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Phelps Clan Tweets Intent To Picket Jobs Funeral Via iPhone 699

It comes as no surprise that Margie Phelps of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church has already declared the church's intention to picket Steve Jobs's funeral. What is interesting, is that she did so using an iPhone. The 142 characters of wrath read: "Westboro will picket his funeral.He[sic] had a huge platform; gave God no glory & taught sin. MT @AP: Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has died at 56."


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Phelps Clan Tweets Intent To Picket Jobs Funeral Via iPhone

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  • by eldavojohn ( 898314 ) * <eldavojohn AT gmail DOT com> on Thursday October 06, 2011 @11:22AM (#37626266) Journal
    You missed the best part when she defended herself []:

    Rebels mad cuz I used iPhone to tell you Steve Jobs is in hell.God created iPhone for that purpose! :)

    She's just confirming what Apple fans already knew: God works at Apple.

    That's a bittersweet reminder of my Roman Catholic upbringing. Whenever I did something good like played the trombone well or scored well on a test, I was instructed to pray to Jesus for working through me to do something so good. Whenever I screwed up, well, all those powerful forces like God and the Devil were suspiciously absent and the fault was solely mine.

    • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 06, 2011 @11:26AM (#37626344)

      Also: Whenever life is going well, praise the lord for your good fortune. Whenever your life hits a snag, your faith is being "tested".

    • by uigrad_2000 ( 398500 ) on Thursday October 06, 2011 @11:35AM (#37626482) Homepage Journal

      Ok, I've swung to the other side about WBC. These people are not sincere.

      They just want to make headlines, and publicity is the only god that they worship.

      • by lymond01 ( 314120 ) on Thursday October 06, 2011 @11:46AM (#37626662)

        I'm guessing the Phelps aren't like this, but I remember reading a letter to the editor in some mainstream magazine where the author said something like, "I don't understand how people can act this way. Their souls will be delivered to eternal torment in Hell. We HAVE to keep trying to change them to prevent that!"

        Despite religion being mostly a community of mythologists, some people feel that Hell is as real as an oncoming bus while you're standing in the road. You NEED to listen! You need to get out of the road! Can't you see!

        It's a little spooky.

        • That might be the official press release... but...

          I really hate the fucking fucks that gave these twits national audience or some semblance of credibility. They were annoying enough when they stormed into Lawrence KS 20 years ago. May they rot in hell.

          Can't someone get the IRS involved...?

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by maxume ( 22995 )

        You thought they were sincere?

        Their whole schtick is to be assholes and then sue anyone who confronts them.

        • by Rolgar ( 556636 ) on Thursday October 06, 2011 @12:13PM (#37627162)

          Fred really got going in '92 or '93, and I had a couple of friends that would counter protest over the next few years before we left town for college or military service.

          I'll tell you this, they sincerely hate the people they protest. You can sense it in them when they are around, although their usual weekend rounds at the local churches is usually pretty low key other than the obscene stick figures on their signs, which I don't care for my kids to see.

          What Fred's family really gets out of this though is that their protests bring condemnation. I suspect they sell this to the congregation that they are being good Christians being persecuted like the early Christians who were tortured and executed by various means. By ostracizing his followers from everybody else in town, they reinforce their members' dependance upon one another like any cult, and the family probably sees pretty good revenue in the collection basket.

          A couple of his kids (he has a very large family, 2 or 3 are at odds with the rest of the family) wrote a book about Fred and the things that went on during the 70s and 80s. I think I once read some of it online. Very disturbing stuff.

        • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

          Frankly, journalistic style sheets need to be updated so that they are always referred to as Westboro Baptist "Church", including requiring TV presenters to make finger-quotes when using the word "Church".

      • by dougmc ( 70836 ) <> on Thursday October 06, 2011 @11:54AM (#37626816) Homepage

        They just want to make headlines, and publicity is the only god that they worship.

        They want publicity, yes. Because they want somebody to assault them or violate their civil rights, so they can sue.

        This page [] explains how they work pretty well. Basically, they're all lawyers, and the moment something happens, they sue, and all their paperwork is perfect.

    • Oh thank God! I thought I was the only one. ;)
    • The Roman Catholic god is an asshole.

    • If god created the iPhone, how can they claim Jobs didn't give god glory?
    • by Empiric ( 675968 )
      God works at Apple.

      "One of the deep mysteries to me is our logo, the symbol of lust and knowledge, bitten into, all crossed with the colors of the rainbow in the wrong order. You couldn't dream of a more appropriate logo: lust, knowledge, hope, and anarchy."

      --Jean-Louis Gassee

      Seems she'd be better off considering it a case of successful divine stealth-marketing, then, rather than mucking it up with her own universally-reviled (including by other theists) form of trolling.
    • It's funny, right, that certain subsets of people can separate success and failure by source? I usually see this in terms of right-wingers who feel that their own success is earned by them alone, while their own failures are attributable to being let down by others. This then somehow translates into a belief that anyone else who fails is at fault, and thus is not worthy of empathy or a safety net.

