Westboro Baptist to picket Steve Jobs’ funeral, says via iPhone (photos, video)
Top news coming in to San Francisco after the announcement of the Silicon Valley icon’s death, is that Westboro Baptist Church will protest at the funeral of Steve Jobs. (See article here: Breaking: Steve Jobs, founder of Apple, dies (photos…)
Steve Jobs died last night, surrounded by family and friends, after a long struggle with pancreatic cancer. (See that article here: Breaking: Steve Jobs, founder of Apple, dies (photos…)
Steve Jobs set up his company, Apple, in Cupertino, around an hour’s drive from San Francisco.
“How ironic that the Westboro Baptist Church made their announcement via Twitter for iPhone,” says San Francisco resident, Katie Allen. “That seems more than a bit hypocritical to me.”
The announcement was tweeted out from the iPhone of Margie Phelps who is the daughter of Westboro Baptist Church’s founder.
“Westboro will picket his funeral. He had a huge platform; gave God no glory & taught sin,” tweeted Margie.
According to the Washington Post: “The Topeka, Kan. based church is mostly made up of Phelps family members but has risen to international infamy because of their funeral protests of celebrities and American soldiers. The church’s members believe that God punishes America for its tolerance of sin, including acceptance of homosexuality.” (See article here on San Francisco’s and nation’s first gay museum).
In a more recent case, the Westboro Baptist Church protested the funeral of little Christina Greene who was shot during the Gabrielle Giffords rally. The woman who took Christina to the rally, Susan Hileman, had been a teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area, in Tiburon. (See the article here: Arizona child shooting victim: Westboro Baptist Church to picket funeral)
One Westboro Church member told the Washington Post that God was using Jobs to advance Westboro Baptist Church’s own message.
Shirley Phelps-Roper wrote: “God used Steve Jobs to create amazing STUFF for WBC to preach.”
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