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Phelps Clan Tweets Intent To Picket Jobs Funeral Via iPhone

samzenpus posted more than 2 years ago | from the god-hates-turtlenecks dept.

Idle 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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Her Defense Was Pretty Good Too (5, Funny)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 2 years ago | (#37626266)

You missed the best part when she defended herself [twitter.com] :

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.

Re:Her Defense Was Pretty Good Too (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37626332)

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.

Sounds like you were quite a fuck-up.

Re:Her Defense Was Pretty Good Too (2, Insightful)

Remus Shepherd (32833) | more than 2 years ago | (#37626888)

He was not unique. I can attest that all Catholics are indoctrinated this way. It's been said that the quickest way to become an atheist is to grow up in a Catholic household, because of this kind of religious mindscrew.

Re:Her Defense Was Pretty Good Too (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#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".

Re:Her Defense Was Pretty Good Too (-1, Redundant)

jdpars (1480913) | more than 2 years ago | (#37626454)

I'm sorry your childhood was rough. Please, don't attribute that kind of harsh upbringing to a religion.

Re:Her Defense Was Pretty Good Too (5, Insightful)

hansamurai (907719) | more than 2 years ago | (#37626526)

I'm an adult with faith but his complaint seems more than warranted.

Re:Her Defense Was Pretty Good Too (2)

lymond01 (314120) | more than 2 years ago | (#37626606)

Umm...but that's sort of common in Christianity. "Praise God the doctor saved him!" And then, sure, when you miss the throw to first in little league, you receive an entirely different exclamation to God.

The doctrines of many religions seem to mean well. It's the practitioners who cause the problems. So if THAT'S what you meant, then I'm cool with you. :-)

Re:Her Defense Was Pretty Good Too (1)

OakDragon (885217) | more than 2 years ago | (#37626894)

"God made you to miss that ball for a reason. We just don't know his plan for us..."

You Misunderstand My Fond Anecdote (2)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 2 years ago | (#37626678)

I'm sorry your childhood was rough.

I'm sorry if I lead anyone to imply my childhood was rough. That was merely an anecdote about how people "with faith" often see a given event or action. Then after the event or action is prescribed to be "good" or "bad" (often subjective in and of themselves) they will say that it was "God" or the "Individual" at work. This often perplexed me as a child and, like Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny, its place in the toolbox of control became very clear to me later in life around age 16. I do not call this abuse of any kind, I see this as a method of control that was particularly effective with me.

Please, don't attribute that kind of harsh upbringing to a religion.

Good sir, there was nothing harsh about it. It is, however, a core concept of (nearly all) religions. An eye in the sky that can magically be anywhere and everywhere at once? That knows everything? That is free to judge me without fear of judgment of itself? A being I cannot communicate with? A being of somehow infinite goodness that is so powerful and unknowable that it's okay to let children in Africa starve to death -- children who have never had the opportunity of knowing Jesus? I have often mused that Roman Catholics would rather you believe in Satan (or Shai'tan or whatever) than God as fear will keep you in line. As a child, I definitely feared God more than anything else. And I assume you're a god-fearin' man.

Now that, my friend, will keep a young boy in lock step. It did for me and I'm not opposed to rear my children the same way until they are 16 and the same books that fell into my hands start falling into theirs.

Re:Her Defense Was Pretty Good Too (2)

Jawnn (445279) | more than 2 years ago | (#37626682)

I'm sorry your childhood was rough. Please, don't attribute that kind of harsh upbringing to a religion.

Your joking, right? I mean come on. The Catholics have certainly refined institutionalized guilt, but the notion that we are inherently flawed and need the intercession of some invisible man in the sky goes all the way back to the book of Genesis, and that notion is the very foundation upon which all Abrahamic religions are built. Harsh upbringing (and worse, much worse) may be directly attributed to this bullshit all too often.

Re:Her Defense Was Pretty Good Too (5, Insightful)

SleazyRidr (1563649) | more than 2 years ago | (#37626828)

Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able?
Then he is not omnipotent
Is God able to prevent evil, but not willing?
Then he is malevolent.
Is God both willing and able to prevent evil?
Then how does evil still exist?
Is God neither able, nor willing to prevent evil?
Then why call him God?

Re:Her Defense Was Pretty Good Too (1)

jason.sweet (1272826) | more than 2 years ago | (#37626874)

My bible tells me that god ruined Job's life in order to win a bet with the devil. That seems to have set the precedent for the upbringing that was described.

Re:Her Defense Was Pretty Good Too (4, Informative)

uigrad_2000 (398500) | more than 2 years ago | (#37626482)

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.

Re:Her Defense Was Pretty Good Too (3, Informative)

lymond01 (314120) | more than 2 years ago | (#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.