      Were I a psychologist, I think study of this phenomenon could occupy the next decade of my career. I find the

  • Attention Whores (Score:5, Insightful)

    by recoiledsnake ( 879048 ) on Thursday October 06, 2011 @11:22AM (#37626276)

    Nothing but attention whoring, they shouldn't be given press at all.

    • ya pretty much this
    • so the in crowd can head nod and act all smug with their belief that all Christians or people of faith are really like this. For no other reason is such a person newsworthy, it is very much like the bit on Scary Movie, The press only wanna interview the most ignorant person they find.

  • Even a Westboro Baptist idiot has to realize the irony...
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward
      Of course they do, they're a family of professional trolls - literally. That's how they make their money. Spout off a slew of hateful garbage, push people to the breaking point, and let the lawsuits fly.
      • by jdpars ( 1480913 )
        I guess we just need someone to beat them at their own game. How can we get the MAFIAA to go after them?
        • This is actually worth exploration.

          If you know about how the Phelps cult works, you know that alongside brandishing their ridiculous picketing signs, they like to sing reworked versions of mainstream music. I recall hearing them do a modified version of a Gaga song not long ago. You could take them to court and sue for creating derivative works and unlicensed public performances. Considering they are making money doing this, there's definitely room to demand damages.

          I'd love to see them try to defend them

  • Mistake (Score:4, Funny)

    by bonch ( 38532 ) on Thursday October 06, 2011 @11:23AM (#37626294)

    Westboro Baptist Church doesn't want to incur the wrath of hardcore Apple fans. They just don't know it yet.

    • Their cult is about to find out what happens when you mess with real fanatics!
      • by Pieroxy ( 222434 )

        I'm readying the pitchforks right now.

        • I'm readying the pitchforks right now.

          Wouldn't Vaseline or Crisco be more appropriate?
          Imagine the headlines: Westboro thugs brutally buggered by impassioned Apple fans. SF police stand idly by, thinking it's just a wild party they weren't invited to.

    • I got to admit, if it's one group of hackers I would not mess with, it's the Apple group. I would think that the style of hacking they would use is .... 'total discomfort' IE: things working slowly, gps giving wrong direction, email delays, your spelling checker making mistakes .... stuff that would just make your life a living hell.

      Oh the ipad would still work, but sure as heck it would be a nightmare. They would, in honor of Jobs, make the life of these people amazingly difficult, but I don't think they w

  • by tonywong ( 96839 ) on Thursday October 06, 2011 @11:24AM (#37626304) Homepage
    And get mobbed by hundreds of Steve Jobs and Apple supporters. And everyone including the the WBC will be carrying iPhones. Zealot on zealot action at 11!
  • by bwintx ( 813768 ) on Thursday October 06, 2011 @11:24AM (#37626310)



    Unfortunately, these are probably 'way more intelligent than what these assholes will really display.
    • I hope the Onion parodies this. The photoshopped picket signs might be worth a laugh.


  • by CTalkobt ( 81900 ) on Thursday October 06, 2011 @11:24AM (#37626314) Homepage
    Why do people help these people spread their vile?

    Posting stories on Slashdot / Putting it on CNN is only helping them get what they crave : Attention.

    Some problems are best ignored - then they'll fade away out of frustration when they realize they're not getting the attention.

    Blah blah - free press - I get it. I'm not asking for a law but common sense to take place.

    People love dirty laundry - D. Henly.

  • ... and these haters are the hatiest.

    The Westboro people turn my stomach.

  • Thanks Wesboro, I needed a good laugh this morning. Although my screen and the guy across from me probably didn't appreciate the projectile coffee.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    What attention wh**es. They are like the Kardashians with a bible instead of a sex tape.

  • I have my God Hates Fred sign ready to go!
  • I'm glad SOMEONE is picking up the slack and giving god glory by picketing at funerals.

    Maybe once their done reglorifying god, he'll get off his ass and stop all these genocides and famines.

    • He can start by bitchslapping these stupid closeminded assholes that obviously deserve to go to hell. F$%^#%$ the religous right.
  • You show precisely why religion is so evil and debilitating to society and why those who believe don't grasp the simple concept that they are bowing down to a narcissistic dictator.*

    Further, I find it amazing that people have no problem idolizing/worshiping/whatever someone who was obviously a hippie. Long hair, no job, bumming off of others for food and shelter, preaching peace and love. If that isn't the definition of a hippie, I don't know what is. Whatever happened to working for what you want rather

    • ** Why is God a guy? Why can't he be a she? Was it because the stories were written by men during a time and in a region where women were (and to some extent still are) considered property and subservient to men?

      I've tried referring to the Christian God using non-gender pronouns. It really pisses people off when you refer to their god as 'it'. Even more so than referring to their idol as 'your god' (note lowercase) which immediately tells them I don't share their beliefs and don't want to pretend that I'm religious. Or sometimes I ask them to clarify which god they are thanking, because there are several hundred possibilities.

