Following the death of Steve Jobs
, the controversial Westboro Baptist Church
(the Phelps family, best known for their "God Hates Fags
" picket lines) warned they would protest at his funeral.
They say he used his fame to teach sin, and never gave God glory.
Their faux pas? They sent it from an iPhone:
The group believe that God punishes America because it tolerates homosexuality.
Despite preaching hate, the group have been protected in the courts by the right to free speech.
"God used Steve Jobs to create amazing stuff for WBC to preach,
" said Shirley Phelps-Roper
from the family.
Meanwhile, tributes have been pouring in for the Apple
co-founder from rock musicians (via Noisecreep).
(Twisted Sister, vocals): "Thank you, Steve Jobs. You rocked our world... and you never played a note.
Guns N' Roses:
"When people say it's not about the possessions but how you're remembered - they are talking about people like Steve Jobs. RIP.
"He showed great strength and perseverance through his illness and continued to be an innovator all the while remaining positive while fighting his battle with cancer. I can only thank Steve for his innovation, inspiration and creativity while touching all of our lives in some way shape or form.
Lamb of God:
"RIP Steve Jobs.
Nikki Sixx (Mtley Cre, bass):
"RIP Steve Jobs. Steve was of his era what Thomas Edison was to the beginning of the 20th century. You made all our lives a better place.
Tommy Lee (Mtley Cre, drums):
"RIP Mr. Jobs! Excuse me... Mr. Incredible!
Fred Durst (Limp Bizkit, vocals):
"RIP Steve Jobs! True visionary.
Wes Borland (Limp Bizkit, guitars):
"I feel stupid, but I have to say it: What an impact Steve Jobs has had on my life. My iPhone may just be the most useful tool I own. Bummer.
"R.I.P. to Steve Jobs - one of the greatest innovators and visionaries, ever.
Billy Graziadei (Biohazard, guitars-vocals):
"RIP, Steve Jobs, he was an inspiration to all of us who dropped out of school and made something of ourselves! He single-handedly changed the world with his vision! When you leave your mark on the world, you live forever! Kings never die!
"RIP Steve Jobs... you sure did make your mark on this earth, and a brilliant one indeed!