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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. Nathan

    I can't wait to click on CNN one day and see "breaking news- members of Westboro Baptist Church get mutilated"

    December 9, 2010 at 11:00 am |
  2. Edward White

    Mrs. Edwards suffered a terrible illness. Why didn’t the religious leaders come to her aide? Is it because they know in their heart, God will not hear their prayers? God will not hear their prayers because God did not set up thousands of religions. He set up one true religion. Satan setup thousands of religions to trick the people just as he did Mrs. Edwards. As the Bible says cursed is man that trust in man. Check out our website for more information. http://www.hear-the-truth.com

    December 9, 2010 at 10:59 am |
    • David Johnson

      @Edward White

      Ask the prophet Andre to supply some proof that god exists. Should be easy for a prophet. LOL

      Now don't disappoint me and send bible passages. We haven't established that the bible is god's word.

      Looking forward to your evidence. Cheers!

      December 9, 2010 at 11:13 am |
    • civilioutside

      God didn't set up any religions. Satan didn't set up any religions. People set thousands of religions because they wanted to believe different things.

      December 9, 2010 at 11:17 am |
    • Roy

      No one cares.

      December 9, 2010 at 1:30 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      @Edward White

      Where did this come from: "Why didn’t the religious leaders come to her aide?" Are you saying that religious leaders refused to?

      December 9, 2010 at 6:44 pm |
  3. marcia

    These people are not Christians. They should try getting attention from doing some good in this world. I am a Christian and a Baptist and I am ashamed they carry the Baptist name. We need to pray for them so their eyes will be open as they are truly blinded.

    December 9, 2010 at 10:59 am |
    • Frogist

      @marcia: Respectfully, they are Christians. Certainly not the kind you are. But unfortunately you do not have the authority to deny them that name if that is what they call themselves. Christianity comes in many flavors. Because theirs is vomit-flavored from your point of view, doesn't make them any less christians. It's a harsh truth but there it is.

      December 9, 2010 at 12:15 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      I agree with Frogist and would simply add: "They're Yours – Deal With It!"

      December 9, 2010 at 12:23 pm |
    • Fed up

      @frogist- Disagree Christians are Christ followers who spread the Gospels of Christ. These people are on the same level of those calling themselves muslims and blowing each other up. If you follow Christ and have accepted him in your heart as your saviour then you are filled with the Holy Spirit. They are merely hiding behind the name, or as the Bible states in Matt 7:15"Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. Know what is going on before speaking, these are not Christ followers and there are no flavors.

      December 9, 2010 at 1:38 pm |
    • Walter

      Hi Marcia, my thoughts exactly. God Bless

      December 9, 2010 at 2:37 pm |
    • Frogist

      @Fed Up:
      They are not Christian according to you. They are false prophets according to you. But a Catholic or a Mormon would say the same thing about you. That doesn't make them, you or the WBC any less Christian. Would you accede to their saying you are not a real Christian? No. You would recognize they have no authority over you to say who or what you are. And according to your philosophy, only god has the right to say who is the right type of christian anyway. So try as you might, they call themselves Christians, and you cannot take that away from them no matter how much you shut your eyes to them.

      As a matter of fact shutting your eyes to them only makes them more dangerous. You are ignoring that they are using the same source you are, just with their special twist on it. Better to acknowledge them as Christian, acknowledge that their anger and hate and hom-ophobia come from their interpretation of the same source you use. Then your condemnation of them will have much more impact on them coming from a fellow Christian.
      Also the people who blow up buildings with planes were muslim too. There are nice muslims and not nice ones, just as there are nice christians and not nice ones. We have to recognize the similarities and differences of our belief systems or how can we hope to learn to live with each other. Seeing them as ridiculous outsiders only makes it that much harder to change our world so that more WBCs are not created.

      December 9, 2010 at 2:58 pm |
    • Amy

      Frogists, no, they are not Christians. The very word "Christian" comes from Christ. And these people most certainly do not follow the teachings of Jesus Christ!

      December 9, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
    • Becky

      Marcia,
      I also am embarrassed and ashamed to have them calling themselves Baptist. My husband used to go pray on the steps of a church of Satan. Perhaps we should get a group of three or more of us to go pray respectfully and peacably on their front steps. Perhaps ringing their grounds with christians and have a prayer circle. Pray for their misguided souls to receive conversion to the real truth.

