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As if Elizabeth Edwards did not have enough difficulties to face while alive, she is now being dogged even in death, this time by a small, right-wing Kansas church that says it will picket her funeral at a Methodist church in Raleigh on Saturday afternoon.

A statement from the Westboro Baptist Church, an unaffiliated congregation in Topeka that is infamous for its homophobic and anti-Semitic rants, and its protests at the funerals of soldiers and AIDS victims, says its members will stage a demonstration across the street from Edenton Street United Methodist Church for 90 minutes before the 1p.m. service, because "God hates Elizabeth Edwards."

Edwards. 61, died on Tuesday at her North Carolina home, surrounded by family, six years after she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Westboro Baptist demonstrators outside Supreme CourtWestboro Baptist, which is monitored by anti-hate groups such as the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center, has been led since its founding in 1955 by Pastor Fred Phelps, and the congregation is largely made up of his large extended family.

The flier from Westboro Baptist makes a number of noxious claims about Edwards and her family, concluding that she has been condemned to Hell. Among the church's complaints are Edwards' musings in recent years about God's will and role in the various tragedies that had befallen her, from the death of her 16-year-old son to her breast cancer, and the infidelity of her husband, former senator and presidential hopeful, John Edwards.

As PoliticsDaily reported, Edwards' thoughts on theology and God had already prompted some criticism of her Christian orthodoxy, but Westboro Baptist managed to trump all those reservations, as it usually does.

Officials at Edenton Street United Methodist Church said they are aware of the planned protest and senior staff members are meeting to decide how to deal with it.

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Well that's just horrible! God doesn't *hate*, and it's not our place to judge.

February 25 2011 at 1:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The Word of God without love is legalism. No Christian should express hate towards any other person. Just because one holds to the inerrancy of Scripture does not condone hatred for no man or woman. If we Christians disagree with one's lifestyle or belief, never be a hater. Just pray for them.

December 20 2010 at 12:28 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

the church has not right to get into someone else beliefs. so keep the church with own sins and way of thoughts and leave it there .

December 17 2010 at 7:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

to now adays the church has gone to far.yet just to think god is for all.
with everyone has the right to do whatever.
everything has two sides, so everyone can use their thought in life.
relgion or not.

December 17 2010 at 7:45 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

The best way to deal with the situation is to ignore them. They are only clamoring for attention, so the media and those attending the service should act as if the clowns are not there. Celebrate the life of the deceased and move on!

December 16 2010 at 12:49 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

when it comes to judgement the clergy are the first to be judged because of their teachings not being correct. These people are judging and only God does that. No one is aware if Mrs Edwards repented or what at the end. The kind of strength she had could only have come from God.Our troubles depending on how we manage them with God and faith makes us stronger to stand with God and denounce satan when he returns and claims to be Jesus.

December 16 2010 at 2:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This is not Christianity, it is a wolf in sheep's clothing. I just went to Seattle for a biopsy on my right breast. To think someone calling themselves "a Christian" would ever hold up a sign like that! How dare you! Friday I get the results. I feel truly sorry for you.

December 15 2010 at 11:59 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Westboro Church is less than 100 miles from where I live. I became familiar with Phelps in the '80's when he picketed many gay pride marches.

I have never heard so many cuss words come out of one person's mouth, including the f bomb over and over again. I seriously worry about the damage done to the children of these people, who are also present at these protests.

Parade organizers requested that we not respond to him. I wish ignoring him worked, but it doesn't.

Back in the '90's he was rumored to be planning to picket the Gay Youth Prom in Kansas City. This would have shut the Prom down, as most of these kids were in the closet, and couldn't risk being seen on the evening news. I sat in on some of the discussion between the kids, and their bravery was an inspiration!

Under the first amendment, Phelps has the right to be annoying and wrong.

Not sure where their money comes from, as Phelps is a disbarred attorney. Kind of a moral cess pool, the more you get to know about them.

In the long run, I think he helped gays. Most people, seeing his extreme "hate", became a bit more accepting, because no one deserves what they dish out.

Honestly, I think he is infatuated with Gays.....he's been to more gay events than anyone I know!

December 15 2010 at 9:57 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
Pearlene Myricks

This so-called church should be ashamed of themselves.This is so cruel to do at a time when we have young children who have lost their dear mother right before the Holiday season.People be so careful who you follow and let put these demonic thoughts into your head.God is love and he loved Elizabeth Edwards.Bad things happen to good people but when you die in Christ you still have the VICTORY!
No one has a heaven or hell to put anyone in.We all need to worry about where we are going instead of being so judgemental toward others.My prayers are with Elizabeth Edward family.I pray that her ex-husband be respectful and show love and attention to his children at this time.Watch how you treat people because I believe you reap what you sow.We all have something to go through in this life, be it good or bad!!!

December 15 2010 at 9:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Churches like Westboro just need to stop with these protests at funerals. If one would check, I'm sure they'd find this is purely "unbiblical." Correct me if I'm wrong, but there is no record of any of the church leaders in the days of Christ and immediately thereafter leading protests with hateful signs anywhere, esp. at somebody's funeral! And, I'm sure there were homosexuals and other types of perversions back then. There are no records of the Apostles leading protests against even secular organizations of any kind! In this light, the actions of Westboro Church and its leader are almost laughable if they weren't so absolutely disgusting! Picture this: Peter, James, John,and the rest of the Apostles organizing and leading people in protests like this! LOL! It's insanity!

December 14 2010 at 1:36 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

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