals, such as Obama’s inauguration; the funeral of Matthew Shepard who had been robbed, brutally beaten and left to die in Laramie, Wyoming; threatened Steve Jobs funeral, but called it off when they discovered it was private; Elizabeth Edwards’ funeral – the estranged wife of former presidential candidate John Edwards and who died of breast cancer; a YouTube video of Phelps, the head WBC honcho, who tells the people of Norway that god sent the shooter to kill the campers; on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, the WBC protested the Illinois Holocaust Museum; and the list goes on and one as the church spews forth more vitriol that ever thought humanly possible.
One of the laws of physics is for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction, and there have been some excellent reactions to the Westboro Baptist Church. Most recently was the announcement of the rainbow-painted “Equality House.” Aaron Jackson tells how he was curious about the location of the WBC and via Google Earth, he visited the street views of the church. When looking around the neighborhood, he saw a “for sale” sign in the house directly across the street from the church and decided he wanted that property. As Aaron recalls the event:
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.”
And he did. And there is nothing the Westboro Baptist Church can do about it.
(Below) Google Earth street view when the house was still for sale
(Below) The Rainbow “Equality House” while being painted
There are some people and organizations I specifically do not write about because they are attention-seekers and I refuse to provide them with the attention they are so craving. I’ve only written once before about the WBC and that was when Anonymous hacked their system when the church threatened to petition in front of the Sandy Hook Elementary School – and the children haven’t weren’t even dead 24 hours.
However, when I hear stories like this, of successful reactions to the Westboro Baptist Church hate and ignorance, it needs to be shared. There is strength in numbers, and hopefully the retaliations against this church will grow to a strength that will force the church to just shut up and go away.
Special thanks to Pied Type for posting this story, otherwise I never would have found out about it.
Huffington Post: Westboro Equality House: Aaron Jackson Paints Rainbow Home Across From Anti-Gay Church
Here are some more tidbits about the Westboro Baptist Church:
The Foo-Fighters Fight Back:
Set to play a concert in Kansas City, Missouri that evening, the band put on a incredible show hours before the first tickets were even ripped. Led by lead singer Dave Grohl, the group showed up at the Westboro Baptist Church’s picket against their performance at the city’s Sprint Center, riding in the back of a rig truck and rocking out. (Story by Huffinton Post)