      December 9, 2010 at 6:48 pm |
    • Rob the Lutheran

      I would venture to say that this pastor makes a hefty salary from the donations that other haters send the church. He is probably using church funds to pay for his trips around the country to conduct his protests.

      These are religious fanatics just the same as the Islamic Extremists who want to wage jihad against non-believers. They pick and choose parts of the Bible to serve their purpose.

      I want to see the financial statements of this church. Where does the money come from and where does it go?

      December 9, 2010 at 7:27 pm |
    • Frogist

      @Amy: They follow the parts of the Christian religion that are anti-gay to an extreme but in the name of the same saviour as you – Jesus Christ. That makes them Christians. Just like Catholics and Mormons are also Christian. Sorry. It doesn't mean all Christians are as callous as them, but it does say something about certain parts of your religion.

      December 10, 2010 at 4:39 pm |
    • Know What

      Rob the Lutheran,

      Here is a link to a speech by one of 'Pastor' Fred Phelps' sons. He (Nate) and his brother, Richard, escaped from this evil family. You can search some for some more about them and you will find some horrific accounts of life with Freddy.

      http://natephelps.com/10801.html

      December 10, 2010 at 4:52 pm |
  4. Donald

    The Westboro Church is a group of sick people starving for attention. Perhaps we should ignore them.

    December 9, 2010 at 10:53 am |
    • Fed up

      Too late!

      December 9, 2010 at 1:41 pm |
  5. lmpc

    This is rude and makes no sense. Can't imagine why Elizabeth Edwards would be the target of a protest. Leave the family alone and keep your demonstrations to more appropriate venues. Ridiculous.

    December 9, 2010 at 10:51 am |
    • KSgal

      What exactly is an appropriate venue to spread hate? Where should these ignorant, hate-spewing, burdens to our society go to spread their hate?

      December 9, 2010 at 2:39 pm |
  6. DrewL

    I am all for freedom of speech and freedom of expression, but this type of thing is just rude and insensitive. They allegedly believe in God, but do they really think their God would approve of such behavior? No God of mine would.

    December 9, 2010 at 10:48 am |
  7. Snow man

    People have rights to free speach, people have rights to practice any religion, but with any of the rights we have we must also show respect, good judgement, and compassion. Protesting a funeral of any one is a violation of all three. People should also have the right to say good bye to thier loved ones. The law makers should be expiditing to make a law to protect people from this type of behavour. I do not think we need a law for absolutly everything, but there does need to be a way to protect the people who are mourning the loss of a loved ones.

    December 9, 2010 at 10:44 am |
    • KKKKKatie

      I agree! Just because I have the right to do something, doesn't mean I SHOULD do it. I think it was assumed that people would know the difference and unfortunately, there is no law against being a lousy human being...like said church members.

      December 9, 2010 at 1:00 pm |
  8. rach

    Excuse me!!!! What is this world coming to...Protesting at a funeral... Are we adults or children...if a person dies let the family be...Some people need to grow up...these people dont sound like christians at all...

    December 9, 2010 at 10:41 am |
  9. David

    TREASON! Not only in the US for supporting death of our troops, but also treason on God. Jesus preached love and peace, not death yet these people are using the lords name to support this act of hate and should be excommunicated!

    December 9, 2010 at 10:40 am |
    • rach

      Amen!!!!

      December 9, 2010 at 10:43 am |
    • David Johnson

      @David

      You said: "TREASON! Not only in the US for supporting death of our troops, but also treason on God. Jesus preached love and peace, not death yet these people are using the lords name to support this act of hate and should be excommunicated!"

      Jesus isn't my sovereign. He doesn't even exist. No treason there.

      From the 'Lectric Law Library's Lexicon:
      The Const_itution of the United States, Art. III, defines treason against the United States to consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid or comfort.

      Nope, no treason here either.

      Looks like you don't know what you are talking about. Can I get an amen?

      Cheers!

      December 9, 2010 at 11:00 am |
    • hurf durf

      @ David Johnson...I hope you feel powerful behind your computer screen, because it sure is funny for anyone else

      December 9, 2010 at 12:33 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      @David

      This is a serious question – really. How do you (not you, anyone...) go about excommunicating someone from the baptist church? I think the rcc has a rigouress process, but do other sects? If there is a way to do it, are you a baptist and can you initiate the process? Is there a baptist out there that can do it? I'd give it a shot but suspect that the baptist church isn't going to pay any attention to an atheist. Anyone willing to step and take all possible legal, moral, ethical and non-violent action against these folks?

