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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. osteoguru

    John Edwards might redeem himself in the eyes of the public if he devoted his time and legal expertise to destroying Westboro Baptist.

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

    It's unfair how Elizabeth Edwards had to die and these idiots are still running around. I guess the old adage applies here, only the good die young.

    December 9, 2010 at 2:53 pm |
  3. Chris

    They are the very type of people that if transported back in time would head up the the Crusades, The Inquisition, the Salem Witch trails and so on. Love is the main message fom God. Not hate. Mercy, forgiveness and understanding. I see none of this from this group. Brood of Vipers comes to mind.

    December 9, 2010 at 2:51 pm |
  4. Eye for an Eye

    It may be lawful (and I am glad for that), but it sure isn't respectful. Has anyone turned the tables on these disrespectful individuals. I would love to know that there has been groups picketing funerals for members of their church.

    December 9, 2010 at 2:50 pm |
  5. Randy

    This group is not a "church" they are a hate group spreading hate. The only difference between them and the Nazis is that they have a tax exemption. Go to You Tube and watch some of the vids there. This group of haters is just begging for a confrontation and want to just get publicity. I hope thousands show up and block them completly from the area of the funeral. They shoulkd be kept a mile or more away from the funeral.

    December 9, 2010 at 2:45 pm |
  6. Kristen

    Complete disrespect.

    December 9, 2010 at 2:38 pm |
  7. docwatts

    Maybe they need a "whupping" with the "Bible BELT"!

    December 9, 2010 at 2:37 pm |
  8. Simcha62

    What people need to understand is that this pastor and his church are not an abberation of the christian faith -rather, they are a perfect example of it. For those of you who believe that the bible and its teachings is the inerrant literal word of god – this is what it looks like.

    December 9, 2010 at 2:36 pm |
    • Frostka

      ...what verses, exactly? What books of the Bible, exactly? No, they are NOT living out the entirety of the Bible.

      December 22, 2010 at 10:03 am |
  9. Caliconor

    I'm all for the 1st Amendment, but these people aren't exercising their freedom of expression when it's harassment. This isn't in the best interest of the 1st Amendment. It's one thing to set up a rally and voice their views, or march; it's another to SHOW UP TO THE FUNERAL OF DEAD PEOPLE AND CHEER.

    December 9, 2010 at 2:35 pm |
  10. TrueAmerican

    So this is "Freedom of Speach" in which Military Men and Women are dying to defend... Wow how about these people go live in Iraq or Afganistan and run over a few IED's or so and watch their friends and loved ones die... if they hate this country so much they should leave.

    December 9, 2010 at 2:32 pm |
  11. Onevoice

    I'm very conservative, but really....protesting at a funeral is just wrong. I don't think God would want us to make someone's grief any worse than is already is when someone loses a loved one. We are called to love our neighbors and love those who do wrong to us. I don't believe loving someone is protesting at their funeral. The members of this church need to drop to their knees and beg forgiveness, then pray for the people they have been so unkind to. May the Lord be with you all.

    December 9, 2010 at 2:31 pm |
  12. ks gal

    Lets make something clear, this group is nothing more than a group of bullies, period. They get the .01% of the population that agrees with their idiotic beliefs to donate to them with the news coverage they get from picketing funerals. That is it. They do it for the money. There is no religious purpose, they only dress it up with religion so they can continue being bullies.

    December 9, 2010 at 2:31 pm |
  13. Christy Farr

    I would love to get thousands of people together, people that Westboro has alienated, to go the funeral, surround the protesters, and fall to our knees in prayer for them. Can you imagine how much love could be generated for them and the Edwards family and everyone that they have hurt with these protests, if we all showed up with our God(s) and Goddess(es) and Angels and Mother Nature and Divine and Spirit and Love and...

    December 9, 2010 at 2:30 pm |
  14. G. Christopher

    These people are vile. Not human, just garbage. They don't deserve free speech. They should be silenced any way possible.
    Leave Elizabeth's family alone. And the families of all whom they protest at funerals. Just a bunch of ignorant red necks who hide behind the bible to take their hate to the streets. Can't we pull the plug on them somehow? It's disgusting.

    December 9, 2010 at 2:29 pm |
  15. goss

    These Westboro monsters are terrorists. Round them up and send them to Gitmo.

    December 9, 2010 at 2:27 pm |
  16. phyllis

    I can't let this go! if it was my loved one i'd bring a gun how dare they torment the grieving!

    December 9, 2010 at 2:25 pm |
  17. phyllis

    i believe the word christian means christ like. no where in the bible did christ behave in this manner. only where he taxed the tax collectors at the temple did he display any anger or hate. they need to read the bible both testaments. I am not christian but i have studied the bible extensively and still do

    December 9, 2010 at 2:21 pm |
  18. Lemark Sibala

    tsk tsk

    Lemark Sibala

    December 9, 2010 at 2:21 pm |
  19. hhart

    Fred Phelps and his followers need to be caught in a net, fitted for cement boots, and thrown into the sea.

    December 9, 2010 at 2:17 pm |
  20. ladykaka

    I hope they all die from a long, excruciatingly painful case of ball cancer.

    December 9, 2010 at 2:16 pm |
    • Translation

      Ball cancer? Even the women of WBC?

      December 9, 2010 at 2:23 pm |
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