Re:Her Defense Was Pretty Good Too (3, Insightful)

maxume (22995) | more than 2 years ago | (#37626812)

You thought they were sincere?

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

Re:Her Defense Was Pretty Good Too (5, Informative)

dougmc (70836) | more than 2 years ago | (#37626816)

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

Re:Her Defense Was Pretty Good Too (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37626750)

So she bought this iphone just for this solely purpose? Not bad.

Re:Her Defense Was Pretty Good Too (1)

skywhale (664067) | more than 2 years ago | (#37626784)

"God created iPhone" So as Steve created the iPhone does that mean the WBC believe Jobs is God?

Re:Her Defense Was Pretty Good Too (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37626880)

No, God worked through Jobs to create the iPhone. Jobs is just the iProphet.

Re:Her Defense Was Pretty Good Too (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37626788)

Wait, wait, wait... so you're telling me that THIS time, there's an overly smug, mindless cult who's against Apple?

Wow! What a different world we suddenly live in!

Re:Her Defense Was Pretty Good Too (1)

Empiric (675968) | more than 2 years ago | (#37626918)

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.

Re:Her Defense Was Pretty Good Too (1)

miltonw (892065) | more than 2 years ago | (#37626948)

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

Wait, I'm confused. Here she is saying that Steve Jobs is God. After all, Jobs was the one who created the iPhone.

So, God is dead, is in hell and they're going to picket God's funeral?

Nice to know they aren't confused or anything.

I forseek thee (0)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 2 years ago | (#37626274)

Oh Great Spaghetti Monster.

Smite the infidels! Turn their iPhones into Nokia phones running Symbian!

Re:I forseek thee (0)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 2 years ago | (#37626350)

Oh and one more thing Oh Great Pasta:

Make the TSA double pat down and strip search these clowns at every airport they go through. And please route them on packed Regional Jets [salon.com] for every flight.

Thank you and to honor your tastiness, I shall double my Parmesan Cheese tithe for one month!

Re:I forseek thee (1)

someSnarkyBastard (1521235) | more than 2 years ago | (#37626922)

Turn their iPhones into Nokia phones running Symbian!

Well aren't you the merciful type! Frankly, I would have wished them be struck with Sony-Ericsson phones running WinMobile but I guess that means you're just a better person than I am.

Attention Whores (5, Insightful)

recoiledsnake (879048) | more than 2 years ago | (#37626276)

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

Re:Attention Whores (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37626808)

+1 submission irrelevant

I saw Phelps and it was SNL, not Westboro, that came to mind.

This has to be a troll (2)

macmacaman (779878) | more than 2 years ago | (#37626282)

Even a Westboro Baptist idiot has to realize the irony...

Re:This has to be a troll (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37626376)

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.

Re:This has to be a troll (1)

jdpars (1480913) | more than 2 years ago | (#37626478)

I guess we just need someone to beat them at their own game. How can we get the MAFIAA to go after them?

Re:This has to be a troll (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37626868)

I don't think we want the two to meet up, birds of a feather and all that. Though receiving a summons (to Hell) continually calling you a 'fag' for downloading The Crying Game would be pretty lolarious.

Seriously...Seriously???!!?!!?!?!?!?!?!??!?! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37626290)

I'm going to picket her arse through the face with a wooden dowel.

Mistake (3, Funny)

bonch (38532) | more than 2 years ago | (#37626294)

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

Re:Mistake (1)

onepoint (301486) | more than 2 years ago | (#37626654)

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 would get physical or violent. I guess they just made it on the hit list of one of the worst mob's, Death is easy, torture is forever.

 

I can't wait to see them come out... (2)

tonywong (96839) | more than 2 years ago | (#37626304)

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!

Preview of their signs (2)

bwintx (813768) | more than 2 years ago | (#37626310)

"HELL IS INSANELY GREAT"

"GOD HATES VISIONARIES"

"BLACK TURTLENECKS CAUSE CANCER"

Unfortunately, these are probably 'way more intelligent than what these assholes will really display.

Re:Preview of their signs (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37626516)

Livers Om Nom Nom Nom

Re:Preview of their signs (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37626930)

I think that's iSanely

Re:Preview of their signs (1)

Remus Shepherd (32833) | more than 2 years ago | (#37626942)

I hope the Onion parodies this. The photoshopped picket signs might be worth a laugh.

"DAMNATION? THERE'S AN APP FOR THAT."

Why spread the vile? (5, Insightful)

CTalkobt (81900) | more than 2 years ago | (#37626314)

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.

I think you meant "bile"... (4, Insightful)

neiras (723124) | more than 2 years ago | (#37626496)

Why do people help these people spread their vile?

"Vile" isn't a thing one can metaphorically spread.

