Westboro Baptist Church Will Picket Elizabeth Edwards’ Funeral
The infamous Westboro Baptist Church, known for picketing soldiers’ funerals, as well as its radical stance on homosexuality and the war in Iraq, announced today that they will protest at Elizabeth Edwards’ funeral, to be held on Saturday in Raleigh, NC.
Edwards, the late wife of former vice presidential candidate John Edwards, struggled with breast cancer for six years before her death on Tuesday.
Westboro Church, which among other controversial and offensive statements, has said that soldiers’ deaths in Iraq are God’s punishment for the “sin of homosexuality,” outlined their reasons for the protest in a promotional flier, referring to the fertility treatments that she reportedly used to conceive her two younger children.
The flier also referenced the tragic death of Edwards’ son in a car accident, which led Edwards to question her own faith, a struggle that she outlined in her book.
The promotional flier is, unsurprisingly, extremely inflammatory:
“When they were visited from the Most High God with the death of their 16-year-old son, they did not humble themselves before His mighty hand. They reared up in rage, decided they would show God who is boss, and meddled in matters of the womb, resulting in 2 more children — now motherless.”
The Westboro Church claims that Edwards is now a “resident of hell, where her rebellion and rage will take full flower.”
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