The Westboro Baptist church in Kansas is renowned for picketing military funerals and it’s “God Hates Fags” signage they display at gay pride pride parades etc. It’s disgusting that they falsely use the name of God, Jesus and the Christian religion for their heinous messages. We actually heard from another Pastor in California that many at Westboro are lawyers, and they seek to provoke people at various events to hit or assault them so they can take them to court. Isn’t that sickening?
It’s just beyond a joke all the publicity they get for being so awful and detrimental to the human race, so when we read about the message one young girl was spreading, right across the road from Westboro church, we knew it was worth sharing.
5 Year old Jayden Sink from Kansas decided to set up a Lemonade stand raising money for “peace” after her parents told her that Westboro Baptist’s aim was spreading a message of hate to the world. She set up shop last friday June 14, with a suggested donation of $1 and it didn’t take long for the community to take note of her powerful protest in the name of peace.
It’s funny because one of the things that comes to mind immediately is a saying from the bible “God uses the weak to shame the strong (or the wise)” and that is exactly what is happening here. The church who are supposedly crusading in the name of God are completely put to shame by the humble, peaceful and loving message of a young girl. David and Goliath much? (Yet another bible analogy to shame the so-called “Christians).
True to form, Westboro decided to retaliate and tried to take her down. (Really?!?). Westboro sent representatives outside to try and find a way to stop the event. They apparently attempted to call the local police and stooped to yelling profanities when that didn’t work. On Monday June 17, they even hung up a sign outside their building in response to all the media attention Jayden was getting, which read: “”Fags and enablers all burn in hell. Lemonade won’t cool any tongues.” Classy.
But that didn’t deter little Jayden. She managed to raise $400 on friday from the stand, and also collected over $1000 from an online campaign set up through Crowd Rise. All the money was raised for Planting Peace which is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to spread peace in a hurting world. Whether that be from supporting orphanages around the world or taking on an initiative like Jayden’s.
Aaron Jackson, co founder of the Org spoke to the Huffington Post about Jayden’s bravery and heart.
“As we all know, the Westboro Baptist Church puts a lot of hate into the world. Since we cannot stop them, the next best thing is to smother it with love. That is what 5-year-old Jayden accomplished today! Jayden set up a lemonade stand in front of the church. Not only did she quench the thirst of a lot of loving supporters, the money she raised was donated to Planting Peace so she could help Planting Peace promote a more peaceful world.”
The initial goal was to raise $500 for Planting Peace, but as it stands she has so far raised over $14 000! Jayden’s dad, Jon Sink, is the founder of Fresh Cassette which is an organization dedicated to creative endeavours which promote humanitarian and philanthropic efforts. They blogged about the event, posted photos and shared links to where people could donate, who weren’t physically in the Topeka, Kansas area, but wanted to get involved.
Goes to show you don’t have to have age, beauty, brains, fame or even money on your side. If you have an idea that is fueled with the right intentions to better humanity somehow, people will listen and support that incentive. Well done Jayden for showing up Westboro Baptist church with your huge heart for peace, and being a role model to other young people in your community to be influenced in a positive way, as opposed to hateful.