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To a self-described Christian in the Baltimore area, it’s having colorful candles. Rainbow-colored candles. They’re what moved a “Concerned Home Owner” to complain in this note to the offending neighbor.

Homeowner Julie Baker is responding by going even MORE relentless and to raise money to do that, she started a page on GoFundMe. Her pitch includes this:

Put simply, I am a widow and the mother of four children, my youngest in high school and I WILL NOT Relent to Hatred. Instead, I will battle it with whimsy and beauty and laughter and love, wrapped around my home, yard and family!!!

Her drive is doing very well.

The offending lights.

The story is now on the Baltimore Sun site, BoingBoing, and surely others to come. It’s going viral because we love the feelings of derision and outrage that are evoked by crazy shit like this.

When I stopped snickering I starting wondering if MY yard would qualify.  I do have prayer flags – decidedly nonChristian ones – but their colors are clearly too pastel. Wonder where I can get some in a rainbow of primary colors.

Then my second thought is: the gardens of my gay friends and acquaintances are among the BEST I’ve ever seen. So call my yard gay any time. Thank you.

(Photo via Reddit user jill853)

Posted by

Susan Harris
on June 18, 2015 at 1:42 pm, in the category Ministry of Controversy.

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16 Comments

  1. admin

    30th November 2016 at 12:46 pm

    I’ve got flowers blooming in each of those colors. Hey, pride for equality — among humans and plants and insects.

  2. Mary Gray

    30th November 2016 at 1:44 pm

    That letter is such a caricature…it wouldn’t surprise me if this turns out to be a hoax.

  3. Julie

    30th November 2016 at 4:18 pm

    I have to agree. Call the police? For what possible crime? Sounds ludicrous.

  4. Mary Gray

    1st December 2016 at 5:50 am

    Notice there are random words capitalized in both the note and on her crowd sourcing page. Hmmmmm…..

  5. HamatoKameko

    1st December 2016 at 1:26 pm

    Exactly, Mary Gray. I dont see that form of emphasis often, even online, so I find it VERY hard to believe both she and her neighbor would type that way.

  6. admin

    2nd December 2016 at 12:40 am

    Holy Cow! They must be Baptist! 😉

  7. admin

    2nd December 2016 at 6:49 am

    I’m sorry, but the indiscriminate and incorrect use of capital letters in the complainant’s note devalued its content (lacking as it was prior to said devaluation. ) Excuse me now while I add more primary colors to my garden.

  8. admin

    2nd December 2016 at 12:32 pm

    Me, too. I loved her use of caps, and the language. Whether it’s a hoax or not, it’s fun.

  9. Mary Gray

    2nd December 2016 at 12:58 pm

    Fraud is fun now???

  10. admin

    2nd December 2016 at 1:04 pm

    Oh, hon, this is such a joy to read.

  11. Brandon Coppin

    2nd December 2016 at 1:58 pm

    LMAO! Oh my gosh. This is hilarious.

  12. Cynthia

    2nd December 2016 at 7:26 pm

    I agree with Mary. I suspect this is a hoax. The sad thing is that this type of ‘joke’ only creates more animosity and divisions among people. Remy makes a very good point, too. Every dollar that is given to this type of nonsense leaves one less dollar for those that really need help.

  13. admin

    3rd December 2016 at 4:28 am

    Oh dear. You guys have me thinking it’s a hoax, too (the police bit wasn’t really believable.) And they’re making money from it.
    So let’s hope there’s some local media who’ll check it out.

  14. DC Tropics

    3rd December 2016 at 6:42 am

    Will this garden be on the PPA tours?

  15. Mary

    3rd December 2016 at 8:46 am

    Here’s what else suggests a hoax: the fact that the note-writer seems unaware that rainbows have been a Christian symbol for thousands of years. Really hard to believe so many people fell for this!

  16. Jeanne

    3rd December 2016 at 1:10 pm

    The fact that rainbows are a Biblical symbol does not in any way suggest a hoax. Far too many Christians have no idea what the Bible actually says.

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