Westboro Baptist Church Hates Gays, Jews and Twitter

Giving credit where credit is due, the line of the day goes to ReadWriteWeb: @Jesus did not respond by press time to a public reply on Twitter requesting comment on this story.

The context: The Westboro Baptist Church—which makes its point of view fairly clear right off the bat with its URL, http://www.godhatesfags.com/, not to mention a prominent tab on its home page entitled, “Dear Elect Jews”—is taking a break from protesting against gays and Jews and turning its attention toward Twitter, scheduling a picket outside of the company’s headquarters in San Francisco Thursday afternoon, according to ReadWriteWeb.

Megan Phelps-Roper, granddaughter of Westboro Baptist Church founder Pastor Fred Phelps, explained the protest against Twitter by tweeting (anyone else see the irony in this?):

(1/3) Don’t be silly! We’re not protesting Twitter as a platform; that’s like picketing television! =) We’re picketing the people

(2/3) who run @Twitter, who don’t use their position & voice to warn a generation of rebels of the consequences of their rebellion.

(3/3) Same goes for those at Foursquare & Gowalla (tho I personally find their products useless—at least relative to Twitter. =)

It seems that Evan Williams and Biz Stone left out “using our position and voice to warn a generation of rebels of the consequences of their rebellion” when crafting the microblogging service’s mission statement.