Unless you're talking Vegemite or Marmite - that shit is spreadable vile incarnate.

Where are the Hell Angels when we need them? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37626336)

They can handle security

Good for a laugh (1)

bragr (1612015) | more than 2 years ago | (#37626346)

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.

142 characters? But how? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37626354)

Seriously though can we stop giving these people attention?

This is not a headline from "The Onion"? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37626356)

This actually happened? This is not a headline from "The Onion"?

Media Wh**es (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37626368)

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

Well... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37626370)

(Examining the complete lack of intelligence coupled with the abundance of hypocrisy apparent in the subject and her peers...)

There, but for the grace of God, go I.

Why is it? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37626406)

Why is it that when someone dies all the crazies come out?

Too true (1)

Jethro (14165) | more than 2 years ago | (#37626474)

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.

Re:Too true (1)

shoehornjob (1632387) | more than 2 years ago | (#37626656)

He can start by bitchslapping these stupid closeminded assholes that obviously deserve to go to hell. F$%^#%$ the religous right.

God Hates Turtlenecks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37626490)

God Hates Turtlenecks.

Thank you Westboro (1)

smooth wombat (796938) | more than 2 years ago | (#37626504)

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 than asking for handouts?

"You didn't give God credit! You're going to hell!"

"You had all this money and you didn't give any to God! You're going to hell!"

"You dared to expand the human mind and not worship God! You're going to hell!"

And before those out there who do believe in the guy** in the sky try to explain away that these nuts are just aberrations, take a good, hard look at your beliefs. Do you give thanks to the invisible being? Do you give it*** credit for your success/failure? Further, when people talk about terrorist from the Islamic faith and how they are representative of that faith, could not the same be said of these folks?****

* Anyone who tells a father he has to kill one of his sons to prove his obedience definitely falls into the dictator category. Not to mention that to keep in good graces you have to follow all the various rules.

And what's up with standing by and doing nothing while your only son is killed? Talk about psychopathic.

** 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?

*** Why must God be male or female? Surely an omnipotent and omniscient being wouldn't have a gender. Or is this like calling a ship a 'she' when obviously an inanimate object is neither.

**** All these arguments leave aside the question of whether such a being exists. As we've seen over the centuries, no such evidence has come forth and based on our actions, this being, if it exists, certainly isn't perfect or it wouldn't have created such fallible beings and allowed them to go astray so easily.

Re:Thank you Westboro (1)

fluffy99 (870997) | more than 2 years ago | (#37626674)

** 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 believe the god described by religious cults actually exists, but I can't completely rule out the possibility of a higher power or level of existence.

Re:Thank you Westboro (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37626882)

And I can't completely rule out the possibility that there are pixies on the dark side of the moon. But I think that for all practical purposes I am justified in not believing there are. You can never completely rule out everything. I'd say you're an atheist, either you believe in god or you don't. I think it's clear you don't, so you're an atheist.

google "why agnosticism is a pointless stance"...

Patriot Guard (4, Informative)

Ganty (1223066) | more than 2 years ago | (#37626520)

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

www.patriotguard.org

Ganty

Can we please start ignoring these people already? (1)

JSBiff (87824) | more than 2 years ago | (#37626540)

You know why they picket such funeral? Because they want attention. Please, please, just ignore these idiots. Please stop giving them headlines.

Westboro? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37626572)

Who are these people?! I never fully appreciated before how blessed I am NOT to listen to the media!

terrorists (3, Funny)

roman_mir (125474) | more than 2 years ago | (#37626580)

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 is an idiot (1)

kimvette (919543) | more than 2 years ago | (#37626592)

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: "Matthew Shepard has been in hell for 4742 days" - it seems to me that Phelps is claiming to be God and is condemning Matthew Shepard -- NOT their job and they are expressly FORBIDDEN from making such proclamations. On top of that, their domain "godhatesfags.com" is blasphemous, because the bible says that God does not want anyone to suffer, but all to come to redemption. While Jesus did speak of hell quite a lot, he let people who refused to believe not believe. And, for those in "sin" (hookers. corrupt politicians, etc) was his message of condemnation? No; it was of repentance. The ones he saved venom for were those who were speaking and practicing blasphemy (from the point of view of the Tenach)

Now, whether or not the bible is a fairy tale, half truths, true, or the greatest hoax in history, everything Westboro Baptist cult does is in direct contrast to how Christians are instructed to behave, and how Christians are instructed to spread the GOOD news.

Having said all of that, why is this story being run on slashdot? By carrying this story, you are only giving the media whores at westboro baptist cult the attention they want.

Why doesn't everyone try to live by this rule: "let's not be douchebags to one another, whether or not there is a god, or flying spagheitti monster, or little green men." Being nice to one another is something one should do because it takes less energy than being an asshole, and it is self-serving to do so anyhow because it makes life easier for you.

