Westboro Baptist Church, Wikileaks Troll Steve Jobs' Death

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Westboro Baptist Church, Wikileaks Troll Steve Jobs' Death

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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!

Source: Twitter via StrollerDerby

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pure trolls, move along guys. no controversy here, just attention grabbing juvenile people.

The Wikileaks thing bothers me more than the WBC. We expect the WBC to act like douches, that's how they operate. But Assange should have fact checked before he spat on Steve's grave like that.

Force of nature. Grass grows, birds fly, sun shines, and Westboro Church does something asinine.

PS. also the Scout hurts people.

Sometimes I wonder how people allow the world to be in the state that it is today. And then I watch the news and see crap like this, and I wonder how we are still around.

I hate people some times. Sure, I wasn't a fan of Jobs, but he's freaking dead you heartless asshats.

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! :)"

God created the iPhone. The iPhone was created by Apple. Thus, we can assume that according to the WBC, Apple is God. Now, Steve Jobs was the creator of Apple. Thus, if Apple is God, then Steve Jobs created God, thus making him a step higher than God. WBC is protesting against Steve Jobs. meaning that WBC is protesting against the man who created God. Logic. It just... it doesn't work with WBC. It can't.

How do you know it's Assange's real Twitter?

I mean - hell - there are at least TWELVE people on Twitter claiming to be BILL BAILEY! Not including the real deal!

Right enough of this shit.

Forced euthenasia anyone?

WBC being WBC. Makes me angry, but I try to ignore them.

Julian Assange though...if that's true, that's really a dick move. Some people will do anything to get attention (everyone had pretty much forgotten about him, right?). No respect. Pisses me off.

The first is just a group full of dumb assholes doing their usual.

The second is actual defamation which is illegal.

Strange that the first one bothers me much more.

Whenever I try to follow the woman's logic my brain crashes and restarts. Queen of trolls.

Did Assenge post the document knowing it was fake? if it was Assenge.

It's a disgrace. The guy was disrespected twice within 24 hours of his death. It's a pure shame, how would their families like it if we disrespected any family of theirs before they have been dead for even 24 hours.

Greg Tito:
shows a complete lack of respect.

Way to go, Internet!

Thank you, thank you. We do our best to be real asses and we appreciate the recognition. Your ill thoughts of us mean everything and we do hope that you will think more ill of us in the future.

That's rather tasteless. I'd be a lot more outraged if it wasn't for the delicious irony.

xitel:

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! :)"

God created the iPhone. The iPhone was created by Apple. Thus, we can assume that according to the WBC, Apple is God. Now, Steve Jobs was the creator of Apple. Thus, if Apple is God, then Steve Jobs created God, thus making him a step higher than God. WBC is protesting against Steve Jobs. meaning that WBC is protesting against the man who created God. Logic. It just... it doesn't work with WBC. It can't.

You won. Have an internet. be careful; it bites and looks a lot like this:
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Trolls! Move along people nothing to see here.

Just attention seeking assholes.

You see, what you should have done, is not report on the Westboro Baptist Church. Since that is giving them the free publicity to be any actual annoyance. Don't feed the trolls?

wait, so God created the iPhone.
Steve Jobs created the iPhone.
Steve Jobs=God.
God has gone to hell?

OT: well, this is like when a kid with a bedwetting problem wets the bed.
you were expecting something to happen, you knew they would do something dickish at some point but you dont know exactly when.
but it still makes you go 'garh'

Zach of Fables:
The Wikileaks thing bothers me more than the WBC. We expect the WBC to act like douches, that's how they operate. But Assange should have fact checked before he spat on Steve's grave like that.

Agreed. We expect the Westboro Baptist Church to be hateful and illogical; what's Julian Assange's excuse?

xitel:

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! :)"

God created the iPhone. The iPhone was created by Apple. Thus, we can assume that according to the WBC, Apple is God. Now, Steve Jobs was the creator of Apple. Thus, if Apple is God, then Steve Jobs created God, thus making him a step higher than God. WBC is protesting against Steve Jobs. meaning that WBC is protesting against the man who created God. Logic. It just... it doesn't work with WBC. It can't.

Congratulations. You are my hero of the day.

Not saying that the Wikileaks thing is a real document but, either way, would it really matter? Let's assume for a moment that Jobs did have HIV. Outside of some vaguely homophobic insult that it could be taken as, why would that make any difference.. unless it's soul purpose was as a half witted homophobic insult, of course.

Eh.. I won't profess any great love (or hate) for Jobs, but this is just pathetic no matter how you look at it.

The one with Assange doesn't really seem like his style.

xitel:

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! :)"

God created the iPhone. The iPhone was created by Apple. Thus, we can assume that according to the WBC, Apple is God. Now, Steve Jobs was the creator of Apple. Thus, if Apple is God, then Steve Jobs created God, thus making him a step higher than God. WBC is protesting against Steve Jobs. meaning that WBC is protesting against the man who created God. Logic. It just... it doesn't work with WBC. It can't.

mind=blown

Woodsey:
The one with Assange doesn't really seem like his style.

Yeah, I gotta agree. Assange doesn't seem to be the type for this kind of stuff.

A Relgious "Faction" actually hurting someone else feelings?
Wow, I'm ... that's...

Can we forbid that church now? Please...
Oh I forgot, sorry, no we can't because it's America and the have this "religous freedom thing"
So gaming should become an official religion, then - so nobody can forbid games and our places of worship. Our altar and temples we are praying to every day. It's not that games don't have enough zealots, biggots and fanatics needed for any "proper" religion.

On Topic:
They were probably only just very very envious that poor Mr. Jobs (may God or whoever rest his soul) had a larger fanbase and more worshippers than they did. It's just a shame that good ole jealousy is just a bad sin in their own religion so they can go to their hell as fast as they please...

10 bucks says Assange linked that from a mac.

Yes they intend on picketing the funeral they will not get close to. As for phelps and that cult when are they drinking the koolaid?

i hope apple hires an army of security guys to beat the shit out of any WBC members that get near the funeral site
steve jobs thank you for my ipod and rest in peace

Im not going to lie, its going to be funny to watch the apple fans get a rise out of this. I can only hope they're as cool about their vengeance as the Foo Fighters were.

Can we stop just talking about wbc protestes and start posting snipers at any location they think of coming too? Ppl that stupid shouldn't be getting attention, they should be getting .50 incineration rounds to the face.

OMG Steve Jobs is DEAD!?!?

When did this happen?!?

Isn't Assange in jail anyway?

Oh WBC, you so funny. But honestly, it is time to come forward and admit to being some kind of really long term parody performance art. nice act now take a bow and leave the stage.

The best way to deal with trolls is to ignore them. Don't post news. Don't post any more comments. Let this attempt to anger you slip by unnoticed.

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