‘Equality House’ Encroaches on Anti-Gay Westboro Church
(TOPEKA, Kan.) -- The Westboro Baptist Church "welcomed" a colorful new neighbor to the block in Topeka, Kan., in the form of a gay-rights advocacy group.
The rainbow-painted house, perched on a plot directly across from the Westboro Baptist Church, is part of an initiative put forth by nonprofit Planting Peace in hopes of combating the controversial church’s perceived discrimination of the LGBT community.
The church has held anti-gay protests at military funerals.
Dubbed “Equality House,” the address will, “serve as the resource center for all Planting Peace anti-bullying initiatives and will stand as a visual reminder of our commitment, as global citizens, to equality for all,” according to the Planting Peace website.
“Discrimination & Bigotry…ain’t nobody got time for that #EqualityHouse #PRIDEvsWBC,” the organization Tweeted Monday.
But the church’s members don’t even seem to mind their new neighbor, and have viewed its publicity as a way to bring attention to the church’s extreme ideologies.
“Ooh! Let me help. Millions see “God H8s Fags!” MT @Planting_Peace: Painting house “gay”colors across from Westboro,” Westboro Baptist Church member Margie Phelps tweeted.
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