Planting Peace came to prominence last when they opened “equality House” opposite the notorious Westboro Baptist Churches in Kansas.
It describes itself as “a global nonprofit organization founded for the purpose of spreading peace in a hurting world. Our projects focus primarily on humanitarian aid and environmental initiatives, including our multi-national deworming campaign, Equality House LGBTQ rights advocacy, a network of orphanages and safe havens, and conservation effort in the rainforests of Peru.”.
We were encouraged to learn that Grace Phelps, the daughter of the church’s spokeswoman and grand-daughter of its founder Fred Phelps , having left the church, is involved in “Planting Peace”.
She travelled with them earlier this year to Jamaica to reach out to the many gay people who have been ostracised by society and made homeless.
Grace is quoted in Pink News as saying “I spent twenty years learning why God hates gays, preaching that they’re ‘beasts’ and ‘depraved,’ and protesting anyone who dared to speak up for them… When I heard about the young people living in Jamaican sewers because their parents kicked them out for being gay, my heart hurt for them”.
Comparing their plight to hers she tellingly says “I know what that’s like, being rejected by your family for not going along with their beliefs”.
“There’s an irony there that I couldn’t ignore: that I share a fate with the very people I was taught to dehumanize so fiercely. I wanted to meet them, to see their plight for myself, and help tell the world their story.”
Quite a number of us have been involved in anti-gay churches and have had to learn that God is far more merciful then we were led to believe.
Thank you Grace. Your honesty and integrity means so much to us.