Westboro Baptist Church Is Still Planning a Steve Jobs Hate Fest

Westboro Baptist Church Is Still Planning a Steve Jobs Hate Fest

Although they missed the chance to picket his funeral and memorial service, the Westboro Baptist Church still plans to stage two hate-mongering protests for Steve Jobs in Cupertino on October 19.

The Kansas-based congregation, infamous for picketing the burials of slain soldiers and its “God Hates Fags” slogan, plans to picket outside Apple headquarters during the employee celebration of Jobs and at a local high school.

In a rambling online statement, the church cited the immorality of “some nerdy people possessing ONLY what God loaned them for a very short while, have stolen God’s glory and given it to themselves.”

Earlier, the church had announced plans to picket Jobs’ funeral on October 6.

Margie Phelps, daughter of pastor Fred Phelps, announced it via Twitter for iPhone: “Westboro will picket his funeral. He had a huge platform; gave God no glory & taught sin.”

The 70-member group, which reportedly pickets about six events daily, missed both Jobs’ private funeral and Sunday’s memorial service at Stanford, but its website says the Church still plans a public protest  outside Cupertino High School on October 19  from 8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m and at Apple headquarters from 9-10 a.m.

Intent on stoking the hell fires of hatred as usual, the updated picket schedule announces:

“Apple will have a “Celebration of Life” for Steve Jobs.  YO, dummies, HE IS DEAD. HE IS IN HELL! WHAT are you celebrating?”

“Cupertino, CA is in silicon valley. When you say that, you get images of fullness of bread and abundance of idleness! A little work and a lot of play and excess. Some nerdy people possessing ONLY what God loaned them for a very short while, have stolen God’s glory and given it to themselves.  They will not thank or praise God for his blessings.”

So far, counter protests have been more effective than courts in curtailing the aggro of the Westboro crew. The U.S. supreme court upheld the Church’s right to protest in the 2006 case of the funeral of Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder, who was killed in Iraq. In an 8-1 decision the court decided in March 2011 “held that their speech related to a public issue and was disseminated on a public sidewalk.”

We’ll keep you posted on what happens at the Cupertino protest.

  • Conor

    Wait a sec… They give out shit about steve jobs success… and they post this via twitter for iPhone? sounds to me like they are supporting the apple market… Anyone else notice that?

  • Boredumb

    I think they actually used the iDolt…

  • Guest

    Apple needs a big sign that says, “Sorry, Steve no longer works here. Try again this Saturday after the Rapture.”

  • Logan Yake

    People need to start ignore these idiots. They feed off of the hate. If you want to stop them, stop listening to the, talking bout them, looking at them, posting about them, etc. Treat them as less than dead, treat them as if they have never existed. 

  • Morituri Max

    It’s people like that that make me think perhaps we need genetic laws to keep them from breeding.  I’m all for doing a complete news blackout of these cretins.

  • Pleeblesneeble

    Haven’t they got some babies to sacrifice or angels to get sexy with? Today’s Christians just aren’t as hardcore as they used to be, huh.

  • cam

    I’m sorry for Christians like this, they’re confused and just as lost as a demon, they don’t realize that Christ’s command is to LOVE one another. Christ calls this the second greatest command, only second to loving God with all your heart. True Christianity is about loving people, and giving of yourself to others. Not about hate, cursing, persecution, or the like. I as a Christian who often messes up myself, I’m sorry on behalf of all Christians, who tend to not represent Christ. I’m sorry.

  • Pleeblesneeble

    Also FYI: Jesus was a Jew. Thanks for playing, dumbasses.

  • Jack

    He wasn’t Jew man.

  • JXChain

    haters gotta hate.

  • techgeek01

    you know, if the media dosen’t go wild every time they picket, they would have given up a long time ago……

    The reason why they do this is because they get attention.  If people just ignored them (especially) the media, this would stop quite quick.

    just a suggestion… 

  • Curtis Bland

    What? Yes. Yes he was. … wow

  • cassandralite

    Why bother to keep us posted?  Who the f cares what they do or say?  Makes me laugh that people in the media, especially bloggers, are apparently outraged by these idiots…who have only one source of oxygen: media attention.  Could it be that COM is trolling for hits? 

  • LiveFreeOrDie

    I think people need to get a life religion is not everything. Life’s short. Stop hiding behide it or using it as an excuse to hate. There’s more to life.

