The tacky ways of Westboro church seem so cartoonish that at first they seem like a joke. Then the realization that people are very very serious sets in. They live for the publicity and their belief that “God Hates Fags” is a common slogan on a protest signs. Indeed, it is the church’s website (www.godhatesfags.com). And protesting at funerals is their idea of honoring God.
This church has conducted 46,635 demonstrations since June 1991, “at homosexual parades and other events, including funerals of impenitent sodomites (like Matthew Shepard) and over 400 military funerals of troops whom God has killed in Iraq/Afghanistan in righteous judgment against an evil nation.”
They also decided to protest at Steve Jobs’ funeral, which they announced (and this is the best part) on Twitter via iPhone. Fred’s daughter Margie tweeted: “Westboro will picket his funeral. He had a huge platform; Gave God no glory and taught sin.”
When the irony of using Jobs’ own products to hate him was pointed out to her, she replied “God made the iPhone for this purpose.”
I don’t think this is what Steve had in mind when he asked us to “Think Different.”
It’s kind of comforting to know that his funeral was not made public. It was held with dignity, sadness and his family on Friday, October 7th. No tacky signs were in attendance.
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