Planting Peace

Planting Peace Slams Mississippi’s New Anti-Gay Law With Hilarious Billboard

The group's new sign clarifies that Jesus actually hate "figs."

We’re all furious about Mississippi’s new anti-LGBT law, but one group is striking back with a savvy billboard that mocks homophobes’ religious hypocrisy.

In the state capital of Jackson, a digital billboard sponsored by Planting Peace depicts Jesus with his head in his hands, with the caption reading “Guys, I said ’I hate figs and to love thy neighbor.'”

On its website, Planting Peace reminds visitor that in Matthew 21: 18-22, Jesus cursed a fig tree to wither and die on the spot.

“The intent of this billboard is to bring awareness to how the anti-LGBT movement continues to try to move us backwards in the fight for equal rights,” Planting Peace President Aaron Jackson told the Daily News.

Last week, Governor Phil Bryant signed HB 1523 into law, allowing businesses and individuals to deny service to LGBT people on religious grounds.

“There are LGBT youth across the world who are taking their lives at an alarming rate because of these messages that make them feel broken or less than,” added Jackson.

“Our message to our LGBT youth is ’You are loved, valued, supported, and beautiful. There is nothing wrong with you, and we will stand by you. You are not alone.'”

Planting Peace has mastered the art of billboard shade: Last September, the group posted a message in Kim Davis’ hometown of Rowan County, Kentucky.

The group is also working with an 8-year-old trans activist to open a safe space for trans people across from the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas.

Planting Peace already operates the rainbow-colored Equality House there.

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.