You can add awesome computers, music-changing iPods and revolutionary iPhones to the list of things God apparently hates according to the hate-spewing Westboro Baptist Church.
The outfit- headed up by prejudice-monger Fred Phelps and daughter Megan- has made a name for itself by harassing grieving families in their darkest hour, with practices like picketing the funerals of dead US soldiers with signs reading “Thank God for IEDs.” It’s clear there is no true biblical basis for their hatred, and anyone could see their behavior is directly contrary to the teachings of Christ. Their selection of any high profile deceased person is painfully obvious with news of their newest target- Apple founder Steve Jobs.
The outpouring of grief over the loss of Jobs at 56 is a testament to how valued his contribution to technology truly is. (Note: I am typing this on a MacBook.) Jobs was not known for any sort of embrace of sin or even general unpleasantness, but that hasn’t stopped the Westboro Baptist Church in their plans to intrude on his family’s grief with one of their vulgar demonstrations.
Megan Phelps gleefully used Twitter to announce the hate group’s plans to picket Jobs’ funeral:
“Westboro will picket his funeral. He had a huge platform; gave God no glory and taught sin… No peace for man who served self, not God. Westboro must picket.”
With much class, Phelps appended the hashtag #hellgreetedhim to her tweets, but the kicker is that the hatemonger-in-training made the announcement to Twitter from her iPhone. So if Jobs is guilty of some amorphous sin for making our world a bit more connected, surely the Phelpses will be joining him in eternal torment for supporting his alleged sinful empire?