  • GH

    Am I a bad gay for just thinking this people were funny before, and now I hate them? All because of the Steve Jobs thing.

  • Theyseeyoutrollin

    I don’t think you understand what religion is …

  • Theyseeyoutrollin

    Because EVERY christian has the same morals as the Westboro baptist church … What logic.

  • Ldanderson

    You don’t think that they’re doing this to garner publicity, do you?  Looks like they got what they wanted.  Good work C.o.M..

  • Curtis Something

    Just ignore them. Simple. If I were there, I’d simply walk past them like the weren’t even there. Just like all media ought to ignore them.

    And yes, they miss the irony of being active iPhone users. damn those godless nerds in the valley but damn, they make fine gear, gear that’s even good enough for wacko extremists to use.

  • Curtis Something

    Just ignore them. Simple. If I were there, I’d simply walk past them like they weren’t even there. Just like all media ought to ignore them.

    And yes, they miss the irony of being active iPhone users. Damn those godless nerds in the valley but damn, they make fine gear, gear that’s even good enough for wacko extremists to use.

  • Toxicrust

    Ball don’t lie

  • Stevaroo01

    Sadly, as a professing Christian myself, I feel compelled to apologize for their appalling behavior! Just because I hold to a belief in the God of the Bible and what He teaches us doesn’t mean I should create a huge scene and totally discredit what I stand for by my behavior! 

    By all means, Christian or not, stand up for what you believe in… but don’t be ugly and make a scene at someones funeral or in response to their death! That’s not a Christian attitude and sure doesn’t show the family any of God’s love!!

  • Image Stealer

    And some in America claim that Arab Muslims are wackos!  Look in the mirror!

  • snake

    School starts at 9 on Wednesdays at Cupertino High.

    If a protest happens and there’s nobody around to hear it, does it make a sound?

  • Alex Robinett

    i agree!

  • BigMike

    This is a small, cult-like sect of probably a few dozen people who distort the Bible. NOT Christianity as a whole. We’re still not the ones blowing people up, throwing acid on our wives, executing people for converting to Christianity or killing our daughters for becoming too “western” Your point is wayy off. Just turn on the news and understand why people exercise caution with muslims. Respectfully.

  • Daibidh

    Ugh!  Not the American Idiocracy again!  Makes me wish I married Canadian.  LoL

  • CoM newbie

    Seriously? Are they blowing up infidels? Or flying planes into sky scrapers? Huge disparity in your comparison, just sayin’. Nothing good about this group though. That’s certain.

    Salt and light? FAIL
    “They will know we are Christians by our . . . .”FAIL
    “Let your light so shine before me that they may see your good works and . . .” FAIL
    “We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works . . .” FAIL

    These guys seriously need to read the Bible. Rest assured, they will not escape the judgement they so adamantly hurl at others. But are they comparable to extremist Muslims? Hardly

  • Phil

    come on man, yeah those fucks who did what they did got what was coming to them. FUCK AL Quaeda or how ever the fuck you spell it. But religion is the interpretation of religions is what makes stupid things happen. I’m going to teach you a saying and I want you to learn it… What ever anyone believes is between them and God. The moment it affects you physically then yes, do something. But seriously man, this world has enough fucking problems

    What ever a man believes is between him and god. Let it be, mind your own business unless he affects you physically or to a point to where you can’t reasonably avoid feeling oppressed.

    We are Americans, we are brothers. Black, white, Mexican, Asian, Buddhist, Muslim, Catholic, Jewish, Men, Woman, we live under the same flag. Don’t let stupid thoughts cloud our reality.

    Peace and love :D

  • Aaron

    They are not Christians.  I can say I’m a Billionaire, it doesn’t make me one.  While legal, their so called “religion” is not about morality… it’s about generating outrage.  This only makes them about the equivalent of Internet trolls…at best.  At worst, they are the spawn of the devil himself.

    I’ve spent about 2 more paragraphs and a few more minutes than anyone should spend paying any attention to them.  Great that they utilize their American rights; sad that we give them even the slightest amount of acknowledgment as a legitimate organization. 

    Don’t feed the trolls.

  • Mike C

    I’m sure if we get the word out right we could possibly get some islamic extremists to protest the wbc protest and then we can watch the sparks fly!

