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. Michele Palmer

    Why? What is the point...this is disrespectful of her and of her loved ones!!!

    December 9, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  2. detada

    Note to CNN; What does their cause have to do with Elizabeth Edwards?

    December 9, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  3. Fricsaid

    It's a shame this woman cannot be put to rest in peace because of a bunch of nuts. Please, don't blame this on religion or God, these are the actions of people with a self-serving agenda. I hope Mrs. Edwards rest in peace.

    December 9, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  4. J. Dickson

    I wish you wouldn't even report on people like this. Their actions and comments have no place in serious news. What did Elizabeth Edwards ever do to them? What have her children done to deserve the hurt that this type of ridiculous action causes. Please stop covering stories like this.

    December 9, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  5. lct

    This group must be hurting for attention!! This is just unbelievable! Unfortunately we have to tolerate this type of low class act in America. However, we do not have to stoop to their level. Let them picket, let them yell, let them show they signs of hate. In the end most people will see who the demons are. They are these poor ignorant people who hate in the name of God. Mrs. Edwards would pay them no attention if she were her to witness this event as we should also do.

    December 9, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  6. D Thomas

    To have that organization labeled a Church is wrong. It is an affront to what Jesus stands for. They should be not allowed to do this disturbing act, I know this is the US, but these people go beyond the realm of any thing decent. This spoken from a Baptist, they are NOT Baptists, OR Christians!

    December 9, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  7. Caitlin

    Absolutely rediculous, these people are crazy.

    December 9, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  8. BioHzrd420

    Will someone please keep these idiots away from Raleigh? The Westboro Baptist Church, a disgusting waste of human effort.

    December 9, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  9. Kari

    I am dumbfounded. WHY?
    I am also a bit perplexed that people who claim to be followers of Christ can have so much hate in their hearts.

    December 9, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  10. FISOFX4

    Someone needs to find out the names of these people and publish them on the internet so their loved one's funerals can be protested, picketed and disrespected.

    December 9, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  11. donnie funderburk

    I dont knw wat this worlds coming to these days. the poor woman had to deal with a sorry husband, as well as breast cancer at the same time. she is in a better place now and her pains and sorrows are over too. i feel for the members of this hillbilly church, cause on judgement day They will be judged. what makes preachers and churches think that they can judge people like they do. the only one who has the right to judge is jesus christ. may god bless u mrs edwards and ur fight is over.

    December 9, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  12. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    How is this a good thing to picket at Elizabeth Edwards' funderal? She wasn't a homosexual; she was married to a man and had children. She died of cancer. How much further can you get from what this "church" is talking about?

    December 9, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  13. RG

    And what family deserves this kind of disrespect at their time of loss?

    December 9, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  14. Robert W. R o z e l l II

    This is so very wrong and very hateful, these people have crossed the line a long time ago, now they have become a group of "Nazis" that hate hurt everyone.
    This is not what any NORMAL human being stands for.

    December 9, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  15. Rodboy

    I have been a Christian a long time and this church is probably Christianity at its worst. Yes we should obey God. However, mourn with those mourn, weep with those who weep. They cut out Jesus' directive to suit themselves. If they want to protest hit the gossips, liars, tax cheats and self righteous. What a shame.

    December 9, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  16. David the Great

    NOT a protest. It's a show. A horrible show.

    December 9, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  17. GorillaGuerilla

    Why are they picketing the funeral of a woman who died of cancer? What's next? The docto who dies of HIV/AIDS he contracted trying to save the life of another human being? If I ever catch these people near any funeral I am at, there will be a whole bunch of funerals not long after that.

    You can protest the war, but these people have taken the act of "protest" too far.

    December 9, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  18. Aaron P

    That is a perfect example as to why Theocrocies don't work. I am a Christian, but if you put some over zealous Bible thumpers with their own interpretations of the Bible in the White House, Iran is what you get. These people are Domestic Terrorist and should be stopped. I hope they are all on the "No Fly List" with the TSA. I would hate to be aboard a airplane with one of these nuts.

    December 9, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  19. james

    ahhh gods gentle people doing gods work. baptist no less.

    December 9, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  20. buzbeech

    Do these so called church people have any morals at all? Sick, sick, sick individuals.

    December 9, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  21. EG

    That's really sad & disgusting. I am not religious and I know God would not want such a display of hate and disrespect.

    December 9, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  22. Emile Zola

    Are they all looney toons? I don't see the connection. The only possible connection is that horse looking Ann Coulter said that her husband was a homosexual, but not in those terms. Other than that, it's impossible to comprehend such madness. Doesn't Christianity mean charity? And isn't Christianity just the opposite of what this sect is all about. I take it that they are against the war; millions are, but this is going too far.

    December 9, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  23. ApeHanger

    These Westboro crackpots have no respect for anyone. Too bad there isn't some legal way to eliminate them from the scene.

    December 9, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  24. jeff, alabama

    Don't even equate these maniacs
    with Christians or conservatives.
    They are neither. They are anti-American
    and should be dealt with on location at
    their so called protest sites.
    I read somewhere a few weeks ago
    that there was enough opposition to
    them at one of their protests that
    they backed down and left.
    This is still the land of the free and
    the bad guys can be backed down
    if the good guys show up.

    December 9, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  25. Onelove

    Are you kidding me? Regardless of what you feel politically, regardless of whom you do and/or don't support people have a right to be buried and mourned with dignity and not have these hate mongers spewing their filth during a trying time for this family. Yes as Americans they have the right to freedom of speech, regardless of beliefs and opinions, but this is just sad. My heart goes out to the Edwards family :(

    December 9, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
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