The more I read about the non-profit group, Planting Peace, the more I adore them. Their message is simple: “Spreading peace in a hurting world,” and the way things are going lately, that plan may be the most effective one. We might not be able to change hatred overnight, but we can sure as heck counteract it with love. Last Halloween, the group (who purchased a house directly across the street from Westboro Baptist Church, painted it the colors of the rainbow, and dubbed it “Equality House”) held their first annual Drag Down Bigotry event. They raise money for anti-bullying, and have gained national attention for their efforts in Haiti and other countries to care for and house orphaned children; they also focus on rainforest preservation and reforestation.
When Planting Peace co-founder Aaron Jackson heard Westboro Church had announced it will picket Robin Williams’ funeral (calling him a name I refuse to type here) he came up with a counter plan.
Jackson (via Huffpo):
“Robin Williams played many different roles in so many people’s lives, and giving back to others was at the top of that list. His appeal crossed generational boundaries. I was personally impacted when I heard of his passing. This is a small gesture to honor his legacy and the difference he made to so many.
When the WBC announced they were protesting Robin’s funeral, we felt like launching a fundraiser for a charity Robin loved would be the perfect way to honor him and counteract the message of hate and intolerance that the WBC continues to convey.”
The money raised by Planting Peace will go to one of Williams’ favorite charities, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital; click on over to Crowdrise if you’d like to donate.
*Updated: You need to watch Australian comedian Adam Hills Westboro rant; it’s good for the soul.