Westboro Baptist Church uses iPhone to announce Steve Jobs' funeral protest

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs

Westboro Baptist Church uses iPhone to announce Steve Jobs funeral protest
Steve Jobs
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(CBS) - The friends and family at Steve Jobs' funeral will apparently be joined by the serial funeral protesters of the Westboro Baptist Church.

Yes, the Westboro Baptist Church - the Kansas-based organization with a history of holding controversial and politically inflammatory protests - has announced that its members plan to picket the Apple co-founder's funeral, according to CBS affiliate WTSP.

While protesting the funeral of a notable figure is nothing new for the controversial Kansas church, there was a touch of irony as the announcement came "via Twitter for iPhone."

The Washington Post notes that Margie Phelps was among several church members to use Apple products to tweet about Jobs' death.

"He had a huge platform," Phelps wrote and went on to accuse Jobs of "[giving] God no glory and taught sin." We're not exactly sure how computer hardware and electronic devices could have spread the word of God, but to each his own.

Phelps is the daughter of church founder Fred Phelps.

Westboro Baptist Church has stirred widespread outrage with raucous demonstrations at the funerals of U.S. military service members. The group contends God is punishing the military for the nation's tolerance of homosexuality.


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