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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. brian

    fred and co are a bunch of hapless, hopeless dirtbags that have one big love incestuous relationship. Amen

    December 9, 2010 at 2:10 pm |
  2. phyllis

    I think the National Gaurd should attend, and replay Kent State!

    December 9, 2010 at 2:07 pm |
  3. AuntInAZ

    I thoroughly despise people who hide behind the right of free speech and forget about the responsibility that goes along with it. I also despise those who interpret the Bible however it suits them at the time and use religion to further their personal agendas or beliefs. These lunatics haven't changed since I first heard of them twelve years ago in relation to poor Matthew Shephard. Protesting at soldier's funerals is shameful and unforgivable as well. There are two ways of looking at the media coverage; one is that it gives them the attention they want, and of course there is some validity to that argument. However, the second one is that it also exposes them for what they really are; a bunch of hypocritical fanatical lunatics using faith, religion and free speech to further their own agenda and beliefs.

    December 9, 2010 at 2:00 pm |
  4. Just A Thought

    Caedite eos. Novit enim Dominus qui sunt eius (Kill them all. For the Lord knoweth them that are His.) Arnaud Amalric (1209)

    December 9, 2010 at 1:49 pm |
  5. Noodles2010

    These crazies have been disrespectful to so many funerals. Maybe if they picket this one it will get some attention and MAYBE something will be done about disrespecting the dead.

    Afterall... its know who you are but who you rub shoulders with right... Now the Edwards family will get a taste of what our soldiers families have gone through while burrying our soldiers and sons. And they have been allowed ot continue..

    December 9, 2010 at 1:48 pm |
  6. West Texas sands

    Elizabeth Edwards family deserves the dignity of a service free from such stupidity and I would hope that her family and friends and the people of North Carolina would take a lesson from a small town who turned out to honor one who died in the war. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gF39TmTu7AI&safety_mode=true&persist_safety_mode=1

    Surround that cemetery and the service with so many people in her honor that Phelps and his group are unable to get close enough to get their precious tv time.

    TV journalists of America – a challenge – focus more on the people who died with honor and what it means. Deny Phelps his air time. What if he had held a press conference and NO ONE showed up? The ultimate defeat of a cult is removing their ability to share their message on a bigger stage.

    December 9, 2010 at 1:40 pm |
  7. Bill

    I honestly believe if these people have not sinned then they should go ahead and protest otherwise their message of hate and hypocrisy will fall on deaf ears. And i do agree the Angel Band needs to come back for this brave woman...she deserves better than a funeral disrupted by holy-roller protests...this has got to stop they wouldn't protest Jesus's funeral so why is anyone else's funeral "fair game"?

    December 9, 2010 at 1:36 pm |
    • Sarah

      Nah, I think you are giving them way too much credit- WBC would protest the Jesus funeral too.

      December 9, 2010 at 1:41 pm |
    • Bill

      you know Sarah you're probably right they would have the gall to protest Jesus's funeral and i mean both Jesus and second coming Jesus

      December 9, 2010 at 1:49 pm |
    • Maybe

      Meh, WBC members just fold their hands and piously gaze skyward and proclaim, "Ah, they persecute us just as they persecuted Jesus" and cite one of the many quotes from the Wholly Babble, such as, "“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."

      December 9, 2010 at 2:04 pm |
  8. pippin

    These idiots have been around for a long time doing this sort of thing. They want you to react this way. That is why they are doing this. it's all about publicity and here we are giving it to them. If these pathetic demonstrations were never reported on then they wouldn't bother doing this. I can't believe with all of the cookoos in this world shooting people like John Lennon and the pope, JFK etc, that someone hasn't made a name for themselves and blasted a couiple of these protesters away. I doubt if anyone would want such a person to go to jail, they'd be doing mankind a favour.

    December 9, 2010 at 1:35 pm |
  9. Brenda

    What has Elizabeth Edwards have to do with any of those things that they are against?

    December 9, 2010 at 1:32 pm |
    • Sarah

      I think they are against everything. Real or made up. They are the lowest form of trash.

      December 9, 2010 at 1:34 pm |
  10. paul.cos

    Arrest these people,put them in prison ,the law needs to do something with these imbeciles,this has gone beyond freedom of speech,they hide behind this wall.Pull them out from behind it and make an example.Religion has gone too far,this is a prime example of that.Religion is a neurological disorder..do we nee more proof than this?

    December 9, 2010 at 1:31 pm |
    • Geez

      Most people will agree this is distasteful but to assume theres something wrong with all of religion because of a handful is as intolerant as they are.

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

    I wish the media would stop covering them....we shouldn't be giving them a loud speaker

    December 9, 2010 at 1:30 pm |
  12. etownwyo

    These feral pigs hide behind the word religion. I say bring the 2ND amendment into this but just take it one step further. Have an open season on them when they show up to picket someones funeral. Pluck them off one by one and I bet it would stop. Problem solved.

    December 9, 2010 at 1:29 pm |
  13. andyLau

    i think it's poor taste to picket anyone's funeral

    December 9, 2010 at 1:27 pm |
  14. Roanld Russell

    They are giting what they want we are talking about them. All we can do is pray for them.

    December 9, 2010 at 1:26 pm |
  15. Sarah

    I can tell you that the Edwards family know about these people and know their agenda. What would make it worse on Saturday is to give WBC any more coverage than they already have had.. Let them protest. They are only making themselves look bad. Please do not protest WBC at the funeral. The family and friends do not need that.

    December 9, 2010 at 1:24 pm |
    • Frogist

      @Sarah: Why not? Don't you think a show of support for the family would be a boon to Mrs Edwards loved ones? While still saying to the WBC, 'You are not welcomed here"?

      December 9, 2010 at 3:08 pm |
  16. Nana5341

    Is THIS the best these people can do? It's pathetic. I say "let everyone pray that these idiots stay away". If they want to voice their opinion, fine, but the HURT themselves by being SO small-minded. Respect the Edwards' family privacy and Elizabeth Edward's decency. Disgusting....

    December 9, 2010 at 1:21 pm |
  17. WALTER SMITH

    They're from Kansas and they're able to leave their trailer parks to go around the country and make others miserable?
    Incest certainly produces some strange folks.

    December 9, 2010 at 1:21 pm |
  18. Christine Gleason

    Go to Huffingtonpost.com and read their news release on the subject. Truly horrifying.

    December 9, 2010 at 1:19 pm |
  19. Chris

    I was reading this Psalm today, and it comes to mind now about these Westboro people. This section of Psalm 50 speaks pretty true of this situation:

    "But to the wicked God says:
    "What right have you to declare My statutes,
    Or take My covenant in your mouth.
    Seeing you hate instruction
    And cast My words behind you?
    When you saw a thief, you consented with him
    And have been a partaker with adulterers.
    You give your mouth to evil
    And your tongue frames deceit
    You sit and speak against your brother;
    You slander your own mother's son.
    These things you have done, and I kept silent;
    You thought that I was altogether like you;
    But I will rebuke you,
    And set them in order before your eyes."

    December 9, 2010 at 1:13 pm |
  20. Brian

    While I find these people to be amongst the most disgusting on the planet. They have routinely picketed the funerals of soldiers without so much as an acknowledgment from the government. In fact, one father of a fallen soldier, after trying to sue them, was counter-sued and lost thousands of dollars.

    I can't wait to see the response now that the wife of a politician is being targeted.

    December 9, 2010 at 1:12 pm |
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