Elizabeth Edwards’ funeral is set to take place on Saturday. The Elizabeth Edwards funeral will be open to the public, as her many friends, family and admirers will get to mourn together. It will be held in her home of Raleigh, North Carolina, and will end with her being laid to rest next to her son. But opening the proceedings to the public does carry a risk, as many others have found out over the years. That risk is having the funeral get picketed by the infamous Westboro Baptist Church.
Pretty much every notable funeral service in the last several years has been targeted by this group. Fred Phelps, his daughter and their followers have protested a homosexual-friendly agenda at every occasion imaginable. Since they do it when soldiers are laid to rest, they couldn’t pass up the chance to do it here as well.
When the funeral is held on Saturday, Phelps and his congregation will be outside the Edenton Street United Methodist Church in Raleigh. They explained on the website that God hates her – along with another group of people, of course.
The Church’s website not only targets her, but her dead son Wade, who was killed in 1996. They claim that “God smacked her” by killing Wade, yet she “pumped herself full of hormones” to raise more kids, and to tell them that “God is a liar.” But when she died, they claimed that her son met her in Hell and “began an eternity of cursing her.”
Even more extreme statements are expected at the service, if Phelps and his group do show up. They claim that they will picked at a “respectful distance,” although that choice of words might seem ironic.
The Church’s enemies, and many more across the nation, say that Phelps and his Church have no respect for the dead. In addition to picketing this service, another branch of the Church will be protesting a high school production of The Laramie Project in New Hampshire that day.
The reasons for picketing this play, and Elizabeth Edwards’ funeral, are the same as always from the Westboro Church. They have become infamous for their “God Hates F**s” message, which they spread at every major service they can reach. Even if those who are laid to rest have little to do with the issue, they call the person’s death proof of their message.
The group has called America and its government dammed for being friendly towards homosexuals – although there’s even more debate lately as to how true that is. The string of gay suicides, and the latest showdown over Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, have convinced many that homosexuals are still second-class.
Yet even that isn’t enough to please Phelps and his people, as the funeral of Elizabeth Edwards will serve as the latest proof.
Westboro Baptist Church- “Picket Schedule”
CNN- “Elizabeth Edwards funeral to be open to the public”