      December 9, 2010 at 12:42 pm |
    • Maybe

      HotAirAce,

      Regarding Baptists excommunicating the Westboro bunch -

      - As near as I can tell, the Baptist Church is a pretty loosely organized association. There are some 'Alliances' and 'Conventions', but they only deal with their own members. It looks like Westboro is 'Independent'.

      - Even if Phelps/Westboro were censured by a Church organization, they would probably just thumb their noses and go by a different evangelical name.

      December 9, 2010 at 1:11 pm |
  10. JCS

    These people are "Christians"? Would Jesus Protest? Did Jesus protest when he knew they were going to kill him? These people sicken me. The picture of the guy prasing god for IED's is a terrorist and should be arrested.

    December 9, 2010 at 10:39 am |
    • piplucas

      I agree completely. Jesus is not proud of these people. Listen to them and challenge them and they will actually claim that Jesus was not about love. What terrorists to the love of Christ.
      I AS A CHRISTIAN DO NOT REPRESENT THESE PEOPLE.

      December 9, 2010 at 1:29 pm |
    • DB

      @JCS very well said, that about covers it all!

      December 9, 2010 at 1:36 pm |
  11. maddawg

    HUGE LMAOs @ the lemmings of that baptist cult.

    YOU PEOPLE SHOULD PICKET YOURSELVES FOR BEING SUCH BLINDLY GULLIBLE LEMMINGS!!

    you are TOTAL losers not only because you insist on pushing your B.S. lemming beliefs upon others, but also because you are, well............the typical cultist lemming follower.

    you are a joke, your gods are a joke and it is CLEAR....your lives are a joke.

    i have a novel idea...........come to my town and picket something near me............and watch me reign a hell of torment upon your minds and bodies......you lemmings don't have what it takes to be real men or women............

    bring it to me and let me show you the REAL LIGHT!

    i guarantee you wont because your scared, pitiful lives can only attempt to disrupt those that will not bash your skulls in with a sledge-hammer........ so i say again..........bring it to me and let me show you the REAL LIGHT!

    December 9, 2010 at 10:38 am |
    • Frogist

      @maddawg: You might want to retract your threat. They have the right to protest on public grounds, and any assault on their members would result in a law suit against you and possible jail time. However, counter-protest at their church, or a peaceful show of support such as with Matthew Sheppard, would be a much more effective way to shut them down.

      December 9, 2010 at 12:05 pm |
    • Peace2All

      @maddawg

      I'm with -Frogist on this. Threats against them are not the answer. You don't want to potentially 'ruin' your life and the lives of your family do you by possibly committing some act, that would land you in jail.

      While I think pretty much all of us feel the disdain in their beliefs, actions and practices, what I 'think' you're saying is not the answer.

      And... if the Phelps' were to go away, more radical fundamentalist religious zealots would pop-up.

      Anyways...

      Peace...

      December 9, 2010 at 12:17 pm |
    • just me

      frog – who cares? here in idaho acts of violence dont amount to squat as long as there are no drugs involved – so lets break some bones

      December 9, 2010 at 1:37 pm |
    • Bostongemmie

      You just succeeded in letting them get their power-from your words!! Dont threaten them, they are not worth your time, energy or possible time behind bars. Although, I agree with wanting to put them down in the ground, mushed like crap-it will cause more issues to us than them!!!

      December 9, 2010 at 2:13 pm |
    • Frogist

      @just me: Besides the irony of trying to teach them to be polite by kicking their @sses... You do know that they are a family of lawyers, right? And no matter where you are, the WBC will act to the fullest extent of the law and you will probably be out millions of dollars for violating their first amendment rights. Some of the other people posted about what they did in their towns that were very effective without resorting to violence.

      December 9, 2010 at 2:35 pm |
  12. Amanda

    It breaks my heart that people of religion find it necessary to ruin this time of goodbyes. People by doing this give Christianity a bad name. We are to love all not love only those who agree as we do. Let alone the woman is dead by going there what do you hope to accomplish? When they go to these they say they will change maybe one person but the fact is you are angering more than attracting!!

    December 9, 2010 at 10:38 am |
    • Fed up

      these are not Christians,period!

      December 9, 2010 at 1:30 pm |
    • Matt

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_true_Scotsman

      You pick and choose what you believe in the bible. In fact, these are TRUE Christians because they take the bible literally.

      December 9, 2010 at 3:15 pm |
    • Becky

      Amanda and everyone else,
      Please pay attention to this from a Christian. These people are not christians, they are using the name to get some type of validation for their extreme rudeness, idiocy, and lack of consideration. True Christians would never use a funeral to protest. The Lord will pay them back for using his name in vain. "Begone, I never knew you".
      I pray that Elizebeth's family and friends receive comfort in their time of sorrow. She really tried to do what she thought was best even if I didn't always agree with her.
      I do love the idea of the fire department checking out their hoses during the funeral to protect her family from these idiots.

      December 9, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  13. Southern By the Grace of God

    They're not picketing her. They're exploiting the publicity of her funeral to picket their own issues. I am appalled at the actions of some people in this world.

    December 9, 2010 at 10:36 am |
    • Compassion

      What is wrong with these people? I suggest a human fence of volunteers to block any protesters from interfering with the ceremonies in any way. Show them how good people of compassion can work against their hate-mongering.

      December 10, 2010 at 3:00 pm |
  14. Jesussaidtolovenothate

    Kansas, You have a big problem! It's the Westboro Baptist church and it's pastor. This small church is hijacking the reputation of the good people of Kansas.

    December 9, 2010 at 10:33 am |
    • RoyalsGal

      I am from Kansas and believe me – we don't claim the Phelps or the Westboro Baptist Church. Unfortunately, we can't run them out. I would hope thinking people would understand that the rest of us don't think like the Phelps family – they just happen to live in our state.

      December 9, 2010 at 1:27 pm |
    • Mary J. Ott

      How can this pastor call himself the Shepherd of his flock? A shepherd is supposed to be a representative of God who leads the church in righeousness, doing good, and showing love. God is love. It is not a matter of free speach; you can run your mouth anywhere, but it is insensitive, unloving, and trashy to even consider protesting a someone's funeral. As the old saying goes, "Trash in , trash out." The pastor must be feeding his congregation trash, because that's what is coming out. It sure isn't of God. They need to examine their hearts. There is a time and place for everything. Respect these children's rights!

      December 11, 2010 at 2:45 pm |
  15. Jessica

    That is horrible. How dare they?

    December 9, 2010 at 10:30 am |
    • angeleyes

      These people are not Christians. I find it hard to swallow at the funerals of fallen soldiers, much less Elizabeth Edwards. I just say God Bless her and her family, her suffering is over. I just think that such a high profile funeral will get more attention than anything else. I hope the local authorities can stop them somehow and give her family the privacy and respect they need.

      December 9, 2010 at 2:38 pm |
  16. Jesussaidtolovenothate

    this is not freedom of speech! It's spread of hate! The good citizens ofNorth Carolina should go to the cemetary & show their support for their Elizabeth.

    December 9, 2010 at 10:30 am |
    • Bostongemmie

      I agree! They should make bigger signs and block the view of these idiots from her family!!!! My heart aches for her children having to deal with their mothers passing, their fathers indiscretions and now this! This family/group has no respect for themselves so why would they respect others. I cannot believe some of them are lawyers-I wonder what their employers think!

      December 9, 2010 at 2:10 pm |
  17. Kelly

    Why? Her family doesnt need to deal with those idiots on this day. She was put thru enough in her last years here by John why do these morons feel the need to picket? What are they picketing anyway? Are they protesting her dying because they can't change that. Are they picketing her going to heaven or wherever she is going? Uh you don't control that either idiots! Get a life!

    December 9, 2010 at 10:30 am |
    • vonspoo

      i saw an interview of a bus load of the ladies once. they spent most of the trip furiously checking the web on their blackberrys, looking for comments and news about themselves. they are spoiled children stamping their feet for attention. why? not sure. maybe they are angry with the world because they have no power. maybe fred has syphilis and has been plowing ALL his "local" fields and now everyones gone insane from having their brain eaten in to swiss cheese. maybe they all have some genetic disease that alters their hearing and sight, so when they read and hear "let ye who is without sin cast the first stone", they hear and see "cast the first stone". i'm personally hoping that it's all an elaborate plot to bring people together because there seems to be ONE thing everyone can agree on here, NO ONE like the WBC.

