Westboro Baptist Church uses iPhone to announce protest at Steve Jobs’s funeral

Michael S. Williamson THE WASHINGTON POST Members of the Westboro Baptist Church picket every Sunday at a city park near … Continued

Michael S. Williamson

THE WASHINGTON POST

Members of the Westboro Baptist Church picket every Sunday at a city park near their church in Topeka, KS.

Westboro Baptist Church announced plans Wednesday night to protest Steve Jobs’s funeral, sending the message out. . .wait for it. . . via Twitter for iPhone.

Margie Phelps, daughter of the small church’s founder and the lawyer who represented the church during their First Amendment case at the Supreme Court, (which Westboro won,) was among the Phelps family members to use Apple products to Tweet about the death of the Apple co-founder.

“Westboro will picket his funeral.He had a huge platform; gave God no glory & taught sin,” Margie tweeted Wednesday night on her iPhone.

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.

The iPhone-wielding Westboro members seemed unable to find any irony in their embrace of the technology of a man they condemn. One church member even suggested that God was using Jobs to help advance the message of Westboro Baptist Church: “God used Steve Jobs to create amazing STUFF for WBC to preach,” wrote Shirley Phelps-Roper.


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About

Elizabeth Tenety Elizabeth Tenety is the former editor of On Faith, where she produced "Divine Impulses," On Faith’s video interview series. She studied Theology and Government at Georgetown University and received her master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. A New York native, Elizabeth grew up in the home of Catholic news junkies where, somewhere in between watching the nightly news and participating in parish life, she learned to ponder both the superficial and the sacred.
  • bobmoses

    “The Topeka, Kan. based church is mostly made up of Phelps family members but has risen to international infamy because liberals like to demonize Christians. They are of little consequence, but serve the vital purpose of fulfilling the image of Christians held by hateful and intolerant liberals.”

  • FreeLee

    Which

  • FreeLee

    What bible do these people read? Have they deleted Matthew 5 to 7? Do they perhaps not have time to read the Bilbe if they are involved in these strange activities that are alien to Christianity?

  • MoeHow

    They will do anything for attention and apparently their tactics are working.

  • MoeHow

    I am a liberal and I am a Christian. Your black or white argument is not based on reason but on bias and emotion. What a small world you live in.

  • Westboroareidots

    What a bunch of idiots! Doesnt the Bible tell you not to judge? Makes me happy to know that these jack legs have a first class ticket to hell!

  • mclovin1

    The sooner this bunch of nutcases is ignored, the better. Let them slither back under the rocks they come from. The Westboro Baptist Church members forget the most basic rule of all: the golden rule.

  • JeffersonLives1

    And from what asylum are these nutbags tweeting from?

  • rl2123

    Wow – what a hateful, unchristian group! They should be ashamed of themselves. Please, WP, stop giving them a platform so they can just go away.

  • SouthernLady

    What a bunch of losers.

  • cprferry

    This isn’t a church. This is a media-hungry, lawsuit-pursuing provocative family. Why is it On Faith? Why does the media give them any attention? Ask anyone in Topeka. It’s best to stay away from the crazy family. Stop feeding the trolls media!

  • campisi1964

    Marge Phelps and your “church” they way you continue to harass and harm grieving families is absolutely disgusting! If you think your doing the work of Christ you are mistaken!! Open your BIBLE! King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
    And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

    Though he brings grief, he will show compassion,
    so great is his unfailing love. For he does not willingly bring affliction
    or grief to anyone. Lamentations 3:31-33 You only distance people from God with your misguided behavior!

  • Fenwick1

    The Obama administration should exercise the executive optin he used on awlaki on these Phelps people.

  • dougasbury

    Westboro Baptist Church, Jesus was thinking of you, too, when he said this to the Pharisees of his day: “He said to them, ‘Isaiah prophesied rightly about you hypocrites, as it is written, “This people honours me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me” ‘ ” (Mark 7.6).

  • uxcent

    These Westboro folks are being hoodwinked into believing they have G-d figured out and know his mind. Sorry folks but G-d loves us all and has not appointed you to sin in his name. Weather you realize it or not you are breaking His admonition against bearing false witness when you disrupt the sacred task of human burial..

  • Magick1

    Hahaha! You hypocritical oafs. I’ll be lounging on the shores of the River Styx with a martini, all my gay friends, and my iPod, toasting you as Cheron ushers your pathetic souls into Hell.

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