Why are there so many songs about rainbows?


Rainbow House. It lives on in our minds, our hearts, our culture. And I’ve a feeling it’s going to for a long, long, time. 


“Why are there so many songs about rainbows;latest
And what’s on the other side?”…

– Kermit the Frog (Jim Henson)

A local “Christian establishment” in a certain Pennsylvania neighborhood was being…hateful. So, one man bought a house across from them and painted it like a rainbow…a statement to the neighborhood (and now the world) that #LoveIsLove, and a lot of other things related to this point.

We all know the story. We’ve all seen the photos. But, this is something we should never stop looking at, thinking about, discussing.

People come from all over now. They want to meet the man. They want to take a selfish in front of Rainbow House. They want in put down in the Book of Love & Life, that they were advocates of both.


Location. Location. Location. The non-profit group Planting Peace bought Rainbow House house, located across from Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, and painted the home a rainbow of colors. On Tuesday, April 2, 2013, Kerin Schiesser (pictures), who grew up nearby, posed for her father on the way to the airport so she would have a picture of the house to show friends in San Francisco, where she now resides.

Devils in Sheeps’ Clothing. The Westboro Baptist Church, ironically, leaves a bad taste in everyone’s mouth. You’d think as a church, their mission would be to spread lessons in love and faith, not hateful vitriol about who can love whom in the name of their version of exclusiveness religious faith.

… “‘Rainbows are visions, but only illusions.
And rainbows have nothing to hide.’
So we’ve been told; and some choose to believe it. I know they’re wrong, wait and see.”…

This zestful group of hateful “Christians” got a nasty shock when Aaron Jackson bought the house in front of their church. But then again, Karma is a bitch.

Jackson is well-known for his charity work in Haiti. Most churches would be pleased that such a great person would live near them. At least that’s how the logic flows. But the Westboro Baptists are anything but happy. Maybe it’s only they who have the rightvto be good.


Jackson’s decorating tastes probably didn’t sit well with the Westboro congregation as he chose to paint it with all the colors of the rainbow to mimic the colors of the Gay Pride flag. “Location, location,” he mused; “I bought the house for the view,” he said.

As far as neighborly pranks goes, this one really has to take the cake. At the very least, it should win some sort of prize. Jackson’s rainbow house on the corner stands as an island of acceptance in the midst of a vortex if falsehood, hypocrisy, selfishness, hatred, and bigotry—I think it’s safe to call it an overall toxic envinvironment.


…”Some day we’ll find it, the rainbow connection, the lovers, the dreamers, and me.”


To celebrate the two-year anniversary of Rainbow House (aka. the Equality House), a mass kiss-in was held. Many ex-Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) members attended, including Libby Phelps, the granddaughter of Westboro founder Fred Phelps.

Phelps, one of Fred Phelps’ 54 grandchildren, left the church in 2009.

“There are so many reasons; bottom line is I don’t believe in WBC theology. I don’t think it’s right to display such a hateful message,” she said. “I especially don’t think it’s right picketing funerals.”


A WBC child picketing along with his congregation. Enough said. 

Phelps was brought up to hold anti-gay signs.

“As a child you trust your parents to raise you right and to lead you down the correct path,” she said. “My parents thought they were doing the right thing. They believe in WBC doctrine.

As I got older, I decided I didn’t believe in the doctrine and the only option was to leave everyone I’d ever known behind and start a new life.”

Phelps doesn’t talk to anyone from WBC anymore, including her parents.

“You leave your entire life, everything you’ve ever known,” she said. “That’s why it’s so hard to leave.”

Phelps said she thinks the Equality House has made a positive impact on the community.


“Within the first month of them painting it, I stopped by and wanted to help out,” she said. “The owners gave me a paintbrush, and I helped paint the house. At the recent celebration, I participated in ‘Plant One for Peace,’ where all of us stood in front of WBC and gave our partners a big smooch. We also participated in the hand-print mural which signifies unity.”

Phelps said she thinks it’s important for people to attend events like these, regardless of what they believed in in the past.

“It sends a powerful message for me in particular to attend simply because of my past,” she said. “Me being there shows that people can and do change. I’m living proof that hearts and minds do change.”

Phelps said she saw her cousin at the kiss-in, but she didn’t even look at the demonstrators. Phelps said that was expected.

“They know what’s going on,” she said.

Since leaving the WBC she got to travel abroad, cut her hair, get ear piercings and get married, some of the things WBC members can’t do. She also posed with her son Paxton for the NoH8 campaign.

“WBC had raised us to believe that everyone outside of the church hated us, and it’s so refreshing to see that’s not true,” Phelps said, adding that her friends at the Equality House have been supportive and understanding. “I tell my son every night how much I love him, as I often think about how absolutely devastated I’d be if I lost Paxton, like my parents lost me.”

Thank you, Rainbow House. All of us are under your spell. “We know that it’s probably magic.”♢





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