      December 9, 2010 at 2:27 pm |
  18. janelyn

    Let me be the first one to say these people are in the lower echelons of society. I have to wonder, do they have jobs? I mean, running across the country protesting, how do you feed your family. We know you all live in trailer homes, so the cost of living is down, but food and gas is not cheap these days.

    December 9, 2010 at 10:28 am |
    • Jessica

      The Daughter Shirley, works for the local county government in or near Topeka. Some one should check up on her absenteeism to see if she is violating policy so they can fire her...

      December 9, 2010 at 10:36 am |
    • David Johnson

      Fred Phelps and most of the daughters are lawyers. They are not stupid. I've seen them debate other faiths.

      Cheers!

      December 9, 2010 at 10:48 am |
    • Iphantom

      @ David Johnson – Just because they are lawyers does not mean they are smart. I'm an attorney, and can attest that there are many in my professional that are not very bright. Where did they go to law school? Do they practice?

      Also, are you suggesting that just because they've engaged in what amounted to nonsensical religious debate with people of other faiths that this somehow validates their intelligence? Are you a member of this group or something? Or are you just a hypertechnical jerk that has no point to make at all.

      CHEERS!

      December 9, 2010 at 11:12 am |
    • Frogist

      @Iphantom: Well I think since they have achieved law degrees, you can't just dismiss them as know-nothing yokels with too much time on their hands. They have raised their case for their right to protest in the supreme court and won. That must count for something. Also I think it is at your own detriment that you dismiss those who are religious scholars as being unintelligent. While the absolute belief in silly things can be classified as worthless, those who have in depth knowledge of the history, philosophy, sociology of religion can never be characterized as unintelligent.

      December 9, 2010 at 11:59 am |
    • Peace2All

      @Iphantom

      HI Phantom...

      You Said: "@ David Johnson – Just because they are lawyers does not mean they are smart."

      True... And... their silly and radical beliefs and their religious practices, has nothing to do with their knowledge and practice of the law. -Frogist is right, they went into the SCOTUS and won their case. So, I would suggest -David was separating their ability and expertise in practicing law... especially, in their particular area of what is considered free speech, and what is not.

      And for the record, the Phelps klan never seems to fail pushing the envelope to absurdity. I'd like to with these folks into the 'corn-field' but..... *sighs*

      Just some thoughts...

      Peace...

      December 9, 2010 at 12:12 pm |
    • pandoramn

      Wait a minute! I take issue with your withering, condescending statement about "trailer homes". Generalizations like this are the very same evil that this "church" is spreading! Some people live in mobile homes so that their children will have at least a patch of lawn to play on, a dog to love, a flower bed to cultivate. They are every bit as responsible and intelligent as some apartment dwellers and homeowners. Grow up! If you want to criticize this group, then do so accurately and concisely – God knows there's plenty of material to work with!

      December 9, 2010 at 2:58 pm |
    • Patrick

      What everyone is ignoring is the fact that what these rotten people are doing is living by "the word of God." It's high time humanity grow up and stop preaching and believing this childish nonsense. What's the alternative? The Germans call it Wissenchaft. In English it's called science. Let's give old JC an "A" for effort, on the social front. But after 2000 years of trying, let's face it, He flunks.

      December 9, 2010 at 3:02 pm |
    • Katherine

      It's not about intelligence, though you've got to wonder about their mental stability. They may be lawyers, but to call them Biblical scholars is giving them far more credit than they deserve. I guess they're knowledgeable in the way demons often can be with scripture, but they embrace a twisted version of that truth. They are well and truly in the hands of the enemy.

      All I have to say is where's the fruit? Jesus said you could tell a tree by the fruit it bears, and they are a withered old stump that never grew a single peace of fruit. So I think who they truly represent is obvious, Satan, the author of hate, divisiveness, hypocrisy and lies. He is their true god. The fruit of the spirit; love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control are no where to be found when it comes to these crazed folks.

      So it's not about intelligence. It's about the fight between good and evil, and they are on the wrong side.

      December 9, 2010 at 7:51 pm |
  19. Reality

    The local fire and police department should schedule a fire hose practice between 12:15 and 1 PM and "baptize" this group of lunatics!!!

