Funerals are never easy. The loss of a close loved one is like losing a part of yourself. Typically the ones going through the funeral are surrounded by love, sympathy, compassion and caring people. However, while the funeral of Elizabeth Edwards, former Senator John Edwards’ late wife, will be filled with people who cared dearly about Elizabeth as well as those close to her, it will also be filled with hate, anger and the rants of the absurd.
The Westboro Baptist Church out of Kansas, which is known for picketing outside of the funerals of fallen soldiers, has released a statement saying that they will protest outside of the funeral of Edwards. The group plans on disrupting the funeral by saying that Edwards’ wife is quote “going to hell” for doubting her faith when her oldest son passed away in 1996.
Edwards, a political wife turned staunch advocate for affordable health care, passed away on Tuesday due to complications from breast cancer at the age of 61. The funeral is planned for tomorrow, December 11th, at the Edenton Street United Methodist Church in Raleigh, North Carolina. Edwards is then to be buried at the Oakwood Cemetery alongside her son Wade who passed away in a car accident at the age of 16.
In more absurd statements from representatives of the Westboro Baptist Church, “God heard self-absorbed Elizabeth as she rode the talk show circuit spewing blasphemy. Elizabeth Edwards and her faithless husband, John, lightly esteemed what they had. They coveted things that were not theirs and presumptuously thought they could control God.”
Like I mentioned above, the Westboro Baptist Church and its members, essentially the “extended family” of Pastor Fred Phelps, are no strangers to picketing funerals and are based in Topeka, Kansas. Members of the church planned on protesting a funeral in Indiana today of a fallen soldier killed in Afghanistan.
People are not sitting idly by while the “church” does this, however. The Supreme Court is currently deciding a case in which the father of a fallen soldier is suing the church after they protested his son’s funeral. The church members are defending themselves by saying they are only exercising their First Amendment Rights.
With the death of Elizabeth, John becomes the primary caretaker of the younger children of the family. According to ABC News, Edwards plans on moving back into the 28,000-square-foot mansion the couple built and once shared. John Edwards has thus far made no comments since his wife’s death.
Whatever this “church” claims to be, they are definitely not preaching the message of God. These radicals are a disgrace to the religion of Christianity and, in my opinion, a disgrace to humanity. If you want to see just how ridiculous the members of the Westboro Baptist Church really are, then check out this video of one of their members.