The Westboro Baptist Church leader damns Steve Jobs to Hell using her iPhone.
Today has seen an outpouring of love celebrating the life of Steve Jobs on social networking services like Reddit, Facebook and Twitter. Everyone is posting Jobs’ commencement address at Stanford in 2005 but I think that XKCD takes the award with the most apt monument to Apple yet produced. While I don’t have as profound a love for Jobs’ legacy as the rest of the world, I’m not about to start trolling the man less then 24 hours after he passed away. That’s exactly what a leader of the Westboro Baptist Church did by Tweeting her desire to picket at Steve Jobs’ funeral for his unwavering godlessness. You might remember the Westboro folks as the same people who picket U.S. Army veterans’ services and San Diego Comic Con.
“Westboro will picket his funeral. He had a huge platform; gave God no glory & taught sin,” wrote Margie Phelps, daughter of church leader Fred Phelps, on Twitter last night.
The absolutely ridiculous part is that Phelps wrote and sent this Tweet with her freaking iPhone. After several people pointed out the irony of using the product created by the same man she was damning, Phelps responded, “Rebels mad cuz I used iPhone to tell you Steve Jobs is in hell. God created iPhone for that purpose! :)”
I interpret Phelps’ smiley-face there as a clear sign of insanity.
Phelps was not the only individual using the death of Steve Jobs as a blatant publicity grab to say things like, “Warn the living: no Jobs worship! Fear God! Obey!” Another individual who has witnessed his fair share of public ire in the last few years also took the opportunity to grab attention.
Julian Assange is the man behind WikiLeaks, the organization that published thousands of classified U.S. State Department communiques in 2010 and quickly became the target of financial institutions and the U.S. Government. Last night, Assange Tweeted (via the wikileaks account) a link to an image claiming to be the medical records of the deceased, mere minutes after news of Jobs’ death. The records show that Jobs had HIV, but the document is clearly a fake seeing as the testing facility SX Check wasn’t in business in 2004, the date of the supposed HIV test.
Assange made no claim that the document was real, but linking fake medical records stating Steve Jobs had HIV just after he passed away from a real illness like cancer just shows a complete lack of respect.
Way to go, Internet!