Aaron Jackson, co-founder of the charity group Planting Peace, explained his new Equality House project to The Huffington Post on Tuesday.
The house, which is directly across the street from the notoriously anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church, is being painted the colors of the rainbow, a symbol of LGBT pride.
“I read a story about Josef Miles, a 10-year-old kid who counter-protested the Westboro Baptist Church by holding the sign that says ‘God Hates No One,’” Jackson said on HuffPost Live.
“I didn’t know anything about the church or where they were located, but that story kept popping up. And one night I wondered, Where is this church? I got on Google Earth, and I was ‘walking down the road,’ and I did a 360 view. And I saw a ‘For Sale’ sign sitting in the front yard of a house. 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.”
The small Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas has gained infamy for protesting the funerals of American soldiers. The church believes God is punishing the United States because of the country’s acceptance of homosexuality.
Shirley Phelps-Roper, a prominent member of the church, told Fox 4 News she loved the new house.
“What he does is he keeps the eyes of the whole earth on this message. Now everyday all people are thinking about is God will not have same sex marriage,” she said.
Watch video, courtesy of The Huffington Post, below: