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Westboro Baptist Church says it will picket Elizabeth Edwards' funeral
December 9th, 2010
10:16 AM ET

Westboro Baptist Church says it will picket Elizabeth Edwards' funeral

Editor's Note: This report comes from the CNN Political Ticker.

Members of the Westboro Baptist Church announced Thursday plans to picket Saturday's funeral for Elizabeth Edwards in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The Kansas-based Church – monitored by anti-hate groups such as the Anti-Defamation league and the Southern Poverty Law Center – is known for its extremist opposition to homosexuals, Jews and other groups.

The church members also oppose the War in Iraq.

According to the church's website, members will hold a protest from 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Edwards, the estranged wife of presidential candidate John Edwards, died Tuesday after a six-year battle with breast cancer.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity • Church • Church and state • Gay rights • Homosexuality • North Carolina • Politics • United States

soundoff (332 Responses)
  1. a

    I would bet MY LIFE that the average "believer's" IQ is 20 points lower than the average Atheist's IQ. Out of all my hundreds of friends, the smart ones are not religious..... Everybody knows religious people are stupid. If they aren't stupid, they are either mentally ill (denial), brainwashed (delusional), or lying.

    December 24, 2010 at 12:39 am |
  2. a

    I would bet MY LIFE that the average "believer's" IQ is 20 points lower than the average Atheist's IQ. Out of all my hundreds of friends, the smart ones are not religious..... Everybody knows religious people are stupid. If they aren't stupid, they are either mentally ill (denial), brainwashed (delusional), or lying.

    December 24, 2010 at 12:38 am |
  3. a

    The Westboro Church is just looking to be in the headlines. They are ignorant fame-seeking pathetics who DESERVE to be jailed, or worse.

    December 24, 2010 at 12:19 am |
  4. HotAirAce

    With aplogies if I missed an update – did the protest happen? Any eye witness reports?

    December 14, 2010 at 1:55 pm |
  5. Jack

    This Westboro group of morons needs to be stopped....and only we can stop them.....the government won't stop them. It takes one bullet to stop them.....one day it will happen. One day a greiving family member will go after these idiots and then just maybe our stupid government will wake up and take notice. The only reason this group is still in operation is because the US government won't stop them. FREEDOM OF SPEECH IS ONE THING.....THE OUT RIGHT ABUSE OF THIS FREEDOM IS ANOTHER!!!

    December 13, 2010 at 8:34 am |
  6. Linda Dietzel

    Have these people from Kansas NEVER actually read theiur Bibles ? God does not teach or condone hate, in fact if i remember right he says to love one another [ I don't recall HIM pointing out certain types, colors, religions, to HATE. What are you going to say to God about all this Hate and ignorance??? He will be Judging you one day.......

    December 12, 2010 at 4:49 pm |
  7. Bobolink

    I do hope that the reverend Phelps will meet his maker.

    December 12, 2010 at 4:26 pm |
  8. Lucky

    RD is part of CNN? Now isn't that interesting. And here I thought RD had some sort of principles.

    December 11, 2010 at 4:26 pm |
  9. Colleen Pao

    I see the RD reader response thing is rigged.

    December 11, 2010 at 4:19 pm |
  10. Jerry Newman

    The Westboro people are fanatics, true. But at least I know who Religious Dispatches things are the authorities they want to know who is a 'hate group ' - the ADL (of all groups) and the SPLC. Though I like RD for the most part, their bowing down to the ADL and SPLC shows how ignorant the Left is. But then maybe RD is owned by some jewish organization, not leftist christian after all - making sure who stays on top.

    December 11, 2010 at 4:17 pm |
  11. Ben king

    "...monitored by anti-hate groups such as the Anti-Defamation league and the Southern Poverty Law Center"

    They've got some nerve setting themselves up telling everyone else who is a 'hate group'. They are the ones who are hate groups by stifling free speech.

    December 11, 2010 at 4:12 pm |
  12. nae

    what the heck is wrong with people's morals , let this family morn this woman without this crap going on. death is a final act we all one day will have to do. let her children remember this day as putting their mommy at rest. not of these creeps holding up and shouting at them. the love ones will not even understand or hear what is being said though eye filled with tears and heavy hearts. C'mon people would u want someone to crash ur love ones funeral.. hell nooooooooo

    December 11, 2010 at 11:03 am |
  13. Deb Jansons

    This comment is for Mike, who says that it's been scientifically proven that only people with low IQ's, believe in God, ghosts, the paranormal,etc.. I sincerely hate to burst your scientific proof,here, but I have an IQ of 168 which has been scientifically proven via an IQ test, and I am a Christian, who firmly believes in God. I place my faith solely in Him, to be there for me, no matter what the situation may be. It greatly disturbs me that members of the Fred Phelps CULT, along with others like them, use the word 'Christianity' to hide behind, in order to spread their hatred. The Edwards family, along with soldier's families, and other families that have lost a loved one, certainly do not need these fanatical terrorists distiurbing their time of grief and good-byes. If they do show up to protest the funeral of this beautiful and brave woman, I truly hope that there will be someone that can stop them, before they make such a sad day for Elizabeth's family even more unbearable than it will already be.

    December 11, 2010 at 8:42 am |
    • a

      Deb, honey:)....

      I truly call big time BullSht on your claiming to have an IQ of 168. Right. Your writing is indicative of a being with an average intelligence. Where did you take this "scientifically accurate" IQ test? You have NO CLUE what you are talking about! No IQ test is scientific proof. I have (non-blood) relatives who have claimed the same, when later I outed them having taken an IQ test on the internet. Where did you get your testing done and what did it involve? If you are SO smart, let's hear your rationalization for WHY you whole heartedly believe in something that is totally un-proveable. If you're IQ is truly 168, then you must have mental illness.

      December 24, 2010 at 12:28 am |
    • a

      typo.. that last "you're" should read: "your"

      December 24, 2010 at 12:30 am |
  14. Charles Meador

    Those people aren't Christians, I don't know which god they worship, not mine. Luke 6:31 And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. 32 For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them. 33 And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same. 34 And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive , what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again . 35 But love ye your enemies, and do good , and lend , hoping for nothing again ; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. 36 Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. 37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged : condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned : forgive , and ye shall be forgiven"
    Westboro people are not merciful, they judge others, condemn others and don't forgive them. Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin.(Look it up!) I was raised Southern Baptist and they are wrong about some things like all churches/religions are, but if Westboro came to my little redneck, inbred Texas town they would get their asses kicked all the way back to Kansas by the locals. We would forgive them, but we would still kick their asses. LOL

    December 11, 2010 at 12:36 am |
    • HotAirAce

      With aplogies if my assumption that you are a christian and a member of a christian chuch is wrong...

      Have you and your church, or any of the other christians heaping scorn upon the WBC in this blog, issued a public statement condemning your fellow christians at WBC for their behaviour, as many christians have demanded that muslims do when members of their tribe behave contrary to the declared principles of their myths and your expectations?

      December 11, 2010 at 12:51 am |
  15. mark

    there are a lot of responses to wade through in this blog. What are they specifically opposed to?????????

    December 10, 2010 at 11:16 pm |
  16. Mary Darby

    I'm not a violent person, but this sends me OVER THE EDGE!!!! They need to be shot on sight!!! Period!

    December 10, 2010 at 11:08 pm |
  17. Surenoprob

    Christ states in Matthew 6:15): “But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”

    If these self-proclaimed Christians really do believe in His word, they already KNOW they're going to hell.

    So they see nothing wrong with continuing to commit so many Satanic acts, since they are already condemned to be eaten by the worm for ETERNITY.

    December 10, 2010 at 9:28 pm |
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