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The City Of Topeka Is Now Offering To Pay People To Move Near The Westboro Baptist Church, And No Thanks

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It sounds like a dream come true for people looking to relocate.

Homebuyers will receive $15,000 to buy a house and renters will receive $10,000.

The only catch? Residents have to stay there for at least one full year and the location is Topeka, Kansas.

While it may be the capital city, Topeka is not known as a particularly exciting city. Kansas as a whole is not really known as a state that people are clambering toward.

But the worst part of this government incentive, dubbed "Choose Topeka", is that Topeka is the home of the infamous homophobic hate group Westboro Baptist Church.

Westboro Baptist is known for being openly and loudly anti-LGBT+. Their website is even

They have made erroneous claims that things like soldier deaths, mass homicides and natural disasters are all punishments from God for gay people.


The church is famous for their many protests, including those at military funerals and attempts to protest at the funerals of children murdered in mass shootings.

Because of the church's despicable behavior and reputation, people find the entire "Choose Topeka" incentive to be bizarre.

According to Pink News, the Joint Economic Development Organization for Topeka and Shawnee County stated that Topeka is:

"poised for a true renaissance".

They may be poised, but even with fifteen grand, people are not interested.

One Twitter user had a better idea for the city of Topeka to get more tax dollars into their system.

Maybe that is the real solution.

The book Unfollow: A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church by former member Megan Phelps-Roper is available here.