Church tweets protest of Steve Jobs funeral via iPhone

After the death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, the #iSad hashtag is trending on Twitter.twitter-phelps

Westboro Baptist Church, a group that has forsaken human decency in the name of headlines, announced Wednesday night, in a tweet sent via #iPhone, a planned protest of the iPhone creator’s funeral.

Perhaps an #iRony hashtag would be appropriate?

Why protest Jobs?

Religious leader Margie J. Phelps, in responding to an Associated Press headline on Twitter concerning Jobs’ death, said the group would picket the funeral because Jobs had “a huge platform; gave God no glory and taught sin.”

Phelps, a lawyer and daughter of Westboro’s founder, Fred Phelps Sr., argued successfully before the Supreme Court that the thankfully tiny church had the First Amendment right to stage anti-gay and anti-war protests at the funerals of celebrities and U.S. soldiers.

Westboro’s leaders have been here before. In 2010 the group picketed Twitter’s offices in San Francisco. They tweeted about it, of course.

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October 6th, 2011
12:32 pm

oh the irony

Ruth McVeigh

October 6th, 2011
12:43 pm

Gee – wonder why I no longer go to church! There are no “Christians” to be found there.

SBC Pastor

October 6th, 2011
1:02 pm

I wish this crowd would quit using the terms “Baptist” and “Church” in their names as they are neither of these things.


October 6th, 2011
1:03 pm

I assure you…these folks do not represent the true beliefs of Christianity.


October 6th, 2011
1:14 pm

Ghandi said, “I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. They are so unlike your Christ.”

Braves #17 Fan

October 6th, 2011
1:14 pm

This group wimped out of appearing at an event in Woodstock earlier this year. Ignore them. Ruth, I know what you mean, but not all churches are like that.


October 6th, 2011
1:16 pm

Please, SBC Pastor, tell me how they are different. Having grown up in an SBC church and left, I really don’t see how the Westboro brand of intolerance differs that much from the intolerance taught inside the church I grew up in. The Westboro folks are just more public about it.


October 6th, 2011
1:21 pm

They are such a sad and pathetic group of individuals. And we wonder why so many people are turned off by Christianity and really religion in general. GOD WILL JUDGE Mr. Jobs just like HE will judge the rest of us.


October 6th, 2011
1:25 pm

Just another way for them to stay in the Media (hence the article written about them again). Just like in L.A. … bad publicity still makes you relevant, compelling, and unfortunately mainstream


October 6th, 2011
1:29 pm

Screw ‘em –


October 6th, 2011
1:30 pm

Funny stuff…….Man makes up Religion, then uses it against people !

Very Christian !


October 6th, 2011
1:32 pm

Can’t you make these stereotypical statements about any group? This would be like saying I was a victim of a crime committed by a Hispanic man so now I avoid all Hispanics, why is it acceptable to stereotype anyone?


October 6th, 2011
1:32 pm

I love the use of the Futurama meme in the picture of the tweet.

These should be called...

October 6th, 2011
1:36 pm

IDIOTS, not Christians


October 6th, 2011
1:37 pm

Westboro is giving God no glory and are also sinning in their judgement of others.


October 6th, 2011
1:37 pm

Fred Phelps, also ran for office, as a Democrat.


October 6th, 2011
1:39 pm

If the Phelps group had ever done a single thing to help someone rather than always demonstrating the worst of Christianity they would be worth writing about. As it is, they are just a waste of perfectly good oxygen. They can protest all they want but all they are doing is driving good people that much further away from the Church. They are basically a hate crime in motion.


October 6th, 2011
1:47 pm

What about allowing his family to grieve in peace? Would Jesus be outside his funeral protesting? Even scripture says blessed are they that mourn for they shall be comforted. I think someone needs to stop these people. Wonder how they would feel if someone protests outside the funeral of the next one of their love ones to be eulogize. God loves Steve Jobs just as much as he loves all of us.


October 6th, 2011
1:53 pm

If they hate Steve Jobs so much … why are they using their iPhones to Tweet messages of hate against him!?!?!? Irony at it’s Best

Atlanta Allen

October 6th, 2011
1:58 pm

Perhaps we could get Westboro a Green Energy loan guarantee from the federal government. Then they would surely go out of business and their leadership would shut up – even if congress asked them to speak.


October 6th, 2011
2:03 pm

Amazing. Simply amazing.


October 6th, 2011
2:12 pm

Can some (different kind of crazy) blow them up already?


October 6th, 2011
2:28 pm

I am a Christian, but if I saw these people along the road, carrying their horrible signs, I’m afraid my car would uncontrollably veer into them.


October 6th, 2011
2:29 pm

Sad. They Definitely have no respect for human life and absolutely no respect for a grieving family and friends. I guess any publicity is good publicity for these people.


October 6th, 2011
2:30 pm

We definitely should all guns at THIS church. I wouldn’t blame anyone for using one either.


October 6th, 2011
2:31 pm

We definitely should ALLOW Guns at THIS church. I wouldn’t blame anyone for using one either.


October 6th, 2011
3:18 pm

Why do they own a iPhone if Jobs gave GOD no glory and taught sin? Very conflicting if you ask me. Maybe they should worry about their own lives and in trying to be better people than picket. Let his friends and family morn in peace!


