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

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. annie s

    The despicable things people do in the name of God is exactly why I will never be part of any religion.

    December 9, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  2. joe doe

    Westboro Baptist Church is a real terrorist bully christian people there. I am tired sicko threated to anyone. I hope the Governor of Kansas to shut down the church for good. Send troop to attack this church!

    December 9, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  3. David

    I think its time for a motorcycle club to disrupt the protesters. And you wonder why Baptist have such
    a bad reputation around the country. They should be ashamed.

    December 9, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  4. bill sandwick

    and everyone should be there to greet them. warmly.

    December 9, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  5. Robin Bray

    Who writes your articles? Did they attend any sort of writing class. Not once did your article mention the reason for the protest against Edwards herself. Who, what, where, when, and WHY.

    December 9, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  6. wade

    What happened to love thy neighbor and turn the other cheek?

    December 9, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  7. mrsladybug

    Why would a church choose to use a funeral to do something like this? Can't they let the family grieve in privacy? Why don't they spend their time in prayer and fasting for the change they want to see. God is able to do more through the prayer than they can by picketing. Jesus did not shove His teachings down the throats of the people. He chose to let God speak to the hearts.

    December 9, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  8. Mama Bear

    ALL motorcycle clubs need to meet these fools at the city limits of Raleigh, N.C. and send them back to their caves!!! The end!!!

    December 9, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  9. CS_GUY

    Authorities need to order mental health exams for this entire family. They are, as a group, seriuosly delusional and as such pose an immediate danger to themselves and everyone in contact with them. Feds need to get involved in this insanity before someone dies as a result of their delusions. Seeking publicity is one thing but enciting a riot is a punishable offense.

    December 9, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  10. Dawn King

    This sickens me. Though I am a registered Republican, I am a member of the church where Elizabeth Edwards' funeral services will be held at on Saturday. To protest at this poor womans funeral is just low in my opinion. Man's job is to obey God? Do you think God would like it that you are going to be protesting at a funeral. Think of Mrs. Edwards family, have some common decency and decorum!

    December 9, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  11. Paul - Silver Spring, MD

    How utterly ridiculous and ignorant! These people of the Westboro "CHURCH" are not Christians in any sense of the word. While they have a right to "demonstrate," Elizabeth Edwards' children, family, and friends have a right to mourn without being harassed. I hope the motorcycle group shows up again to drown out these cretins. Better yet, God should strike them down dead as dirt so they no longer bother grieving families.

    December 9, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  12. ljf

    This is disgusting. While I don't agree with the polictics her husband practiced, there's no need to protest at someone's funeral. It's difficult enough to have a loved one pass away, why would you add to their grief? The people of this church are obviously not aware of what true Christianity is. Elizabeth Edwards lived a life that shows far more grace and mercy than these people are showing. The only thing that is more appalling is picketing at soldiers' funerals. No wonder some kids don't respect their parents; look at what their parents are doing!

    December 9, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  13. Digital Observer

    This so-called church needs to be excommunicated from Christianity.

    December 9, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  14. michelle

    People came out in droves in Omaha, NE to protest this church that was going to protest at a teachers' funeral, and effectively shut them down. The people in the area where the funeral will be held need to do the same. SPecial place in hell for the people in this "church".

    December 9, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  15. FloridaRes

    This is not a church; these are monsters who should be blocked from view by the Edwards family. Honest and decent Americans who live in the Chapel Hill area should line the streets between these fanatic idiots and the Edwards family as they put Elizabeth to rest next to her son. This is the most digusting "religious" group I can imagine.

    December 9, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  16. kim corley

    this is so stupid!!!!!! let the woman rest in peace..........

    December 9, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  17. Fix in TX

    Stay in Kansas permanentlyE This woman was a class act and always rebounded in the face of adversity. She fought a heroic battle with cancer; all the while fighting for the poor and health care. There is nothing to protest. Let her rest in peace, be reunited with her son, and let her family and friends mourn without a carnival freak show there! Always remember we ALL will have our judgement day.

    December 9, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  18. zoe

    What a shame!! picketing has no place at a funeral

    December 9, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  19. Denise

    I cannot believe these people would do that at a wonderful woman's funeral. What does their cause have anything to do with it!!! My God, let Elizabeth rest in peace and let her family grieve in peace!! GO AWAY!!!

    December 9, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  20. edward

    This group will do anything for publicity. The best way to deal with them is NOT^ to post news about their activities. CNN, please don't help them out by posting news about them, it only gives them what they want.

    December 9, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  21. Ken in NC

    I think that the members of the Westboro Baptist Church should rethink their demostration at the funeral of Elizabeth Edwards. While I support ones right to assemble, I am angered at the disrespect these people are showing to people and families in mourning and I suspect there will be many there Saturday to keep them at bay. While Ms. Edwards did not lose her life fighting in the Armed Forces of our country in a foreign land, she is none the less a loved and respected woman in this country and she and her family and friends should be granted the opportunity to say their last farewell without people demostrating and preaching hate. Our Service members deserve that respect as well as any other person that has passsed on. I really wish there was some legal way to stop these "Hatemongers" from protesting at funerals.

    December 9, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  22. WestboroMustPerish

    If only we were attending their funerals this weekend.

    December 9, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  23. rainlee

    The face of the American Taliban and Political religious extremists.
    Hateful and dangerous.

    December 9, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  24. AEK

    This same group protested at the funeral of a local high school teacher who was killed "in the line of duty" recently. Through a large community effort and equally large supportive turn out, the family was shielded from these terrorists and their attempt to disrupt the services. I would hope for an equal effort on behalf of Mrs Edwards.

    December 9, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  25. Megma101

    This isn't a church.. it's a hate group. Shame on them for pretending to be a God fearing organization. Christians are supposed to set an example, these people make me embarrassed.

    December 9, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
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