Most famous for their repugnant disdain of gays and lesbians, the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas are up to their usual activities. A small church run by Reverend Fred Phelps, a disbarred lawyer, and his adult children, most of them lawyers, ironically used Twitter for IPhone to announce their intention to picket Steve Jobs’ funeral, dead at 56 of pancreatic cancer.
It began with a tweet from Margie Phelps, 50’ish daughter of patriarch Fred, who is a lawyer for the Kansas Department of Corrections and was the attorney who successfully defended the Church’s right to free speech, including epithets like “God Hates Fags” and other similarly abusive slogans. Most often the Church exercises their constitutional privileges while barging in on funerals of gay men and US soldiers who have fallen in battle.
Her tweet read: “Westboro will picket his funeral. He had a huge platform; gave God no glory and taught sin.”
Sister and lawyer Shirley Phelps, who is the main spokesperson for the Church also tweeted “God used Steve Jobs to create amazing STUFF for WBC (Westboro Baptist Church) to preach”. Both Shirley and her father can be found on the United Kingdom’s List of Persons Not Allowed Entry to the UK for “fostering hatred.”
Reverend Phelps’ granddaughter, Megan Phelps, 25, joined in by tweeting “We’re doing what Steve Jobs refused to do: use the resources God gave to publish his standards, the truth of God.” As a member of the younger generation of the Phelps’ family, Megan has also taken on Lady Gaga, calling her a “hussy” and a “heathen” and has produced a video parody of Gaga’s hit “Telephone” which is on Youtube.
It has since been reported that because Mr. Jobs’ service will not be public, they have decided the publicity from their tweets will suffice and have abandoned plans to picket.
It’s people like this who make it more difficult for reasonable, right-thinking Christians, who desire to spread God’s love, and are repulsed by the Westboro Baptist Church.
Lawdiva aka Georgialee Lang