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Apple co-founder Steve Jobs funeral, who died Wednesday aged 56, took place as a small private gathering.

Steve Jobs was known as being a quiet man who kept himself to himself – but became the iconic face of modern technology.

However, the controversial Westboro Baptist Church from Kansas threatened it would picket the funeral because Steve Jobs “gave God no glory and taught sin”.

Westboro Baptist Church ironically made the announcement on an iPhone – and later said they would only picket a public remembrance.

Steve Jobs funeral, who died Wednesday aged 56, took place as a small private gathering

Steve Jobs funeral, who died Wednesday aged 56, took place as a small private gathering

There were no public services planned for Steve Jobs funeral, but Apple has invited the public to send memories, thoughts and condolences to a special email address.

A source told the Wall Street Journal that the funeral was happening on Friday but would not give details of where or when it was taking place.

Margie Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church tweeted on her iPhone that the church her father founded would be picketing the event.

“Westboro will picket his funeral. He had a huge platform; gave God no glory & taught sin. MT @AP: Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has died at 56”.

Westboro Baptist Church has previously caused outrage by claiming God is punishing the military for America’s tolerance of gay people.

But Margie Phelps later wrote: “Keep it private, we won’t come; public worship, we’ll be there. Deal? #warnliving MT @WSJ: Steve Jobs funeral today; small private gathering”.

The funeral comes just two days after Steve Jobs died, following a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

Apple announced no cause of death, but Steve Jobs was diagnosed with a rare pancreatic cancer seven years ago and had a liver transplant in 2009.

It sparked an outpouring of tributes from world leaders such as President Barack Obama, business rivals including Bill Gates and other fans.

Apple would not confirm or deny the funeral reports and the source would give no further details out of respect for the family’s privacy.

The new Apple CEO, Tim Cook told staff this week:

“We are planning a celebration of Steve’s extraordinary life for Apple employees that will take place soon.

“If you would like to share your thoughts, memories and condolences in the interim, you can simply email [email protected]

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Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas, announced its plans to protest Steve Jobs’ funeral, sending the message out via Twitter for iPhone.

Westboro Baptist Church leader Margie J. Phelps has announced that the group will picket the Apple co-founder’s funeral, condemning him for “teaching his neighbors to sin.”

Margie J. Phelps, daughter of the small church’s founder and the lawyer who represented the church during their First Amendment case at the Supreme Court, (which Westboro won,) was among the Phelps family members to use Apple products to Tweet about the death of Steve Jobs.

“Westboro will picket his funeral. He had a huge platform; gave God no glory & taught sin,” Margie J. Phelps tweeted Wednesday night on her iPhone.

Westboro Baptist Church announced its plans to protest Steve Jobs’ funeral, sending the message out via Twitter for iPhone

Westboro Baptist Church announced its plans to protest Steve Jobs’ funeral, sending the message out via Twitter for iPhone

The tweet that has critics pointing out the irony says little more than “He is in hell.” The controversial church seems to be sticking by their words, however, ignoring criticism of the method used to get out their message.

After a number of groups pointed out the irony, Phelps continued to tweet:

“Rebels mad cuz I used iPhone to tell you Steve Jobs is in hell. God created iPhone for that purpose!”

The iPhone-wielding Westboro members seemed unable to find any irony in their embrace of the technology of a man they condemn. One church member even suggested that God was using Jobs to help advance the message of Westboro Baptist Church:

“God used Steve Jobs to create amazing STUFF for WBC to preach,” wrote Shirley Phelps-Roper.

Westboro Baptist Church is mostly made up of Phelps family members but has risen to international infamy because of their funeral protests of celebrities and American soldiers. The church’s members believe that God punishes America for its tolerance of sin, including acceptance of homosexuality.

Westboro Baptist Church, which has become famous for its unofficial “God Hates Fags” slogan, has been at the center of many controversial pickets in recent years, including sending congregation members to protest at the funeral of Elizabeth Edwards. The church also picketed the funerals of those killed in the Arizona shootings, an act many found particularly distasteful.