Equality House brightens WBC’s neighborhood
You might not want a house like this next door to you. You may have an HOA that would run these folks out of the neighborhood. You’re probably cringing, or maybe laughing, just at the sight of it.
But I find I’m extremely fond of this house. You see, it’s directly across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas. Isn’t that a hoot? Those hatemongers are being given a taste of their own medicine by one Aaron Jackson, who just couldn’t restrain himself when, in a Google Earth street view, he saw a For Sale sign in front of the house. He bought the house six months ago and the painting will be completed today. Jackson saw this as the perfect opportunity to get involved in gay activism.
In addition to the colorful paint job, Equality House, as it’s known, sports an industrial-size flagpole flying an appropriate flag.
The house is in a residential area where most of the homes are owned by WBC members. Jackson says he’s met Shirley Phelps, WBC spokesperson and daughter of founder Fred Phelps, and that she seemed quite affable.
I wonder how long the friendliness will last after WBC members get a good long look at their neighbor’s new paint job.
For much, much more on this story, plus more pictures, see the Huffington Post.