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Westboro Hate Group Plans Protests Of Facebook, Google, Twitter, Other Silicon Valley Giants

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Shirley Phelps-Roper (R) and her daughter Megan of the Westboro Baptist Church, a Kansas church known for its vehement anti-gay positions. (NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

Shirley Phelps-Roper (R) and her daughter Megan of the Westboro Baptist Church, a Kansas church known for its vehement anti-gay positions. (NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The organization known for holding hate-filled anti-LGBT protests outside of events all over the country, including the funerals of AIDS victims and U.S. soldiers, has found a new target for their anger – the tech industry.

The Westboro Baptist Church, a small Kansas self-described “congregation” which blames the world’s ills on tolerance for gay people, plans to picket Silicon Valley giants next week for what it calls their “pro-sodomite” agendas.

In the past, the hate-mongering group has announced plans for a protest just to gain media attention and then never actually showed up.

The group has posted details online of their plan to take on Facebook. They take issue with the company’s participation in pride festivities, the flying of the rainbow flag over the company’s Menlo Park headquarters, and the inclusion of non-traditional gender designations on the company’s website.

“Mark Zuckerberg is sprinting his way to the Lake of Fire, and is actively encouraging other souls along the road to eternal damnation,” the group writes in a flyer announcing the event.

Facebook is just one of nine Bay Area companies the group plans to picket next Tuesday.

Half-hour demonstrations are also planned at Skype, Twitter, Pinterest, Reddit, Facebook, Instagram, Google, Apple and YouTube.

In most cases, the group’s website points out a passage of scripture that they claim is at odds with the business conducted by the companies.

 

 

 

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