Thursday, March 21, 2013

People Can’t Stop Giving Hateful Westboro Church the Attention They Crave

People Can’t Stop Giving Hateful Westboro Church the Attention They Crave:
I'd be more worried about the Homeowners Association's reaction.If people hate the virulently
anti-gay, anti-non-Christian, military-funeral-picketing Westboro
Baptist Church (and the Phelps family members who constitute it) so
much, why are folks so insistent on doing things that garner the
church/family additional media attention?
The latest effort, as attention-seeking as it is pointless (just
like the Phleps family), involves a gay rights supporter buying a
house near the church in Topeka, Kansas, and painting it all
rainbow-colored. CNN
The house [Aaron] Jackson initially wanted was sold by the time
he got around to buying, but luckily for him, there was another
one, on the corner of 12th and SW Orleans streets that was perfect.
He paid about $83,000 — a bargain, he’d say, for what he was trying
to accomplish. This week, he and others from his nonprofit Planting
Peace painted the house in rainbow colors that represent gay pride.

He said he’ll use “Equality House” to raise money for an
anti-bullying campaign. By Wednesday afternoon, Planting Peace had
raised almost $22,000.
The Phelps family is obviously, predictably loving this. It
means more sweet, delicious press coverage for their brand of
“We thank God for the sodomite rainbow house,” said a statement
sent to CNN. “It is right across the street from the only church
that loves people enough to tell them the Bible truth about the
filthy, soul-damning, nation destroying sin of sodomy … . The
sodomite rainbow house helps shine a bright spotlight on this!”
At times, it’s as though the gay and gay-friendly obsession with
the Westboro Baptist Church rivals the church’s obsession with gay
men’s butts. It’s frustrating, because the members of the Phelps
family are such cartoonish outliers in the very real debate over
gay rights. They’re an easy piñata, but the effort spent whacking
at them is time away from engaging opponents on gay rights issues
who have actual power. There were probably more effective ways to
spend $83,000, though no doubt Topeka’s housing market appreciates
the investment.