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!!


October 6th, 2011
10:33 pm

There is a group that can shut them down..done it before..can do it again…true brothers…

Joe T

October 6th, 2011
10:34 pm

I hope these guys really stop using Baptist Church… I’m a Bible Believing Christian and goes to a Baptist Church… But i didn’t feel the same way as these impostors. I was dad to hear Job’s death cause of his brilliance and excellence in his work. A role model for any individual in a Corporate world…

Apologies for the behaviors of these guys everyone if they really are True Christians…


October 6th, 2011
10:38 pm

These people are sick, sick, sick. Jobs contributed so much to this world and worked so very hard. He was a much better individual than these evil souls.


October 6th, 2011
11:23 pm

As is true of most every group and movement, there are always some that are less concerned with the beliefs and teachings then they are about a single, personal crusade. Just as these yahoos, and most “evangelicals” don’t actually profess and follow the basic teaching of Christ; terrorists that claim to act in the name of Allah don’t follow the teachings of Mohammad; Jewish radicals fail to follow the teachings of the Torah that they profess; and, Free Speech advocates are willing to silence those that hold views that they don’t agree with, Westboro fails the test of acting in accordance with Holy Writ.

Just saying

October 6th, 2011
11:43 pm

What does the publicity gain for Westboro Baptist Church???? Inspite of the publicity, the church remains a small, ineffective group of misfits that no other church would have nor would Westboro want to be in any other church. Media and public leave these pathetic people alone and they melt away into the holes they crawled out of.

Just saying

October 6th, 2011
11:51 pm

So the lawyer Phelps says the picketing is due to the fact Jobs had a huge platform: gave God no glory and taught sin. Well, their group has a small platform, gives no glory to God (thier lips speak it, but their don’t show it) and they practice sin. So I suppose the group is trying to have a “huge” platform for their brand of hatred and endeavoring to assume the place of God in other’s lives. They give God no glory and are practicing sin themselves. Sad, the exteremes to which wicked people will sink.


October 7th, 2011
12:07 am

I’m sure Satan is anxiously awaiting the Phelps family since they sure the heck aren’t headed for Heaven.

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October 7th, 2011
1:55 am

Lord, save me from Your followers.

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October 7th, 2011
2:23 am

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October 7th, 2011
5:00 am

westboro is not a church. they are a cult. the congress needs to step in and do away with these people. i think there are jealous of mr job success. and the us soldiers and gay who want to be gay. my son is overseas and if something ever happen to him and he comes home dead. the westboro better not be around to protesting. there are too many people that will take care of them to make sure that they dont come near my sons fruneral.


October 7th, 2011
7:58 am

This is why I no longer attend church, religon is a crutch and scam rooted in ancient mysteries that are now explained by science, i mean really if there were a second coming of christ today, i honestly think that people would condeem and shoot him, what a bunch of phoney hypocrits


October 7th, 2011
8:18 am

Come on! Love thy neighbor and judge not. Really!


October 7th, 2011
8:22 am

I go to church and I try not to be a hypocrite. Joe is right. Jesus would absolutely be persecuted today, and he would be persecuted by the likes of Westboro. If I take care of my own business, I don’t have time to mind yours. I really wonder if these judgmental people have actually READ The Bible in its entirety. It is pretty clear on judging others.Oh, and because of my iPod, I can easily read my Bible while waiting in line at the grocery store or wherever. Thanks, Steve Jobs. You left the world better than you found it. Rest in peace.


October 7th, 2011
8:23 am

I like the Ghandi quote — unfortunately all too common. However, don’t let this incident (or any) turn you away from Christ. For those of you who are “against Christianity” because of quotes or folks like this — that’s just an excuse. Pick up the bible and read for yourself — and keep reading — It WILL change your life — for the better !!!!

Remember: Christianity is not a religion.
Religion is Humans *trying* to work their way to God.
Christianity is God coming to men and women through a relationship with Jesus Christ.

With true Christianity — as laid out in the bible — we are all sinners. There is no difference between you, me, Steve Jobs, Osama Bin Ladin, President Obama, Michael Vick, or Pope. We are all sinners.
And we are all saved through the grace and by faith given to us nearly 2,000 years ago through Jesus Christ.

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October 7th, 2011
8:30 am

Joe — Come on — people have been trying to “disprove” the existance for Jesus Christ for years. It ain’t going to happen. It would have been sooo easy for them to disprove it and even hide it 2,000 years ago — but they couldn’t do it then — Thank you Holy Spirit.
Go rent “The Case for Christ” — an athiest methodical and very interesting journey to try and disprove Jesus. (Everyone should see that — Christians and Non-Christians — you’ll learn a lot from an athiest )
Then pick up the bible and start reading…

by the way — regarding your statement
“… if there were a second coming of christ today, i honestly think that people would condeem and shoot him…”

That is the SAME THING they did to Christ the first time !! (though they didn’t have guns — so they hung him…) Again, please read the bible — and read it for YOU !! — not for anyone else…


October 7th, 2011
12:53 pm

Dude! I hate Fred Phelps and his organization as much as the next rational individual, but you just got trolled. Margie Phelps tweeted from an iPhone on purpose! She was trying to be ironic. You pointing it out just makes you look stupid.

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October 7th, 2011
6:04 pm

@Just another sinner
You can’t disprove anything, you have to prove it. That statement is absurd. What if I told you I could fly? How could you possibly prove that I couldn’t ? You can’t! The burden of proof would be on me to prove I could fly.


