On the Symbol of the Rainbow
|by Jake Sorrow|
File under: Fake Culture19 Mar 2013 20:50 EDT
The Westboro Baptist Church is a comically irrelevant, isolated family organization known for their anti-homosexual views. It has been promoted to the absurd status of national bogeyman by teenagers on tumblr. Aaron Jackson, a professional activist and the founder of Planting Peace, has even purchased a home across from the church and painted it the colors of the rainbow to fight this scourge:
Well isn't that cute! Aren't we making a difference now! Who needs to worry about things like an unsustainable debt money system, massive urban decay, or indefinite military detention provisions when you can get such a comfortable career in the activism industry? According to Gawker, Aaron even got to meet one of the semi-celebrities he's 'protesting':
The website of his organization, Planting Peace, profiles work it has done for the sundry causes of helping orphans, providing deworming, promoting equality, conserving the rainforest, and planting trees, in locales ranging from Bolivia to North Korea. The concept of the house across from Westboro is also explained:
A symbol — that's all this house is, a one dimensional commitment to a movement entirely without depth, engaged in a fake pop culture campaign against impotent phantoms. Let's not kid ourselves — the Westboro Baptist Church wouldn't exist as a cultural meme if their brand of over-the-top sloganeering didn't somehow mimic their detractors, who are also their publicists.
Let us be wary of the rainbow. Those who preach the embrace of all quickly become comfortable company to the most unlovable, the obsessive projects of reform on which they focus their lives of scattered light. They come only after a storm, and quickly fade away.
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