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I'm sorry if this has already been diaried, but I don't see it in the Community Spotlight, the Recommended List, or the Recent list.

A "roving do-gooder" by the name of Aaron Jackson, 31, has purchased a house right across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church and, today, has been having it painted in the rainbow colors of gay pride:

"The House Across From Westboro Baptist Is Getting a Rainbow Pride Paint Job Right Now"

From what I understand, the painting is still in progress, but it should be done by the end of the day, according to the story.

I think this is a great thing.  Yes, we "shouldn't feed the trolls", but this is a bit different.

It's occurred to me that Fred Phelps and his clan are making money off of their trolling.  They go into a city, create a ruckus, and then threaten to sue the city/college/university/whatever if anyone threatens them or exacts actual physical violence.  There's a reason most of them are lawyers; their actual purpose is to shake down cities, colleges, and universities for quiet legal settlements.

They're paying for their operation somehow, and since the church itself is pretty insular, the money they use to fly around the country protesting Gay Pride Parades and soldiers' funerals has to be coming from somewhere.  Most other people--even on the right wing--regard them as shameful and monstrous, particularly after they started protesting our soldiers' funerals, so I don't believe they're getting their money through traditional conservative channels.

This has to be a bit of a poke in the eye to them.  There's really no legal angle the Westboro Baptist Church could take to cash in on Jackson's activities, so good for him!

11:33 AM PT: Added the photo from Catte Nappe's link.


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