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. MS

    And WHAT exactly are we picketing to ruin this poor woman's funeral? Hasn't she been through enough? Hasn't HER family (not his)? These people should be ashamed.

    December 9, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  2. Rob

    "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."

    Good story, but how about telling us why these whackos are picketing her funeral.

    December 9, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  3. Corn Fed

    As much as I despise this “church” organization, I’m glad to see them picketing a high profile funeral. I hope this event will finally enrage enough people and legal action will be set in motion to finally ban these types of protests at a person’s funeral.

    December 9, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  4. Jimster

    Where in the Bible is any of this kind of conduct...."Christian?" Though I have shunned denominations, I am familiar with the Baptist practices, being a former Baptist. These are not representative of the Baptist doctrine. It is a perverted style of dogma that promotes hate and intolerance...opposite that of Jesus Christ's teachings and practices. Christ rejected no one. No one should equate these "Christians" with Christianity. They are a cult, not "fishers of men." To bring people to the kingdom of God, one deals and embraces unbelievers as a practice....and demonstrates Christian love. How do you bring people to a belief in God by rejecting them.

    December 9, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  5. Mike E. Coon

    The psychopath that runs this heathen outfit is a registered Demonrat !!!

    You won't read about that in the lying, deranged, demented, and thoroughly disgusting media out of New Yawk, D.C., or L.A. !!!

    December 9, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  6. PMHaverhill

    Wow – that group is absolutely insane.

    December 9, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  7. Lynn

    Where are the motorcyclists, hopefully they will drown out the traitors, as that's what they are. They need to be prosecuted for disturbing the peace and being total jerks.

    December 9, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  8. Monique MacEachern

    Surely there must be some empty space in a jail or insane asylum for the waste of space that these people are. Isn,t there some empty room in Guantonamo? We certainly woulsn't miss them, and the families of the deceased heros certainly wouldn't. What are they against now? Unfaithful husbands, children born out of wedlock or breast cancer? Let Elizabeth's family and the rest of the country mourn this great lady, who always did the best she could for everyone she could.

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

    Westboro need to read their Bible again! This is so un-Christlike

    December 9, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  10. bettyboop33

    Why? The story doesnt say. What do these extremists have against Elizabeth Edwards? hmm, guess they just hate everybody.

    December 9, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  11. Lynda/Minnesota

    Isn't this the same group who protest veterans funerals as well, taking their cause all the way to the Supreme Court. What a nasty group of attention seeking hate mongers these fools are, using God as their shield to further justify their boorish behavior. Seems to be quite the epidemic of hate within the Christian community lately.

    December 9, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  12. Mike T

    CNN... you REALLY need to consider changing the Headline on your front page... Westboro Baptist Church is NOT a church. They are a hate-group. The Baptist Church does NOT recognize these people as a part of their faith.

    December 9, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  13. Miguel in NY

    The Westboro Baptist Church are nothing but religious terrorists and thugs. Their brand of hate is disgusting not protected by the First Amendment. They are the lowest of the low; people using religion to spread hate, just like Al Qaeda. To picket the funeral of Elizabeth Edwards is so vile and an affront to humanity. They must be stopped!

    December 9, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  14. Geri

    Protest what? This is a funeral... what did Elizabeth Edwards ever do to this group?
    Leave the family along; let them morn in peace....

    December 9, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  15. jay

    So.. theyre protesting that she DIED?

    December 9, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  16. Dan

    This "church" of less than seventy, mostly family members gets an awful lot of attention by CNN. They are a bunch of loons and not at all representative of the millions of Christians in this country, much less elsewhere.

    December 9, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  17. Me

    What a disgusting group of individuals. And, yet, the war wounded, decorated veteran that may have been looking to shut them up is the only one that is in trouble. What a backwards state Kansas is.

    December 9, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  18. Tam

    OK, criminal charges of some kind against these whackos. Immoral, cruel, vicious, evil. What "god" from hell do they obey?

    December 9, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  19. Barbara

    This Westboro group needs to revise their name and remove both "Baptist" and "church" from it. As a Baptist, I find their actions horrendous. Christ clearly taught and practiced Love, not hate.

    December 9, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  20. MY

    I just want to say that this group does not represent the Christian community at large. They obviously do not know any boundaries, and have very little respect for anyone at all. This is legalism at its worst.

    December 9, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  21. MLB

    These idiots that all themselves "Christians" already have a nice, hot place in their HELL waiting for them. they have no regard for the deceased or their families. They prey upon their grief to push their own political/religious agenda. I doubt "God hates" anyone......except maybe for the uneducated, heartless idiots that are holding the signs!!

    December 9, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  22. Ben

    They do not oppose Jews and other groups. They ONLY oppose homosexuality, period. They aren't worth the time you're giving them, though.

    December 9, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  23. RICO

    These guys are just sick. They are taking their protesting a little to far.

    December 9, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  24. Patricia - Houston

    What "sin" did Mrs. Edwards commit that this so-called wacko church will picket? The IRS needs to take away their tax-free status since they have shown time and time again that there is nothing that they do is "christ-like".

    December 9, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  25. Lindsay

    Can't we allow law enforcement to shoot these people on site if they do in fact show up?

    They are nothing but a bunch of mentally-ill people, each of whom has parentage that can be traced back to the very same brother and sister.

    A disgrace.

    December 9, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
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