Saturday, March 23, 2013
The Rainbow House
I am sure you have all heard of the Westboro Baptist Church and their hatred of gays and protesting of soldiers' and high profile funerals. What you may not know is that they are from Topeka. Their "church" which is a home or compound is in a very nice neighborhood. Unfortunately, their neighbors have to see their hate filled messages that God hates America and gays on a daily basis. Having driven through the neighborhood on prior occasions you could really feel the negativity and hate coming from that one house. Imagine having to live with that every day?
However, a group called PlantingPeace.Org bought the house across the street from the WBC. And they decided to name it Equality House and it is a place for LGBT rights. Then they took it a step further. They painted the house like a rainbow!!
It is awesome. Not only visually appealing to see, it also gives the neighborhood a more positive vibe. It was very emotional for me to see this and be there. It is hard to put into words, but when you have a place that emanates so much hate and negativity on one side of the street and then you have another place that is all about love and peace on the other and that feeling is so much stronger, it is a really powerful realization. Love is stronger than hate.
And you would not believe the amount of cars coming through and turning on the street to see the house. While I was on the lawn taking pictures one car driven by an older gentlemen honked. So much support for this group that has brought such positivity to this neighborhood.
Now, there are cons. Obviously it brings more attention to the WBC, which is what they want, but I think that is a small negative when you consider how much good this house is doing (and you realize that everyday those people have to see see it and you know that is not making them happy!). And who knows? Maybe it will soften and change the hearts of some of the members, especially the younger ones.
While I was taking pictures another person came to see the house. He went right up to the door so I followed him. Someone was there! We told him how awesome the house was and thanked him for what he was doing. The guy said that people had been coming by all day and the response from the community had been very positive. Which is good. Because in most neighborhoods a house painted like a rainbow would probably not be looked on so favorably lol. But in this neighborhood it is much needed and welcomed.
If you would like to copy and save any of these pictures for yourself feel free to. I am hoping to go back another day when it is sunny to take some more :)