October 6th, 2011
3:59 pm

These folks are a diseased cult in the flock of man. They should be culled from the herd. Or at least removed from this country and sent to say….Mexico.


October 6th, 2011
4:09 pm

Who in the world follows these nuts on Twitter????????

Jamie Balls

October 6th, 2011
4:18 pm

He without sin, please throw the first stone….Judge not that ye be judged…The Holy Bible taught me to love one another…I must be careful how I live my life-some body may want to pattern their life after mine…I am very tolerant of other beliefs..We must meet at a common ground-Love…


October 6th, 2011
4:32 pm

Some more “Christians” giving Christians a bad name.

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October 6th, 2011
4:51 pm

they are fortunate none of my family is presently in the service of our country and in harms way. If they were and death came their way and this group protested at their funeral, there would be a major incident involving my AK47 and their ignorance…’act ignorant and I’ll act ignorant with you.’ They would not denigrate my family’s loss and not suffer the consequences. They need to keep it in Westboro.


October 6th, 2011
5:00 pm

There are scumbags in all walks of life. To group these particular scumbags with all Christians is just as bigoted as any other narrow minded stereo-types. These people are not Christians in the true sense of the word at all.

A Group Ought to Meet Them

October 6th, 2011
5:00 pm

A group of Hell’s Angels ought to meet them at the funeral and beat the love of Jesus out of them – permanently then we can picket their funeral.


October 6th, 2011
5:04 pm

They sound like a hate group discriminating againist celebrities.. How can you justify protesting at someone’s funeral they are dead, what is the purpose? (sounds like they are trying to gain fame themselves)…. Leave him to rest


October 6th, 2011
5:07 pm

Steve Jobs was responsible for taking the lives of those who committed suicide because of the horrible conditions they lived in as practically slaves in the plants in China that made the iPhones. He was also responsible for the many who developed chronic diseases from the chemical in another Chinese plant used to clean the IPhone screens. He was responsible for the data centers in this country that get their power from coal-fired power plants that kill thousands with their pollution and destroy beautiful land with their open mines and streams with their terrible polluting run off. His legacy is forever tarnish as no friend of humanity. All he did was give us some technology which History still has to decide has any redeeming value at all.


October 6th, 2011
5:21 pm

This is the same religious fanatic mindset that attempted to block Sunday alcohol sale in Georgia. These cretins would revive the Spanish Inquisition if they thought they could get away with it.


October 6th, 2011
5:23 pm

You are aware that you are using an electricity-powered computer to log on and post your comment??? Just making sure . . .

Free to hurt others

October 6th, 2011
5:31 pm

Fundamentally misguided and ultimately corrupting the message of love taught in the book they desecrate.


October 6th, 2011
5:58 pm

These people (Margie Phelps & their Westboro Baptist “Church”) think trash, talk trash, are nothing but trash.
Media coverage just empowers them unnecessarily. Best thing to do is simply ignore them, they are not worth an iota of attention. Sure, they are HIP (Hypocrites, Idiots, Perverts).


October 6th, 2011
6:11 pm

Just how is creating tech devices, teaching sin exactly? Makes no sense besides the man was a Buddhist, he wasn’t christian anyway. These Phelps & Westboro folks better have flame retardant suits because they will need them when they die.


October 6th, 2011
6:42 pm

The only thing I found more sickening and appalling regarding The Westboro Baptist
Hate Cult’s plans to pickets Steve Job’s funeral…was Mr. Mathis’s referral of Margie Phelps as a “religious leader” in this news article! This sick woman and her entire church/cult are scary, evil hatemongers who delight in the misery of others and thrive on the kind of publicity that he and other media sources give them!


October 6th, 2011
6:43 pm

Glad I am Methodist–this group tars all of us with a big brush. God love everyone–so much, that he gave HIS son to die in our place.


October 6th, 2011
6:50 pm

After my son scored a touchdown in last Friday night’s football game he pointed … down! I’m so proud of him!


October 6th, 2011
8:31 pm

but yet this dumb b***h has an iPhone and uses it to talk about how she’s protesting the inventor’s funeral. hey you big dummy; you do realize that you helped him do his so-called “evil” when you bought the phone, right? ooh, I hate this so-called “church”! go get a life!

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October 6th, 2011
8:50 pm

Religion will be the cause of the end of times. religious cooks. how do you seriously hate gay marriage yet let your children get raped by your religious leaders. you’ve failed to predict the end of times multiple times, shocker, and deny science? can’t wait to sip champagne when i die and laugh at all your religious freaks burning in hell for your lack of acceptance to others views and beliefs.


October 6th, 2011
9:57 pm

hmm; can’t recall one church, that i have been too; that was’nt as crazy as these kansas inbreds (or inbreeds). All religion is corrupt, all rligions that promote intolerance, & damnation too any group of humans, should be classified extreamist and charged with hate crimes=) on a lighter point “religion has nothing to do “what so ever” with god”! Thats right idiot’s, Religion is not God, so letsa start the frothing, spewing of Grammical hate i am garunteed to recieve for this one. Whips ready?


October 6th, 2011
10:17 pm

I say they protest back just like the FOO FIGHTERS did!! If I lived close enuf I sure as heck would!! Where is the churchs morality to allow his family to MOURN??!!??!! And that’s exacly why people don’t go to church!!