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Westboro Baptist Church Will Protest Pretty Much Every Tech Company

Tech Westboro 232x300 Westboro Baptist Church Will Protest Pretty Much Every Tech CompanyBy Cavan Sieczkowski

The Westboro Baptist Church is heading out on a “God Hates the Media Tour,” with plans to picket pretty much every major technology company in Silicon Valley.

ValleyWag noted WBC’s announcement on Wednesday. The quasi-religious group, known for its vitriolic anti-gay rhetoric and picketing of funerals, kicked off its latest crusade on Aug. 12. Facebook, Google and Apple headquarters are just a few of the sites on the docket.

From a July 25 press release about the stunt:
God hates the media; in all its forms. God did not set these social media networks in place to facilitate perverts pursuing their divers filth; nor do they exist for paedophile grooming, spreading sodomite agenda, other wicked political propaganda or propagating mountains of false doctrine. On the contrary, all these media platforms have one purpose; to spread the gospel far and wide. Though you labour in vain to demonize and stop the words we speak; you only succeed causing more people to see, hear and be convicted [all sic].

The WBC’s rationale behind the slew of tech protests is muddled.

In a release about the Apple picket, the group calls the company’s late co-founder, Steve Jobs, “a rich, proud fool who now inhabits hell.” The group is also protesting YouTube, because the site “has a long history of removing videos and comments that are biblically accurate.”

Even Reddit is a target of the Aug. 12 event, because the site’s late co-founder, Aaron Swartz, was “a poster boy for this online community: a fag, an atheist and a thief.”

Before the tour began, WBC hosted a Reddit AMA on Aug. 10.

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