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article imageJayden, 5, sells lemonade for peace across from Westboro Baptist

By JohnThomas Didymus     Jun 16, 2013 in World
Westboro Baptist Church may have found a formidable foe in a five-year-old girl, Jayden Sink, who has taken on the notorious group by setting up a lemonade peace stand in front of a house across the street from the Westboro Church in Topeka, Kansas.
Her Pink Lemonade Peace event, held on 14 June, in front of the rainbow-colored Equality House across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church, collected money as part of a fundraiser for the Planting Peace Project, a non-profit organization.
Jayden did not have to wait long after she had set up her pink lemonade peace stand with a banner that said "Pink Lemonade for Peace: $1 Suggested Donation." Supporters came streaming to her lemonade stand. Although she suggested only a donation of one dollar, many have given more and as of Friday she had raised $400, and more than $1,000 in an online campaign set up through Crowd Rise.
Her father Jon Sink, is the founder of the philanthropic group FRESCHCASSETTE-Creative Compassion. The Equality House in front of which she set up her lemonade stand belongs to the Planting Peace Project, "a progressive nonprofit organization for the purpose of spreading peace in a hurting world." The group purchased the Equality House in March and painted it in the colors of the gay pride flag.
According to Planting Peace: "The Equality House is located directly across from the Westboro Baptist Church, the House is a symbol of equality, peace, and positive change. [It]... serves as the resource center for all Planting Peace equality and anti-bullying initiatives and will stand as a visual reminder of our commitment, as global citizens, to equality for all."
Members of the Westboro Baptist Church attempted to thwart Jayden's effort. The Huffington Post reports that on Friday when she held the Pink Lemonade for Peace event, Westboro sent representatives to stop it. They attempted to call the police, the Huffington Post reports. But the police did not show up to arrest the five-year-old girl.
Members of the church then yelled profanities at a group of fifteen soldiers who showed up at the event, calling them "bastards." According to Planting Peace, the soldiers, who rode out in motorcycles from Fort Riley military base, bought some lemonade.
Aaron Jackson, one of the founding members of Planting Peace, told the Huffington Post: "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 Director of Operations at Planting Peace, said: "Jayden represents the natural humanity we are born with. We come into this world compassionate, caring beings and only become hateful if we are taught to be."
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