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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soundoff (307 Responses)
  1. Valerie

    WTF Why don't these people let the Edwards family grieve in peace. some people are always looking for notoriety!!

    December 9, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  2. Rsprings

    These people are beneath contempt..the low of the low. Lets hope the good people of Raleigh deal with them appropriately.

    December 9, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  3. Alex

    Sorry. This article is not well written. What do you want the reader to know?

    December 9, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  4. gt

    how sad... they need to picket bill mahar...leave this women alone...

    December 9, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  5. Tsunami? What Tsunami?

    What a bunch of lowlife scumbags.

    December 9, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  6. Carol

    They should not call themselves christians if they are going to show this kind of disrespect for someone who has died of cancer.

    December 9, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  7. Pat

    How cruel. How are these scum still around?

    December 9, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  8. carol allen

    This woman suffered enough, let her rest in peace and leave her grieving children alone

    December 9, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  9. Jeremiah

    Regardless of your beliefs or your reasons for valuing them, "picketing" a funeral service is despicable. While I support freedom of speech, this is an excess to which no one should have a right. How can you claim the moral high-ground – ever- if you will not even allow a family and their friends to say goodbye to someone they loved? Disgusting behavior.

    December 9, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  10. Terry

    I don't care about your political or religious views, but to picket a person's funeral is ridiculous. This is no different then the protesters who picketed our soldiers who died in Iraq funerals.

    December 9, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  11. watsonfmly

    These people are not Christians. They call themselves Christians, but they are not. I am a follower of, and have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and their actions make me sick.

    December 9, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  12. Jonsie

    Someone needs to investigate those bunch of heartless crazies!!

    December 9, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  13. Nobody Special

    they do not qualify as a "church" by anyone's standards.

    December 9, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  14. TwinCitiesJay

    This is insane. How this group can believe they're behaving rationally or reasonably is a mystery. And why we, as a body, are unable or unwilling to prevent their hateful actions is equally vexing. This group is heartless, misguided and predatory.

    December 9, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  15. Karen

    What is wrong with these idiots. Let this woman rest in peace, she was a wonderful person!

    December 9, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  16. Jim

    I think all the churches in the Raleigh area should send their congregations and choirs to the church/funeral/graveyard, encircle those locations, and push the protesters back and drown out their voices with Christmas Hymns like O Silent Night and Angels We Have Heard on High and similar hymns. Its time the rest of America stands up to these thugs and evil people. Drown them out with sounds of faith!

    December 9, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  17. DarthWoo

    I really wonder why there has been seemingly no effort to investigate the welfare of the children in this "family." There was a family in New Jersey whose children were removed for several reasons, among which were the fact that one was named Adolf Hitler and another named Aryan Nation. There didn't seem to be any allegations of physical abuse at the time, but more probably some sort of emotional abuse. There has to be some mistreatment going on in the Phelps clan.

    December 9, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  18. Derek

    Is that really what Jesus would have done?

    December 9, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  19. Jeff from Va

    OK, lets see how the good Democrats like having a funeral protested, since they stand behind this church's protest of military funerals. I think it is terrible for someone to protest a funeral, any funeral, but they will have to answer for it someday.

    December 9, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  20. Kieran Scott

    Are you serious? The members of this church are idiotic. What are they trying to say? That if we don't have gay people in the world then Edwards wouldn't have died? Does everything this stupid church believes revolve around the premise that the world would have no problems if people were homosexual? What idiots.

    December 9, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  21. Janice

    Why iin the world would that "chruch" protest at Elizabeth Edward's funeral? iI because they are ignorant hateful people. Jesus would be ashamed that they call themselves Christian.

    December 9, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  22. Pavloosh

    This is not a true Christian group. Jesus taught us to love, not hate.
    Their behavior is despicable. These people do not know what charity means.
    God Bless Mrs. Edwards! Rest in Peace!

    December 9, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  23. John McBeth

    Is there no end to Westboro's lack of respect for the grieving. This is not about their right to protest anything, it has boiled down to simple common decency... I don't think this is what Jesus would do.

    December 9, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  24. sg

    what does Edwards have to do with the military or gays? i think that the church just wants publicity. nothing gets people paying attention like controversy

    December 9, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  25. Shari from Madison

    Please, don't call this radical organization a "church". They have no respect for anyone who isn't exactly like them. To protest at a funeral of a woman who wanted to better the world for every person is a HATE CRIME and thus this organization is not a church but a racist, evil cult/hate group. Their rhetoric is HATE FILLED AND FULL OF THE EVIL OF THEIR FATHER, SATAN.

    December 9, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
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