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9-Year-Old ‘Protester’ Inspires Humanitarian To Paint A Rainbow Flag House Across From Westboro Baptist Church

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rainbow houseIt’s your feel-good moment of the day. Remember this amazing 9-year-old boy, Josef Miles, who decided to teach the Westboro Baptist Church a little something about God? While walking by a group of WBC protesters, Josef decided to make his own sign that said, “God Hates No One.” His mom proudly put a picture of the scene on her Facebook page and the rest is viral internet history. But the story doesn’t stop there. Josef’s brave and simple stand inspired another amazing act.

Aaron Jackson, a man who has made it his mission to help the needy in almost every walk of life, from opening orphanages in Haiti to preserving rain forests in Peru, read about Josef’s sign and decided that he wanted to create one of his own. He wanted a symbol of equality and unity right in Westboro’s backyard.

So Jackson purchased a house across the street of WBC’s Topeka, Kansas compound and he decided to paint it with the colors of the rainbow pride flag. It’s such a simple statement, just like Josef’s. It shows that even though there is ugliness and hatred, there are also people who support equality and kindness.

Westboro has responded with predictable class to their new neighbors. They sent out this tweet after the house had been painted:

westboroIn some ways, Westboro is right. It’s more coverage and headlines for them, and we all know that they feed off of publicity, no matter how awful the world thinks they are.

But at the same time, these headlines are different. We aren’t all stomping with anger at the vileness that these people promote in the world. We’re smiling, because we know that there are good people standing up for what matters. We’re feeling hopeful and positive, even in the face of something as grotesque as WBC.

I think Aaron Jackson has done an admirable thing, and from the sounds of it, he’ll continue to do many more. His charity, Planting Peace, will be working to de-worm children in Guatemala next. And hopefully, Jackson won’t be the last person inspired by a 9-year-old kid who put out a simple, loving message in the face of despicable hatred.

(Photos: Twitter)

 

6 Comments

  1. Tea

    March 20, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Awww, warm fuzzies.

    Sadly, these guys just want attention. Any of it and all of it. I don’t even bother with the idea of counter-protesting them anymore (Unless spouse-guy is needed as a big scary biker guard), I just ignore them.

    It’s like trying to reason with a budgerigar.

  2. LiteBrite

    March 20, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    I read about this yesterday. Yeah, it’s more press coverage for WBC, but I still think the house is pretty cool

    Btw, someone was passing around an e-card on FB that said something like “We may not agree on politics or religion, but I think we can all agree we f*cking HATE the Westboro Baptist Church.” That one got a definite “like” from me. 🙂

  3. Tinyfaeri

    March 21, 2013 at 9:47 am

    The world needs more rainbow houses. If I had the time, I’d totally do that with ours (though thankfully our neighbors would probably love it). Yes, the WBC wants attention, but they’ve pretty well discredited themselves (what little “credit” they had with a certain crowd anyway) the last 10 years or so – once you move from picketing gay pride parades to picketing funerals of soldiers and children you kind of start hurting your “cause” a bit, even for people who agree with you. It was still fun to make fun of them at the Millennium March back in the day, though, it added a nice reason to chant stuff. Good times. 🙂

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