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.

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

August 19th, 2010
03:14 PM ET

State court nullifies police powers at religious colleges

CNN Supreme Court Producer Bill Mears filed this report from Washington:

A state-commissioned police officer arrests a motorist for reckless driving. Does the cop's employer matter when it comes to upholding the misdemeanor conviction? A North Carolina court says yes.

The state's Court of Appeals has tossed out the guilty plea of Julie Yencer because the arresting officer works for Davidson College, which is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The three-judge panel found that giving campus police power to enforce state laws created "excessive entanglement" with the Constitution's First Amendment ban on government endorsement of religion, or the Establishment Clause.


- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Church and state • Courts • Education • North Carolina • United States

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