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Westboro Baptist Church to protest Steve Jobs' funeral

Westboro Baptist Church to protest Steve Jobs' funeral
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(CBS/WTSP/AP) NEW YORK - 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.

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

"He had a huge platform," Phelps wrote. "...gave God no glory & taught sin."

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.

On Wednesday, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against a Missouri town's funeral protest ordinance in favor of members of Westboro Baptist Church, saying peaceful picketing is protected by the right to free speech under the First Amendment.

Oh, the group announced the protest on Twitter via - yes, really - iPhone.

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