Target: Aaron Jackson and John Dieubon, founders of Planting Peace
Goal: Thank organization for offsetting hate group with peaceful and loving initiative
Westboro Baptist Church intends to stage a protest at actor Robin Williams’ funeral due to his portrayal in the movie “The Birdcage”. The intent of their protest is to once again try and force their hateful views of homosexuality into the public eye. As much as this message can be maddening, the neighbors of Westboro Baptist Church have found a way to both honor Robin Williams and override the hatred this so-called church tries to spread.
Planting Peace was founded by Aaron Jackson and John Dieubon for the sole purpose of encouraging peace through local and international campaigns. This is the organization that owns Equality House, the house directly across the street from Westboro Baptist Church, which Planting Peace bought and painted to match the gay pride flag.
When the founders of Planting Peace discovered their neighbors’ plans to upset the peace of the family and friends of Robin Williams, they wanted to both honor the memory of Robin Williams and overpower the message of hate by continuing the good will of this generous and entertaining soul.
Robin Williams was a good friend to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. His donations went much further than financial contributions as he brought smiles and laughter to the children and their families during his visits over the years.
Planting Peace has started a fundraiser for St. Jude’s in memory of Robin Williams in an effort to combat the very vocal and ugly image that Westboro Baptist Church is trying paint onto Mr. Williams’ final resting. Thank this organization for reminding us that the best way to combat hate is to overwhelm its affects with an outpouring of greater love.
Dear Mr. Jackson and Mr. Dieubon,
Thank you for organizing a fundraiser honoring Robin Williams’ love for the patients at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in answer to the hateful message of the Westboro Baptist Church and their plans to protest at Mr. Williams’ funeral.
We need organizations like yours to remind us that the best way to combat hate is with love.
Thank you for being a touchstone of love at this moment of time.
[Your Name Here]
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