    December 9, 2010 at 10:25 am |
    • jj

      hahaha that would be awesome!!!!!!!

      December 9, 2010 at 10:54 am |
    • Annalicia

      AWESOME!! Love it!!

      December 9, 2010 at 10:54 am |
    • Valerie

      Love your response, whata great idea! Picketing at a funeral might be one of the most absurd things I have ever heard, how disrespectful and tacky.

      December 9, 2010 at 10:57 am |
    • Peace2All

      @Reality

      Well Said my friend...

      Peace...

      December 9, 2010 at 12:03 pm |
    • Roy

      Sounds good to me!

      December 9, 2010 at 1:25 pm |
    • Bostongemmie

      Oh how I would love to be there to see that!!! Elizabeth Edwards did nothing to these idiots! Idiots is not the real word I would like to use. Its really sad that these idiots have nothing worth some good to do in this world but to stand outside a funeral and make a big scene. I would love to be there with the fire hose and let them have it!!!

      December 9, 2010 at 1:43 pm |
    • Heather

      Firehose, baptise. Now that is the perfect solution!

      December 9, 2010 at 2:26 pm |
    • Michael

      Awesome! Those Westborough fools are giving religion a bad name. They could use a lesson in respect and humility. And the fire department might be just the ones to give it to them.

      December 9, 2010 at 2:28 pm |
    • Matt

      Why? These people are only taking the bible literally. Have you read the bible? Do you see how religion can be a big problem?

      December 9, 2010 at 3:13 pm |
    • Rachel

      That sounds like an excellent idea!

      December 9, 2010 at 3:53 pm |
    • Woodman

      YUP!

      December 9, 2010 at 6:58 pm |
    • Mike

      Excellent suggestion!

      December 9, 2010 at 7:03 pm |
    • Purple13

      INDEED! they're only gonna be there because it will be a big funeral and they're publicity hogs. The Patriot Guard Riders would fix them!

      December 10, 2010 at 4:01 pm |
    • Josie Hunter

      I love your proposal!That's how those ignorant lunatics should be treated.

      December 10, 2010 at 4:49 pm |
    • Melissa

      hahahahahaha oh yea and put it on the news!

      December 10, 2010 at 11:37 pm |
  20. lauren

    People are terrible. Leave the poor woman alone. What does picketing do anyway? Nothing. Go to work and do something productive.

    December 9, 2010 at 10:24 am |
    • Dave

      These opportunists need to grow up and develop some maturity in life. They also need to try to develop a deeper respect for humanity. In life you always have to try to tolerate individuals like this. Half of them should be in the nut farm.

      December 9, 2010 at 12:31 pm |
    • dean

      It is obvious no one has given anyone in the Westwood congregation a good old fashioned a+s woopin at any of their protests. That would get there attention.

      December 9, 2010 at 1:54 pm |
    • Jon

      I agree, these ignorant, inbread, retards are clueless...Their church leaders are more than likely molesting their children and sleeping with their wives... Seperation of church and state...They are no different than terrorists and should be treated as such...

      December 9, 2010 at 2:32 pm |
    • Janus

      Does anyone have contact information for this group so they can be told how inappriotate this action would be. What Elizabeth Edwards stood for in life should not be an issue in her death. A funeral is a time for family to mourn their lost and celebrate the life of the individual. How many of us would want a picketting scene to be remembered by our children, one of the last acts associated with their mother. Regardless of our personal views, it's just not right.

      December 9, 2010 at 2:53 pm |
    • jedclampett69

      While not an avid Christian, I'm not an Atheist nor any other religious denomination. I consider myself "spiritual"; however I'd like nothing better than to see his kind gunned down like the rotten fruit that they are. What has happened to this nation; I was once willing to fight for?

      December 9, 2010 at 3:16 pm |
    • Amy

      I don't normally condone violence, but in this case, I would make an exception. These people are disgusting, inbred pigs. They should be taught a lesson! I think anyone who shows up to protest should get their butts kicked big time!

      December 9, 2010 at 4:52 pm |
    • Mike

      Dean, it's Westboro not Westwood. Westwood is a nice place in southern California. Westboro is a bunch of inbred idiots in Kansas.