      In case you're wondering, I'm not truly atheist. I'd say I'm agnostic as I don't belie

    • Jesus' #1 theme was to be nice to people. Unconditionally. These westbury folks have missed the point entirely.
  • Patriot Guard (Score:5, Informative)

    by Ganty ( 1223066 ) on Thursday October 06, 2011 @11:36AM (#37626520)

    All we need are the Patriot Guard in black turtlenecks to even up the numbers.


  • Which one, specifically? Please provide context.
  • You know why they picket such funeral? Because they want attention. Please, please, just ignore these idiots. Please stop giving them headlines.

  • terrorists (Score:3, Funny)

    by roman_mir ( 125474 ) on Thursday October 06, 2011 @11:40AM (#37626580) Homepage Journal

    Don't you look at these people, who cheer when others die and think - wish I had a military drone of my own on stand by?

  • Phelps and his crowd is nothing but a bunch of pinheads who haven't bothered to pick up the bible. If you bother to read it, how is the gospel to be spread? By showing love for your neighbor, for your enemies, and generally not being a douchebag. Even further, the whole thing about "judge not lest ye be judged" - that is not referring to not saying to your friend "Hey. you know, you really ought to not cheat on your wife" but judging one's eternal destination. On their web site, they have this posted: "Mat

    • Westboro will picket his funeral.He[sic] had a huge platform; gave God no glory & taught sin. MT @AP: Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has died at 56."

      Oh - and how did Steve Jobs "teach sin?" Do Macintoshes turn you into a sociopathic pedophile? Do iPhones make you start a cult where you start judging people and proclaiming them to be in the lake of fire (or in the case of pastafarians, the lake of spaghetti sauce)? What does Ms. Phelps have to say to justify her condemning of people despite the bible she

    • Why? Because it is about a popular figure in "computers and IT." In case you noticed, one of those popular figures died the other day and now a lot of events associated with this popular figure will occur.

  • The following statements are heresies:

    1. God hates fags.
    2. God hates Jews.
    3. "pray for more dead soldiers." Telling someone to pray for evil is heretical.

    In a nation that actually has an established Christian state religion which the state regards as the source of its legislation and authority (what the first amendment actually prohibits), these things would be capital crimes if Margie Phelps were to refuse to repent of them before a religious tribunal.

    I don't expect the sort of idiots who believe that admo

  • I've already had people on my facebook shilling quack cancer cures saying "If only...".

    The body doesn't have to be cold before the vultures swoop in.

  • He[sic] had a huge platform

    [sic]? Should Jobs not be referred to as a 'he'? Was Jobs a woman? What am I missing here?

  • To picket his funeral, they will need to find it. I can't imagine Jobs' family is going to have a large public affair. Would be very atypical of how he did things.

  • and we are creative. I am sure with enough brain power we will come up with a way to not get them attention but actually embarrass the shit outta em. not that they have any shame. Maybe a walled Garden around em? steve would'a loved it.
  • I seem to recall there were studies to this effect. But you know, any time people are emotionally charged, their rational minds are effectively blocked. And the longer your rational mind is blocked, the more it atrophies. The mind (the conscious and functioning pathways of the brain) are like ALL parts of the body.

    Bones, in zero gravity, lose strength. Muscles, when left unused, become weaker. The intellect of a person, when not being used, is left to wither.

    Anger, hate and even lust or love are emotio

  • If he had mentioned their pathetic god, then they would have come out with the 3rd commandment - "Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain"
  • LOL. Will she display signs at the picket with her iPad?

  • Jobs tried several eastern religions. I don't know if he practiced and worshiped Buddhism religiously, but he certainly advocated independent thinking as based on quotes like this. In my opinion, this philosophy served him well.

    "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone elses life. Don't be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow

  • Westboro will picket his funeral.He had a huge platform; gave God no glory & taught sin. MT @AP: Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has died at 56.

    140 characters exactly. Count them again.

    And what's with putting [sic] after "He"? Twitter updates are required to be grammatically correct now, including spaces where grammatically necessary?

  • by Bemopolis ( 698691 ) on Thursday October 06, 2011 @01:08PM (#37628078)
    Considering their attention-whoring targets are the likes of military funerals and Mr. Rogers, it would be a fucking honor to have made these douchebags' lives miserable enough to justify them picketing my funeral. Sic semper cuntannis.
  • by geekoid ( 135745 ) <<moc.oohay> <ta> <dnaltropnidad>> on Thursday October 06, 2011 @02:06PM (#37629162) Homepage Journal

    “If I am right, then (religious fundamentalists) will not go to Heaven, because there is no Heaven. If they are right, then they will not go to Heaven, because they are hypocrites.”
      Isaac Asimov

"I don't believe in sweeping social change being manifested by one person, unless he has an atomic weapon." -- Howard Chaykin