In any event, fuck Fred Phelps and his cult.

Re:Phelps is an idiot (1)

kimvette (919543) | more than 2 years ago | (#37626690)

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 purports to follow warning her not to? Has she EVER gotten anyone "saved" through spreading her family cult's message of venemous hatred? I doubt they have one even a single person over to Christianity - and I bet that the Westboro Baptist Cult's antics have pushed tens of thousands of people from ever considering reading the bible, even to value it as a literary work.

Great job, Margie. You're as good of an evangelist as George W. Bush was a diplomat.

Re:Phelps is an idiot (1)

erroneus (253617) | more than 2 years ago | (#37626794)

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.

Freedom of speech (1)

roman_mir (125474) | more than 2 years ago | (#37626630)

I fully support the fact that these people have freedom of speech and thus they cannot be attacked by the government for their hate, but I also fully support the fact, that their freedom of speech does not have to be tolerated by other individuals.

Freedom of speech does not equal freedom from a fist of an individual smashing their face. Of-course the criminal code says that freedom of fist smashing their face will not be tolerated, but what is civil disobedience for, right?

Re:Freedom of speech (1)

bwintx (813768) | more than 2 years ago | (#37626724)

They survive financially by inciting people to clobber them and then suing as a result. So, while momentarily satisfying, such action is exactly what they want. What they can't stand is being ignored.

Re:Freedom of speech (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37626804)

They survive financially by inciting people to clobber them and then suing as a result. So, while momentarily satisfying, such action is exactly what they want. What they can't stand is being ignored.

They cant sue if they are dead.

Shoot them all.

Why? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37626664)

What did Jobs ever do to hurt Baptists?

Now I know its a commonly held belief that a higher proportion of GLBT's buy apple products compared to other brands, but the woman herself used an iPhone, does that make her gay?

How you can tell we aren't a "Christian nation" (1)

MikeRT (947531) | more than 2 years ago | (#37626686)

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 admonitions against homosexual **conduct** are irrefutable proof that God secretly hates homosexuals to understand or agree with this. However, it should be rather obvious that since the New Testament affirms that salvation is also for the Jews and homosexual conduct is one of the countless sins that is fully covered by divine grace that these are contrary to Christian doctrines.

Obviously, some lunatic church may disagree, but then the Bible tell us to have no dealings with them.

Vultures (1)

SpeZek (970136) | more than 2 years ago | (#37626696)

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.

newsflash? (1)

mcmonkey (96054) | more than 2 years ago | (#37626712)

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?

Re:newsflash? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37626906)

I thought the same thing. My bet is on the editor doesn't understand [sic]. ;)

How? (1)

DinDaddy (1168147) | more than 2 years ago | (#37626716)

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.

Its not apple fans. its tech fans (1)

ani23 (899493) | more than 2 years ago | (#37626744)

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.

Anger and hate makes people stupid (1)

erroneus (253617) | more than 2 years ago | (#37626758)

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 emotions that will limit the amount of brain power you can put to use. And when people stop using that power, it becomes weaker. I think this should be self-evident to anyone who thinks about it... but that's something of a catch-22 isn't it?

But this also makes me think of another thing -- the fictional character "Doctor House" said "Rational arguments don’t usually work on religious people. Otherwise there would be no religious people." Of course the meaning is "If you could reason with religious people, there would be no religious people" but that's not what was said. Still, it is all recognition that when emotion reigns in the brain, rational thought doesn't work as it should. And when unpracticed and unexercised, the ability to think deteriorates.

Good luck with that (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37626762)

Why would Steve's family have a public funeral? Or even publicly acknowledge the date and time of the funeral? Westboro is going to have a hell of a time picketing a low-key, secret event that only a few close friends and relatives know about.

Don't Feed the Troll (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37626766)

Troll is gonna troll. Sorry, but not everybody gives a damn about YOUR god. Get a life you dumbfuck.

God no glory? (1)

JAlexoi (1085785) | more than 2 years ago | (#37626782)

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"

my 2 cents (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37626840)

All I can say to the Westboro Baptist Church is THINK DIFFERENT

Steve Jobs was Buddist (1)

fluffy99 (870997) | more than 2 years ago | (#37626858)

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 your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary"

-Steve Jobs, Stanford Graduate Commencement address (2005-06-12)

(Rest in peace Steve.)

142 characters? Someone can't count. (1)

_0xd0ad (1974778) | more than 2 years ago | (#37626892)

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?

More idiocy from the "religious" nutjobs (1)

archlinuxftw (2478310) | more than 2 years ago | (#37626912)

Hopefully Steve's funeral will be just as private as Bill Gate's wedding. These Westboro people are beyond the pale.
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