  • Mass

    Please stop doing news stories on these idiots and they’ll go away.

  • SulaymanF

    Hey, even they hate Fred Phelps and his ilk.

  • John Branham

    so I’m guessing Babtists don’t get the “love everyone” part of the Bible…. lol

  • Alex

    God Hates Disrespectful Protestors.

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  • Mike google

    this is so sad! People like that are nuts! Interesting is that they are very popular with media. 

  • Mike google

    worst thing is that all this Jesus, God think is total bullshit. 

  • Dietrich Bautista

    lol a 70 member group of pure sad people.  thats really few of u guys.  what kind of church do u guys run?  Nerds rule the world!!

  • AmazingAtheist

    I am going to “Facetime” God and let him know about this…

  • Clare Willison

    You said what I wanted to! What a tragedy for them that they’ve so missed the point.

  • Sam Parmenter

    Of course they wouldn’t. If they possessed that level of intelligence they would not be picketing peoples funerals. The best thing to do is not to ignore them but to just show how bat **** crazy they really are. 

    They have already had a number of their members leave due to the realisation that the leaders of the church are mental. Mass public condemnation will be more effective than leaving all the brainwashed followers to trudge around the country with only their leaders words in their ears.

  • gareth edwards

    I LOVE these guys – they are soooooo funny. I think the only way to deal with people like this, religious or not, is to just let them get on with it – it’s a free world (in most cases). Once the Alpha Phelps dies his little band of idiots will undoubtably dissipate and eventually be little more than another footnote in religious history.

    On a wider point though it goes to prove that religion (regardless of your choice) is what you choose to make it.  Their take on the Bible is no less ridiculous than any other ‘God fearin’ Christian around the world today. They have decided this is what the Bible means to them, others have taken their own take on it, just think about all the different Christian churches around the world. The thing that glues them all together is that they are ALL right and that the others are ALL wrong.

    It’s a central theme of ALL religions to pick and choose (over time) from their books and stories as to what is important and what is unimportant which is why it’s imperative to remember that all of them are as flawed as the next – give or take.

  • joewaylo

    Long live Steve Jobs. He’s the God of Apple.
    Go away protestors.

  • fluffballjo

    Well if you’re a bad gay then you should hate them for hating fags as well…surely?

  • freighttrain2126

    It’s amazing how that happens. It’s because there is a line in the bible where god says he is the one true god and that there is only one god, but even though I’m Christian I interpret that differently than other Christians. Instead of believing my Christian god is the right one and everyone else is wrong I interpret that to mean there is only one god, doesn’t matter which god you worship in your religion or what you call him, it’s all the same one god. So see, no need to fight, because we are all worshipping the same god. ……… Except for atheist, ……their screwed……,(j/k ;) )

  • Plateau102

    There are idiots in all levels of humanity.

  • John Davis

    Above the cross were the letters I.N.R.I. = (Iesus Nazarenus, Rex Iudaeorum) (Jesus the Nazarene, King of the Jews)

  • John Davis

    If you include the old testament, the Bible is such a mish mash of conflicting ideas that you can more or less roll your own religion out of it, depending on which bits you choose to apply and which you choose to ignore. It’s a mess.

  • RicoRich196

    That or you know actually do something about it. It’s obvious that being a pacifist about it doesn’t work, this isn’t the 2nd grade bully we’re talking about here.

  • RicoRich196

    Don’t you see what organizations like this truly stand for? They exist only the sully the idea of Christianity for the rest of the world, people see this and assume all Christians are like this. Want to see who the antichrist is, you’re looking at his minions right here.

  • volodoscope

    I am glad High School students will see how dumb these people are, let them play Bieber songs in their protest.

  • Drdanes1

    I’m a 7th Day adventist and I don’t worship any god. What these people are doing is just rediculous. Aren’t they making them selves as God who’s the only one who can judge yet they’re judging this man? I thought the bible was clear on thi subject:

    Matthew 7:1-3
    1 “Do not judge so that you will not be judged. 2 For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and [a]by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. 3 Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?

    Poor ignorants the called themselves christians and don’t know nothing about it at all. If god is love then Chrstians should be the most peacefull and merciful people. Why not pray to god to hace mercy on him in whatever condition he died lost or saved?

    Who are we to judge anyone for what they do or did?

