Westboro Baptist Church says it will picket Elizabeth Edwards' funeral
December 9th, 2010
09:20 AM ET
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Westboro Baptist Church says it will picket Elizabeth Edwards' funeral

(CNN) - 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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  1. Debbie from Arizona

    These people have no shame or sense of decency. The fact that they call themselves Christians makes me want to vomit.

    December 9, 2010 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  2. Dan

    Westboro Baptist Church are the skidmark on America's drawers.

    December 9, 2010 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    What am I missing here?
    Regardless....what an imbecilic display of poor taste, and lack of respect by this "church".
    This is right up there with the protests/picketing at the funerals of gay men and women in the military.

    What is wrong with this world? Let this woman be buried in peace.

    December 9, 2010 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  4. JB

    Man, when that evil geezer finally dies, I can't wait to see the protests at his funeral. I hope a gay orgy is staged on his grave.

    December 9, 2010 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Here we go again with the hate groups and their hate speech. These people have no morals or civility. Funerals are not the place for hate speech. There will eventually be a violent act that happens at one of these hateful gatherings. These cases need to be brought to the SCOTUS because free speech that can lead to violence should be outlawed and punishable.

    December 9, 2010 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  6. Fair is Fair

    It's nut jobs like these that give people of Faith a bad name. Disgusting, plain and simple.

    December 9, 2010 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  7. SethC

    I love the Lord with all my heart, but these people must be way off! Who are they to judge, they don't sit on any throne, only God can do that. I am baffled.

    December 9, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  8. Bryan

    Is there no end to the hate this group spews

    December 9, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  9. mm

    These people are cruel and ignorant. Isn't there anyway they can be kept away? Think what you want about Elizabeth Edwards, but no one deserves to be picketed on a day of a funeral of a loved one.

    December 9, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  10. Peter Weber

    And what exactly are they picketing against or for? Is dignifying death now being politicized too? And these are supposedly Christians? I'm sorry, I don't get it anymore.

    December 9, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  11. Indie Woman in Denver

    So what does their protest have to do with Elizabeth Edwards? Why target her at all, let alone at her funeral, for god's sake? I guess haters just gotta hate, and they don't much care about whether there's any logic or compassion involved. I'm very sorry for the loss of Elizabeth to her family and friends. May she rest in peace, and live on in the hearts of all who love her.

    December 9, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  12. Da Professor

    QUOTE THE ARTICLE
    "Members of the Westboro Baptist Church announced Thursday plans to picket Saturday's funeral for Elizabeth Edwards in Raleigh, North Carolina"

    This group of slugs (apparently all from one extended family) needs to shut up and crawl back under their rock. Perhaps the friends and family of Elizabeth Edwards can show them where the rock is?

    December 9, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  13. Maynard T. Krebbs

    Harassing dead people's families in their moment of grief should be dealt with the old fashioned way, a rubber hose, causes great pain without permanent damage.

    December 9, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  14. Galileo813

    ...and the reason for picketing? Vacant lives?

    December 9, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  15. teresa, ohio

    sick. where do these folks get the money to fly around the country and "protest"? What a jealous bunch of cult members.

    December 9, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  16. Mark Thompson

    These people are from a Church? How dare they! Let Elizabeth rest in peace, instead of using their own beliefs at a place of grieving the least they can do is move their crap somewhere else.

    December 9, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  17. chris

    Man, and folks wonder why people are so anti-religion these days. This is totally wrong!!!

    December 9, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  18. Tracy

    Why? How is this woman connected to anything they are opposed to??

    December 9, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  19. Lynn

    Try protesting a funeral in my home town. You will be meeting Jesus a lot sooner than you once thought.

    December 9, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  20. JustMe

    Why? What did she ever do (or what do they THINK she did) to them??

    Geez ... just let the woman rest in peace and let her children bury their mother in a proper and dignified way.

    December 9, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  21. DJ in TX

    OK North Carolina – do what others have done and protect Ms Edwards' funeral. It doesn't matter your political views. A mother, a nice woman, and a good American has died from her fight against cancer. Please do what is necessary and keep these idiots away from the funeral. The IRS needs to look at this organization and check to see whether or not they deserve their status as a church. My bible is against the type of stuff these people are doing.

    December 9, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  22. Northdakotax

    Just another example of how low and truly UGLY the human species can be... these people are disgusting!

    December 9, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  23. mel miron

    How wrong is this? Can't this so called church find a more dignified way to express their beliefs? This lady suffered enough in her life on earth, leave her and her family alone in this most difficult time.

    December 9, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  24. Robert

    Hmm... sounds like a group of idiots with not enough to do and unsatisfying home lives. What decent human being pickets a funeral? We should take all their names down so that when one of their family members pass away we can all go gather with them so we can spit at them as they walk by and mock their loss.

    December 9, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  25. Johan

    Why, just why? Have they now added breast cancer victims to their hate list? I'm all for free speech, but when these inbred cretins intrude on personal grief, they've crossed the line. Somehow they need to be shut down.

    December 9, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
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