Target: Davis Hammet, Planting Peace Director of Operations
Goal: Thank Planting Peace for creating the rainbow-painted “Equality House” across from Westboro Baptist Church
In Topeka, Kansas, activists have painted a rainbow-colored house across the street from Westboro Baptist Church: the worshiping place of anti-homosexuality activist Fred Phelps and his followers. The Phelps family earned its fame for holding signs reading “God Hates Fags,” both at home and at various inappropriate places all over the country, including the funerals of war heroes and other people they have never met.
Planting Peace, a Florida non-profit, is the group in charge of the paint-job. Members are turning the colorful house into a center for activism and social justice named “Equality House.” The group states openly that it chose the rainbow colors to represent the LGBT pride flag. The group and its supporters look forward to Phelps and company looking upon the brightly-painted masterpiece each day as they enter and exit Westboro Baptist Church. Perhaps this will remind them that members of other churches have had to look at their ignorant, poorly-worded hate slogans for decades.
Leaders of Planting Peace said a 10-year-old boy inspired them to paint the house. The child bravely held his own sign in front of Westboro Baptist Church; it read “God Hates No One.” After hearing his story, Planting Peace imagined painting a rainbow house near Westboro. Coincidentally, the house directly across the street was for sale, and the group bought it for $80,000. As a first step, they hope to launch an anti-bullying campaign in support of LGBT members of the community. Thank Planting Peace for creating the rainbow-colored “Equality House.”
Dear Mr. Hammet,
Your non-profit group Planting Peace recently bought and painted a rainbow-colored house across from Westboro Baptist Church. The group now intends to turn the house into a social justice activist center called “Equality House.” As you have told reporters already, the center will provide support to Topeka’s LGBT community and others who are victims of hateful bullying.
Fred Phelps has protested at churches, funerals, school functions, government proceedings, and in various public places throughout the nation for decades. He is now passing the torch to members of his church and family. Kind-hearted citizens of Topeka suffer Westboro Baptist members’ hatred on a daily basis, and the “Equality House” is a welcome addition to the community. It will give courage to LGBT individuals who may feel uncomfortable or fearful thanks to Phelps’s bullying. I thank you for creating the rainbow “Equality House” across from Westboro Baptist, and I look forward to your initiatives to help the LGBT community in Topeka.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Planting Peace via PlantingPeace.org