The Westboro Baptist Church is here in the Bay Area today to protest several tech companies.
Here’s is their schedule and their reasonings for protesting.
Facebook in Menlo Park, CA August 12, 2014 11:45 AM – 12:15 PM
They are protesting Mark Zuckerberg’s and his financial backing of gay pride parades here locally and around the world.
They are protesting Instagram and other social media because they feel that social media encourages self worship because people can “posting their every thought, every event or as in Instagram’s case possibly a picture of their every body part”, according to their website.
GooglePlex in Mountain View, CA August 12, 2014 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM
We aren’t sure why they are protesting at GooglePlex today. The website only says positive things about Google such as “Thank you, Google for helping the humble servants of God at WBC to send His words worldwide.”
Apple in Cupertino, CA August 12, 2014 1:15 PM – 1:45 PM
According to their website, WBC feels that Apple could have taken an anti-gay stance but failed and are pushing the agenda further. Also they feel that many “worship Steve Jobs and that he should have used his fame and influence to tell the world to obey God.”
They are protesting Skype because Niklas Zennstrom, one of Skype’s two Scandinavian founders, was born in Sweden. The Swedish government, after throwing Pastor Ake Green in jail for preaching the truth about homosexuality, banned WBC from their country.
WBC is protesting the popular video site due to “filthy” content. They claim that Youtube’s “community guidelines state that your freedom of speech does not extend to speaking against homosexuals”. Also according to their website, Youtube “has a long history of removing anything that is biblically correct, including Bible verses quoted verbatim.”
Twitter in San Francisco, CA August 12, 2014 3:50 PM – 4:20 PM
They are protesting Twitter for the same reason they protested Instagram.
“WBC will picket online pin-board company Pinterest in religious protest because when Pinterest won the Best New Startup award in 2011 the founders didn’t use that platform to utter one word of truth about what God” according to their website.
“WBC will picket Reddit to remind you that the only thing Reddit should be used for is to publish the word of God to every creature. The only thing Steve and Alex should be doing is using the platform God gave them to warn their neighbor to put away their filthy idols and repent of their grievous sins against their creator. In 2012, Alex was named one of the “top 10 most influential activists” by The Daily Dot. Every day, they should be using Reddit to teach this generation to fear God and keep His Commandments.”
The Westboro Baptist Church also has a beef with Robin Williams. According to a recent CBS article “the WBC signs included “Robin is in hell,” and describing him as an “enabler” of the LGBT. The group even tried to start the hashtag #PicketFuneral within hours of his death.”
A protest of Williams’ memorial is not on the group’s official schedule, however formal plans had yet to be announced Tuesday.
For more information about Westboro Baptist Church, visit their site.
What are your thoughts on WBC? Do you agree? Disagree? Is social media an outlet for evil or life changing technology?