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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. LMM

    What if they protested and nobody came? What if we just turn the cameras away from them?

    December 9, 2010 at 7:31 pm |
  2. grant schibilia

    It's times like this that I wish we functioned like the Chinese government, remember what happened in Tenemin Square? I asure you they would only do it once.

    December 9, 2010 at 7:29 pm |
  3. Angie

    What makes me angry is that the media gives these disgusting people any coverage at all. That's why they do this type of stuff-for publicity. If no media outlet would mention them then they would have no reason to keep going.

    December 9, 2010 at 7:27 pm |
  4. Pre

    We should line the streets leading up to the funeral home and service and prevent them from getting within a mile of her service.

    December 9, 2010 at 7:24 pm |
  5. Will

    CNN and other media outlets need to stop covering these people. I didn't read the article and I don't care. If we all ignore them, they will go away or somebody will find their bodies lying in a shallow ditch somewhere.

    December 9, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  6. Cole

    Too bad it's not 1775 because these traitors deserve a good-old public tar and feathering. Throw these brain damaged nut jobs in colonial Boston and their anti-military slander would keep the Sons of Liberty busy for a few days.

    December 9, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
    • Justin Lowry

      You are of your Father Satan.
      Your a reprobate Tare.
      You rejected the gift of grace and holiness.
      Anathema Maranatha

      December 9, 2010 at 11:39 pm |
    • 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.

      uwroie

      December 10, 2010 at 9:21 pm |
  7. Heywood JaBlome'

    How appropriate if some intolerant person burned these intolerant morons' gathering place to the ground with them all in it.....

    December 9, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  8. Lvit2Bieber

    A thousand plagues on people that use the sorrow to promote thier own agendas, how would these jack wads feel if the gay community and our brave soldiers picked services for thier loved ones. May kharma bring them all they deserve.

    December 9, 2010 at 7:18 pm |
  9. debbie

    this "church" & they're members are as repulsive as the one that wanted to burn quarans.....

    December 9, 2010 at 7:06 pm |
  10. Courtney

    Those church members are not human when all they preach is hate. I hope someday they suffer for all the pain they have caused on innocent families. I pray that Elizabeth Edwards and her family continue to be blessed by God. Elizabeth is a true hero in my eyes because of her strength and resilience when she was faced with adversity.

    December 9, 2010 at 6:50 pm |
    • Justin Lowry

      They are not innocent
      They should of obeyed their creator.
      End of Story

      December 9, 2010 at 11:42 pm |
    • 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.

      aljfks

      December 10, 2010 at 9:20 pm |
  11. Alan

    Wow. Picketing someone's funeral? That must be about the most ineffective way to affect change...Plus, it's horribly bad karma when gauged by many and most of the world's spiritual and tribal histories.

    It's lame as hell. I agree those people should go do something like volunteer at a homeless shelter...be a real help to society, not a goofball paper tiger.

    December 9, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  12. denise

    What a total bunch of D-Bags!

    December 9, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  13. Pam

    Those lunatics came to my town, Long Beach, California and actually picketed the local high school, Wilson High. The students from Long Beach (not just at Wilson), 4500 strong, had their own signs. They laughed at these horrible monsters and said that the love of our community was stronger than their hatred. It was beautiful. Brought tears to my eyes and filled my heart with love for these kids. The future is strong with kids like the ones at Wilson High. Those Westboro baptists left in shame. Love IS stronger than hate, at least in Long Beach, California!

    December 9, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  14. Marylee

    I think KSgal said it correctly when she said these people are bullies. I can not think of ANY reason that decent people would feel a need or that they had the right to protest at someone's funeral . Ignorance and insanity comes to mind! I only hope that someone finds a way to change their mind. They are not only bullies , they are demented.

    December 9, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  15. Sum Dude

    Problems? (I should make a trollface here, ha ha! )

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    December 9, 2010 at 6:11 pm |
  16. Tommy Jackson

    I can't believe a church can be so full of hate. This woman has done nothing to them, and Lord knows her family is suffering enough. This can not be of God's will; their actions are of a misguided pastor who quotes scripture he has rearranged to fit his contrary beliefs.
    I can only pray for the souls of his congregation that God will use this lady's death in a positive way to lead these pore, ignorant people into the light of His love. I also pray that those who do not find God's light will be banished to the lake of fire that all the unsaved will will be swept into.
    These people are not true Baptists, this is a cult the same as Jim Jones' church and the church at Waco, Texas were cults. We know from God's word that He will destroy such people and the deaths of the people at Jonestown and deaths of the people at Waco prove His word correct.
    We need to pray for the Edwards' Family on Saturday for the strength to endure, and Pray that God Himself will lead the battle against this immoral attack of the Edwards' and the other families that these ungodly people have tortured.

    December 9, 2010 at 6:10 pm |
    • Justin Lowry

      God is filled with hate for Satan/his Sons.
      They are the original (Primitive) Baptists who belive in the Absolute Sovereignty of God and Predestination
      Love your LORD and creator!

      December 9, 2010 at 11:46 pm |
    • 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 9:18 pm |
  17. Louanne

    I believe the awesome people from North Carolina will handle this with dignity like the folks in Maryland did a short while ago, or at least I hope they do. This group was coming to protest at a young soldier's funeral, and I think well over 3000 people showed up with flags only and lined the roads/streets .... very peaceful .... respectful ... The protestors could not get anywhere near the church.

    Prayers to the family!

    December 9, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
  18. GT

    What happened to the separation of church and state. They use the name of being a church to preach their hate gospel, be it through word or demonstrations. It is time for the IRS to investigate them and remove their staus as a religious organization. I feel the sam way for all religious organizations that take a policital position.

    December 9, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  19. Red

    Just because you have a degree –law or otherwise– does not make you smart.

    It also does not make you wise.

    All it does is say that you know the legal limit of what you can do, and you push that limit as far as it will go. This group continues to do this because they have enough people out there who silently agree with at least some of their agenda. There is also the implicit wish that someone would start something with them, so they can point and scream how that behavior gives credence to their beliefs.

    When certain public organizations/pundits/political groups refuse to condemn this group publicly, instead saying "well, they have a right to do this" and nothing more, they are condoning this behavior. They just don't want to be on the record saying it.

    December 9, 2010 at 4:13 pm |
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    December 9, 2010 at 4:09 pm |
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