  • Bob Schniedlefleck

    All I can think when I read this is that they need to read the Bible. The Bible promotes peace, and anyway if he does go to Hell (which he probably will because he’s Buddhist), it won’t happen until judgement day.

  • Phil

    so what’s up guys, we gonna go crash their shit or what?

  • Lol

    The Bible promotes peace? Numbers 31, Hosea 13:16 and many others would like to have a word with you.
    If you believe Steve Jobs is going to burn and suffer in immerse agony for eternity, at least get out of Cult of Mac.

  • MacGoo

    Ohoho…beware the wrath of the Apple Fanboy unleashed. If turnabout’s fair play, their comeuppance is going to be EPIC. Someone bring a video camera.

  • MacGoo

    Lol rhymes with troll.

  • Brandon Dillon

    I’m Church of Christ, so my views differ, but what you just said was spot on perfectly stated.

  • Drdanes1

    It’s is becasue of these actions that certain people look at us the way they do. What a slogan: “God hates fags” Based on this we can tell how much they know about Christianity. God does not hate anyone. He does not like sinful actions.

  • Anelson84

    Margie Phelps, daughter of pastor Fred Phelps, announced it via Twitter for iPhone: “Westboro will picket his funeral. He had a huge platform; gave God no glory & taught sin.”

    LOL….

  • God Hates Figs

    They’ll need to leave CHS by 8:45 to get to Apple in time. This is just about when the students begin arriving on Wednesday. Few students get there very early on late day. Middle schools also have late day, and elementary schools start at 9 every day.

  • Rebkean

    We are all Americans?! You do realise that there are actually other countries don’t you?!

  • Marcus Schoen

    Its very interesting to watch them troll pretty much everyone who loves technology. Steve Jobs may not be liked by everyone, but you have to respect him.

    Watch the police in the background crack down on them for excessive racism (The Jews did not kill Jesus, contrary, the Romans did)

  • Ray_malianteo

    Thats Why The iPhone 4s Has 1080 HD Recording Sou We Can See When Apple Fans Kick Some Westboro Baptist Church Ass!! IN FULL HD!!

  • Iamveryjesusy

    Speaking of logic, how about learning to read?

  • CJ Miller

    I believe there is an app for that :P

  • lunarmantra

    I think it is hilarious that they used TWITTER and an IPHONE to promote their stupid protest. Yeah, protest Steve Jobs while using one of his inventions and other technology that is supposedly so very immoral to them. WBC, total morons.

  • Chadtwiz

    Wrong. The Jewish religious leaders had Jesus put to death not the Romans. Pilate wanted to free Jesus but the religious leaders insisted on having Jesus put to death. Pilate knew that the Jewish religious leaders hated Jesus and brought him up on false charges. Even after Pilate pronounced Jesus innocent, the Jewish religious leaders went as far as to threaten Pilate politically in order to get him to carry out Jesus sentence.

  • Chris

    Thank god it’s true. Imagine how foolish people would feel if they got worked up over nothing. 

  • hurtle24

    Nevertheless he was killed by the Romans, NOT Jews. It was a Roman State under Roman law. You, like millions of others before you have to twist the facts out of all recognition to blame Jews. Cognitive dissonance much?

    Sigh. . .

  • Marcus Schoen

    I am sorry but The Jews did not kill Jesus, not even indirectly. Your Vatican admitted that.

  • Sandra Straw

    Get a life you morons, do you think God is approving  what YOU are doing and picketing for.  Do you think hating everyone is what God has taught you.  YOU are all very stupid. This is 2011, where do You get your morals from. You have been brain washed.

  • Joe

    These type of people give REAL CHRISTIANS a bad rep. Jesus died for Steve Jobs too. Only God can judge a man’s heart so agnore these Pharisees.

  • MacGoo

    Agreed. Unfortunately, machine gun apps (while cathartic) are not entirely effective. Perhaps the local police department has a “iReportHate” app…

  • nmz502

    OMG! And they claim to be “Christians”? 

    THESE PEOPLE ARE NOT CHRISTIANS.

  • Adam Locascio

    What I don’t get is why hasn’t anyone just firebombed their church? Does anyone think for one minute that the Kansas police would spend more than 5 minutes looking for the culprit? And if they did catch someone, they’d probably get fined.

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