October 7th, 2011
7:27 pm

It’s not about how other people act(nonchristian like), it’s all about how you act…don’t judge yourself just because other people in church don’t act like christians.
You go to school, meet people in the grocery store, possibly work with nonchristians. Maybe if we start acting more like christians it might rub off on others.
The Westboro Baptist Church is not of the Baptist religion that we know….theirs is a cult…just think about it….would any christians do the unspeakable act of storming and protesting around someones funeral. How would they like it if we did that to one of their loved ones. But, you know, we won’t….we’re christians.


October 7th, 2011
7:40 pm

I’ll bet that these nutcases wish they could still burn ‘heretics’ and ‘witches’. They are so deliciously medievel…poster children for atheism and enlightenment.

Robert Christian

October 8th, 2011
1:33 am

Kokomtoo: What do you mean you would have to prove that you could fly. Jesus proved himself over and over(Healed the sick, raised the dead,calmed the seas, died for our SINS etc,etc,etc. So if you were Jesus and told me you could fly I would believe it. (FAITH) We walk by faith not by sight. 2 Corintians 5:7. Jesus doesn’t have to prove anything. PEOPLE PEOPLE PEOPLE Please read the BIBLE Inthe last days there will be wars and rumers of war.earthquakes in diverse places.False Prophets,Sickness,plauges,deception,greed. So Believe what you wish. I don’t know what Steve Jobs believed. That’s for him to worry about now,because no one ever told that I was to judge people. Not even judges can judge people. Only God Himself can and will judge.


October 9th, 2011
12:07 pm

Westboro Baptist Church spreads its hate through picketing in our streets, provoking attacks, with abusive language and flag desecration, attempting to create a confrontation. This is not a church, this is a hate group. This is not about protesting, freedom, or God. They are in it for the money and the press; this is a family law firm. They are not a “church.” It is a scam. They go after anything that can get them in the news. This is a family of lawyers using this “god hates you” thing to make money. It is time for this scam to end.


October 10th, 2011
8:44 pm

when is the IRS going to pull the tax exemption from this ‘church’ made up of family members. these people are sick and pathetic.!


October 10th, 2011
9:38 pm

Steve Jobs’ family kept the funeral service very small, totally private, and the WBC freaks couldn’t find a way to protest. I read one report that said the funeral was in a walled garden, with only invited guests. No access for Phelps and company; they couldn’t even find it.


October 10th, 2011
9:40 pm

@BTW – Unless you can provide some independent documentation of your statement, you’re full of S**T.


October 11th, 2011
9:59 am

@latenight for what it’s worth, there is a wikipedia page on phelps that cites his running for Kansas governor as a democrat several times during the 90’s….shouldn’t be to difficult to verify a governors race. I don’t see what it matters though.


October 11th, 2011
10:07 am

Steve jobs was a Buddhist, what would you expect from a Buddhist, but to be one. As a Christian, if I were going to picket something, I would feel most compelled to picket a group that claimed to represent Christ, but was teaching aberrant doctrine….like westboro.


October 11th, 2011
10:21 am

Something to be aware of, westboro is an independent baptist group, if they ever had an affiliation with a larger group, it’s been severed because of how aberrant their doctrine has gotten. Are there babysitters that have molested children? Of course…many times! Have they sullied the profession? Absolutely! Does this mean that all babysitters everywhere are bad? Of course not! Was Steve jobs a man with a huge platform that was a sinner? Did he fail to give glory to God? From a Christian perspective, yes! Should his funeral be picketed for this? From a Christian perspective….no!

David Shivers

October 12th, 2011
1:59 pm

Margie Phelps is the daughter of Fred Phelps. I guess in their case mental illness is hereditary.


October 12th, 2011
7:48 pm

Maybe those people just want an “audience” and as long as the media give it to them, they’re happy. As Christians (I am Catholic), we are supposed to pray for others, especially those who hate us, or are hateful (and these people do make it difficult, don’t they?). Maybe they’re the test of life.

Pray for them; leave them in God’s hands; and go on. But cut out the media attention. Hopefully they will retreat back into their little church box and pray for others and “go about doing good” as Christ did. God have mercy on them.


October 12th, 2011
10:41 pm

Will it never end? Ask old man Phelps what he was busy doing with the boys from 1967 – 1975 at the McFarland Reststop in I-80 outside Topeka KS, having relations with the boys. More than J Edgar Hoover, Ted Haggart and the like, this Fred Phelps is the most egregious case of “he that doth protest too much” is likely guilty of the very thing. Yes, old man Phelps is gay, sadly, and his self-loathing has infected his entire clan.

Just a Thought

October 13th, 2011
8:59 am

I know I’m late to the party, here, having just heard about this a couple days ago – ignorance IS bliss sometimes.
Margie Phelps is quoted elsewhere as saying something about God created the iPhone for what she was doing – the organizing of the protest of the immediate creator’s funeral . . . shouldn’t that make Steve Jobs an instrument of God?
I wonder, too, when God called the Westboro folks up and said to them that he was passing along his supreme right to judge humanity to them. I would love to hear THAT iPhone conversation. Last I heard, God was still in charge and HE was the one we’d be answering to in the end.
Just wish they’d crawl back under the rock from which they came. Hard not to judge someone who preaches so much hatred.


October 13th, 2011
9:18 am

oh Lord not these people. they are a hot mess! and u know what they say the loudest protesters are usually the freakiest ones!

randall Jewell

October 13th, 2011
9:02 pm

This is not a church, so the comments against ever “going to church” are without merit. I belong to a fairly conservative church. They would NEVER protest any funeral, gay, straight, military, computer geeks, etc. They feel God is the one who judges the heart. The Westboro Baptist Cult should be silenced one way or another. I am all for freedom of speech. But this is hate speech, encouraging people to become violent. I wish I knew what to do.

Irene Tollison

October 16th, 2011
3:58 am

In Many for tennis!

Long Helvik

October 25th, 2011
10:20 am

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