      December 9, 2010 at 7:02 pm |
    • Katherine

      There's a group that will be, shall we say, aggressively discouraging those Westboro haters. Those folks better prepare themselves for significant resistance to their repulsive behavior. I doubt those cowards will get within 1000 yards of that funeral.

      December 9, 2010 at 7:41 pm |
    • dharler

      Right On !!

      December 9, 2010 at 7:44 pm |
    • Jill

      WOW! I'm conservative and wasn't a big fan of their politics, but seriously get a life. Elizabeth Edwards was a wife, a mother, and an all around good person. Let her have her peace in death. Her two young children do not need a bunch of uncaring people protesting their mother while they're grieving. I don't care what beliefs someone has, it's not very christian to protest a loving woman's funeral, whether famouse or not. I also believe in god and I wonder what ever happened to do not judge unless you be judged. So examine what your doing first and ask yourself is this what you would want for your mother, wife, daughter. A group of radicals protesting a funeral, because of her view while she was living is just ludicrous and uncaring. Also do unto others as you would like done unto you. I have a saying and it's DO THE RIGHT THING!
      I don't care about the people of this church and how smart, ignorant, or average they are, they just need to stop and think about someone other than themselves.

      December 9, 2010 at 8:10 pm |
    • Pastor Burt

      Dear Believers: Groups such as the Westboro Baptist Church give our God, the God Love, a very bad name. Consider what this Group stated in its Press Release is simply unsound doctrine. For example, “When they were visited from the Most High God with the death of their 16-year-old son, they did not humble themselves before His mighty hand.” Other than a few incidents in the Old Testament, God does not kill humanity. (John 3:16-17) “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” Was Elizabeth Edwards a believer? Yes. Therefore, God does not kill the very child upon which He intends to bestow everlasting life. Who then kills on this planet? The Bible answers, (John 10:10) “The thief (Satan the Devil) does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.” Until Christ returns and reclaims this world, many people forget that this is presently Satan’s world, under Satan’s control. Therefore, with the prompting of Satan, many like those who authored this press release accuse God for killings, when it is actually Satan who kills and wishes to place false blame as the accuser upon God for that killing. When we accuse others, we are doing Satan’s work, not God’s work.

      The same Group states, “They reared up in rage, decided they would show God who is boss, and meddled in matters of the womb, resulting in 2 more children — now motherless.” Apparently, this Group believes that having children is something that can be accomplished independently of God. The Word of God states the opposite: (Psalms 127:3) “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord. The fruit of the womb is a reward.”

      Intolerance by groups or individuals is not God’s way. Rather intolerance reaps its own reward. Christ states, (Matthew 6:15) “But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” Rather than judge others, we are to judge ourselves: Christ states, (Matthew 7:1-5) "Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me remove the speck from your eye'; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.” Thank you for reading these corrections. Love, Pastor Burt.

      December 10, 2010 at 1:01 am |
    • Charlie

      Well said! Go to work and do something productive, I so agree. They should be praising god, not using him for a pointless demostration.

      December 10, 2010 at 8:13 am |
    • cligie1

      I am a conservative Christian. The people from the Westboro Baptist Church don't even come close to being Christian. Unfortunately, these lunatics, and the rest of the lunatic fringe that make the news, give the impression to the world that their insane and murderous views match up to what true Christians bellieve and practice. I do not agree with most of Elizabeth Edwards political beliefs. However, I believe Elizabeth Edwards was a truly good, honest and remarkable woman and deserves the utmost respect. Those monsters from Westboro need to be locked up and have the key thrown away.

      December 10, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
    • Lizzy10

      While I will defend the freedom of speech amendment to the death, I absolutely want these idiots to just dry up and go away. My uncle died for this country so these jerks have the right to protest, but I can't condone the use of free speech like this. In what universe does Ms. Edwards suffering and dying have to do with anything but the private suffering of her children. God will be looking at these people, but that doesn't really help the family at this time. Please rest in peace Ms. Edwards, and know that the majority of Americans will pray for your children and everyone your life of grace and strength touched.

      December 10, 2010 at 7:53 pm |
    • Melissa

      What in the world do they hope to gain by this madness? They r freaks!

      December 10, 2010 at 11:37 pm |
    • Sherry

      And Christians wonder why their religion is so unappealing...just look at groups like this.

      December 14, 2010 at 1:52 pm |
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