The anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church, which is known for picketing funerals, has been targeted on its own turf.
An activist bought the house across the street from Westboro's Topeka, Kan., headquarters and painted it the rainbow scheme associated with gay pride.
Equality House, as it’s now known, is owned by Aaron Jackson, co-founder of Planting Peace, a non-profit organization whose other projects include deworming efforts in poverty-stricken countries, establishing orphanages in Haiti and India and supporting rainforest preservation.
“For too long, the Westboro Baptist Church has been targeting the LGBTQ community with messages of hate and discrimination,” the organization said on its website.
Jackson, 31, bought the two-bedroom home for $81,000 without seeing it and moved in in January with a friend, according to Gawker.com.
He told various media outlets he was inspired by the story of Josef Miles, 9, who made headlines last year for his "God hates no one" counter-protest of a Westboro picket.
Hundreds of thousands have signed petitions asking the U.S. government to consider Westboro Baptist a hate organization and end its tax-exempt status.
March 20, 2012